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.


CAN'T FIND US?: 
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 @verizon.net.  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.



DETAILS
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

Subway
-  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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DATE: TUESDAY APRIL 18, 2017

LOCATION: FEDERAL HALL
                       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 raylie@verizon.net.  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 

Weekday Urban Sketcher at Jane's Carousel


It looks like spring is here and we can all go outside and play! So what better place to initiate our outdoor sketching than Brooklyn Bridge Park and Jane's Carousel?  The park offers us fabulous skyline views, beautiful landscaping, lots of people and a world class carousel in a glass house!  

No more restrictions on what we can use to work with, no more working in tight spaces. Get our your watercolors, bring your big sketch pads, pack a stool and something to eat and be prepared to spend the day doing what we like to do best.....record the world we live in, one drawing at a time!  


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This will be the first of a series of sketching events at the various carousels in NYC that will be interspersed in our sketching events over the next few months. 







DATE: THURSDAY APRIL 13, 2017

TIME:  10:30 AM

LOCATION:  Jane's Carousel
                       Brooklyn Bridge Park 
                       Empire Fulton Ferry area
(for more information and maps, check the B'klyn Bridge Park site:http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org)

TRANSPORTATION:  A or C train to High Street. Walk down the street towards the water and turn right to reach the carousel area. 

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



Thursday, April 6, 2017

SUNDAY: Sketch the Wall St. Sculptures



On what should be the most beautiful day yet in 2017 we’ll be exploring some of NYC’s iconic modern sculptures.  
We’ll be visiting three sites with a fourth thrown in for early birds.


EARLY BIRDS:
Because it’s always mobbed with tourists we’ll try to get the jump on the crowds by sketching the wildly popular statue of a young girl staring down Wall Street's famous "Charging Bull”.




FIRST STOP
Louise Nevelson Plaza:  Triangular Financial District plaza dotted with steel sculptures by local artist  Louise Nevelson.

Louise Nevelson Plaza was the first public plaza in New York City to be named after an artist. The plaza’s seven sculptures are together titled Shadows and Flags (1977–78) and are constructed from Cor-ten Steel, painted Nevelson’s characteristic monochrome black.





SECOND STOP
The Dubuffet Trees:  Jean Dubuffet’s Group of Four Trees in Lower Manhattan is a piece of public art that was given as a gift to the people of New York City.  The Group is actually part of a larger group of pieces that Dubuffet called “L’Hourloupe.”
In describing the meaning of this invented term, Dubuffet explained that the word implies “some wonderland or grotesque object or creature,” and that it “evokes something rumbling and threatening with tragic overtones”. He describes it as “the figuration of a world other than our own, or parallel to ours”. Rather than defining the pieces as sculptures, Dubuffet called them “drawings which extend and expand in space”


THIRD STOP
Noguchi’s Red Cube: 1968. The bright red painted steel of Isamu Noguchi's Red Cube stands out in strong contrast to the blacks, browns, and whites of the buildings and sidewalks around the sculpture. The Red Cube is surrounded on three sides by skyscrapers, the height of which draw a viewer's eye
upwards. The sculpture itself adds to this upward pull, as it balances on one corner, the opposite corner reaching towards the sky.  Aside from it's striking color, Red Cube also stands out from the surrounding architecture in that all of its lines are diagonals, whereas the buildings are made up of horizontal and vertical lines. Additionally, the sculpture is balanced somewhat precariously on one corner, while the buildings, by contrast, and solidly placed.




DETAILS:

9 AM - EARLY BIRD Special:  Fearless Girl and Charging Bull Statues:  On Broadway just north of Bowling Green Park

10:30 AM - Louise Nevelson Plaza: Located at the triable formed by William Street intersecting Maiden Lane and Liberty Street.

12 - Noon  Lunch at LN Plaza, eaten outside.  BYOL or purchase from local stores or street vendors.

1:00 PM - The Dubuffet Trees at One Chase Manhattan Plaza,

2:00 PM - Noguchi’s Red Cube at 140 Broadway, between Liberty and Cedar Streets

3:00 -  Show and Tell: We will share drawings, good stories and and a snack or refreshments if you're so inclined.

