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

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


Levi Plaza, 1270 Battery Street. 12pm-1pm

1270 Battery Street, San Francisco

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)


Yerba Buena Gardens (MLK Memorial Waterfall).  12PM-1PM

750 Howard, San Francisco  

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)


South Park, 64 South Park Avenue.  12PM-1PM


We'll meet at noon at the MLK Memorial Waterfall next to the Metreon Theatre. 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.




Contemporary Jewish Museum ,Jessie Square, 736 Mission Street.  12PM-1PM

736 Jessie Square


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