Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Weekday Sketchers Schedule

Below is the schedule for the next 2 months for the Weekday Urban Sketchers group meetings.  Please enter the dates on your calendar.  Meeting information will be posted two days prior to the event.

Week of July 24, 2017 Chicago Symposium  NO MEETING THIS WEEK. 

Thursday August 3, 2017   St John the Divine

Tuesday August 8, 2017  Central Park "The Grotto"

Thursday August 17, 2017 Governor's Island

Tuesday August 22, 2017  Riverside Park

Week of August 28, 2017  THERE WILL BE NO MEETING THIS WEEK 

Thursday September 7, 2017 Hamilton Grange and City College

Tuesday September 12, 2017  TBD

Wednesday September 20, 2017 TBD

Thursday September 28, 2017 Morris Jamel Mansion Harlem 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketcher at Central Park Carousel and Belvedere Castle

Join us for a day of fantasy in the middle of the city: horses, castles, and hidden storybook cottages right in the middle of Manhattan. In the "round of visits" to the carousels of NYC, this week we will be going to the iconic carousel in Central Park.  Following lunch we will walk up to the beautiful Belvedere Castle and exit the park past the Swedish Cottage to complete our day of a a story book fantasy. 

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TIME: 10:30 AM

LOCATION:  Central Park Carousel 
                      Mid Park on the 65th Street Transverse 

TRANSPORTATION: A, B, C , D, 1 to Columbus Circle.  Walk along Central Park West to 65th St (Tavern on the Green) then walk east to the Carousel.

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

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

SUNDAY: Sketch the Sounds of the Street

It’s a Block Party 
hosted by the Rubin Museum 

The Event is free and includes admission to the Rubin, whose current show is The World is Sound.  Because there is a wonderful indoor option this is a rain or shine event

There will be lots to sketch:

  • Hands-on activities and participatory events for children and adults
  • Meditation spaces
  • Silent disco

Performances by:

  • New York Suwa Taiko Association
  • The Blue Angels Drumline
  • Poets John Giorno and Tenzin Dickie
  • Kirtan concert with the Bhakti Center
  • Dana Flynn of Laughing Lotus Yoga
  • Drawing Sound, a live painting and sound collaboration curated and MCed by Rhiannon Catalyst


  • Himalayan snacks for purchase from Café Serai and food trucks 
  • Van Leeuwen Artisan ice cream 
  • Korilla Korean Tacos
  • And loads of food stores and sandwich shops in the area


What:  The Rubin Block Party

Where:  150 West 17th Street Between 6th and 7th Avenues.
Meet at 6th Avenue, which will be less crowded.  Most of the action takes place at the 7th Avenue end of West 17th Street.

When:   From 11 AM - to 3:30 PM

Subway -
-  A, C, E to 14th Street (at 8th Avenue)
-  1 to 18th Street (at 7th Avenue)
-  2, 3 to 14th Street (at 7th Avenue)
-  F, L, M to 14th Street (at 6th Avenue)
-  N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th Street-Union Square

Car -
Parking is wide open on Sundays, the easiest day of the week to find a spot.  There is a 24-hour parking lot on the corner of 17th Street and 6th Avenue. There are also a number of parking garages and lots on 17th Street between Union Square and 7th Avenue.

Lunch:  12:30.  Meet in front of the Museum entrance.  Bring your own, or purchase from Vendors and stores.  There is also Café Serai in the museum -  the perfect place to enjoy the aromas and flavors of the Himalayas.

Afternoon:  1:30 Back to sketching the Street Fair and the Museum.

Show and Tell:  3:30  Meet at the entrance to the museum and we’re off to Cooper’s Craft & Kitchen, 169 8th Ave, b/t 18th St & 19th St, ( Phone number (646) 661-7711) to share drawings, good stories and a beer or wine 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.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketchers at NY Botanic Garden

What could be better than sketching the beautiful floral settings at the NY Botanic Gardens? Oh..... the NYBG with Chihuly glass sculptures! What more can be said??

Bring a stool, some lunch and a hat.  Entrance is free on Wednesdays.There are many Chihuly installations throughout the garden. However if you want to go inside the hot houses there is an entrance fee for those exhibits. 

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TIME: 10;30

                       2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY
       Note:  we will meet inside the East Gate Entrance. See directions below. 