To be held at either (TBD):
    The Malt House:  9 Maiden Ln b/t Broadway & Cortlandt St (646) 682-7577

  Flow Bar: 45 Nassau St  b/t Maiden Ln & Liberty St - (917) 916-8345


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, April 4, 2017

Sketching the City: Architecture and Landscape in New York




This engaged urban sketching session, organized for World Landscape Architecture Month, will explore a series of new and established urban spaces. 

The NYASLA will donate a portion of the registration fee to the Urban Sketchers Education Committee.

For more information and to sign up see  NYASLA 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketchers at the Chaim Gross Foundation 

Located in an historic town house just off Washington Square Park, the Chaim Gross Foundation occupies the studio and home of this iconic mid-century sculptor.   In addition to having access to his workshop and studio we will be able to visit his apartment and the exhibition spaces to sketch and view his  art collection and incredible collection of African artifacts.  As is/was typical of aspiring artists, they traded and gifted their work to friends.  Years later they are now treasured works of art by extremely well know (and not so well known) mid-century artists.  Visit the foundation's web site for additional background material: http://www.rcgrossfoundation.org

We will have access to the Foundation until 1 PM. Weather permitting (and it looks like a nice day is in the offing) we can break for lunch in Washington Square Park and spend the afternoon sketching the arch, the performers and the people who populate the park. 

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DATE:  WEDNESDAY APRIL 5, 2017

TIME: 10:30 AM

LOCATION:  CHAIM GROSS FOUNDATON
                         526 LaGuardia Place, Greenwich Village 

          NOTE: There is no entrance fee but there is a suggested donation of $5, which we will collect.

TRANSPORTATION: 6 train to Bleecker Street, A B, C, D, E, F to West 4th Street.


Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at raylie@verizon.net.  Looking for us? Call Raylie at 201-978-6387.   Bring a stool and lunch (or purchase it along the way).  
















Thursday, March 30, 2017

SATURDAY: Sketch the Frick


Someone please remind us, in the full heat of summer, how desperately we wanted to be sketching outdoors at the beginning of Spring.  Apologies for the late notice, I was hoping for a shift in the weather.  Anyway we have a great indoor plan that should fun.



Imagine being given the run of an incredible New York home, complete with elegant furniture and world-class artwork.  The Fricks have invited us to sketch at their place on Fifth Avenue.  Imagine a living room with a pair of Holbein's on either side of the fireplace.

Currently there is a wonderful Turner exhibit and a show about porcelain although I’m always drawn to sketching the furniture and the rooms themselves.




DETAILS

The Basics:  Meet at the The Frick Collection, at 1 East 70th Street, at 11 AM on Saturday, April 1st (Happy April Fool’s Day).

Lunch:  12:30 - Catch as catch can.  There is no cafeteria at the Frick and it’s a long walk to a limited number of places.  Best bet might be to eat a hearty breakfast or buy a quick bite from food vendors around Central Park

Afternoon:  Back to sketching.

Show and Tell:  3:00 - To share drawings, good stories.  All potential places to meet are a long walk and/or extremely expensive.  We’ll try to find a quiet spot at the Frick to socialize and share the day's sketches.


NOTES:
-     Bring a stool if you own one.  It makes everything so much easier.
-     Admission:  Adults $22, Seniors $17, Students $12


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

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




Saturday, March 25, 2017



Weekday Urban Sketchers at the Flower Show and Hung Yi  Animal Sculptures



This week the Weekday Sketchers will explore explosive color and fantastic creatures.  First we will visit the Macy's Flower Show where the flagship store is turned into a wonderland of fantastic floral displays.  After a lunch break we will work our way up Broadway from 36th to 40th Streets to sketch a heard of fantastic animals created by the artist Hung Yi.   


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DATE: TUESDAY MARCH 28, 2017

TIME: 10:30 AM

LOCATION: MACY'S HERALD SQUARE.
                      We will meet in front of the store on Broadway between 34th and 35th Streets.  

TRANSPORTATION: B. D. F, M, N, Q, R, W to 34th Street.


Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at raylie@verizon.net. Looking for us? Call Raylie at 201-978-6397.

This is a day for color however for the first part of the day we will be in a crowded retail space, please bring a dry medium that is easy to use: watercolor pencils, markers etc. It is doubtful that you will be able to use a stool in the store.  The afternoon session will be outdoors along the seating area on Broadway where there are tables and chairs where you can set up and use watercolor.  Our lunch break will be in the seating area outside of Macy's along Broadway.  





