Sketch Away!

Does the very idea of drawing draw you in? We hope so! Come on down!  Downtown, that is, because The Sketchbook Project: A Traveling Library of Artists’ Sketchbooks will be visiting the Central Library, July 10-12 between noon and 3pm.library1_hi

Consisting of more than 31,000 books from 130 countries and counting, the Sketchbook Project is a traveling library that is sure to draw a crowd seeking inspiration or just curious to see an artistic imagination at work. You will be able to borrow sketchbooks from the mobile library and read them, café-style, on-site in front of the Library.

After being inspired to get your hand moving, mosey over to BoB, The Seattle Public Library’s Books on Bikes collection. BoB will also be stationed in front of the Library along with the Sketchbook Project.  You’ll find books on drawing and sketching that you can browse and check out.  And don’t forget to pick up a copy or two of the three resource lists we’ve compiled to draw you in and enrich your experience of this creative event.  The lists: Drawing Inspiration,  Dare to Draw and Drawn-Out Journeys are chock-full of ideas, inspiration and techniques for the novice as well as the experienced sketcher. They are available through the Library’s online catalog and also in print.

Last, but not least, more books on drawing and sketching can be found on display on the 8th floor of the Central Library in the Arts, Recreation and Literature Department.  The display features books that can be checked out and sketchbooks by significant artists found in the library’s reference collection.

So, get sketchy!  Join the all-ages Sketchers Meet-Up taking place each day from 1-2pm. Bring your sketchbook and meet up with other artists. Learn a few practical sketching tips, get inspired by global artist sketches and then start drawing one of Seattle’s coolest buildings.

We hope you will get inspired, sketch away and dare to draw! May this artistic journey draw you in!

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