Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Weekend: No Sketch Event

I'm joining my wife and daughter at the Uptown Women's Day March on Saturday.  It might be a sketchable event, but in my experience, when you're in the middle of things, it's hard to draw what's going on. 

We'll see.  I'd invite you all to join us, but experience (again) has shown it's nearly impossible to meet people in dense marching crowds.  Please post your weekend sketches

Note #1:  I'll be teaching for next couple of month so all our sketch events will happen on Saturdays for awhile.

Note #2: :  More info coming soon regarding the Portrait Party. You need to sign up and be confirmed to participate.  There are still some spots left.  (Date 2/2/19 - Afternoon)

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at Transit Museum

Sometimes things are so good you have to do them twice.  Once again this week Urban Sketchers will visit the Transit Museum downtown Brooklyn. Come join us to travel back through time as we visit and sketch the variations of the subway cars and turnstiles as well as the equipment and technology that makes the system run.  How many of these models do you remember?

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                         99 SCHERMERHORN STREET BROOKLYN 

ADMISSION:  There is an admission charge of $10 per person however it is free on Wednesday for Seniors. 

TRANSPORTATION:  2, 3, 4 TO Borough Hall
                                      R to Court Street
                                       A, C, G to Hoyt Schermerhorn Street 
                                      A, C, F, R to Jay Street/Metro Tech Station

Bring a stool and dry materials. We will break for lunch at City Point Center where we can sketch the passing scene for a while.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

SATURDAY - Sketch the Transit Museum

Saturday January 12, 2019 - 
The New York Transit Museum 

Like Stepping into a NYC Time Machine

 If  you're a native New Yorker this could be like stepping into a time machine.  For everyone else it will be like being on a movie set.  This is a NYC Hidden Gem.  The entrance to the museum  (see photo) looks like any normal subway entrance.

The Museum Entrance Looks Just Like a Subway

 The Transit Museum is housed in a historic 1936 IND subway station in  Downtown Brooklyn.  You can find the entrance at the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn  Street. The subway entrance stairs lead down to the mezzanine and platform.

The Subway that Time Forgot

Where:  The Transit Museum is located at 99 Schermerhorn Street, at the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn  Street.  Meet at the token booth near the bottom of the stairs

When:  Saturday at  11 AM.  Running late?  Don't worry - come anyway, we'll be there. 

         Admission:  Adults $10 /
                              Children 2 – 17 years of age $5 /
                              Senior Citizens (62+): $5

Lunch:   At 12:30  at Tio Pio at the corner of Court and State Streets

Afternoon1:30  - Back to the Museum for more sketching

Show and Tell3:00 at the Brazen Head,  228 Atlantic Avenue between Court and Boerum Place, where we will share drawings, good stories and a snack, beer or wine if you're so inclined.

-     The museum prefers we work in pencil. Ink and liquids are not permitted in the exhibition areas.
-     Bring a portable stool if you have one - it gives you more sketching options.

DIRECTIONS (see map):
By Subway:
     2,3,4, to Borough Hall Station
     R to Court Street Station 
     A, C, G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street Station
     A, C, F, R to Jay Street/MetroTech Station

By Car:
From Manhattan: take the Brooklyn Bridge, proceed straight on to Adams
Street. Adams will become Boerum Place. Go two blocks to Schermerhorn Street. For
more detailed directions and for directions from other boroughs, Long Island or
New Jersey please call 1-718-694-1873

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Can't find us?  
Call or Text Mark - 973-809-9128

There are no fees or attendance taken. All drawing skill levels are welcome

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Saturday January 12: Westchester Sketchers at the Bruce Museum

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With more than a dozen changing exhibitions a year, of art and science,, as well as permanent exhibition galleries, the Bruce Museum lives up to its name as the jewel of Greenwich, Connecticut. On view now are exhibits on botanical collecting, medical artifacts, and small-scale sculpture by contemporary artists.  

WHAT:   Sketch indoors at The Bruce Museum
              Admission: Adults $10.00, Seniors $8:00.

WHEN:  Start time 10:00 AM Saturday January 12th.  (The museum opens at 10:00 AM).
WHERE:  1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830. Phone: 203-869-0376. 


TRANSPORTATION from NYC: Metro-North (New Haven Line) to GREENWICH station. 
The museum is a short walk from the station. Special discounts are available for Metro-North's "One Day Adventures." 
LUNCH:  1:00 PM  We are hoping to use the community room at the Museum.  However, if the room is in use, we will move to Planet Pizza, a six-minute walk away.  Please bring your lunch or a snack just in case.

SHOW and TELL:  Following lunch - time to share drawings, good stories and thoughts.

