- a centennial project of the Winnipeg Sletch Club
Click here for WSC information brochure which includes a membership application form.
View the Sketch Club video clip produced by Shaw Cable - click here
View CBC Living Winnipeg segment on our summer outdoor sketching sessions - click here
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’s founding, 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.
PORTRAITS OF THE PAST
Members of the Winnipeg Sketch Club and students of the Winnipeg School Division 1 are preparing for a joint event called "Portraits of the Past" to be held in the Legislative Building Rotundra on April 18, 2013. This event will feature portraits of individuals from Manitoban history, who have made significant contributions to our communities