Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Sunday: Sketching Behind the Lions


One of the world's great libraries It's a visual treat both inside and outside filled with the Beaux-Arts details that are so much fun to sketch.

Some Library facts for you.
  • It was officially opened in 1911 and at the time it was the largest marble structure in the United States
  • The main reading room was contemporaneously the largest of its kind in the world (You can't quite see the curvature of the earth but there are lots of perspective challenges to work out.)


What:   We’ll be sketching in the main branch of the Manhattan Public Library, (AKA the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building)

Where:   The building covers two blocks from 40th Street to 42nd Street at 476 5th Ave 

WhenStart time - 1 PM.  We will be there until 3 PM.  (This is a short sketch for us.)   Running late?  Messed up by the subways?  Come anyway - we'll be there.

How:   Assuming we can all get to 42nd St and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan?

Show and Tell3:00 PM - We’ll try to find a quiet place to meet to share our sketches and tell art stories.  Likely location is tucked under the staircase on the first floor.

-    There is no coat check 
-    I’ve used my stool there many times.  It gives you more sketching opportunities.

If you can’t find us
text Mark at 973-809-9128

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

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

SATURDAY - December 4th - Salzburg - Storybook Austria


Join us for a day of virtual sketching, immersed in the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, following in the footsteps of the Von Trapps, and exploring the castles, fortresses, cathedrals, opera houses and splendid gardens of Salzburg, renowned for baroque architecture.

Sketch-worthy Salzburg is a a story-book town, burrowed below steep hills looking much as it did when Mozart lived here 250 years ago. Beside the fast-flowing Salzach River, your gaze is raised inch by inch to graceful domes and spires, the formidable clifftop fortress and the mountains beyond. The richly preserved urban fabric was developed over hundreds of years from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Its flamboyant Gothic art attracted craftsmen and artists before the city became even better known through the work of the Italian architects Vincenzo Scamozzi and Santinin Solari for its Baroque appearance.

Let’s explore the lavishly frescoed chandelier-lit palace, a fortress with a million dollar view and a town which was the back drop for The Sound of Music. This is where Maria (Julie Andrews) waltzed on her way to mass at Benedictine Nonnberg Abbey, belted out "I Have Confidence" as she frolicked in the fountain on Residenzplatz, and taught the von Trapp kids to tunefully sing Do-Re-Mi in the gardens of Mirabell Gardens.

Salzburg will surprise you with a flourishing arts scene, gourmet food, a world-famous music festival, gardens, and quiet side streets where classical music wafts from open windows, and concert halls that uphold musical tradition 365 days a year. Everywhere you go, the scenery, the skyline, the music and the history send your spirits soaring higher than Julie Andrews' octave-leaping vocals.

Alps soaring above its dome-encrusted baroque skyline and cliffs dropping to the river like a theatre curtain, Salzburg envelopes you with an intriguing atmosphere that welcomes you to explore this glorious UNESCO World Heritage site. Let’s meet the artists and their creations which transformed this sparkling gem called Salzburg.


There are no fees. All skill levels are welcome.


Registration for this virtual event is required. Use the following link at Eventbrite:


Photographic references for this event are provided below:

Future Events:

Saturday, December 11th - Morocco

Saturday, December 18th - Holiday Traditions Around the World

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Weekday Sketchers at Cast Hall

Plaster of Paris (4 kg) | Lazada PH

Join us as we return to a favorite sketching site, the Institute for Classical  Architecture and Art's Cast Hall.

A Brief History of the ICAA's Historic Cast Hall - Institute of Classical  Architecture & Art

Long ago, before the Met Museum was the major institution that it is now and could afford the real statures that we now see in the Greek and Roman Galleries, they displayed plaster casts of the original statures.  Once the real statures replaced the plaster casts, the casts went into storage and were largely forgotten. Then the Met donated them to the ICAA, who restored them and put them on display in...Cast Hall.

This bright sunny room will be our home for the day.  Bring your watercolors, bring your lunch but don't bring a stool as there are tables and chairs for us to use.   For more information about the ICAA, its services and trips, click here:

But wait!  That's not all!

The building that houses the ICAA, The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, is an artifact by itself,  with a Lock Museum, a multi-level library with a stained glass ceiling, beautiful hallways, railings and an incredible sculpture of an arm (you have to see it for yourself).  When you get tired of drawing the statures walk into the hallway and sketch this building that is a true hidden gem of NYC. 

Open House New York: Cast Hall - Institute of Classical Architecture & Art



                        20 West 44th Street NYC

TRANSPORTATION: B, D, F, M to 41nd Street/Bryant Park Station or 7 to 5th Ave Station. 

File:Cast Hall at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art - 1.jpgThe General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York -  Manhattan Sideways

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 201-273-0445. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Thanksgiving Sketching


​There is no planned sketching event for this coming Sunday 

during our Thanksgiving weekend.  

Have a wonderful holiday with family, friends and your loved ones.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Sunday: Sketch the American Wing


Looks like we’ll be sketching indoors for a couple of months.  The autumn light has been beautiful.   This coming Sunday, November 21, 2021 we’ll be sketching in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum.  

