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Sunday 10/4: Adult Goose Island Sketch Class with Urban Rivers

Berman Sketching is offering a six hour freehand sketching class in collaboration with Urban Rivers at Goose Island in Chicago on Sunday, October 4. Learn a step by step process for great freehand sketches while taking in the Chicago River, the Wild Mile, and Goose Island. We will also learn about floating gardens and other Urban Rivers initiatives.

The class is is appropriate for both beginners and advanced artists. We will visit various locations within walking distance and sketch outdoors; we will learn a formulaic approach for great sketching, including composition, value (shade and shadow), contour, perspective, and rapid sketching. Art supplies and lunch are included: huge thanks to Blick Art Supplies and Lou Malnati's for their generous donations.

WHEN: 10 am Sunday, October 4; rain day 10 am Sunday, October 11.

WHERE: The historic rail bridge to the east of Jiffy Lube, 1049 West North Avenue, Chicago.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: North Avenue Red Line, walk east to 1049 W. North Avenue, the rail bridge is to the east of Jiffy Lube.

SUPPLIES: Provided by Blick Art Supplies. Feel free to bring your own tools.

LUNCH: Provided.

COVID-19 PROTOCOL: This event will be outdoors; we will be socially distancing and require that everyone wear a mask.

Berman Sketching on WTTW's Chicago Tonight


  • Learn how to draw faster and with more confidence.

  • Learn about Urban River's initiatives, volunteer opportunities, and the Wild Mile.

  • Learn or improve upon the following freehand sketching skills and techniques: composition, value and contrast, contour lines, perspective, and rapid sketching.

  • Improve your ability to document and remember the built environment.

  • Improve your ability to use freehand sketching as an expressive thinking tool.

  • Increase your focus and memory while learning about the existing built environment.


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