DIRECTIONS:  Take the 2 train to Allerton Ave. station. From the station exit: Walk three blocks west on Allerton Ave. Turn left on Bronx Park East and walk two blocks to Waring Ave. At the park entrance, walk up the small hill leading directly to the Garden’s East Gate.

If you want to drive there is parking available. Check the NYBG web site for directions.

Please RSVP to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? Text or call Raylie at 201-978-6387.  

Thursday, July 6, 2017

SUNDAY: Sketch the Pratt Brooklyn Campus

Sunday July 9, 2017
Located in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill area around tree lined streets and brownstones, the Pratt campus at 200 Willoughby Ave, is a lovely sketchable park-like enclave. It’s the only art school in NYC with their own campus and it’s a pretty common site to see people drawing there.

We will spend the day there.


Directions:  Subway stop is G train to Classon Ave, or the A, C train to the Lafayette Avenue Station (see Map below)

Start time:  10 AM:  There is a lovely little park area near the entrance at Dekalb Avenue and Hall Street.  There are benches and an old canon there. That’s where we will meet.

Lunch:  Noon.  Bring your own for an outdoor picnic, or buy food locally.  There are two decent diners and REALLY good pizza just across the street from the Main Gate at DeKalb Ave and Hall Street.

Afternoon:  1 PM Back to drawing.

Show and Tell:  3 PM.  TBD - Mekelburg's 293 Grand Ave  or at Castro’s Mexican - 511 Myrtle.  We will share drawings, good stories and a snack or refreshments if you're so inclined.

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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.

Monday, July 3, 2017

No Weekday Sketchers This Week

Wishing everyone a happy and fun filled July 4th holiday.  There will not be any Weekday Urban Sketcher event this week.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

SATURDAY: Sketch Madison Park

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Flatiron building smiles on the park.  The old headquarters for MetLife is across the park and so is the astounding beaux arts - Appellate Division Courthouse of New York State built in 1896.  So much to draw.  It’s filled with people, trees, fountains and the mysterious black squirrels of NYC.

Your sketch event is curated and hosted by Elaine and Ben Langer.

Join us this Saturday.


10 AM:  We’ll meet at the park entrance on Fifth Avenue located at the corner of Fifth Ave. and East 23rd.  The R and W subway stop is right there. (see map below)

Noon:  We’ll have lunch in the park. There are many vendors in the area including a Shake Shack right in the park.  Bring your own or purchase nearby.

Afternoon:  1 PM Continue sketching.

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM.  Meet near the entrance to share our artwork and tell a few stories.  Maybe even talk about art supplies.

NOTES:  Bring a stool if you have one - it gives you more viewing opportunities.

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If you can’t find us
call or text Elaine and Ben at 347-415-5453

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

Monday, June 26, 2017

THURSDAY: Sketch Gantry Park beneath the Pepsi Sign

Thursday,, June 29, 2017

Gantry Plaza State Park is a riverside oasis along the East River near Long Island City, Queens. The entire length of the twelve acre park has spectacular, unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline, including the United Nations and the Empire State Building.

The southern part of the Park showcases the name-sake of the site, four restored gantries originally built in 1925 and used to load and unload river freight onto Long Island RR cars for transport inland.

The northern section of the Park was the site of a Pepsi-Cola bottling plant, and the iconic cursive, red neon on metal Pepsi-Cola sign remains today, having been designated a NYC landmark in 2016.

With the skyline as a backdrop, and the gantries, the sign, and the beautifully manicured park grounds as a set, this is a stage any artist will enjoy sketching. In the morning we will sketch in the southern part of the Park, two sets of gantries and the skyline of Manhattan. We will eat lunch in a grove of trees with plenty of shade near the southern-most pair of gantries. In the afternoon we will head north to the Pepsi-Cola sign, construction barges on the river and views of the Ed Koch Queensborough Bridge.


DATE:  Thursday,, June 29, 2017

TIME:  10:30AM

LOCATION:  Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47th Road, Long Island City, NY 11101

From Grand Central Terminal, take the 7 Train and get off at Vernon Boulevard - Jackson Avenue, the first stop in Queens. Exit the station at the back of the train, emerging at 50th Avenue and Vernon Blvd.
Walk 3 blocks north on Vernon Blvd to 47th Road, turn left and walk 2 blocks west toward the East River. The Park entrance is straight ahead, although partially blocked by construction. Just walk on the sidewalk on the right side of the street, past the Dead End sign, and you will enter the Park.


