SketchTribe

Live to Draw. Draw to Live. Enjoy improving your observational drawing skills. Learn to use your sketchbook for developing ideas, organizing your thoughts, and increasing productivity.

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Scroll down to view our lineup of meetups, workshops, and events. For updates subscribe to the Scribbles Institute eNewsletter.

Enjoy a fun, free-for-all night of drawing and partying…

Coming Soon! DrawFest 2018

DrawFest 2018 Meetup Details

Join us for a fun-filled night of drawing and partying at our free-for-all SketchTribe Meetup Drawing Party.

Enjoy a conversation over some pencil doodles or dive into some charcoal sketches from life. We’ve got all the drawing materials you’ll need. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow sketchers. Got a sketchbook? Bring it along. A fun, creative evening for the whole family—and it’s FREE! Our SketchTribe parties are in conjunction with First Friday Santa Cruz Art Tour Where: The Scribbles Institute When: Friday, October 5th 2018, 6-9:30pm

Join the fun! Our Santa Cruz Drawing Meetups and iPad Drawing Meetups are great for test-driving the Scribbles Institute studio. Free activities, demos, lessons, refreshments, and more!

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First Friday Art Tour Info

Coming Soon! Sketch Walks

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Walking is wonderful for a healthy body and imagination. SketchTribe Sketch Walks are 2 hours of strolling and sketching in interesting urban and natural settings. Practice sketching the essence of subjects as we change locations every 20 or 30 minutes. Breathe fresh Santa Cruz air and sketch like the wind!

Coming Soon! What You’ll Practice: Quickly capture buildings, trees, and people with minimal line work. Study perspective while sketching landmark buildings (shown in above sketch). Open to adults (Basic sketchbook skills recommended). When: Coming Soon! 5:30-7:30pm Where: Meet Rob at The Scribbles Institute at 5:15pm; then we’ll walk to nearby locations for sketching. Cost: Free! Materials needed: Sketchbook and 2B-9B drawing pencils (various ink pens are cool to try too!), portable chair or camping stool is recommended. Limited to 10 participants.

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Coming Soon! River Walk: What You’ll Practice: Quickly capture various landscape sketches as we walk along the San Lorenzo River near the Tannery area. Open to adults (Basic sketchbook skills recommended). When: Coming Soon! 5:30-7:30pm Where: Meet Rob at The Scribbles Institute at 5:15pm; then we’ll walk to nearby locations for sketching. Cost: Free! Materials needed: Sketchbook and 2B-9B drawing pencils (various ink pens are cool to try too!), portable chair or camping stool is recommended. Limited to 10 participants

We’ll be doing all sorts of fun Sketch Walks in the not-too-distant future! To stay in touch, subscribe to our eNewsletter.

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Future Workshops

Explore! Experiment! Express! And have fun! Our SketchTribe Workshops help adult and youth participants discover new ways to apply drawing skills.

Urban Sketching: Squid Row Details & Cost

What better activity to enjoy on a Saturday afternoon? Going outside to sketch, of course! We’ll find some excellent vantage points to sketch the hustle and bustle of Santa Cruz. What You’ll Learn: Practice quickly capturing buildings, trees, and Surf City’s fascinating street life. Open to adult beginners. When: Coming Soon, 1-4pm Where: Meet with Rob at location to be announced. Cost: $45 Materials needed: Sketchbook and 2B-9B drawing pencils (various ink pens are cool to try too!) Limited to 12 participants.

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Zen Pen Workshop Details & Cost

Grab a fist full of assorted pens and mix it up with random lines and shapes on a nice, big piece of paper! This workshop is for beginners and advanced artists.

Experiment with a variety of pens and ink, including Tombow pens, Micron pens, and Speedball tips. Explore various techniques such as stipple and cross-hatching Where: The Scribbles Institute 303 Potrero #59 Santa Cruz When: Coming Soon, 1-4pm Cost: $45 (materials included) Refreshments served. Limited to 12 participants.

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Wilder Ranch Field Sketching Details & Cost

One of our popular field sketching workshops is an afternoon at Wilder Ranch! Relax at this scenic ranch setting while exploring methods of composition and how to capture subject matter quickly while drawing historic buildings, animals, trees, and farm equipment.

Open to adults, all skill levels—especially beginners Where: Wilder Ranch State Park (Directions: Click Here). Meet Rob at the Victorian yellow house near the entrance, starting at 12:30pm. When: Coming Soon, 1-4pm Cost: $45 Materials needed: Sketchbook and 2B-9B drawing pencils (various ink pens are cool to try too!). Portable chair or camping stool recommended. Bring a jacket just in case it gets breezy. Workshop is limited to 12 participants. Deadline for sign up is May 25.