Friday, March 24, 2017

* * SATURDAY - CHANGED PLANS * *

Inside - out of the rain at the Museum of Natural History

The weather has done us in.  No sketching outside tomorrow.  The temperature should be reasonable but it’s looking like we’ll get rain.  Back inside, … but no worries, we'll have an interesting day.



Meet at the Museum of Natural History.  We’re going to focus on the third floor (less dinosaurs = less crowds). We’ll meet at an obscure section - New York City Birds which showcases the rich diversity of birds in the greater New York area. The region attracts more than 400 species of birds because of its varied habitats—which include ponds and lakes, marshes and seashore, open meadows and wooded sections—and due to its location along major bird migratory routes.

Our focus for the day will be limited to all the exhibits on the third floor.

DETAILS

The Basics:  Meet at the Museum of Natural History, on the third floor at the New York City Birds exhibit at 11 AM, on Saturday, March 25th.  

Lunch:  12:30 - In the basement cafeteria.  Bring your own or dine on museum food. (Check out the Dino-nuggets  fried food shaped for six year olds).

Afternoon:  1:30 Back to sketching.

Show and Tell:  3:00 - Back to the basement cafeteria where we will share drawings, good stories and a snack or refreshments if you're so inclined.

NOTES:
-   Bring a stool if you own one.  It makes everything so much easier.
-   Admission is pay what you wish. Be generous as you can, the museum is a NYC treasure.
-   The coat check is located on the ground floor of the planetarium and costs $2.

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

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




Wednesday, March 22, 2017

SATURDAY: Sketch Chelsea Waterside Park



I had to check twice to make sure I was reading correctly.   Looks like the weather will be warm enough to sketch outside on Saturday. 

The Chelsea Waterside Park is a wonderful place for us to sketch.  We’ll find enough vitamin D to make using sun-block a smart choice, open spaces, the Hudson River, grass, trees, people playing, families, pets, bicyclers, skaters and a 360 degree urban view of NYC and Jersey skyline.  We will explore the whole area around the park.



If we are betrayed by the weather we have the Chelsea Art Galleries as our back-up plan.  An email will be sent and also posted to Facebook if we're going to need our backup plan.

DETAILS

The Basics:  Meet at The Chelsea Waterside Park at 11 AM, on Saturday, March 25th.  Meet at West 23 Street and 11th Ave  (see map below)

Lunch:  12:30 - Bring your own or purchase locally.  We’ll picnic al fresco

Afternoon:  1:30 Back to sketching.

Show and Tell:  3:00 we leave to go to The Park 118 10th Ave b/t 17th St & 18th St ((212) 352-3313) where we will share drawings, good stories and a snack or refreshments if you're so inclined.

NOTES:
-   Bring a stool if you own one.  It makes everything so much easier.
-   Bring a hat to regulate your first dose of 2017 sunshine.

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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, March 19, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketchers Try Again for

 Onassis Society And St. Pat's


Last week we were snowed out of our sketch date. The management of the Onassis Society has invited us back for this Thursday March 23, 2017  Here is the post from last week with updated information.  Please RSVP directly to Alan Wernicke at alanwernicke@yahoo.com.

We tend to think of Greek sculpture as a static art form: beautiful but removed and remote.  The current exhibit at the Onassis Society is bringing this art form to life in "A World of Emotion: Greece from 700 BC to 200 AD".   Gathered from around the world, this show features pieces never seen outside of Greece: statues, vases, theatrical masks, amulets, coins and votive offerings will explore the attitudes of people in classical antiquity that would resonate in our modern world.








Located on 5th Ave just north of St. Pat's, we will be able to capture the ancient world for our morning project.  After lunch we will reconvene in St. Patrick's Cathedral to draw the beautiful gothic structure and many artifacts and statues. 


DATE: THURSDAY MARCH 23, 2017

TIME:    10:30 AM ONASSIS CENTER

              1:00 PM LUNCH
              
               2:00 PM ST. PATRICK'S 

LOCATION:  Onassis Cultural Center
                        Olympic Tower
                        645 Fifth Ave. 

                        St. Patrick's Cathedral  
                        Fifth Avenue and 50 - 51 St Streets

TRANSPORTATION: 6t o 51st/Lex Ave, E train to 5th Ave/53rd St.,  B, D, F trains to 47-50 St/Rockefeller Center


Thanks to Andrea Couture for recommending this site.

