Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sketch Seattle 2015, A Year To Remember

Sketch Seattle had an amazing 2015 summer season with lots of great memories. Participating students were guided through sketch adventures in Pioneer Square, Port Townsend (Olympic Peninsula), Seattle Center, and also Pike Place Market with special guest artist Don Colley, sketching madman from Chicago.

Ron & Derek would like to thank all our students and fans for making our second year such a creative success!

As we look toward 2016, there are lots of ideas in the mix. Soon these ideas will become reality and you can pick and choose which class opportunities work best for you.

Sketch Twin Peaks has been on the calendar for 2016 for quite some time. We are very lucky to live near North Bend and many of the other filming locations for the cult favorite TV show Twin peaks from the early 90's. When it was announced that David Lynch would return with a new season of Twin Peaks 25 years later, we knew we had to do this. Details will be revealed this winter, and we will bring students to a few of the key filming locations to sketch...who knows, we may even run into Agent Cooper?!?

Black Lodge Coffee Sketch by Derek Gundy

It is happening again... Sketch Twin Peaks 2016 

We hope to add at least one Portland Workshop during the summer of 2016. Portland has a lot of great sketching locations and has a little bit of everything, as well as a great artist base to work with. Another location that may be paired with that or along a tour will be Astoria, OR. We love the old fishing town history and real grit of Astoria, it has a lot of character and back story to add to your artwork. Keep an eye out for details this winter on  

Burnside Bridge, water soluble graphite sketch by Derek Gundy

Sketching Astoria in an accordion dreamcatcher sketchbook

Our Port Townsend class was phenomenal in July and we hope to return in 2016. The Victorian buildings and dignified weirdness of this seaport had everyone wanting more. Expect to see us back in PT for another event. 
Hastings Building sketch by Derek Gundy

Seattle locations will be determined soon. If you have a suggestions, please email it to us at . Your feedback is very important to us and we  will make every effort possible to bring you to the best locations.

Pioneer Square Pergola Marker Sketch by Ron Stocke

Sketch Seattle also will expand in the coming year with more possible guest artist events, as our workshop with Don Colley at Pike Place Market was an unforgettable experience. Your sketchbook is your most powerful tool to help you tackle challenges on location and raise the level of your artwork. We also hope to offer plein-air painting workshops that reinforce this, using a combination of sketching on location as well as painting full size on location, and in the studio. As artists we all are trying to get better every day, and we want to help you meet those challenges.

Sketch by Don Colley at Pike Place Fish Market, Seattle

Thanks everyone for a great year, and keep sketching into the holidays as we work out the details for next season.


Ron & Derek

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Looking Back to Pioneer Square

We had a very successful Sketch Workshop in Pioneer Square in late June. Some old friends joined us and we made some new friends. Now we set our sights on Port Townsend July 25th. What a beautiful Victorian town!

Here's a few pics from our Pioneer Square day June 27th, created by our very own Monica Holsinger.

Sketch Seattle Gear

Derek demonstrates the sketchboard

Ron shows off his Dreamcatcher Sketchbook by Pentalic

Pioneer Square Tour

Derek gets into it.

Sketch Seattle Premium Water for Watercolors

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Sketch Seattle SOLD OUT for Summer 2015

Sketch Seattle's 3 workshops this summer have completely sold out.

We are taking names and phone #'s for waiting lists, just in case anyone would need to change plans. Email us at

So far the most popular workshop in the July 25th date in Port Townsend, and it already has a waiting list of 7....perhaps if we get enough on the waiting list we could work out another date for sketching?

We have been receiving many requests for more classes, and we are considering the possibility of taking Sketch Seattle year round....considering a Sip & Sketch event soon. 

Thanks everyone for following us and especially to those who join us on the streets!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Sketch Seattle 2015 Season Now Accepting Registrations

Ron Stocke & Derek Gundy are ready to kick off their 2nd season of Sketch Seattle! Sketching in pen, pencil, & watercolor, students will have the time of their lives and elevate the level of their artwork.

This year begins in Pioneer Square, a location we visited last year, but departed wanting so much more. The Pioneer Square Workshop will be Saturday June 27th.

