Urban Sketch Walk at St. Patrick’s Island

Sat, May 6, 2023 1:00 PM

St. Patrick's Island CORE Calgary

Meeting Place: To be shared with registrants

2 hour(s)

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Summary: Grab some pens and paper to join children's book illustrator and author Carolyn Fisher for a nature walk with frequent stops to sketch!

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About this Walk

Do you like to draw? Grab some colored pencils and paper and join children’s book illustrator and author Carolyn Fisher at St. Patrick’s Island for a 3.6km walk with frequent stops to sketch. All ages and levels of experience welcome. Kids must be accompanied by a grownup.

Urban sketching is the practice of capturing a real place at a real moment in time — live and on-the-spot. For this urban sketch walk, we’ll sketch to observe the way that nature and humans live side by side in the middle of the city. We’ll jot our impressions, practice drawing techniques, play creative games, and feed our imaginations while taking a leisurely wander through St. Patrick’s Island park in the Bow River. At the end of the walk, we’ll stroll across the bridge for treats at a local coffee shop.


  • Sketchbook if you have it; or a handful of paper, like 20 sheets. It doesn’t matter what kind of paper it is, it could be blank or lined or colored.
  • A hard surface to set your paper on, like a clipboard or a hardcover book or a piece of cardboard.
  • Colored pencils or colored Sharpies or markers or felt pens or highlighters, whatever you happen to have.
  • A jacket or tarp to set on the ground to sit on.
  • Hat, water, sunglasses, extra clothing layers, rainjacket (you can sit on it or use it for rain), sunscreen.

The meeting location for this walk will be shared with registrants prior to the walk. Please note that participants who are driving to the meeting location should be prepared to pay for parking.

Quadrant: CORE

Meeting Place: To be shared with registrants

Walk Duration: 2 hour(s)

Areas of Interest: Urbanism | Environment |

Accessibility: Steep Slopes, Uneven Terrain, Busy Sidewalks, Fun For Kids, Breaks Offered Along The Way

Led By: Carolyn Fisher

Inner City: Yes

About the Walk Team

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Walk Leader(s): Carolyn Fisher

Award-winning artist/author Carolyn Fisher has illustrated eight picture books, three of which she also wrote. Her most recent book, Summer Feet (with writer Sheree Fitch) won the David Booth Prize at the Canadian Children’s Book Awards. In addition to teaching at art college for seven years, Carolyn has talked to thousands of kids and adults about writing, art, and making books. She investigates science and nature by sketchbook from her home in Calgary. See more at www.carolynfisher.com or follow her on social media (Twitter: @carolynnfisher, or Instagram: @carolyn_fisher_illustration).