Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Grand Central Terminal Expo is UP!!


Come one! Come All! Come to see The work of the NYC Urban Sketchers mounted in an explosion in Grand Central Terminal.   The pictures are exhibited on the temporary walls constructed in the main hall and some hallways.   The exhibit will be up until the walls come down in the late spring/early summer.


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

SATURDAY: The Paris - NYC Sketch Event


USk Paris and NYC are partnering 
to bring you an Urban Sketchers Treasure Hunt

Thanks to our hosts Frederique Fleisch (Paris) and Lois Bender (NYC) for planning and designing this event

*  PLEASE NOTE:  You will need to register for the morning and the afternoon parts separately

Let’s Be Tourists Again!
Have Breakfast in New York (10 AM) and Les Aperos (Aperitifs) in Paris (4pm)

We're trading cities for a day as we visit the many  “Statues of Liberty!” 

The Statue of Liberty officially celebrated her 125th birthday on October 28, 2011. The people of France gave the Statue to the people of the United States over one hundred years ago in recognition of the friendship established during the American Revolution. Over the years, the Statue of Liberty’s meaning has grown to include freedom and democracy as well as this international friendship.

Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi was commissioned to design a sculpture with the year 1876 in mind for completion, to commemorate the centennial of the American
Declaration of Independence.  Bartholdi required the assistance of an engineer to address structural issues associated with designing such a colossal copper sculpture. Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel (designer of the Eiffel Tower), was commissioned to design the massive iron pylon and secondary skeletal framework which allows the Statue’s copper skin to move independently yet stand upright.

Old pictures and the history of the construction of Lady Liberty

For the New York City Team
There are six different copies of the Statue of Liberty in Paris.  You are invited to sketch some or all of them.  Give your sketches a Parisian context.

 Sketch the statue by the river Seine with the Eiffel Tower in the background:
Statue de la Liberté sur l’Ile aux Cygnes: Metro stop at rer c, station Champs de Mars :

•  Or, sketch the statue of liberty at the Jardin du Luxembourg!   
Statue liberté au Jardin du Luxembourg: Metro stop at rer Luxembourg:

  Here are all the places where you can find the statue of liberty in Paris:  
Swan Island, The Luxembourg Garden, at the Musée d'Orsay at the Museum of Arts and Crafts (2 statues), Place Michel Debre,

•  Sketch the hidden statue
La sculpture Centaure by Cesar cache une mini sculpture de la statue de la liberté:  Metro stop Saint Sulpice :


The ParisianTeam 
 The Parisians will be sketching NYC’s Statues of Liberty 



There are no fees. All drawing skill levels are welcome

Monday, March 1, 2021

NYC USk - 2021 Workshop - Procreate


NYC Urban Sketchers 
Workshops 2021

An introduction to the drawing app Procreate. 
Learn how to use all the basic tools to create art in a new way.

Sunday, March 14, 2021
10am EST

In this workshop, you will learn how to draw digitally using the app Procreate. 

Subjects covered will range from the basic functions of Procreate to, editing features and shortcuts that will make the flow of your creations even easier. This 2 hour course is for beginners who are overwhelmed by all that the app has to offer. Danna will explain everything in an easy, understanding way that will soon become second nature. By the end of the class, you will feel confident enough to take your ipad out on your next urban sketching adventure!

*Students must have a fully charged iPad, have already installed the app Procreate on it and while it’s best to have an Apple Pencil it is not a necessity . Students should also have experience using the Zoom app and a separate device to zoom on if you’d like to use the iPad along with me as I instruct.

There is a $35 fee for this two hour workshop payable at registration.  

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

SATURDAY:  Sketch Darwin’s Lab - the Galapagos

Sketch Darwin's Lab - The Galapagos Islands

Thanks to Alan Wernicke for the idea and the research for today’s event.

We will be visiting the Galapagos Islands, a volcanic archipelago on the equator in the Pacific Ocean, about 600 miles west of South America. The islands are known for the large number of native species found nowhere else in the world. Many of these plants and animals were studied by Charles Darwin during the second voyage of the HMS Beagle in 1835. Darwin’s observations and collections were instrumental in his theory of evolution, ultimately published as On The Origin of Species in 1859.

Today, the Galapagos Islands is a huge national park and marine preserve, established in 1959 by Ecuador and covering over 3,000 square miles. The park was created to protect such native species as the giant tortoise, marine iguana, and the Galapagos petrel. It was designated a UNESCO World Herald Site in 1978, becoming only the second international location to receive this honor.

