Second Annual Uxbridge Sketch Walk & Art Festival

It’s our second annual event! Come join us and celebrate!

Uxbridge features some of the most beautiful scenery in the region. Did you know that within a five-minute walk of our Uxbridge Art Gallery there is a train station, several old churches, two historical homes, a waterfall, and several old stone buildings?

We have created a day of creativity, art, and fun to explore all that is delightful about Uxbridge!

This event is FREE and open to the public! All are welcome and warmly encouraged to participate! From raw beginners to experienced artists, come enjoy the day! The morning will be sketching around Uxbridge. The afternoon will be portrait sketching in the gallery. Come to one or both halves, whatever you wish! FREE!

The event is led by talented BVAA member and artist Dennis Smith.
The featured artist instructor is Laura Sfiat.

Saturday, June 8th, 2019
10am – 3pm

BVAA Open Sky Uxbridge Community Gallery
5 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569


In the spirit of Urban Sketchers, we will sketch Uxbridge!

This sketch walk will be led by talented artist Dennis Smith and instructed by Laura Sfiat. We will meet at the BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Art Gallery at 5 South Main at 10am to get acquainted. We’ll discuss what sketching is all about. At 10:30am, we will head off as a group to a first sketch site. At 11:15am we will move to a second sketch site. You can stay with the group to get the instruction and feedback, or if you wish to roam on your own, Dennis has put together an amazing set of maps and photos of area locations to get you started.

Dennis Smith SketchWalk Maps and Photos

You can bring your sketchbook or pad, pens, pencils, watercolors or whatever your favorite medium and have at it. If you don’t have materials, we will have items to share.

Materials List – bring your own or we’ll supply them:

1-Staedtler Pigment Liner, 0.1mm, Black Ink (308-0.1) and 0.4mm
Learn more:
2-Pentel Arts Pocket Brush Pen, Includes 2 Black Ink Refills (GFKP3BPA)
Learn more:
3-Cotman Watercolors: (affordable line, not the professional)
cerulean blue
ultramarine blue
yellow ocher
sap green
perylene green
bamboo brushes small and medium
small spray bottle
water container
watercolor paper 140 cold press pad (any brand)
optional: an old toothbrush for spatter and a small natural sponge for trees

Lunch is from around noon to 12:45pm. You can bring a picnic lunch to eat at the waterfall or in the gallery. There are plenty of restaurant options along Main Street, or if you wish, we’ll order in a pizza or two and you can chip in for a share of that. Whatever your lunchtime ideas, We will meet back at the Uxbridge art gallery around 12:45pm to share our experiences. We will create a wall of our sketches so we can take photos of the art and our group.

Urban Sketch by Laura Sfiat


For the afternoon, Laura Sfiat will guide us through how to create portrait sketches. We’ll be inside in the gallery for this portion. Again, all levels are welcome to join us and participate. The portrait sketching runs from 1pm to 3pm.

You can bring your own favorite supplies or we’ll have some on hand.

Materials list (bring your own or we’ll supply them):

bristol smooth pad
2b and 4b pencil or mechanical pencil
kneaded eraser

Video of the portrait sketching workshop:


As part of our Uxbridge celebration, we’ll have a showcase of local Uxbridge-themed art on hand for visitors to explore. From notecards to prints to original paintings, we’ll delight in the fantastic beauty which is Uxbridge.

There is a TON of free parking immediately next to this building. It is fully and easily handicapped accessible.

BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Art Gallery Information

Here’s more details about Dennis Smith:

Dennis Smith SketchWalk Maps and Photos

The featured artist instructor is Laura Sfiat.

Ask with any questions! All levels and ages are warmly welcomed to join us!

For inspiration and to get an idea of what others have done, visit Urban Sketchers website at or their Boston group at

Sponsored in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council / Festivals Program.

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