Please RSVP to If you can’t find us, call
 Cathy at 914-625-0766 or Marianne at 914-355-6507

There are no fees.   All drawing skill levels are welcome.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at Criminal Court

Reportage: the act or process of recoding an event or news. Visual Reportage, the act of processing or recording an event or news visually,  is at the heart of the Urban Sketchers Manifesto. It is what we do when we sit and draw the scene in front of us, especially when we record people in the scene. 

Courtroom Sketching is a specific application of the process of visual reportage. It is a time honored tradition and necessary in instances where cameras are barred from the court proceedings.  Join us this Wednesday as we practice this art at the arraignment court in lower Manhattan.  Work quickly to capture the judge, clerks, police, attorneys and the accused as they come in and out of the courtroom. 

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                        100 Center Street, Manhattan

TRANSPORTATION: Take the No. 4 or 5 train to the Brooklyn Bridge Station; the C, N, R, 6 train to Canal Street; the 1 train to Franklin Street.

We will meet in the hallway in front of the two arraignment courtrooms which is located on the main floor to the left of the metal detectors.You can work in either one until the court breaks for lunch at 1:00 PM.  We will have lunch (bring it or buy it)  in the small cafeteria in the building.  After lunch we will attend a criminal trail in one of the courtrooms upstairs which will be listed in the Court Clerks office. 

NOTE:  You will pass through metal detectors as you enter the building. Please do not bring sharp objects or cameras which will be taken from you and returned when you leave. Watercolors may be permitted but be prepared to work with dry materials. You will NOT need a stool.

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? Please only text Raylie at 201-978-6387. 

Monday, December 31, 2018

Weekday Sketchers on the Q Train Thursday

Riding the new Q Line is a ride through a linear art gallery filled with amazing mosaics.   NYC MTA has commissioned some of the best contemporary artists (Chuck Close, Vik Muniz, Sarah Sze, Jean Shin) to create installations throughout the stations.  

Join us on Thursday as we take a ride through this subterranean museum.   We will meet on the Mezzanine level of the 96th St Station.  The mezzanine levels are large, warm and wide making it  comfortable for sketching. We will spend about one hour at each of the four stations from 96th St to 63rd St.  

For more information about the installation and the artists, click here:

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86th St, Chuck Close, artist

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72nd St, Vik Muniz



STARTING LOCATION: Mezzanine level of the 96th St Station. 

TRANSPORTATION: Q train to 96th St.

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? Call/text Raylie at 201-978-6387.   

NOTE: There are clean toilet facilities at each station but no food service other than some drinks and snacks at the newsstands. Please bring a stool and lunch.  

Thursday, December 27, 2018

It's Party Time!

NYC Urban Sketchers 
Holiday Party

Sunday January 6th is the date. 
From 1 - 7:00 PM 
We're having the party at the same place as last year.

I can't think of anyone I'd rather be than my fellow sketchers to ​commemorate 2018 and​ to​ kick​-​off the new year.  We had such a blast last year, for our first party, that it seemed obvious to get together again.

For anyone who wasn't there last year you will be stunned by the views​ from our penthouse party spot.  You'll have the chance to sketch sweeping views of New York Harbor as well as the ever changing silhouette of the Wall Street area.

Food will be catered by a local Italian restaurant providing vegetarian and meat main dishes, pasta, salad, dessert, and soft drinks.  DESSERTS are needed. Please bring a dessert to share. You are welcome to bring alcoholic beverages to share.

What would a party be without gifts?  We're going to have two different gift exchanges. 

1)  Original Artwork:  If you'd like to participate ​bring a sketch that you feel proud about.  It needs to be matted and gift wrapped so no one can see the artwork.  By bringing artwork to give ​- ​you get to pick a wrapped package that will ​contain original artwork done by a fellow Urban Sketcher.

2)  The Gift Exchange:  Do you have unused art supplies you'd love to trade?  So does everyone.  You bring yours and we'll bring ours.  Gift wrap your offering and you get to pick a wrapped gift that will contain someone else supplies.​  ​

The exchanges are separate events, 
​... ​bring artwork and you get to pick artwork,
​... ​bring art supplies and you get to pick art supplies.  
Participation is optional

🎈 Click here to reserve your spot:  

Tickets to cover our expenses are $25.  Your purchase will be refundable up to 7 days before the event. If inclement weather tries to ruin our party, an alternate date will be set. 

We'll be sending details and direction to everyone who signs up.

We need volunteers for the setup, decorations, food stuff, and general helping out.  Respond directly to me if you're willing to help.

Mark Leibowitz