  1. The walk from the 7 train is 10 minutes. As you enter the Park, restrooms are on the left. We will meet at a yellow picnic table on the right, shortly past the playground. 
  2. Bring a hat, sunblock and lunch, as there aren't many food vendors around the Park. 
  3. You could pick up a sandwich or salad at the Food Cellar Market on 47th Road, a block from the Park entrance.  
  4. Also bring a bottle of water. The water fountains in the southern part of the Park are disconnected, although there are several working fountains in the northern section. 
  5. You may bring a stool if you wish, but there are lots of benches throughout the Park.

Please RSVP to Alan Wernicke at:
If you are coming late 
or you cannot find us, 
call or text Alan at 917-685-5748

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sunday: Sketch Astoria Park

June 25, 2017


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Astoria Park - Sitting on the edge of the East River, resting between the Triborough Bridge and Hell Gate Bridge, the park offers shoreline sights that are a sketcher's delight.

Astoria Park, on the west shore of Queens, extends from south of the Triborough Bridge to north of the Hell Gate Bridge. With a panoramic view of the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan in the south to the Hell Gate channel in the north, the scenery presents the diverse landscape of New York City.

The Park is located at 19th Street between Astoria Park South and Ditmars Blvd, in Queens.

To get there - take the N Train towards Astoria - Ditmars Blvd.  It's the second to last stop the Astoria Blvd Station.  It's located directly next to the car entrance to the Triborough Bridge.

... and WALK:
To get to Astoria Park from the subway walk along Hoyt Avenue, heading  towards the Triborough Bridge and the harbor.  It's a flat 8 block walk. 

We'll meet at Hoyt Avenue and 19th Street, which has a great view of the bridge and is the South West Corner of the Park.  Sketching starts at 10 AM.  Running late?  Come anyway, we'll be there.

Bring a stool or a chair if you have one.  Bring your own food for lunch, (or wait for Show and Tell.)

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM off to the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, Astoria’s classical Hofbrau at 2919 24th Ave, (which is on the way to the subway).  We’ll share drawings, tell stories and maybe share a pilsner if you like.

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

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

Monday, June 19, 2017

THURSDAY: Sketch Forest Hills Gardens, Queens

Forest Hills Gardens is one of America’s oldest planned communities. It is modeled after England’s “garden cities,” originally constructed in 1909 and is based on designs by architect Grosvenor Atterbury and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. - son of the "Central Park" Olmsted.

The NY Times described it best:   "Just a few blocks off Queens Boulevard lies a time warp -- a perfectly preserved garden suburb from a time when women wore bustles. With its medieval English-style, red-tiled roofs, turrets, dormers and Tudor half-timbering, Forest Hills Gardens is virtually unchanged since 1909...."

In the morning we will sketch around Station Square, its clock tower and two underpasses that lead to the residential areas. In the afternoon, we will take a short walk to Circle Park to view an array of trees, flowers, and residences built in various medieval styles.



TIME: 10:30 am

LOCATION:  Forest Hills Gardens, Queens

TRANSPORTATION: E, F, M, or R trains to Forest Hills 71 Avenue  (71 Avenue is aka Continental Avenue). The Long Island RR has a stop at Forest Hills, too. Driving is not recommended since parking is restricted to residents with permits.

Coming from Manhattan, exit near front of train and take stairway that says 71 Avenue, South Side of Queens Blvd. On the street, walking away from Queens Blvd., go 2 blocks, going under the Long Island R.R. to Station Square. We will meet near the LIRR underpass at the entrance to Station Square.

Bring a hat, sunblock, a stool if you have one, and lunch, although you can also easily buy lunch on 71 Avenue, on nearby Austin Street, or in Station Square.

Please RSVP to Alan Wernicke at
If coming late or you cannot find us, call or  text Alan at 917-685-5748

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

SATURDAY: Sketch Grant’s Tomb National Memorial

Saturday June 17, 2017
Grant’s Tomb National Memorial

A peaceful location on Riverside Drive is the final resting place for Ulysses S. Grant our 18th President and the Union's most famous Civil War general.  He died in 1885, twenty years after the war ended.

