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Urban Sketching Rutgers New Brunswick

Voorhees Mall on College Ave Campus, Fall 2019 – Brady Smith, MLA candidate, January 2021

Join a group of talented artists at Rutgers to explore an urban sketching project, a collaboration between the Department of Landscape Architecture at SEBS and the Rutgers University Art Library.

Urban Sketching is a movement created in 2007 by Seattle journalist and illustrator, Gabrile Campanario. Although similar to plein air painting (to paint outdoors), a term which was made most well-known by the French Impressionists during the 19th century.

Urban Sketching looks at the ideas of visual storytelling in a virtual environment, and the educational value of on-location drawing. This movement encourages drawing spaces and places on location, rather than drawing from photographs. Urban Sketching brings together an international group of people who “Show their world one drawing at a time.” The goal is simple-sketch what you see, in or outdoors, and share online.

You don’t need to be an artist, expert, or someone who draws all the time!

Please join the Rutgers University New Brunswick’s community throughout the month of November and the first week in December by documenting, sharing, and collecting drawings from your campus and daily life as you know it. To participate in this project, upload your image to your preferred social media and tag us at:

#Rutgersurbansketching and/or #ruusk2020


  • Nov. 2, 2020, 1st prompt                 Draw 3 places in your day.
  • Nov. 9, 2020, 2nd prompt                Draw your lunch
  • Nov. 16, 2020, 3rd prompt              Draw what you see out the window
  • Nov. 23, 2020- 4th prompt              Draw a friend, family or pet
  • Nov. 30, 2020, 5th prompt              Draw your day

More on Urban Sketching and #Rutgersurbansketching:

sketch of a deck
Sketching on my deck, October 4, 2020 – Megan Lotts, Art Librarian