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NWPHX Urban Sketching


 Take a creative break.

Explore the natural world around you.

Meet new people. 

Learn about native plants, birds, and animals.

Pack your bag and join us!


Recommended Tools:

Urban sketchers on location need tools that are compact and easy to use. 

Urban sketching is done with a wide variety of materials.


A comfortable backpack or tote

Graphite pencils

Mechanical pencils with 2B lead

Plain graphite

Erasers: white plastic or nylon, gray kneaded erasers

Colored pencils (blendable & watercolor)

Pen and ink: permanent ink pens such as microns, sharpies and 

water-soluble fine-tipped pens, and even fountain pens

Markers: Thick and thin point, permanent or water-soluble, black, shades of gray, or even colors

Watercolor paints: travel kit, brushes, small jar of water, water spray bottle.

Bottle of water

Rag or paper towels


Sketchbook of your choice. Remember, you will be on the road/trail, so keep it small, light and compact. Use highest quality! You are worth it- AND your sketches will be better.



According to there are 220 official Urban Sketchers Chapters worldwide! We are on our way to becoming one of them! 

Our Manifesto

We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.

Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.

Our drawings are a record of time and place.

We are truthful to the scenes we witness.

We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.

We support each other and draw together.

We share our drawings online.

We show the world, one drawing at a time.

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NWPHX Urban Sketching

2022 Adventure Schedule


January 18th   9am.    Lake Pleasant

                                    Meet at The Desert Outdoor Center

                                    41402 N 87th Avenue in Peoria


February 3rd    9am.    White Tank Mountain Park

                                    Meet at the Library

                                    20304 W White Tank Mt in Waddell


March 3rd        10am.  The Grotto Café

                                    6501 E Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek


April 5th           9am.    Ebb & Flow Café in Buckeye

                                    21804 W Main Street in Verrado


May 4th            10am   Ribbons Tea House 

                                    111 W Honeysuckle Street in Litchfield Park


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