#DRAWWESTMINSTER5X7 was 14 weeks of drawing prompts to encourage the Westminster community to observe, draw, experience and share what makes Westminster, Maryland a great place to live, work and play…in other words, what makes Westminster Awesome!

August 28th-September 7th 5×7 Underground, Carroll County Arts Council, rainy day, umbrella, self portrait, lunchtime!, artist’s choice

August 21st-August 27th Ascension Episcopal Church, graveyard, nature, McDaniel College, green terror, flag, empty box

August 14th-August 20th Rudolph Girls, an opened book, your favorite literary character, the wind, railroad, stairway, spoon

August 7th-August 13th Westminster at night, sunset, clouds, garden/planter, interesting door/entrance, door knob, crumpled paper

July 31st-August 6th Carroll County 4-H & FFA FAIR, cow, cake, rabbit, tractor, view from your window

July 24th-July 30th Westminster Skate park, skateboard, 3rd Annual Bomb the Hill on Main Street Westminster, feet, upside down, water bottle, favorite snack

July 17th-July 23rd Coffey Music, musical instrument, breakfast, Carroll County Public Library-Westminster Branch, statuary, smiling face, mailbox

July 10th-July 16th Furnace Hills Coffee, coffee cup, turret or steeple, rainbow, bench, a bird, holding hands

July 3rd-July 9th City Park Gaming & Brew Room, board game, paintbrush, City Park, playground, wrought iron, fireworks

June 26th-July 2nd White’s Bicycles, bicycle, tree(s), streetlight, water, two coins, a cat

June 19th-25th Drawing prompts: AYO! Boutique, fashion, chair, shoe, Sprouts (the sculpture), street corner, reflection

June 12th-18th Drawing prompts: Sunny Daze Smoke Shop, incense, Farmer’s Market, vegetables, a dog, glassware, flowers

June 5th-June 11th Drawing prompts: American Ice Co. Cafe, favorite beverage, window, Art in the Park, cicada, leaf, Westminster City Hall

Thanks to the following businesses for participating in #drawwestminster5x7!

American Ice Co. Cafe June 5-11, 2021-Giving away a $25 gift card for their favorite sketch

Sunny Daze Smoke Shop June 12-18, 2021-Giving away a $50 gift card for their favorite sketch & look for a 15% off flash coupon sticker inside of the sketchbooks.

AYO! Boutique June 19-25, 2021-Giving away a $100 gift card and gift bag for their favorite sketch.

White’s Bicycles June 26-July 2, 2021-Giving away a $50 gift card for their favorite sketch.

City Park Gaming and Brew Room July 3-July 9, 2021-Giving away a $25 gift card for their favorite sketch.

Furnace Hills Coffee July 10-16, 2021-Giving away a $40 gift card for their favorite sketch.

Coffey Music July 17-23, 2021-Giving away a $50 gift card for their favorite sketch.

Rudolph Girls August 14-20, 2021-Giving away a gift card for their favorite sketch.

Anyone can draw. Sometimes all that is needed is a little inspiration, purpose and encouragement.  Local artist group 5×7 Underground has come up with 14 weeks of Westminster themed drawing prompts for the summer of 2021 that will be posted on 5x7underground.com, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.  Members of the community are encouraged to draw one or all of the prompts in a travel sized sketchbook using any desired style or media and share their work on social media using the #drawwestminster5x7 hashtag.

Why a travel sized sketchbook? Because great art doesn’t have to be big and travel sized sketchbooks are great for quick sketching en plein air (in the open air) and easy to grab for art on the go!

To help encourage a summer of drawing throughout Westminster, 5×7 Underground gave away 100 5×7 travel sketchbooks with brush pens at the 5×7 Underground vendor’s booth during the 2021 Carroll County Arts Council Art in the Park . Sketchbooks and brush pens were fully funded through a $1000 Hey Westminster, Let’s be awesome! grant awarded to 5×7 Underground in April 2021.

5×7 Underground Travel Sketchbook & Zebra Fine Brush Pen

In exchange for the sketchbook and pen, we are asked that each recipient draw as many of the #drawwestminster5x7 drawing prompts as possible in their 5×7 Underground sketchbook throughout the summer, and to post their drawings to social media with the #drawwestminster5x7 hashtag.

Seven (one for each day of the week) #drawwestminster5x7 drawing prompts will be posted on this web page and social media each Saturday from June 5th until September 4, 2021. Draw the prompts each day during the week or all at once. It is completely up to you!

Visiting downtown Westminster to complete your drawings en plein air is highly encouraged, though sometimes photographic references will do nicely. Participating artists may wish to sketch each prompt separately or combine prompt images together into a collage-like drawing. You do not need a 5×7 Underground sketchbook to participate.

Old Firehouse Clock Drawing Prompt Sample Sketches

Old Firehouse Clocktower Sketch, Thomas Sterner, 2021
Old Firehouse Clock Sketch (collage style), Jeff Sharp, 2021
Old Firehouse Clock Sketch, Lauren Latané-Valis, 2021
Old Firehouse Clock Sketch, Mary Beth Francis, 2021

Most importantly, have fun and get out there and draw Westminster!