Please RSVP directly to Alan Wernicke at alanwernicke@yahoo.com.

NOTE:  Dry materials only at the Onassis Society. Bring a stool. 


                   



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Weekend Sketch Cancelled



There will be no Urban Sketching event this weekend. Please share any work you do on your own at our Facebook page.

We still need help planning events. If you have a great sketch event idea, or even a good idea, and if you’re willing to help a little with the organization, please let me know.  mark@urbansketchers.org

​Have a great weekend,​

Monday, March 13, 2017

Weekday Urbans Sketchers Canceled

Hoping against hope, I have been holding off on canceling tomorrow's Weekday Sketchers group at the Onassis Center, but the weather forecast is really dire so ....I am canceling the program for tomorrow! 

Watch for a post for next week.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketchers at Onassis Society And St. Pat's


We tend to think of Greek sculpture as a static art form: beautiful but removed and remote.  The current exhibit at the Onassis Society is bringing this art form to life in "A World of Emotion: Greece from 700 BC to 200 AD".   Gathered from around the world, this show features pieces never seen outside of Greece: statues, vases, theatrical masks, amulets, coins and votive offerings will explore the attitudes of people in classical antiquity that would resonate in our modern world.








Located on 5th Ave just north of St. Pat's, we will be able to capture the ancient world for our morning project.  After lunch we will reconvene in St. Patrick's Cathedral to draw the beautiful gothic structure and many artifacts and statues. 


DATE: TUESDAY MARCH 14, 2017

TIME:    10:30 AM ONASSIS CENTER

              1:00 PM LUNCH
              
               2:00 PM ST. PATRICK'S 

LOCATION:  Onassis Cultural Center
                        Olympic Tower
                         645 Fifth Ave. 

                        St. Patrick's Cathedral  
                         Fifth Avenue and 50 - 51 St Streets

TRANSPORTATION: 6to 51st/Lex Ave, E train to 5th Ave/53rd St.,  B, D, F trains to 47-50 St/Rockefeller Center


Thanks to Andrea Couture for recommending this site.

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at raylie@verizon.net.  Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 203-978-6387.  NOTE:  Dry materials only at the Onassis Society. Bring a stool. 


                   




Wednesday, March 8, 2017

SATURDAY: Sketch the Brooklyn Museum


Saturday March 11th


While winter winds-up we’ll be indoors this Saturday in one of NYC somewhat lesser known magnificent museums.  There’s loads to see.

The Brooklyn Museum acquired its first works from sub-Saharan Africa in 1900,  just three years after the Museum opened its doors. Today the collection numbers over five thousand items, making it the largest collection of African art in an American art museum. The collection of sub-Saharan African art is focused on the arts of West and Central Africa.  And our sketching efforts will concentrate on that part of the museum, although everyone is of course free to explore.


DETAILS

What:   The Brooklyn Museum - paying special attention to their African Arts collection.

Where:  200 Eastern Parkway

When:  11 AM to 3 PM

Lunch:  12:30 in the Cafeteria, - buy or bring your own.

Afternoon:  1:30 Back to sketching.

Show and Tell:  3:00 -  Meet in the lobby for a short walk to Tooker’s Alley 793 Washington Ave, where we will share drawings, good stories and and a snack or refreshments if you're so inclined.

NOTES:
-  Bring a stool if you have one.
-  Be aware that the museum wants pencil sketching only. This rule is unevenly enforced.

-  BY SUBWAY

  • 2-3 train to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum. 
  • You can transfer to 2/3 from 4/5 (at Nevins Street) and B, D, Q, N, R, and LIRR (at Atlantic Terminal-Barclays Center).


-  By Car -

  • On-site parking is available in the lot behind the Museum, off Washington Avenue


-  ADMISSION

  • Adults - $16
  • Students and Seniors with valid ID - $10



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

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





Friday, March 3, 2017







Weekday Urban Sketchers Take a World Tour Thursday

First Japan then France....join in!


This week we will visit Japan and France, without leaving NYC!  First we will sketch the Japan Exhibit at Grand Central Station, then we travel back in time to Paris in the 60's..  