I’ve often thought that if the wing was its own museum, all on it’s own, it would be very impressive.  Another attraction for the American Wing is that the lighting there can be wonderful to sketch on a sunny day - providing wonderful shadows.  (see photo)


What:   We’ll be sketching in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum  (see attached map)

Where:   The Metropolitan Museum is located at 1000 Fifth Avenue.  The main entrance is at E. 82nd Street.  However, I usually enter the museum using the small entrance off of E 81 Street.  The signs imply it's a school entrance, but anyone can use it.  You can usually get in more quickly there.

WhenStart time - 10 AM.   Running late?  Messed up by the subways?  Come anyway - we'll be there.

By Subway:  
-   From the east side take the 6 train to 77th St. or the 4,5 or 6 train to 86th St.  Walk three blocks west to Fifth Avenue. This walk is about a half mile and takes approximately 10 minutes.
-   Or travel up the west side and walk across Central Park, by taking the C train to 81 St or 86th.   It’s a slightly longer walk crosstown taking the Broadway line 1 train to 79 St or 86th.  
If you prefer to take a bus instead of walking - Take the 1 train to 86th Street, then the M86 crosstown bus across Central Park to Fifth Avenue; OR take the C train to 81st Street, then the M79 bus across Central Park to Fifth Avenue.

By  car:  
The museum has its own parking.  The Museum parking garage, located at Fifth Avenue and 80th Street, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A parking discount is available to Museum Members and Patrons during Museum operating hours. To receive a discount, Museum Members and Patrons must have their tickets validated at the Uris Center for Education Membership/Visitor Information Desk.

LunchWe'll break at 12:00 to have a luncheon in the cafeteria one level below the American Wing.  See the attached map for the location of the stairs.  We’ll meet in the back of the cafeteria.  Bring your own food if you prefer or purchase from the cafeteria.

Afternoon1:00 PM  Yes!   More sketching.

Show and Tell3:00 PM - Meet back in the cafeteria to share sketches, tell stories and talk about art supplies.

-    The Museum’s policy is pencils and dry media only.  It is unevenly enforced
-    The coat check is no longer available and you’ll need to carry everything you bring
-    Stools are permitted, although they are not used frequently.  You’ll also need to carry it the entire time.

-    Purchasing a ticket in advance saves time.  Or, just show your card if you are a member 

click to enlarge

If you can’t find us

call or text Mark at 973-809-9128

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


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

SATURDAY - November 20 - Celebrating Thanksgiving Around the World


Today fellow sketchers let’s travel online to explore the history of seventeen nations celebrating Thanksgiving around the world. Grab your favorite art supplies as we create works of art of a holiday filled with gratitude.

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States, and Thanksgiving 2021 occurs on Thursday, November 25th. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Native Americans shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the civil war, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

One of the most famous thanksgiving traditions in the United States happens in New York City every year - the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The first parade marched down Broadway in the winter of 1924, and in the years since, it’s grown into an event with more than 3.5 million spectators. The history behind the festivities and larger-than-life balloons is just as mesmerizing. The original parade route started at 145th street and Convent Avenue in Harlem and continued six miles to Herald Square. The parade itself was small, about two blocks, but the route was almost three times as long as it is today. The boisterous processional included Macy’s employees marching to the flagship store, as well as floats, professional bands, and live animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo. The parade was a huge success, and within a week, Macy’s announced that New York City should set aside the morning of November 25, 1925, because the parade would be back next year. Ninety five years later 3.5 million Americans will gather on Thanksgiving day to watch the parade in person.

The United States isn’t the only nation with a holiday dedicated to gratitude— There are 17 nations that celebrate their own version of Thanksgiving traditions from around the world. It began as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest. Canada, Grenada, Japan, Norfolk Island, Germany, Liberia, Netherlands and Puerto Rico just to name a few celebrate their own versions of  a “harvest of thanks” holiday.  Sketchers let’s immerse ourselves into the rich history and background of time honored celebrations, festivals and rituals throughout the world.

There are no fees. All drawing skills are welcome.

Registration for this virtual event is required. Use the following link at Eventbrite:

Photographic references for this event are provided below:

Monday, November 15, 2021

THURSDAY: Westchester Sketchers at Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson


Croton Point Park is a 508-acre park situated on a peninsula on the east shore of the Hudson River. This park offers year-round events and activities and has facilities for camping, hiking and swimming and is the site of the Croton Point Nature Center.

The park, rich in natural and human history. In the 1800s the Underhill family owned the land that is now Croton Point Park. Grapes, watermelons, and apples were grown. A brickyard was also on the property. A few buildings built with these bricks are still standing at Croton Point. The park is the site of the Croton Point Nature Center and home to several historic sites such as a set of wine cellars from an old manor that are thought of be the oldest in New York State.


DATE: THURSDAY, November 18, 2021
Start time: 10:00 AM

Croton Point Park, 1A Croton Point Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520. Phone: (914) 862-5290.

Travel from Grand Central Terminal, NYC:  Take the Metro-North Hudson line to Croton-Harmon Station. The Park is about a 14 minute walk (1.5 miles) from the station.  If you would like a ride from the station to the Park, please contact
LUNCH: Please bring your own snack/lunch and beverage.  There are no food options at the Park.

SHOW and TELL: 1:00 PM. We will share our drawings and tell stories. This is the social part of our day and not to be missed.

  • Parking is free.
  • A Westchester Park Pass is not needed after Labor Day.
  • Dress in layers - the forecast is for 63 degrees.
  • Portable restrooms available.

Please RSVP to Cathy Gutterman

Looking for us? 
Call/text: Cathy at (914) 625-0766.