What is Sketchy Tuesday?

The Short story

Sketchy Tuesday is an urban sketching adventure during the Architecture and the City festival, brought to you by Arterra Landscape Architects and the AIASF. Gather with a group of architects, sketchers, designers and enthusiasts every Tuesday in September at noon to sketch the city and meet a creative community. 

Grab your own lunch, sketchbook and drawing utensil of choice and meet us at an off-the-beaten-path location around San Francisco.

The festival theme this year is Secret City, and we'll be doing our best to show you a side of the city you haven't seen before by exploring San Francisco's POPOS: privately owned public open spaces.

POPOS are spaces for the public to use within private buildings for lunch, informal meetings, reading, sketching or to spend sometime outside, and we will pass through private buildings to access some of the public spaces. For more information, see SPUR's great guide on POPOS

Share your sketches with the group on our website and Instagram by using the hashtag #SketchyTuesday or emailing your drawings to nicole@arterrasf.com.


The unabridged version

Keep the art of sketching alive, by joining us for the third year of Sketchy Tuesday!

Every Tuesday at noon in September, a group of sketchers, architects, landscape architects, designers and enthusiasts will be getting together to sketch.

Sketchy Tuesday was created by landscape designer Alyssa Erickson, who invited the team at Arterra Landscape Architects to go outside, From our first outing to Del Popolo Pizza we were hooked and Sketchy Tuesday quickly became an office tradition. We feel like the weekly sketching has improved our drawing skills and livened up our design process and we've looked forward to the weekly event so much that we wanted to share the idea. We've partnered with the AIASF for their annual festival Architecture and the City to bring this free event to the public every Tuesday in September.

So, grab your favorite lunch, sketchbook, pen/pencil/marker/carrot-dipped-in-ink and join us at one of the locations below!

Be sure to share your sketches by using the hashtag #SketchyTuesday on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, or by emailing your drawings to nicole@arterrasf.com. (Let us know if you want your sketch to be posted without your name.)

Can't make it? Throw your own Sketchy Tuesday! Gather your colleagues, friends or take a moment for yourself and sketch! Stay in touch with your fellow sketchers on this website and by sharing your sketches. If you'd like us to include your event on the site, send your information to nicole@arterrasf.com



Throw your own Sketchy Tuesday with our printable PDF guide!


We also made a printable calendar for September's events and instructions, if you'd like a paper copy, or would like to help us promote.


100 First Street Roof Terrace. 12pm-1pm

100 First St, San Francisco (SOMA)

Join us for the first Sketchy Tuesday of Architecture and the City 2017! We'll be meeting at the roof terrace above the 100 First Street Garage. The terrace is part of the 100 First Street building, but the entrance to the terrace is on Mission Street between First and Second, near 515 Mission Street. Take the large flight of stairs next to Proper Food. There is an accessible entrance with an elevator through the lobby of 100 First Street.

In addition to Proper Food, there are many great lunch spots right around the terrace. The terrace has great benches, tables and lots of interesting angles to draw, as well as a view of the Transbay Terminal's cool metal screen. (Thanks, John King, for the tip!)

RSVP (Not Required)


San francisco Art institute rooftop.  12PM-1PM

800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco  (russian Hill/North Beach)

Let's meet at the San Francisco Art Institute for some sketching on their rooftop! Enter through the main doors at 800 Chestnut, walk across the courtyard, and follow the hallway to the left to the stairs or elevator to the Zellerbach Quadrangle. On the next floor, there is a staircase to the right of the Emmanuel Walter Gallery to the upper level of the roof. Both the lower and upper levels of the roof have great vistas to sketch.

While you're there, don't miss the fresco by Diego Rivera, in the Diego Rivera Gallery.

The SFAI has a cafe right in the Zellerbach Quadrangle to grab some lunch or a snack, and we also highly recommend Cafe de Casa a few blocks away.

Special Guest Sketcher: Dan Hogman

RSVP (Not Required)




We'll meet at noon at the Redwood Park next to the Transamerica Building. If you haven't been to this park, it's a very fun surprise in the middle of a business district, and certainly came to mind when we thought of this year's theme, Secret City.

If you don't immediately see the park and the tall redwoods, keep walking around the pyramid: there are entrances from Clay and Washington Streets.

This location is in the heart of the Financial District, so there are a plethora of spots to stop if you don't want to pack a lunch. 

Special Guest Sketcher: Dan Hogman

RSVP (Not Required)




150 California roof terrace.  12PM-1PM

150 california Street Roof Terrace (Financial district)

Join us for spectacular views of the skyline from the 150 California Street Roof Terrace.

Simply enter the lobby, sign in at the desk, say you're going to the roof terrace and take the elevator to the 6th floor.

Pack your own lunch or stop at one of the many lunch spots around.

Special Guest Sketcher: Beate Fritsch

RSVP (Not Required)


Photos from past events


Transamerica redwood park

SFAI Rooftop

100 First Street roof Terrace

Heath Ceramics

Dogpatch waterfront (2016)

343 sansome rooftop


One Kearny Roof Terrace

by the bay bridge

St. Mary's Square

Dogpatch Waterfront