Loudoun Sketch Club

Creating and Supporting the Visual Arts in Loudoun County, Virginia since 1944.

About Us

Some History …

Three talented ladies offered their artwork at the Waterford Fair in Waterford, Virginia in 1944. They called themselves the “Hot Sketchers,” but their ensuing success prompted the more serious name “The Loudoun Sketch Club.” Those formidable women were integrally instrumental in creating a Loudoun community that appreciates visual art to this day. One of the founding three, Vinton Pickens, convinced the Board of Supervisors to found the first Planning Commission for Loudoun County in 1942, and served as its first Chairman. Her efforts to appreciate the natural beauty of Loudoun resulted in our enjoyment of a county free of highway signage. She also established the ongoing collection of art produced by Loudoun artists displayed currently in the halls of the Loudoun County Government Building.

Who We Are Today…


The Loudoun Sketch Club (LSC) is an active group of local artists working in various media. Spring through Fall, outside painting sessions converge every Tuesday from 10 am – 2pm at various scenic locations around Loudoun County.

Besides providing artists with an opportunity to practice their craft in gorgeous plein air locations, to learn from interesting presentations and to meet with like-minded artists, the Loudoun Sketch Club gives its members opportunities to show their work in annual members-only shows.  Members also receive our informative bi-monthly newsletter and enjoy web-presence on the member’s page of this website.

Loudoun Sketch Club is open to all residents of Loudoun County and the surrounding areas working in painting, sculpture, photography and related fine visual arts.