Monday, 16 March 2020

Sketching during these times of coronacrisis


(English version below)
Chers amis sketcheurs,

Nous espérons que vous êtes tous en bonne santé et en sécurité.

En raison de l'évolution du virus corona (COVID-19), nous n'organiserons pas de sketchcrawls dans un avenir proche, mais nous reprendrons nos activités dès que la situation s'améliorera.

En attendant, trouvons un peu de joie, de force et de consolation dans l'art et continuons à faire des croquis : dessinez ce que vous voyez de vos fenêtres et de vos balcons.

 Restons en contact avec les possibilités techniques offertes par l'internet et les médias sociaux. Nous vous encourageons à publier vos croquis sur FB, Instagram, etc., avec le hashtag #uskathome . Vous pouvez également nous les envoyer pour les publier dans un article spécial sur notre blog.
Restez en sécurité et en bonne santé !



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Dear sketchers,

We hope you are all well, healthy and safe.

Due to the corona virus (COVID-19) developments we will not be organizing sketchcrawls in the near future, but we will resume our activities as soon as the situation improves.

In the meantime let's find some joy, strength and consolation in art and keep on sketching: sketch what you see from your windows and balconies.

Let's keep in touch through the technical possibilities offered by the internet and the social media. We encourage you to post your sketches on FB, Instagram, etc, with the hashtag #uskathome . You can also send them to us to publish them in a special post on our blog.

Keep safe and healthy!


Monday, 24 February 2020

March Sketchcrawl


Pour notre sketchcrawl de mars nous allons dessiner d'Coquel.

C'est Roger Taillibert qui a conçu la piscine olympique du Kirchberg, dont la forme rappelle celle d'une coquille. La piscine, qui date de 1982, a ensuite été agrandie en 2002 avec la construction du Centre national sportif et culturel, également conçu par Taillibert.

Si le temps le permet nous pouvons dessiner les exterieurs du complexe, mais nous pouvons aussi dessiner dans les hals centrales et sur les tribunes de la piscine, où les reflets d'eau sont un beau défi pictural. Mettez une couche 'été' sous vos vêtements hiver, car il fait chaud dans la piscine...

Rendez-vous le dimanche 1 mars 2020 à 14 h à l'entree du Centre Aquatique d'Coque.
Adresse: Rue Leon Hengen 2,  1745 Luxembourg

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This Sunday we will sketch d'Coque!


Roger Taillibert designed the Kirchberg Olympic swimming pool, whose shape is reminiscent of a shell. The swimming pool, which dates back to 1982, was extended in 2002 with the construction of the National Sports and Cultural Centre, also designed by Taillibert.
Weather permitting we can draw the exteriors of the complex, but we can also draw in the central halls and on the stands of the pool, where the reflections of water are a beautiful pictorial challenge. Put a 'summer' layer under your winter clothes, as it is hot in the pool...

Let's meet at 2 pm on Sunday 1 March 2020 at the entry of the Aquatic Centre of d'Coque.
Address: Rue Leon Hengen 2,  1745 Luxembourg

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Visit to the Valentiny Foundation at Remerschen

On our February sketchcrawl our Urban Sketchers Luxembourg group discovered and sketched the Valentiny Foundation at Remerschen near the Moselle.

The Foundation, a public institution with artistic/architectural, pedagogical and touristic objectives, was created to preserve and share the work of François Valentiny, his family and his partners.

It was quite cold to sketch the building from the outside - so after a quick ink sketch I joined the others inside the building...

We were warmly welcomed by Fernand Valentiny , who told us a bit about the building and its history, the different halls and rooms, the exhibitions and conferences, the permanent and temporary collections. More than enough exciting material to sketch!


Pedro de Oliveira
White and Red - the colors of the Valentiny Foundation
Leen Van Bogaert






This huge eye catching red insect was very inspiring for many sketchers!





Isabelle Van Driessche
Lucie Zambon
Solaire Hauser
Beliza Mendes
Annie Zeler
Malou Mathieu


The characteristic windows of the modern part of the building - like tears or shells

Beliza Mendes


Solaire Hauser

Solaire Hauser

Leen Van Bogaert
And through these windows we spotted ...
Maria Grazia Driol-Fappani

Giorgia Lopez

Sketching in the galleries - the permanent and temporary exhibitions

Dagmar Weitze
Giorgia Lopez


Solaire Hauser
Malou Mathieu


Meeting moment and photo session:



 We finished this motivating visit with a Drink & Draw session at the Youth Hostel of Remerschen



Solaire Hauser

Maria Grazia Driol-Fappani

Isabelle Van Driessche
Leen Van Bogaert

Monday, 3 February 2020

February Sketchcrawl

Photo: Valentiny Foundation



This Sunday we will explore and sketch one of Luxembourgs architectural highlights in Remerschen at the Moselle river: the Valentiny Foundation, an astounding building, as well from the outside as from within, its permanent collection and the temporary exhibition.

