San José Sketchwalks

As a Creative Ambassador for the City of San José in 2023, I will lead a series of walks in the city through the year, focussing on drawing to connect and discover. Each walk will be narrated by a San Joséan who will share stories, history, and memories on the walk while I guide you through drawing the experience.

Sketchwalks are open to EVERYONE, but I am especially encouraging anyone that does not consider themselves an artist or is beginner artist to sign up. Drawing instructions will be tailored to complete beginners and supplies will provided to the first 15 signups for each sketchwalk.

Why Sketchwalks?
Writer Lauren Ekin says it beautifully: ”Walking is mapping with your feet. It helps you piece a city together, connecting up neighborhoods that might otherwise have remained discrete entities“

And drawing is walking with your eyes and following that path with your pencil. Drawing slows you down and lets you connect deeply to where you are with all your senses.

San José Sketchwalks combines the power of walking and drawing for an experience that creates a lasting connection to neighborhoods in San José.

Whether you have known these places for eons or have never walked them, you will see and draw something you never noticed before.

Preservation Action Council is my project partner, and the Ambassador Program is sponsored by San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs


Our first sketchwalk for Women’s History Month in March, telling the story of Carmela Fallon at Fallon House, was announced yesterday by San Jose History and filled up immediately. But there are more sketchwalks coming soon.

More info on the walks here.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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1 Response to San José Sketchwalks

  1. I’m sure you will have a lot of fun as a Creative Ambasador for the city of San Jose. I’ve seen from your artwork that there is a lot of History and Culture in your part of California.

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