Blind Sketch Location, Great Event Fullersburg Woods

As a Meet-Up organizer to the Chicagoland Sketchbook Hikers group, I can schedule sketch class where ever and when ever I want, but the best part of the deal is that members can suggest a location all on their own to the Meet-Up site and create a future event.

Exciting because it is a place I’ve never been before, but a little nerve racking because it’s a place I’ve never been before, and as the sketch teacher I have no idea what we are going to sketch until I get there!


Well, this wonderful Meet-Up event suggested by Celeste, was a great idea. The group met at the nature center where we decided how brave we were, to sketch from inside or to hike and sketch outside. We were brave cookies and decided to take a chance by hiking to this lovely shelter on a tiny island at Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook, IL.


Photo by Alanna (Christine, Donna, Jan, Alanna)

Now it was freezing, so all we could do was make a quick graphite outline and finish with color later inside the nature center. Freezing but well worth it as we had a splendid short hike to the island while discussing our love for art and nature.


We jotted down colors to remember and finished inside. These lovely sketches were done my Jan, Donna, and Alanna.


This is my sketch which I was able to scan in for better viewing.


Photo by Alanna (Alanna, Christine, Donna, Jan)

Here are our wonderful nature sketchers that braved the mean Chicago weather, to appreciate nature and take a piece home with them too!

Check out the Meet-Up site, if you are in the Chicago area maybe you would like to join?


  1. I always enjoy receiving your emails with your sketches. Still have not formed my own group….I have just joined an art guild so perhaps it
    is the time to see if any of the members are interested in a hiking art group!

  2. Bravo to all! Looks like a great location, and yes, when there’s an island involved, ya definitely gotta go for it!!– well done!

    Loved the sketches, another beautifully documented adventure. Your meet-up group is clearly the most distinguished arts group in Chicago Land! : )

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