Sunday, July 27, 2014

Serenity at the Chinese Scholar's Garden

Just walking into the beautiful Chinese Scholar's Garden at Snug Harbor in Staten Island gave me such a feeling of serenity. What a gorgeous peaceful place! A few minutes after we arrived a gentleman started playing a flute, which just added to the meditative feel of this location. 

I started with the front area of the main garden which has a pond, a courtyard, a pavilion, and windows that are open to extended your view to the outside. Apparently all the architectural components including the roof and floor tiles, columns and beams, doors and windows, bridges and paving materials, as well as the rocks were shipped from the Suzhou area of China. This is the only garden like this in the United States.

I loved the hint through the round opening in the wall of the treasures in the next area of the garden.

I continued into the back garden area which was had so many views to sketch.
I included Christine (up top) and Shaun (on the right) who were also sketching that area of the garden.

Here are a few photos of some of our sketchers at work as well as the musician.

After a lengthy lunch break some of us returned to continue sketching. Luckily there were many covered areas around the pavilion because we did have some rain for a while.

I just had to do a view with the small stone bridge in the distance.

The garden closed at 5 and we had to be dragged out so they could lock the gate, otherwise we may have spent a few more hours there.

The guard took a group photo of us. By this time we had lost about half of our sketchers.

We did stop to display and share some of our work.

Each of us told a little about what we did today and our process. 

Everyone else headed back to the ferry but Susan and I remained to sketch one of the buildings in the park before driving back home. These little buildings had a lot of character.


  1. Joan, your drawings and pictures look so nice! I was really sorry to miss this location (again). I might go on my own one day.

  2. It was such a perfect spot. I'm glad Mark scheduled it for a day that I could get there.

  3. It was good to see you again, Joan. Impressive that you captured so much, so beautifully-- even one of the cottages!