Next to Lincoln, Grant was probably the Union’s most celebrated hero. At the time of his death the impact of that horrible war was still fresh in people’s living memory.  The day after he died the mayor of NYC sent a telegram to his widow, Julia Dent Grant suggesting that New York City should be the general’s final resting place.  Grant’s only request before dying was that he be layed to rest by his wife. The are both entombed there.

Completed in 1897, the location of the National Memorial was remote and far from the bustling city.  Visiting amounted to a day in the country.  Old photographs reveal a riverside location devoid of trees and the beautiful park that now graces the Hudson shore of NYC.

I believe that the definitive artwork depicting Grant’s Tomb has not been created yet.  
Who’s up for a challenge?  

Join us on Saturday. 


Start time:   10 AM - Riverside Drive and West 122nd Street, in Morningside Heights.  To get there take the #1 Subway to the 116th Street - Columbia University stop.  (see map below)

Lunch:  Noon - 1 PM - Bring your own and dine al fresco in the park, or purchase food to take out at Broadway Au Lait, 3070 Broadway at 122 St. There are other choices in the area.

Afternoon:  1 PM Back to the Memorial

Show and Tell:  3 PM The Craftsman, 3155 Broadway,  (212) 933-0602. We will share drawings, good stories and a snack or refreshments if you're so inclined.

Note:  Bring a stool if you have one - it gives you more options.

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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. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

THURSDAY: Urban Sketchers at Woodlawn

Enjoy a day of sketching architecture, 
the human figure or nature 
in one of the city's largest cemeteries. 

View the graves of some of the musical greats like Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, W.C. Handy, Max Roach, George M. Cohan and Irving Berlin; or historically significant figures of politics and business like Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, Isidor Straus, Joseph Pulitzer, Jay Gould, Robert Moses, Elizabeth Cady Staton, and F.W. Woolworth.  

The mausoleums are elaborate and the landscapes are sweeping.


TIME: 10:30 am

LOCATION: Woodlawn Cemetery, Webster Avenue and East 233rd Street, Bronx, NY 10470

TRANSPORTATION: Take  the 4 Train north to the last stop at Woodlawn. Exit the station and walk about one-half block north to the Jerome Avenue entrance to the cemetery. 

We will meet at some benches across from the Conservatory Office building, a short walk from the entrance. Be sure to ask for a map at the entrance, and bring a hat, a stool if you have one, sunblock, and lunch. We will eat at picnic tables behind the Conservatory Office building. 

Please RSVP to Alan Wernicke at  
If coming late or you cannot find us, text Alan at 917-685-5748.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

SUNDAY: Sketch the Gardens

June 11, 2017
New York Botanic Gardens
2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 

It will be an amazing day of sketching at the New York Botanic Gardens in the Bronx.  Many  talented well known sketchers will there conducting demonstrations  including New York City Urban Sketchers Ellisa Gore, Jason Das and Brad Marshall.  Other featured artists who will be painting at the gardens include Marc Taro Holmes, Shari Blaukopf, Veronica Lawler, plus James & Jeanette Gurney.

I’m going to be running a Plein-Air Drop-In program on the Conservatory Lawn starting at 11 AM. Meet me there.  The Drop-In program is intended for get non urban sketchers involved sketching.  Art supplies and stools will be lent to participants.  You're welcome to join in or use this as a base camp to explore the gardens.

Also happening this Sunday:

Breathtaking works of art that dazzle with color, light, and form.  The Garden’s dramatic vistas become living canvases for work created specifically for NYBG, showcasing Chihuly’s signature organic shapes in brilliant colors. For the first time in more than ten years, the artwork of world-renowned sculpture Dale Chihuly will be featured in a major garden exhibition

Artists from UrbanGlass—a contemporary glass center in Brooklyn—demonstrate the fascinating art of melting and manipulating hot glass using a torch and flame.



Take the B, D, or 4 train to Bedford Park Blvd. Station. From the station exit: Take the Bx26 bus east to the Garden’s Mosholu Gate entrance.

OR walk eight blocks down the hill on Bedford Park Blvd (approximately 20 minutes). Turn left onto Southern Blvd. and walk one block to Mosholu Gate entrance.