  • In the morning we will focus on the animals of the Galapagos. You have lots to chose from. Everybody’s favorite is the giant tortoise, but you cannot go wrong with a sketch of the blue-footed booby, or its cousin the red-footed booby. And don’t miss the male frigate bird, especially when it balloons its bright red chest (said to attract female frigates.) There are also fur seals, marine and land iguanas, sea lions, the flightless cormorant and the only species of penguin found north of the equator. You can get very close to the animals, but park regulations advise “no touching.”
  • In the afternoon we will explore the three zones of the islands’ landscape. The coastal zone features magnificent beaches; take time to do yoga with a sea lion. In the arid zone there are beautiful cacti and desert vegetation. And in the highland or humid zone you will see the tops of volcanoes and jungle plants.



There are no fees. All drawing skill levels are welcome


Saturday, February 20, 2021

Weekly Theme: Tools


We thank Margaret Casagrande for suggesting this week's theme, and Jennifer Ransom for her historical research.

What do you do when you're stuck at home due to inclement weather and looking for something to draw? You need only to look around your house, your basement or tool box. For this week's theme, we will draw tools. Start with one tool, then add another, and another. Soon you'll have a group. There are all kinds of tools used to make tasks easier: for art work, crafts, hobbies, carpentry, home repairs, gardening, and even cooking. Try drawing your favorite tools. Or, the tools you use most often. Are they separate or in a pile or box? 

Sketches by Margaret Casagrande

Another fun option might be to draw people using tools. How about someone cooking a meal, shoveling the sidewalk, hammering a nail, etc.?

Goldsmith Marin Marino in the Studio, by Marc Taro Holmes

The above sketch is from the book: The Urban Sketching Art Pack: A Guide Book and Sketch Pad for Drawing on Location Around the World by Gabriel Campanario, Veronica Lawlor, and Stephanie Bower.

For more information, these books can be accessed, at least in part, on the Web at no cost:

Ancient Carpenters' Tools: Illustrated and Explained, Together with the Implements of the Lumberman, Joiner and Cabinet-Maker in Use in the Eighteenth Century by Henry C. Mercer

Hand Tools: Their Ways and Workings by Aldren A. Watson

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

SATURDAY:  Sketch Black History Month


Thanks to  Katje Lehrman for the idea and research for this week's virtual sketch

There's no American History without Black History

It began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated in February in the United States and Canada, while in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom it is observed in October.

The most important purpose of Black History Month is to make us all aware of the struggle for freedom and equal opportunity. It is a time to celebrate the many achievements of African Americans in every field from science and the arts to politics and religion.

It is a rich subject with loads of visual reference materials to feed your creativity.  Our creative day will be divided into two parts:

Our Morning Sketch:  Use materials and events that focus on the time before your birth.

Our Afternoon Sketch:  Will focus on the times and events that occurred during your lifetime.


Mount Zion Cemetery: Washington DC
Sandy Spring Maryland, Quaker Community:

Integrating America



There are no fees. All drawing skill levels are welcome


Tuesday, February 9, 2021

SATURDAY: Sketch Staunton - The Queen of the Shenandoah Valley

This event was designed and developed by Penelope Studwell

Staunton - the Queen of the Shenandoah Valley

Staunton, Virginia is nestled in western Virginia in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains of the Appalachian Mountains. Staunton is also called Queen City of the Valley, and named after Rebecca Staunton, wife of a colonial governor Sir William Gooch. She was considered “a woman of queenly grace of mind and heart”. 

Staunton was settled in 1732 primarily by Scotch-Irish and Germans and later incorporated in 1801. The Frontier Culture Museum has authentic Scotch-Irish, German, English, and frontier homes; this living museum is one of our favorite spots to sketch!

Stauntonian and architect Thomas Blackburn worked with Thomas Jefferson on the construction of the University of Virginia and thus brought the Jeffersonian influence to Staunton.  

Staunton became a transportation hub when the Virginia Central Railroad arrived in 1854 and became the site of a supply base during the Civil War.  Woodrow Wilson, our 28th president was born in Staunton in 1856; the home and grounds of his birthplace is a popular venue to sketch.

Another noteworthy architect T.J. Collins who began his career in Washington, D.C., moved to Staunton in 1890 and infused the downtown and neighborhoods of our little city with the styles of Queen Anne, chateauesque, French Second Empire, bungalow, Beaux Arts, mission, and revivals of Italian Renaissance, Tudor, Romanesque, and colonial styles. 

Staunton Sketchers love our city.  It gives us great joy to share our part of the world with our fellow sketchers.


Here are some places and photos for you to use:

Gorgeous Shenandoah Valley Stock Photos:

Urban Sketchers Staunton - Instagram Account:
​(See how the local artists have interpreted the area)

A Visitor’s Guide to Staunton:

Erik the Travel Guy - Long Video Guide to Staunton:
(Freeze the video for great source material)

Erik the Travel Guy - Short Video Guide to Staunton:

Southern Living Guide to Staunton:

Tripadvisor’s Guide to Stuanton: 
(click where it says "see all photos"​)​

The Frontier Culture Museum:



There are no fees. All drawing skill levels are welcome