Japan Tourism Organization is hosting Japan Week with a Zen garden, traditional crafts, food and a look at the future of high tech gadgets.  The story of Chiune Sugihara, Japan's Oskar Schindler will also be featured. 



Eat while you draw or grab a bite on the way to the next destination: Fashion Institute of Technology to see the show Paris Refashioned 1957 - 68.  This show examines the influence of French Haute Couture on popular culture around the world. The young rising stars of fashion who would become household names, were bringing in a new era of dressing that changed our perception of fashion to this day. See and sketch the early works of YSL, Nina Ricci, Balenciaga, Pierre Cardin and many more.  




Pierre Cardin, evening dress, circa 1958, gift of Rodman A. Heeren. 72.112.38Paco Rabanne, dress, circa 1966, gift of Montgomery Ward. 81.48.1
ChloĆ© (Karl Lagerfeld), evening dress, 1967, gift of Melanie Miller. 88.84.1I.D. (Emmanuelle Khanh), dress, 1966, gift of Sandy Horvitz. 77.57.2 


   
DATE: THURSDAY MARCH 9, 2017

LOCATION AND TIME: 
       10:30  AM  Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall 42nd Street 
 
         1:00 PM    Fashion Institute Of Technology, 7th Avenue at 27th Street


TRANSPORTATON: 
        GRAND CENTRAL STATION:  4, 5, 6, and S to 42nd St/Grand Central

        FIT: 1, N, R TO 28TH Street,  A, C, E, F to 23 St

There are no entrance fees on either event. You can come to one or both events.  Note: if you only want to go to FIT be aware that the museum opens at noon. Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at raylie@verizon.net. Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 201-978-6387. There may be restrictions on using stools but you can bring one just in case it is OK.  





Wednesday, March 1, 2017

SUNDAY: Eat. Shop. Sketch!

TurnStyle at Columbus Circle


Hosted by Susan and Joan

Sunday March 5 at 10:00 AM

PART 1 - TURNSTYLES

Experience an underground food and shopping hall in a refurbished subway passage extending the length of one city block long. Similar to the Chelsea Market, but brighter and more modern.


Highly curated vendors and no big chains were allowed. There is a counter running the length of the hallway, with counter stools. You can use these, however it is suggested to bring a stool so you do not take up seating for customer use.



Joan and Susan will start somewhere around mid point of the length of the hallway.  Look for two blondes on stools busy sketching.

 Lunch:  No formal get together for lunch. Since this has a great inexpensive food court, graze as the mood strikes.

Show and Tell:  We will meet at the end of the shops toward 57th St at 2:45 for a Show and Tell.

NOTES:
-   Bring a stool if you own one, it gives you sketching flexibility
-   1000 S 8th Ave  There is no need to swipe your Metro card to get in! You can enter at the only orange subway entrances on the East side of 57th & 58th Streets on 8th Ave.
-   Take the A, B, C, D, and #1  to Columbus Circle at 59th St.
-   There are no restrooms, but they can be found street level at Starbucks, or at Time Warner.


PART 2 - DR. SKETCHY

Not an Urban Sketcher event but a fun experience! Homage will be paid to couturier Christian Dior in a new twist, modeled by Mademoiselle Quaintrelle.

It is $12 in advance or $15, at the door. Flute Bar, 205 W 54th St.  The doors open at 4:00.  Getting a good seat is a smart strategy.


If you can’t find us
call or text Joan at 516-510-1473
or Mark at 973-809-9128

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




Sunday, February 26, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketchers go to Court

The Criminal Courts of NYC are open to the public and provide a fascinating window into the workings of the law enforcement process in the city.  We will start in Arraignment Court to sketch the ongoing parade of those accused of breaking laws.  The courtroom is rich in opportunities for us to sharpen our reportage skills, capturing those brought before the judge and the array of staff dedicated to overseeing the process. This is the time to quickly capture the action as the accused, judge, lawyers, clerks, police officers and onlookers move around the room.  The afternoon will present another challenge as we move into a trial courtroom where there is less movement but plenty to draw as we observe the judge, jury, defendant, attorneys, clerks and witnesses go about the business of assuring justice to those accused of crimes. 



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DATE: WEDNESDAY MARCH 1, 2017


TIME: 10:30 AM

NOTE: The court session is from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  You can arrive at any time and proceed into the courtroom on the first floor.  Follow signs or ask which courtrooms are being used for arraignment. The court breaks for lunch at 1:00 PM at which time the room is emptied. We will break for lunch as well and return about 2:30 when the trials reconvene.


