Thursday, August 27, 2009

Milwaukee Sketch Club at Minooka Park in Waukesha on 8/26/09

In the early morning it looked like it was going to rain but by the time we got to Minooka Park it was sunny. However you can tell fall is coming because there was a brisk breeze and it was cool in the shade.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Is anyone interested in doing a Plein Air Outing in Villa Terrace Museum?

Hello All,

While we were doing the Plein Air outing Wednesday in the Villa Terrace neighborhood we walked passed the Villa Terrace Museum. While looking in at their courtyard we started talking about having an outing for all of us on the premises, outside at the museum.

Today I was in contact with their events planner, Judith. Here is the scoop. There is a cost of $3-4 depending on if it is during hours or not. Open hours are Wed-Sat 1-5pm, Sunday thru Sept. 10-5. In September during the week would be best per their schedule and she would need a two week notice so she can schedule the time.

The only Sunday (or Saturday) morning available in September would be September 13th, but we would have to let her know very soon.

The address of the Villa Terrace Museum, , is 2220 N. Terrace Ave., about 3-4 blocks south of St. Mary's and North Point Tower.

Is anyone interested in doing this Plein Air outing during the week in September on a ,
  • Wednesday or Thursday 1-3pm or on
  • September 13th, Sunday morning 10-Noon, a 2-3 hour hour outing.
Please email me your thoughts ASAP!

I would need an RSVP ASAP or at least by next week Tuesday, August 25. As soon as I have at least 4-5 people on a particular day I will send out an email saying we are doing it that day

FYI - They would prefer us not to use the oil medium on their premises and this outing would have to be strictly outside.

Milwaukee Sketch Club at BackBay Park in Villa Terrace neighborhood

It was a beautiful day on Wednesday morning. We walked around the neighborhood and decided to paint in Back Bay Park which overlooks the Milwaukee Lakefront. We could see boats sailing in Lake Michigan and yachts in McKinley Marina. In addition, the houses surrounded the park were very interesting.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Survey for those interested in continuing Plein Air Outings into Fall

Hi everyone, This summer the Milwaukee Sketch Club had a lot of fun plein air outings and I would like to continue our plein air outings into fall.

If you are interested please let me know your thoughts on the following or what would work best for you.


Tuesday at what time?
  • Mornings starting at 9am
  • Late morning starting at 11
  • Afternoons starting at 1
  • Late afternoons starting around 4
Locations rate number #1 where you would most like to go to #28 where you'd least like to go. Also please add in any additional locations that you'd like to visit.

  • Elmbrook Historical Society Stage Coach Inn (W)
  • Boerner Botanical Gardens (S)
  • Whitnal Park waterfall (S)
  • Hoyt Park bridge (N)
  • Greenfield Park Lagoon (W)
  • Grant Park, clubhouse, beach, waterfalls (SE)
  • North Ave Water tower (E)
  • Bradford Beach (E)
  • Kletch Park Falls (N)
  • Downtown Waukesha (W)
  • Downtown Greendale (S)
  • Veterans center (N)
  • McKinley Marina (E)
  • Cedarburg Covered Bridge (N)
  • Veterans Park on Milwaukee Lakefront (E)
  • North Point Lighthouse (E)
  • South Shore Yacht Club (S)
  • Scout Lake off Loomis (S)
  • Crystal Ridge (SW)
  • Holy Hill
  • Harley Davidson Museum
  • Juno Park
  • Lapham Peak
  • Bayview around KK & Bay street near out of business Omega Burger Stand
  • Cupertino Park
  • Hank Aaron State Trail
  • Retzer Nature Center
  • Lion's Den Gorge: off Ulao Dr, east of Grafton/I-43

Thanks again!

Milwaukee Sketch Club will be meeting in the Villa Terrace Neighborhood

Hello All

This Wednesday we will be meeting at the east side neighborhood near Villa Terrace Decorative Arts museum near the intersection of N. Terrace Ave and E. Ivanhoe Pl. That appears to be right in front of the museum, about 2 blocks south of the North Ave water tower.

FYI - This Next Saturday Aug. 22 is at South Shore Yacht Club 2300 E. Nock St. off Hwy 32 north of Oklahoma Ave. - if anyone is going please email everyone else if you want company. Please note that after this Saturdays outing there are only two more scheduled ending on Saturday, August 29. Some of us are considering doing more Plein Air through the fall season possibly on Tuesdays.

See you there Wednesday at Villa Terrace Neighborhood.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Milwaukee Sketch Club in Downtown Greendale

The weather was perfect. Several people painted near the gazebo, some people took the path from the park that went behind the houses, one person painted on his car on the street in a neighborhood. Also there was the clock tower, a stream running with rocks running underneath the bridges... Lots of neat areas to paint.

Some more suggestions for Plein Air Outings: Veterans Park, Scout Lake off of Loomis, Crystal Ridge, Holy Hill.

If anyone has some other places they'd like to sketch and paint, just email

Monday, August 10, 2009

Wednesday Plein Air Outing Location has changed for Milwaukee Sketch Club

Hello all,

We will not be going to the Paul Davidson Restoration building!

