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