 LOCATION: 100 Center Street Manhattan

TRANSPORTATION: 4, 5 train to Brooklyn Bridge, C, N, R, 6 train to Canal Street. 1 train to Franklin St.

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at raylie@verizon.net.  Looking for us? TEXT (can't answer a phone in the courtroom) to Raylie at 201-978-6387. 

No need to bring a stool as there are plenty of benches.  You will have to go through scanners entering the building. DO NOT bring cameras or anything sharp (some people carry X-Acto knives to sharpen pencils).  ANYTHING that is considered a potential weapon will be confiscated. Dry media only.  There is no talking allowed in the courtroom. There may be people involved in the proceedings sitting next to you. 

 Please be as courteous as possible as you work, we are only observers.






Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketchers Upcoming Dates


In an effort to help you plan to attend as many sketching events as possible, here is a list of events for the next few weeks.  Dates alternate between Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to allow for flexibility with other events on your calendars.  Each event will be posted as usual about 4 days prior to the event.  Watch for full details. 

Wednesday        March 1          Criminal Court, Lower Manhattan

Thursday           March 9           FIT Museum: Paris Re-visioned (featuring YSL's first show)

Tuesday             March 14        TBD

Thursday            March 23        TBD

Tuesday             March 28         Macy's Flower Show, Herald Square

Wednesday        April 5             TBD

Thursday            April 13          Carousels of NYC # 1:  Jane's Carousel, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

SUNDAY: Sketch the Tango.


Discover for yourself why the tango is so seductive.

WHAT IS THE TANGO?
Tango is a partner dance that originated in the 1880s along the River Plate, the natural border between Argentina and Uruguay, and soon spread to the rest of the world.  Tango is a vibrant and playful dance with a rich potential for expression and improvisation. It is often described as a passionate dance, because of the close connection partners can have, the character of the music, and also relating to some of the dance's history.

At the heart of tango is the desire to listen to, understand and converse with the person you're dancing with, through this unique language of dance.  In tango there is a 'leader' and 'follower'. Through the embrace, the leader offers invitations to the follower for where and how to step. The follower decides in what way they will accept the leader's invitations. Both leader and follower try to maintain harmony and connection through the embrace, and with the music, and so the dance is born.   Like the symbols of yin and yang, the roles of leader and follower each have a little of the other within them.



SKETCHING THE TANGO
Sketching the Tango might be the most challenging art experience.    Each couple embrace closely, they move to the music in a counter clockwise circle.  They never stand still.  In addition to each couple moving in circles the entire dance floor moves in the same counter clockwise fashion, so there is a new couple being presented  for you to sketch every moment. Constant motion, wonderful costumes and great music.  Sketching the Tango has it all.



THIS EVENT
A  rare opportunity to be a fly-on-the-wall at an authentic tango "milonga" (dance). It's also a birthday party for new Urban Sketcher member and longstanding tanguera, Lucille Krasne, and you're all invited to partake in the fun. Join us for a warm and welcoming afternoon of sketching dancers, meeting old and new friends, heartbreakingly beautiful bandoneon music, and, of course, cake.


DETAILS
When:
This Sunday, Feb 26, 1- 5 PM
Come when you can for as long as you can

Where:
Session 73, 139 1st Avenue, at 73rd St., Manhattan:
A venue known for nightly live music, cocktails, and casual dining.

Transportation:
The new Q subway line stops at 72nd St and Second Ave.
If coming by car and not able to park on the street, here's a map of nearby parking lots

Cost:  
No cover charge for non-dancing Urban Sketchers, so identify yourself at the door

Food and Drink:
A delicious and reasonably priced brunch is available and encouraged, but purely optional; there's also a full bar. Click the link for details.

Dress:
Casual is fine, though many of the dancers may be dressed in tango attire  

Show and Tell:
4:30 in the back room of the restaurant, where we will share drawing and good stories

Hosts:
Shawne Cooper and Lucille Krasne (aka Guest of Honor and birthday girl)

Contact: Shawne Cooper 
via email or text at  917.880.9249 
or Mark at 973-809-9128

First sketching event?:
All drawing levels are welcome