We have found out there is some construction going on where we were going to meet to paint.

We are going to repeat the June 13th outing for Downtown Greendale.

We are going to meet at the Greendale public library at the south end of Broad Street. The area has a fountain (in between shops), shops that have flower gardens and trees on the steet side of the parking lots in front of them, a gazebo park (adjacent across the steet from the library), older quaint homes on side streets on both sides of Broad Street south of the library where you see Crocus Ct, Dale Ln, Currant Ln on the map. Some of these homes are multi-family homes that remind me of lake side cottages. There is plenty of parking near the library or in front of any of the shops. The small park has plenty of older trees in which to find some shade to set up too.

See you there Wednesday at Downtown Greendale!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Fred Bell acrylic classes

Fred Bell who works in acrylics is teaching several classes this fall. See his website for classes:

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Milwauke Sketch Club at Wehr Nature Center

It was a very nice day. No rain! This was an OK place but I think the parking lot on top of the hill near the waterfall is a better place on Mallard Lake. Coneflowers, beebalm, lillies and other flowers were in bloom.

Some places that might be fun to paint: Harley Davidson Museum, Juno Park, Lapham Peak.

James Hempel Classes, Plein workshops, Demos......

North Woods Minoqua plein air workshop at Florie Enders cabin on Spider Lake August 20-22nd. Florie has 4 bunks and 2 futons still available, or there are motels within 10 minutes for those who prefer privacy.

Two daylong plein air workshops this month. One in town (marina, lakefront) on Friday August 7th, and one in the country on Friday, August 14th. In addition I will offer one night plein air painting workshop in Cedarburg , on Sunday August 9th!
Details and locations will be sent to those who respond with interest.

4 WED mornings from 10 AM - 12:30 PM
4 WED evenings from 6:45 PM - 9:15 PM
Session Dates: August 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
WED PM no class Aug 19th, so August 26th and Sept 2nd are last two

** Demos are held every Wed @ 9AM - These are free to all enrolled students!
Choose from a variety of media
Work at your own pace with individualized instruction
Fee is $120 per 4 class session
Make up any missed classes at any other available class time or in the next session-classes are held year round.

4 SAT mornings from 10 AM - 12:30 PM
Session Dates: August 8th, 15th, 29nd, Sept 5th

** Demos are held every Sat @ 9AM - These ae free to all enrolled students!
Choose from a variety of media
Work at your own pace with individualized instruction
Fee is $120 per 4 class session
Make up any missed classes at any other available class time or in next session-classes continue year round.

Please call or e-mail me with any questions:
Cell : (414) 530-6939

To register, please mail your name, address, phone number and e-mail address along with check for class fee to:
133 W. Pittsburgh Ave., Studio #503
Milwaukee, WI 53204
Please remember to indicate which class you will be attending!

*In addition, if you are a new student, please call ahead for a materials list, driving & parking directions, and instructions on how to get into building after 6PM and on weekends. Thanks!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Milwaukee Sketch Club will be at Todd Wehr Nature Center this Wednesday

Hello All
Next Wednesday we will be meeting at Todd Wehr Center. This is a nature center that is in Whitnall Park that also includes Boerner Botanical Gardens. The actual road that is marked is Nature Center Drive (north/south) off of College(east/west). You have to turn into this road on the south side of College and go all the way to the end to get to their parking lot. Their parking lot costs $3. If anyone does not want to pay this then you can go on the 92 street side of Mallard lake and take a long walk around it on the trail until you find us. The facility includes the following list from the web site
  • Twenty acre Mallard Lake with three islands, completed in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, there is a waterfall on the north end of the lake that you can access a lot easier from a parking lot on Whitnall Park Drive off of 92nd Street mentioned above.
  • Wetlands that include sedge meadow, shrub carr and floodplain forest, accessible via a 1,700 foot boardwalk, featuring two piers and a bird blind
  • Restored Oak Savanna and Prairie
  • Maple and Oak Woodlands
  • Over five miles of looping trails and interpretive signage
  • Visitor Center
See you there Wednesday.

Milwaukee Sketch Club Saturday Plein Air on KK ave & Bay St. in Bayview

Well we actually started going to Barnacle Bud's & Milwaukee Harbor Yacht Club but we couldn't find them near Stewart & Gilbert, so we met at KK & Stewart by this real cute building that might have been a Northwestern station at one time. North of this building was a bridge that opens, St. Mary's Cement factory (2000 s KK) & riverboats but it was pretty windy on the bridge so we went a couple blocks south on KK ave to this little park at Archer & KK. The houses were very neat looking there. Then it started to rain so we went next door to the out of business Omega Burger and stood under their overhang facing the Bay Street Pub on Bay street and painted the neighborhood. It didn't rain very hard or long but remained overcast at a comfortable temperature. Lot of bikers & walkers.

On the way home saw Cupertino Park and thought that might be an interesting place to paint. A quick search on the internet gave only the following information. and

Milwaukee Sketch Club August Plein Air Schedule