Casa Grande Urban Sketchers: ‘We Sketch What We See’

by Ellen Koehn, Founder, Casa Grande Urban Sketchers Group

Going with the old adage, “Build it and they will come,” Casa Grande Urban Sketchers put a meeting notice in the local newspaper and on internet chat group sites for its first meeting time and place. That was in late October 2018. 

Soon our growing membership met each Tuesday at different places, such as Caywood Farms, North Mountain Park and an auto supply junk yard. We are always looking for new, interesting places to sketch and paint.


In May, we participated in the Art @ the Airport -Plane Air Show at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport along with the Casa Grande Arts Association, Casa Grande Arts and Humanities Council and The Museum of Casa Grande History. We were proud to be included in this community event. 

Our schedule is posted on our Facebook page, Casa Grande Urban Sketchers, as well as with local internet chat groups (CGCHAT, NextDoor) and in the newspaper. During the winter, we meet weekly on Tuesdays at varying locations. The summer schedule is more relaxed with fewer meetings per month, but they are always posted.

Our guidelines are very simple, we sketch what we see, when we see it, where we are. No photographs or internet images are used. We have no teacher, no dues and no critics! All mediums and skill levels are welcome. Some folks paint or use watercolors; some use ink or pencil. All mediums are fun and interesting. We simply enjoy sharing our efforts and the relaxation of being out and about in Casa Grande. 

For more information contact Ellen Koehn, 253-350-1243, ekoehn7@gmail.com or visit the Casa Grande Urban Sketchers Facebook page.