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Explore Athens and Beyond with Athsketch

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students participate in athsketch

Urban sketchers is a global community of artists who practice drawing on-location in areas they live in or visit. These artists capture a story by recording time and place and creating visual scenes. Here in Athens, we have our very own group of urban sketchers, AthSketch, led by College of Environment + Design lecturer Cameron Berglund.  AthSketch meets every week to experience a new part of UGA's campus. The group often explores surrounding areas like downtown Athens or the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and has even traveled to Tallulah Gorge on their sketching adventures.

AthSketch provides a welcoming space for students, faculty, and anyone interested in honing their drawing skills. To participate, individuals do not need to be expert sketchers. With any type of media, like a pencil or pen and a notebook, anyone from the public, graduate and undergraduate students, and professors can come together to create a space where members work on fostering and sharpening their sketching skills.

students show off their urban sketches

A group like AthSketch creates a community for its participants. Sam Nash Riggs, a first-year Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) student, shared, "Athsketch is something I look forward to every week. It has encouraged me to slow down and be a better observer - paying attention to the details with regard to light, shadows, lines, and perspectives. Having a dedicated hour each Wednesday (and every other Friday!) to sketch and explore different moments around campus is extremely important to me to have carved out given the graduate course load."

Sketching activities like Urban Sketching and AthSketch are great ways to meet others and learn more about exciting spaces throughout the community. Exploring the urban elements and textures of facades are some exciting features these urban sketchers like to capture during their drawing sessions. Click the links below to see how you can get involved with AthSketch and join in on their next sketching adventure!

Meet-up locations are posted on Facebook and within the Group-Me.  

To follow along or join, check out the social media pages listed below:  




Learn more about urban sketching

Cameron Berglund Athsketch Group Shots

Check out Cameron Berglund's time-lapse video from a recent AthSketch outing!


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