Let's meet at 2 pm on Sunday 2 February 2020 at the entry of the building.
If necessary car pooling  (for instance from Auchan /Kirchberg) can be arranged - please let us know in time.

See you on Sunday!

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

January Sketchcrawl

For our January sketchcrawl we are going back to MUDAM, where we will draw the beautiful interior architecture of the building, the interesting objects of the temporary and permanent exhibitions.

The more courageous sketchers can also sketch the skyline of the city.

We will end the session with a drink & draw in the museum bar afterwards.

Water-based techniques are not allowed inside the museum, so bring pencils, crayons, markers, etc.

Let's meet at 2 pm on Sunday 5 January 2020 at  the entrance of the museum.

Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean
3, Park Dräi Eechelen
L-1499 Luxembourg-Kirchberg

Monday, 25 November 2019

December Sketchcrawl

Hello dear sketchers,

It's cold, but let's not get discouraged!

This month, we will enjoy the Christmas market on Place de la Constitution, where we'll marvel at the Christmas atmosphere and warm up with mulled wine.

Let's meet in front of the cathedral at 14.00 on Sunday 2 December 2018

Don't forget your mitts! :D

See you on Sunday!

Monday, 28 October 2019

November Sketchcrawl

Hello dear sketchers,

For our November sketchcrawl we will leave the capital city behind and go to Grevenmacher's Kulturhuef.

It's museum of printing and playing cards offers visitors a historic view on printing, and willing models for our sketches.

Let's meet in front of the entrance of the Kulturhuef in Grevenmacher at 2 pm on Sunday 3 November 2019

Address: 
54, route de Trèves
L-6793 Grevenmacher 

See you on Sunday! :)

Monday, 7 October 2019

Open Doors at the Court of Justice of the European Union


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Credits: Dominique Perrault Architecture


The Court of Justice of the European Union will open its doors to the public on Saturday 19th October 2019 from 2pm to 6pm on the occasion of the inauguration of its Third Tower, which, with a height of 115 metres, is the tallest building in Luxembourg. Visitors will be able to go up to the 27th floor of the Third Tower and enjoy a unique panoramic view over the Grand Duchy and the three bordering countries.

Urban Sketchers Luxembourg will not organise an official sketchwalk that day but we would like to draw your attention to this unique opportunity to visit and draw this new complex and its fantastic views.



More info here


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 La Cour de justice de l'Union européenne ouvrira ses portes au public le samedi19 octobre 2019 de 14h à 18h à l'occasion de l'inauguration de sa troisième tour qui, avec ses 115 mètres de hauteur, est le plus haut bâtiment du Luxembourg. Les visiteurs pourront monter au 27e étage de la troisième tour et profiter d'une vue panoramique unique sur le Grand-Duché et les trois pays limitrophes.



Urban Sketchers Luxembourg n'organisera pas de sketchwalk officielle ce jour-là, mais nous aimerions attirer votre attention sur cette occasion unique de visiter et de dessiner ce nouveau complexe et ses vues fantastiques.



Plus d'infos ici


Tuesday, 1 October 2019

October Sketchcrawl

Bibliothèque national de Luxembourg - photo: Pierre Matgé
For our October sketchcrawl we will discover the new building of the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg (BnL). The BnL opens officially on 1 October 2019 and organizes an Open Doors during the weekend of 5-6 October 2019.

You will find more information here: 
https://bnl.public.lu/en.html

Let's meet in front of the entry of the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg at 2 pm on Sunday 6 October 2019

Address: 

Monday, 26 August 2019

September Sketchcrawl

Hello dear sketchers,

The Schueberfouer is back on the Glacis parking like every year, where we will be able to sketch fairground people, visitors and the various amusements.

Gromperekichelcher and other treats will keep us going in our drawing.

Let's meet in front of the main entrance at 14.00 on Sunday 1 September 2018.

In case you need it, I can be reached at the following phone number: +352 621 365 499.

See you on Sunday!

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

USK LUX @ The Urban Sketchers International Symposium 2019 in Amsterdam

This year's annual international symposium of the Urban Sketchers took place in Amsterdam from 24th till 27th July 2019. It was a huge success, with more than 500 'official' symposium participants who took workshops and sketchwalks, and another +/- 700 'symposium-off' sketchers, who invaded literally the city. Hats off to the excellent organization by the team of USK Nederland.




Luxembourg may be a tiny country but it was well represented!

The Luxembourg Watch by an unkown Dutch Old Master(at the Oosterdok after the final sketchwalk)


Here an overview of sketches and comments of some of the participants from Luxembourg.

Annie Zeler


"Des lieux de sketchwalks bien sélectionnés parmis des sujets à croquer à tous les canaux et tous les coins de rue...
Beaucoup de concentration dans les groupes de sketchers, presque de la ferveur mais des échanges aussi, les "meilleurs" très ouverts aux questions des "moins meilleurs"...
j'ai vu beaucoup de sketches qui ressemblaient plus à des oeuvres d'art qu'a des croquis!
Ambiance très détendue malgré la surchauffe ambiante!"