Take the 2 train to Allerton Ave. station. From the station exit: Walk three blocks west on Allerton Ave. Turn left on Bronx Park East and walk two blocks to Waring Ave. At the park entrance, walk up the small hill leading directly to the Garden’s East Gate.

Just 20 minutes from Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan! Take the Metro-North Harlem local line to Botanical Garden Station. Cross Southern Boulevard to the Garden’s Mosholu Gate entrance.

-   Definitely bring  stool if you have one.  It gives you so many options.
-   Because of the unusual events happening this Sunday at the Botanic Gardens we will not be having our usual Show and Tell at the end of the day.

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

Monday, June 5, 2017

Weekday Sketchers Postponed to Thursday

Due to the forecast the Weekday Urban Sketchers meeting in the Elizabeth Street Garden is postponed to Thursday.  

Sunday, June 4, 2017

NYC Urban Sketchers on Social Media

Hi, everyone! You may be aware that I've been put in charge of our social media, at least where Instagram and Twitter are concerned. If you want to follow, on Instagram we're @nycurbansketchers and on Twitter we're @nycusk (a pesky character limit kept us from being @nycurbansketchers on both!). I'll be starting to really use them this week.

I'll mostly use Twitter to announce sketch events and any related exhibits or events people might be interested in. The Instagram will post about all of those, but I'll also be reposting from anyone using #nycurbansketchers. So anytime you post your sketches, be sure to use the hashtag and you may see your work reposted!*

I definitely recommend instagram for anyone not on it yet, it's a great way to have easy access to the artwork of people all across the world. If anyone has any questions about social media please don't hesitate to ask! You can reach me at Also feel free to contact me there if you have any events or exhibits I should post about!

*For anyone new to twitter and instagram, anything with a "#" preceding it is a hashtag. So you can search for "#nycurbansketchers" to find other New York urban sketchers and their work. You can also search for anything else you're interested in seeing; #urbansketchers is really popular, and I also like checking out #watercolors and #archisketcher. It's a really easy way to find new artists to follow!

Weekday Urban Sketcher at the Elizabeth St. Gardens

Come spend some time in this unique corner of NYC.  Beneath the trees and bushes are hundreds of architectural pieces gleaned from the demolished buildings that were once part of the city.  Statues, balustrades, cornices, birdbaths, benches and gargoyles adorn the 20K SF of the not-so-hidden gem in Little Italy.   Following lunch we will go to St. Patrick's Old Cathedral located 1/2 a block away.  This was the first RC church but in NYC and houses a catacomb and graveyard.  

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TIME:  11:00 AM (garden is open from 11 - 4 )

LOCATION:  Elizabeth St Garden:  Elizabeth Street between Prince and Spring Streets.  

                       St Patrick's Old Cathedral: Corner of Mott and Prince Street

TRANSPORTATON:  N, Q, R, W to Prince St,  B,D, F, M to Broadway Lafayette

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

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

SUNDAY: Art Supplies and Sketchable Gardens

Sunday June 4, 2017

Many thanks to NYC USk Sketcher - 
Dan Jay for help researching this event.

The willow treehouse at El Jardin del Paraiso

Jerry’s Palette Shop at 111 4th Ave, is hosting a special bagel party for NYC Urban Sketchers from 10 AM to 11.  Any purchases made during that time will enjoy a 25% discount.  This is a great opportunity to explore one of NYC’s premier art supply stores.

Then at 11 AM we’ll be walking to the gardens located at East 4th Street between Ave. C and D.

No spot in NYC has more community based gardens than the East Village.  Originally the site of derelict buildings, the original visionaries cleared the debris of burned or collapsed buildings to create their urban slice of paradise.  Each garden is unique and maintained by passionate neighborhood residents.

What an amazing oasis…. 
Thank you all earth people (community gardeners) 
for keeping this patch of earth wild. 
- Aresh Javadi 


10 AM - Meet at Jerry’s 111 Fourth Ave (bet East 12 - 11 Sts.) For Bagel Breakfast

11 AM - Walk to East 4th Street between Ave C and D. (Or take the M14D bus at 14th Street and Irving Place - to 3rd Street and Avenue D. to sketch El Jardin del Pariaso ,  Orchard Alley and  Parque de Tranquilidad 

12:30 - 1:30  Lunch al fresco.  Bring your own or purchase from the many stores or vendors in the area.