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Intro to Sketchbook Basics Details & Cost

This basic workshop is a great way to prepare for our other SketchTribe workshops. What You’ll Learn: Introduction to sketching techniques and strategies for drawing from life and imagination. Explore composition and capturing subject matter quickly. We’ll spend time in the studio for introductory lessons; then go outside to sketch architecture and trees. Open to adult beginners. Where: The Scribbles Institute When: Coming Soon Cost: $45 Materials needed: Sketchbook and 2B-9B drawing pencils (We’ve got lots of different pencils and pens for you to try.) Refreshments served. Limited to 12 participants.

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Flower Drawing Workshop

All day workshop! Join drawing coach, Rob Court for this 1-day intensive workshop. Rob will show you how to use his Block, Sketch, Draw method for drawing flowers. Learn to block in dominant shapes and angles, study and capture realistic organic form; then finish with a beautifully drawn composition.

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When: Saturday, 2018, 10am-4pm Where: The Scribbles Institute Cost: $75 includes all materials Prerequisite: Level 2 or 3 Drawing Lab at the Scribbles Institute or equivalent (contact Rob if you have questions)

Seating is limited to 8, so register soon! Refreshments and healthy snacks will be served, but you may want to bring a lunch (we have a fridge).

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Urban Perspective In Sketching

10.12.10.view.from.falafel.house.smWelcome the beginning of spring by getting outside and sketching, and Learn how to put the 3D world on the 2D page.  We’ll find some excellent vantage points to sketch the hustle and bustle of Santa Cruz. What You’ll Learn: Practice quickly capturing buildings, trees, and Surf City’s fascinating street life. Open to adult beginners. When: Saturday, 2018, 1-4pm Where: Meet with Rob at location to be announced. Cost: $45 Materials needed: Sketchbook and 2B-9B drawing pencils (various ink pens are cool to try too!)

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Intro to Sketchbook Basics

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This basic workshop is a great way to prepare for our other SketchTribe workshops. What You’ll Learn: Introduction to sketching techniques and strategies for drawing from life and imagination. Explore composition and capturing subject matter quickly. We’ll spend time in the studio for introductory lessons; then go outside to sketch architecture and trees. Open to adult beginners. Where: The Scribbles Institute When: Saturday, 2018, 1-4pm Cost: $45 Materials needed: Sketchbook and 2B-9B drawing pencils (We’ve got lots of different pencils and pens for you to try.) Refreshments served.

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Arboretum Field Sketching

Stroll, with sketchbook in hand, through a wide variety of plant and tree species in this tranquil setting overlooking the Monterey Bay. What You’ll Learn: Practice outdoor field sketching skills while observing various plants and trees. Open to adult beginners Where: UCSC Arboretum (Directions: Click Here). Rob will be at Norrie’s Gift Shop near the entrance, starting at 12:30. When: Saturday, 2018, 1-4pm Cost: $45 Materials needed: Sketchbook and 2B-9B drawing pencils (various ink pens are cool to try too!); a portable chair or camping stool is recommended.

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Draw Humans With Stickppl!

For beginners: traditional paper and pencil as well as iPad.

This is the easiest and funnest way to learn how to draw the human figure! Join Rob Court for an afternoon of learning to draw the stick people. You’ll bring your stick figures to life as you learn about movement, expressions, and emotions.  Where: The Scribbles Institute 303 Potrero #59 Santa Cruz When: Saturday, 2018, 1-4pm Cost: $45 (materials included) Refreshments served

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Abstract/Expressive Drawing

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What you’ll learn: Begin with foundational skills by learning to express yourself with lines, shapes, patterns, and rhythm. You’ll learn to draw out your inner artist and learn basic composition skills while listening to different genres of music. If you’ve taken this workshop before, Rob will have more advanced lessons for you to work on, too Where: The Scribbles Institute 303 Potrero #59 Santa Cruz, California When: Saturday, 2018, 1-4pm Cost: $45 (materials included) Limited seating. Deadline to register: October 14, 2015

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Prismacolor Pencil Drawing

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Adult beginners explore using Prismacolor pencils to achieve realism while drawing simple objects. What You’ll Learn: Blending colors, 3D modeling, measuring proportions. Recommended prerequisite: Level 1 Drawing Lab skills. Limited seating. Where: The Scribbles Institute 303 Potrero #59 Santa Cruz When: Saturday, 2018, 1-4pm Cost: $45 (materials included)

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Figure Drawing Workshops

You’ve been asking for it, and now we’re going to do it!  We are in the planning stages to start a Introduction to Figure Drawing course and regular drop-in figure sessions. We are considering various guest instructors and we’re looking to launch in late spring or early summer, 2016. We may do this as a 4-evening course or possibly consecutive Saturdays. Let us know what you think. Where: The Scribbles Institute 303 Potrero #59 Santa Cruz When: Saturday, 2018  Cost: To be determined

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Pastel Drawing

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In our popular Pastel Drawing  workshop, Cathy Patton, a local artist and teacher, will be showing us basic skills in composition & blending colors. If you’ve taken this workshop before, Cathy will have more advanced lessons for you to work on, too. Limited seating. Where: The Scribbles Institute 303 Potrero #59 Santa Cruz When: Saturday, 2018, 1-4pm Cost: $45 (materials included) Refreshments served

