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April 25, 2023

Sketch & Stroll at Fort Worden

Browse photos from a recent in-person sketching event at Port Townsend’s Fort Worden State Park!

By The Art Toolkit Team

A variety of sketchbooks lie open on cement, open to pages showing pink and purple flowers, trees, and white buildings.

We believe in building community through creativity and love connecting with you at in-person events! Last weekend’s Sketch & Stroll, co-hosted by Fort Worden Hospitality, was our first in-person sketching event in Port Townsend, Washington, and we had a great time with the 30 folks from the area who joined us to explore the park and play with art supplies.

A person in overalls and a hat stands by an easel outside, gesturing, while people in the background gather around tables of supplies for sale.
Maria shares helpful tools for observation and a brief demo.
Two people wearing puffy coats near a blooming pink bush with sketchbooks in hand, one standing one kneeling.
Participants sketch in the rhododendron garden at Fort Worden.

Everyone braved the cool spring morning, finding places out of the wind to sketch among bushes in the Rhododendron Garden or on the lawn by The Commons, where there’s no shortage of things to sketch: old buildings, look-out towers, deer, and the distant Cascade Mountains. We even overlapped with another plein air sketching group while we were there!

A person wearing a raincoat and knitted hat sits on a backpack under a flowering bush, holding a palette and sketching on their lap.
A sketcher finds a spot out of the wind and sprinkling rain.
A sketchbook with panel sketches of trees, pine cones, and flowers, with a palette and open sketchbook lie on the grass.
Panel sketches capture many natural elements that caught this sketcher’s eye.

We brought a variety of products for purchase, including our new Art Toolkits and the Explore Palette, so that participants could leave with one.

A table full of supplies set up outside against a paneled wall next to a lawn and parking lot.
Art Toolkits, palettes, and Water Brushes for sale at the sketching event.
A table of Art Toolkits, palettes, and water brushes on display.
A table of Art Toolkit supplies.

Thank you for your eagerness to practice observing and sketching our beautiful town. We are looking forward to spending more time sketching with folks as the weather warms up. Subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media to hear about future events!

An artist sites on a rock, dipping a paintbrush in a Pocket Palette.

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