Felix Chabod


Felix was our youngest symposium participant (13 y), but certainly already a very talented urban sketcher. He became a real Amsterdammer as for the duration of the symposium he lived in a houseboat on one of the canals. No wonder he made a sketch of it - with a keen and graphic eye.


Monika Bunzenthal


Monika attended the symposium sketchwalks and she sent us a selection of her prolific, sensitive sketches in delicate colors.

Cafe de coin vers"Magere Brug".
Depart de la Gaypride-Parade le 27.07.2019 vers Westerkerk
La peniche à Westerdok, sur la quelle on était logé pendant le symposium
Drink and draw des ami-sketchers au café

Malou Mathieu


(English version below)
"Meng Impressiounen vum Symposium zu Amsterdam: 
Ech war schons 3 Deeg virum Symposium zu Amsterdam fir Zäit ze hun Stat och e bëssen  kënnenzeléieren.
Dënschdes virum Symposium war ech  mat puer Sketchkollegen op Zaanse Schans, wou et nët nëmmen Wandmillen z'entdecken gett mee et ass och e ganz flott Dierfchen, mat eenzegarteger Architektur. Ech hat den Workshop Pass, hun un 3 Workshopen an enger Demo Deel geholl. Hun während den Workshopen ganz vill bäigeléiert. E grousse Merci un d'Rita Sabler, d'Eleanor Doughty an d'Anne Rose Oosterbaan déi super Coursë gehalen hun. An natiirlech och un den Rob Sketcherman deen eng super  gutt Demo gemaach huet. Hun et e gelongenen Symposium fonnt, vill néi Léit kennegeléiert, vill Léit remgesin, eng Klengegkeet hätten déi Amsterdamer awer kéinten besser maachen: Op der Ofschlossfeier haten se bei wäitem nët genug Häppercher, sou dass een mat Méih just en Häppchen ergatteren konnt.
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My impressions of the Symposium in Amsterdam:
I arrived in Amsterdam 3 days before the beginning of the Symposium, which allowed me to get to know the city a little better. Tuesday I travelled with some sketcher friends to the Zaanse Schans, where  there are not only windmills but which is also a beautiful village with a lot of nice architecture. I had a Workshop Pass for 3 Workshops and one Demo,where I learned many new techniques. A big 'thank you' to my teachers: Rita Sabler, Eleanor Doughty and Anne Rose Oosterbaan and also Rob Sketcherman for his very good Demo. For me it was a succesful Symposium, I met a lot of new&old friends. One little thing they could have done better: more food at the closing party, it was difficult to grab a bite."


Rembrandtplein

Rijksmuseum

Zaanse Schans

Workshop Anne Rose Oosterbaan


Gaby Krein


The symposium in my numbers:
- over 400 km one way by train
- a week of very hot weather
- 56,91 km of walks
- 3 amazingly inspiring and instructive workshops
- met uncountable nice and talented sketchers from all over the world

my work in the workshop with LKBing

fled the heat

near the Amstel
two immovable heads, Mark Manders


Jean-Pol Léonard


Jean-Pol attended two symposium days in Amsterdam city and spend another two days visiting - and sketching - some picturesque spots around Amsterdam.












Arnaud De Meyer


It was difficult to make a choice between the zillion masterful sketches of Arnaud...

Thorbeckeplein

Groenburgwal

Amrâth Hotel

Port d'Amsterdam - Oosterdok


Carlo Müller


"un grand merci aux ami(e)s-sketchers qui m'ont soutenu et aidé; malgré mon petit accident de vélo, cette semaine à Amsterdam restera, pour moi, un souvenir inoubliable; en tout cas, une vraie amitié existe entre les urban sketchers et à chaque fois, j'ai hâte, de vous retrouver toutes et tous"






Leen Van Bogaert


"A particularly successful symposium in a city that, in spite of the tourist crowds, has fully retained its picturesque character.

I did three excellent workshops: Eduardo Bajzek showed us how to obtain painterly results with only pencil and eraser; Johanna Krimmel taught us to play with ink and water in a very delicate and sensitive way; and humorous Uma Kelkar took us by the hand for sketching with rythm and dance. 



workshop eduardo bajzek
workshop johanna krimmel
workshop uma kelkar
cigar box oil sketch at oudeschans near oosterdok



It was my fourth symposium and I was very happy to find back some old friends and familiar faces - and, not to forget - to make some new friends.

I made ink and oil sketches - which you can find in this Flickr album"

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Do you want to have an idea of what the thousands of sketchers in Amsterdam have sketched?
Then you can click here (Instagram) or here (Facebook).

P.S. Next year the symposium will be held in April in Hongkong