Afternoon - Back to urban garden sketching.

Show and Tell:  Cornerstone Cafe,  17 Ave B at the corner of East 2nd Street, (212) 228-1260. We will share drawings, good stories and a snack or refreshments if you're so inclined.

NOTES:  -  Bring a portable stool or chair if you have one.  Gives you more sketching options.

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, May 28, 2017

Correction to Weekday Schedule

There was a mistake in the dates of the schedule just posted.  There will be a meeting on: 

Thursday June 29th,  (not 28th).   

Weekday Urban Sketchers Meeting Dates June/July

In an effort to help everyone plan to attend Weekday Urban Sketchers events, here are the dates for the next 6 weeks. We will avoid scheduling anything on Wednesdays since so many sketchers attend the free sessions at the Battery Park Conservancy.  However,  we will meet on Wednesday July 12 admission to the NY Botanic Garden is free on Wednesdays. 

Thursday June 1, 2017: Coney Island.  See posting below this message for details

Tuesday June 6, 2017:  

Thursday, June 15, 2017 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thursday, June 28, 2017 

First week in July there will be no scheduled meeting. Enjoy the July 4th holiday.

Wednesday July 12, 2017  NY Botanic Gardens

Tuesday July 18, 2017

There will be no scheduled session the last week of July as it is the Annual Urban Sketchers Symposium in Chicago.

Weekday Urban Sketchers in Coney Island

The Boardwalk, the beach, the ocean, the rides and people, people, people, and did I mention yet another of NYC's carousels!   This week's meeting will take us to the edge of the city for a chance to see a very different urban scene filled with sea, sand and sunshine (if we are lucky).  Let's go before it gets too hot to be out in the sun and too crowded to be able to sit and sketch!

We will meet in front of Coney Island USA, the museum of Coney Island.  From there we will do a sketch crawl that will include the color and craziness of the amusement area and then the (relatively quite) boardwalk and beach.  Bring your lunch or get a world hot dog at Nathan's.  Pack you brightest colors, a stool, a hat and sunscreen and join us at the end of the subway line.....on the beach.
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The Boardwalk 

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The Wonder Wheel and Carousel

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Coney Island USA 


TIME:  10:30 AM


NOTE: We will meet in front of Coney Island USA on the corner of Surf Ave and West 12th St. 

TRANSPORTATION: N, D  to Coney Island/Stillwell Ave.  Note:  The N and D run express in Manhattan and then run local after a while in Brooklyn. The Q and F also go to Coney Island but they are local all the way.

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

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

SATURDAY: Sketch the Chinese Scholar's Garden

Saturday, May 27, 2017

One of the most relaxing places in NYC.  The peacefulness and tranquility of the gardens will find its way into your sketches.  Getting there via ferry adds to the adventure. The New York Chinese Scholar's Garden is a part of the Staten Island Botanical Garden, located in the Snug Harbor Cultural Center.

Photos and Watercolor by Joan Tavolott

“All the architectural components of The New York Chinese Scholar's Garden were prefabricated in Suzhou, including roof and floor tiles, columns and beams, doors and windows, bridges and paving materials and carefully chosen rocks.  This is the ONLY Chinese Scholar's Garden in the United States.”
(description by Victoria V. via Yelp)


-   We meet at the Staten Island Ferry, our starting point at 10:00 AM.

Take subway to lower Manhattan, via the 1 train to South Ferry or the 4/5 train to Bowling Green or
the R train to Whitehall.

Exit and walk south to blue neon Staten Island terminal to take FREE ferry.

After landing in Staten Island take the S40 bus at Gate D to travel along Richmond Terrace, less than a 10-minute ride. Let the bus driver know that you want to get off at Snug Harbor.

There is a $5 entrance fee to the Garden.

12:30 - We will have lunch at Adobe Blue which as .3 miles from the Snug Harbor campus (or bring your own and stay on the beautiful Snug Harbor campus).  Show and Tell will be there too at 3 PM.

NOTE:  Bring a folding chair or stool if you have one - it provides more sketching choices.

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

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

Monday, May 22, 2017

Weekday Sketcher at Bronx Zoo for the Bug Carousel and 

Live Animal Workshop

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Continuing our sketching of  the carousels of NYC we will be visiting one of the most unusual ones this week:   The Bug Carousel at the Bronx Zoo.  Dung beetles, praying mantis and caterpillars are just a few of the colorful characters that we will be able to draw and paint.   