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iPad Drawing Meetups & Workshops

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Curious about drawing on the iPad? Have fun learning how to sketch and organize ideas with popular drawing apps at our fun and informative SketchTribe iPad Meetups and workshops.

iPad Drawing Meetups (Free!)
iPad-meetupIf you’re learning to draw on your iPad, join the fun at our Summer iPad Drawing Meetup. Mingle with experienced iPad artists, enjoy refreshments with other like-minded iPad sketchers, and get creative in our friendly studio environment. All you need to bring is your iPad, stylus, and desire to learn. Recommended iPad drawing apps: Procreate and Paper 53 When: Coming Soon! Where: The Scribbles Institute Cost: FREE! (Simply sign up for our Meetup group and RSVP: Join Us!) Refreshments served. Questions? Contact Rob

iPad Drawing Meetup Info!

Coming Soon!: iPad Night-Sketching Meetup

iPad-night-sketchingTry something wild and different this summer with your iPad—night sketching! iPads are very cool for sketching the Santa Cruz nightlife. This special Meetup takes place on the bluff, overlooking the Wharf. What You’ll Practice: Use tools and features in drawing apps such as Procreate and Paper 53. iPad sketching techniques for quickly capturing vibrant lights and reflections. Where: Meet with Rob at a location to be announced.  When: Coming Soon! 8:00-10:00pm Cost: FREE! (Simply sign up for our Meetup group and RSVP: Join us!) Materials needed: iPad, (recommended apps: Procreate, Paper 53) stylus, and portable chair or camping stool. Meetup is limited to 15 participants. Questions? Contact Rob

iPad Drawing Meetup Info!


On-Location Workshops & Events

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The Scribbles Institute is proud to serve the Central California Coast from our friendly little studio in Santa Cruz. We are always eager to work with important organizations such as the Homeless Garden Project, shown above. Here are some of the various workshops and events we are involved in:

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Church St. Fair

Happy sketchers, young and old, visit our booth at the Church Street Fair in Santa Cruz. We offer free lessons as well space for sketchers to unleash their freestyle drawing powers. Participants are free to draw for as long as they want and return the next day. The fair is part of the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival and attracts a huge Central Coast crowd as well as visitors from around the world.  Where: On Church Street, in front of the Civic Auditorium, downtown Santa Cruz Info: Event Website Cost: Free

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Lenz Arts Drawing For Beginners

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Extremely Fun Drawing Skills For Absolute Beginners—Especially Adults Who Think They Can’t Draw. Rob Court enjoys doing regular workshops at the coolest art store on the planet to conduct his popular drawing workshop. Reconnect with your childhood thrill of drawing as you’re introduced to basic observational drawing skills and techniques. What you’ll learn: We’ll start by learning the overhand, underhand, and tripod pencil grips. Then we’ll begin building foundational skills by drawing with lines, shapes, and patterns. You’ll be introduced to drawing from observation and composition as you learn to measure proportions and see positive/negative space. When: Spring 2016 Where: Lenz Arts 142 River Street on the corner of North Pacific and River Street in beautiful Santa Cruz, California Cost: Free! Materials needed: Sketchbook (8.5 x 11″ preferred), Drawing pencils (4B, 6B, 9B recommended)

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Beginners Workshop Info

Drawing at MAH

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We’re proud to working with Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) in engaging events for the whole family such as Art That Moves. Rob Court helps museum participants learn to draw action sports figures such as surfers, skateboarders, snowboarders, and cyclists.

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DrawFest!

SI-FF-meetup-logosSanta Cruz Celebrates the Joy of Drawing! The 7th Annual DrawFest is a Santa Cruz event promoting drawing as a way to make the world a better place. This special, nightlong event is in conjunction with the Santa Cruz First Friday Art Tour.

Our lively Meetup  gatherings have become a popular First Friday Art Tour event for anyone interested in drawing—beginners & pros alike! Share your ideas or phobias about drawing. Experiment with materials. Get some free coaching. Enjoy a conversation over some pencil doodles or dive into some charcoal sketches from life. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow sketchers. Got a sketchbook? Bring it along. A fun, creative evening for the whole family—and it’s FREE! Where: The Scribbles Institute When: Friday, October 5th, 2018, 6-9:30pm  Materials needed: We’ve got all the drawing materials you’ll need. All you need to bring is your desire to draw.

Join the fun! Our Santa Cruz Drawing Meetups and iPad Drawing Meetups are great for test-driving the Scribbles Institute studio. Meet like minded sketchy folks. Free activities, demos, lessons, refreshments, and more!

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Workshops For Your School, Company, Gallery, Organization, Event

Bring Rob Court and the Scribbles Institute to your school or business. See photos of workshop participants at Santa Cruz and Monterey schools and MAH.

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