THE WINNIPEG SKETCH CLUB
has the distinction of being one of the oldest clubs of fine art in Canada. It was founded in 1914 by A.J. Musgrove, the first principal of the Winnipeg School of Art and the Director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
The express purpose of the Club throughout its history has been to provide artists with opportunities to sketch from live models. The First Annual Exhibition was held in February of 1916 in the Winnipeg Museum of Fine Art and this tradition has since continued without interruption. The Club has played a significant role in the growth and evolution of fine art in Winnipeg.
Many distinguished artists have been members since the club was founded, such as Frank Johnston and Lemoine Fitzgerald, both members of the famous “Group of Seven”. Other renowned artists include the likes of Clarence Tellenius, Eric Bergman, Jack Markell, Charles Comfort, Lynn Sissons, Pauline Boutal, Robert Bruce, Peter Kuch, Neil Hoogstraten, and Leo Mol.
The Winnipeg Sketch Club is privileged to possess this diverse legacy and endeavors to honour its rich heritage while trying to seek new and greater challenges in the future.
When and Where
The club meets on Tuesday evenings, 7:00 – 9:00 pm from September to early June at 120 Eugenie St. which is the Forum Art Institute Building. Our sessions are on the lower level where we meet to to draw or paint from life. Two Tuesdays of each month feature a nude models and on those nights the session is extended to 6:30 – 9:30. See Club News for the current schedule.