Friday, April 28, 2017

Would you like to teach a half-day urban sketching workshop?

Would you like to teach a half-day urban sketching workshop? 

As part of the 10x10 program celebrating the tenth anniversary of Urban Sketchers, our local chapter will be hosting ten half-day workshops led by local chapter members. (There is more information about the global 10x10 program at

Applications are welcome from all chapter members. You do not have to be a professional artist or teacher. All you need is something interesting you can teach.

Workshops will have 8-15 attendees. At least one organizer will be there to assist.

Students will pay $35 for each workshop, with 10% going to Urban Sketchers and the remainder to the instructor.

The selection committee consists of Mark Leibowitz, Raylie Dunkel, and me, Jason Das. If you have questions before or after submitting this form, contact me offlist

The deadline to apply is in two weeks, May 12. These workshops will be held sometime in 2017, but timing is flexible.

The application form is here:

We're looking forward to seeing your ideas! If this goes well, we will try to do more workshops beyond the 10x10.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

SATURDAY: Sketch the Annual Stuyvesant Town Flea Market

This sketch event was planned by Shawne Cooper

Every year at this time, those in the know have made their way inside the leafy old-timey neighborhood north of the East Village and East of Gramercy Park to catch bargains and treasures at the annual Stuyvesant Town Flea Market. 

For decades,  residents of this enormous complex would sell everything from their kids' ice skates to antique hats to you-never-know-what. And they'd often get the whole family involved in the act.

After a 10-year hiatus, this longstanding tradition is back!  So get out your sketchbooks and capture the thrill of the hunt.

WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 10:00 AM

WHERE: The flea market is located in and around the Stuyvesant Town apartment complex, between 14th and 20th streets, from 1st Avenue to the East River. We'll meet at 10:00 AM at the entrance of The Stuyvesant Town Fountain, inside The Oval and find sketching spots from there.

DIRECTIONS: Almost every subway station has a 14th Street Station. From there, take the L train to First Avenue. You will be at 14th Street and 1st Avenue, right outside Stuyvesant Town.

Walk up to 18th Street, make a right turn (into First Ave Loop) and follow that horseshoe curve making a left at the basketball court (Stuyvesant Walk.) That will lead you right to the oval, and the big fountain will be right in front of you.

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LUNCH: Meet at the entrance to the Fountain at 12:30. Bring your own lunch or pick up something nearby. (Shawne will point out options). We'll picnic together in the Oval.

AFTERNOON: At 1:30, we'll continue to sketch the neighborhood and the flea market

SHOW & TELL: At 3:00, meet at the entrance of the Fountain and we'll walk together to Petite Abeille on the corner of 20th Street and 1st Avenue. We'll share drawings, stories, and a snack or refreshment, if you're so inclined.

Call or text Mark (973.809.9128) or Shawne (917.880.9249).

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketchers in the Conservatory Gardens

New York City is in bloom!  This week we will try to capture the color of the early spring flowers in the Conservatory Gardens in Central Park.   The only manicured part of the park, the Conservatory Gardens offer us three formal vistas: Italian, French and English garden landscapes.  The crab apple alleys, the English flower beds and the Wisteria Trellis should keep us quite busy.  Bring a stool and your most vibrant colors and spend the day in one of the city's most beautiful spots.

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DATE: Thursday April 27, 2017

TIME: 10:30 AM

LOCATION: Central Park Conservatory Garden
                      105th St and 5th Ave

TRANSPORTATION: 6 Train to 103rd St. Walk west to 5th Ave. or the 2 or 3 Train to 110th St. Walk east to 5th Ave and south to the garden

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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

SUNDAY: Sketch the Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian
Located in the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House. 

The museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions—as well as a range of public programs, including music and dance performances, films, and symposia—explore the diversity of the Native people of the Americas.

If the weather cooperates the outside of the building is a fantastic Beaux Arts structure opposite the beautiful Bowling Green park.

The National Museum of the American Indian–New York, is located on the south side of Bowling Green, in lower Manhattan, adjacent to the northeast corner of Battery Park.

Start time is 10 AM.  Admission if free.  Be aware they have a very serious security screen including a metal detector

-  4 & 5 trains to Bowling Green
-  1 train to Rector Street or South Ferry
-  R (& W on weekdays) trains to Whitehall Street
-  J & Z trains to Broad Street
-  2 & 3 trains to Wall Street

Lunch:  Meet in the lobby at 11:50 for a short walk to Flavors  - 27 Whitehall St.

Afternoon:  1 PM - Back sketching at the museum

Show and Tell:  2:50 - A short walk to Murphy’s Tavern. 6 Stone St, (212) 425-1700 where we will share drawings, good stories and a snack or refreshments if you're so inclined.

If you can’t find us
call or text Mark at 973-809-9128
There are no fees.   All drawing skill levels are welcome.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketchers Honor Tax Day

Ah Spring, and its many harbingers: daffodils, robins and the IRS.  Yes, spring brings Tax Day and this Tuesday is when it falls this year.  Since it is hard to find a symbol of the IRS we will default to the Treasury for our drawing pleasure.  We will met at Federal Hall on Wall Street which was at one time the National Treasury and its oversized statue of George Washington.  Our morning challenge will be to find as many ways to represent George as possible: different backgrounds, different angles, color, B&W...your choice. Let's see how creative we can get.

For lunch and our afternoon session we will move over to Trinity Church where Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury, is buried.   The church and graveyard offer us another wonderful sketching opportunity: Gothic Church against modern skyscrapers, the greenery in the yard against the grit of the city.  What can you do with it?

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                       WALL & BOND STREETS

TIME:   10:30 AM

TRANSPORTATION: 1, R,W to Rector St, 4, 5 to Wall St. J. Z to Broad St. 

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

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Holiday Weekend - No Sketch Event

Family time this weekend. 

I hope peace and happiness 
smiles on you and those you love. 

No Urban Sketch event this weekend.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Upcoming Dates for Weekday Urban Sketchers

In an effort to help you schedule your time withWeekday Urban Sketchers here is a list of days and dates for the next 6 weeks, following this week's outing to Jane's Carousel on Thursday April 13, 2017.  We will be alternating between Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays so that you can work around fixed appointments. 

Tuesday April 18th     Federal Hall, Wall Street 

Thursday April 27th

Thursday May 4th

Wednesday May 10   Bronx Zoo Carousel

Tuesday May 16th, 

Wednesday May 24th