Our 2nd Workshop takes us on the road northwest to Port Townsend July 25th, in a beautiful Victorian seaport located on the Olympic Peninsula. Students can count on lots of stunning architecture and seaside character.

Our 3rd workshop this summer takes us on a journey into the past as well as the future, as we ride the monorail to Seattle Center, originally built in 1962 for the World's Fair, along with it's crowning jewel The Space Needle.

We are now accepting registrations on our website at 

Looking forward to seeing you all in the workshops! ~Ron & Derek

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sketch Seattle's 1st Summer Season A Huge Hit!

Sketch Seattle had a wonderful summer schedule that guided students through 3 exciting locations. We had varying group sizes and weather for each of our workshops at Gas Works Park, Pike Place Market, and Pioneer Square.

Many students were able to join us for all 3 workshops, and it was fun to see the growth of each student as they progressed through the summer.

We've had a lot of emails and phone calls asking us if we are planning workshops for the fall, and at this point it looks like both Ron & Derek have busy schedules for their individual classes and events... We encourage you to keep in touch though, as the possibility of a pop-up workshop is always in the back of our minds.

Thanks everyone for a wonderful summer, and we look forward to seeing you again very soon... at Sketch Seattle! Here's a few pictures to enjoy from our Pike Place workshop July 19th, photos by Monica Holsinger Photography.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Visit to Gas Works Park & Fremont

Friday Ron and I spent some time at each of this summer's Sketch Seattle workshop locations.

First we hit Gas Works Park, an amazing public space that has a little bit of everything. This park is very unique. This will be our first location and it's a great place to get students comfortable with sketching in

Ron Stocke sketching at Gas Works Park in February.

Derek Gundy finds an interesting structure to sketch beneath.

The skyline of Seattle is visible from most parts of the park, and it makes both a dramatic backdrop and an exciting main subject for drawing & painting.

Seattle Skyline as seen from Gas Works Park
Gas Works park contains remnants of the sole remaining coal gasification plant in the US. The plant operated from 1906 to 1956, and was bought by the City of Seattle for park purposes in 1962. The park opened to the public in 1975. These old structures are fascinating and one has to wonder exactly how these parts all worked together at one point.

Remnants of the coal gasification plant.
It is really fun to get up close with some of these parts that fit together, it really is straight out of a science fiction movie.

Perhaps this is an air intake? I have no idea. Cool though!
From Gas Works Park, we took a short drive to Fremont, where we hope to spend the second half of the workshop. On the day of the workshop, we'll meet at the Lenin Statue, and from there we may go sketch the bridge, or several of Fremont's interesting intersections or alleyways.

The Lenin Statue makes a great meeting place in the heart of Fremont.
Table and chairs will be a great place to gather for a
final discussion at the end of the day. 
Fremont has exceptional  character as you will quickly see. Just a great fun place to hang out and sketch.

You can make sketching into rocket science if you want....

On the bridge, looking at the other bridge...great colors & structure.

For those of you wanting to be in this workshop and possibly the other two we are teaching in the summer of 2014, you can register right on our website.

Tuition for a single workshop is $85. If you wish to register for all 3 workshops, you'll receive a special package price that gives you a $10 discount per workshop. Plus, Ron & Derek give you a FREE 9x9 Bee Paper Super Deluxe Sketchbook and a FREE Micron pen with your first class.

Visit for more information on this and other workshops. We are very excited for summer, and we look forward to seeing you in the classes!

Questions?? Email us at 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sketch Seattle, workshops with Ron Stocke & Derek Gundy, now taking registrations.

Sketch Seattle is now accepting registrations for the sketchbook workshops on location in Seattle. Ron & Derek have 3 scheduled dates for $85 each, or you can sign up for the Sketch Seattle Package of all 3 classes and save $30 overall. Online registration is now set up on our website, and the workshops are expected to fill well in advance of the summer dates.

We have selected 3 iconic locations in a certain order so that students attending all 3 workshops can be lead through a progression that helps build confidence and achieving good results with sketching on location.

Visit our classes webpage here to learn more about each individual location and to get registered today.

Here is an image from Ron Stocke's sketchbook rendered on location at Gas Works Park in Seattle, our first location.