After the drawing the fantasy animals we will turn our attention to the real ones and participate in a workshop with Muriel Applebaum on how to capture the beauty and animation of the zoo's creatures, followed by our own personal safari of the more than 4,000 animals that roam the 265 acres of the park. 


TIME: 10:30 AM

                       NOTE: We will meet at the Bug Carousel which is located in "The Plaza".  Please check the zoo map for directions.

TRANSPORTATION:    2 or 5 train to West Farms Road/East Tremont Ave Station which leaves you off at 178 St and Boston Road.  Walk north two blocks to the Asia Gate entrance.  Then follow the zoo map to the Plaza.  (The directions on the zoo's web site say to use the Pelham Parkway station however using the West Farms Rd station and Asia Gate entrance is a much shorter walk.)

The zoo is free on Wednesday and Muriel Applebaum is volunteering her time and talent for us. 

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 201-978-6387.  Bring a stool and lunch or purchase lunch in the zoo cafeteria.  

Please bring the largest pad you are comfortable carrying (at least 7" x 9") for the live animal workshop. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

SATURDAY: Sketch Washington Square Park

May 20, 2017
Hosted by Susan and Joan, 

The Arch by Lancelot Gambis‎ 

Washington Square Park  One of the top people-watching spots in all of NYC, there’s a never-ending parade of street musicians, performance artists, students, and tourists. The fountain, the arch, and the curves in the road, everywhere you look there's something interesting to sketch.

Joan Szalay Tavolott‎: Sketched at Washington Square Park
using ArtRage on her iPad.

Photo of Jeff Levine
taken by Tyko Kihlstedt 
When:   Meet at 10 AM under the arch.  Coming late is no problem - we'll be there the entire day.

Where:  Washington Square Park.  Meeting place under the arch at 5th Avenue and Waverly Place (AKA - Washington Square North)

How:   WSP is easy to reach by subway.  The closest choices include:
-   West 4th Street - A, C, D, E, F and M Subway
-   Astor Place #6 Subway
-   Bleeker St #6 Subway
-   8th STreet NYU N, R Subway
-   Christopher - Sheridan Square #1 Subway

Lunch: 12 - Noon:  Meet again under the arch.  Bring your own or buy lunch from the many vendors and stores in the area.  We'll find a good spot to eat together.

Afternoon:  1:00 PM After lunch we're back continuing capturing Washington Square in all it's glory on a brilliant spring day

Show and Tell:  3:00 We'll walk up McDougal Street to 8th Street to the Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor, 26 W 8th St,  to share drawings, good stories and a beer or wine if you're so inclined.

-   If you have a folding stool or chair - bring it.

If you can’t find us 
call or text Joan (516) 510-1473

There are no fees or attendance taken. All drawing skill levels are welcome.

WEDNESDAY Nights: Sketching in Herald Square

Sketching in Herald Square

There is an Urban Sketching event that might be interesting happening on Wednesday nights until September. Unlike our usual sketch events instruction will be available provided by the Art Students League of New York.

The view is great for sketching, lots going on and plenty of interesting architecture.  When I was there last time everyone was very friendly and supportive. It’s a great end to the workday, or a sketchable start to a night out.

Limited materials are provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own. No experience necessary. This event is hosted by the 34th Street Partnership in conjunction with the Art Students League of New York.

The Details:

  • Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm
  • May 3-September 27
  • Herald Square Park

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketcher at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

The cherry blossoms are gone but with 52 acres at our disposal there is still plenty for us to capture in our sketchbooks. The tulips, wisteria, azaleas, lilacs are in bloom.  The trees are covered in newly emerging leaves, the lawns are lush and the specialized gardens host water features and rockeries.  Bring your lunch and a stool and pack your brightest colors for a day of sketching in one of New York's treasures. Oh, and one more thing: there is no entrance fee on Tuesdays.

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Eastern Parkway Entrance


TIME: 10:30 AM

                         EASTERN PARKWAY 
         NOTE:  We will meet at the Eastern Parkway Entrance 

TRANSPORTATION: 2, 3, 4 train to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum Station

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at so that we know to look for you.  Looking for us? Call Raylie at 201-978-6387