Wednesday, January 17, 2018

SUNDAY: Sketch the Natural History Museum

Sunday,  January 21, 2018

So many incredible things to see and draw 
at the 
Museum of Natural History

I've arranged free admission for the first 25 Urban Sketchers who meet me at opening time.  They will also be given a free guest pass to the Butterfly Conservatory - Dense humidity, lush green plants, and tropical butterflies of every color filling the room—who'd guess this is New York City in the middle of winter?  (Note:  We will probably not be able to sketch in the Butterfly area, but still, won't that be incredible in January?)


WhenI'll be there at opening time 10 AM if you're interested in the free admission and tickets to the Butterfly Conservatory.  However, life is complicated - come when you can.

Where:  The Museum is located at Central Park West & 79th St.  Meet me at the North entrace (- the Planeterium entrance) on West 81 Street

Morning:  There is so much to see and sketch that it's likely we'll split up into small groups or sketch as individuals.  I'm going to looking at the elephants and dioramas, but also groups of people viewing things.

Lunch12:00 Noon.  Meet at the Cafeteria on the lower level.  We'll be sitting all the way in the back. Try to reserve table space if you get there early.

Afternoon:  1 PM  Back to sketching

Show and Tell - 3:00 PM The social part of our day.  We'll return to the back of the cafeteria where we will share drawings, good stories and maybe get 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, January 14, 2018

Weekday Urban Sketchers at Roerich Museum

Tucked away in a town house on the Upper West Side, is yet another hidden gem of New York City: the Nicholas Roerich Museum.  Brought up in Russia in the late 1800's where he studied art and law, he quickly become part of the avant-garde movement led by Sergei Diaghilev. Highly spiritual, he traveled throughout India and Central Asia writing and painting. His paintings reflect this spiritual search in a stylized and colorful manner. Please visit the museum web site for  background on his life and paintings: 

Bring a stool and your brightest colors for a day exploring this unique person, his paintings and his home.

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

NOTE: Since the museum opens at noon, and we have been asked to gather after 1:00 PM, there will be an optional morning visit to Saint John the Divine. We will meet in the main sanctuary.  Following a lunch break we will walk to the Roerich Museum.  

DATE: Wednesday January17, 2018

LOCATION: 319 West 107th Street, NYC

START TIME:    10:30 AM at St. John the Divine (optional) 
                               1:00 PM at Roerich Museum

DIRECTIONS: 1 Train to 110th Street/Cathedral Parkway.  ,Walk south three blocks and turn right on 107th St.  The museum is between Broadway and Riverside Drive.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

SUNDAY: Sketch the Frick


Sunday, January 10, 2018

Just another house in NYC, but now that the Frick's moved out it's a great place to sketch. An impressive abode with furniture still in place suggesting how they lived.  Their art collection is incredible.

My two favorites - there in the living room are the Holbeins of More and Cromwell, almost glaring at each other.  On the left Thomas More the humanist scholar, the Lord Chancellor of England and martyr saint for refusing to accept Henry’s break with the Catholic Church. Facing him on the right is Thomas Cromwell, one of the architects of England’s break with Rome, engineer of Henry’s marriage to Anne Boleyn, and, eventually of More’s death.

If these two could only speak - the stories they'd tell (about each other)!

Another must see:  Veronese in Murano: Two Venetian Renaissance Masterpieces Restored, two recently conserved and rarely seen paintings by the celebrated artist Paolo Veronese (1528–1588), St. Jerome in the Wilderness and St. Agatha Visited in Prison by St. Peter. While the paintings are known to scholars, their remote location in a church in Murano, an island in the lagoon of Venice, has made them difficult to study.  See them this Sunday.


Where1 East 70th Street, at the northeast corner with Fifth Avenue.

When:  Opens at 11 AM  starts closing at 4:45.  Feel free to come anytime you like.  If you arrive late chat with the first person you see sketching it will be an Urban Sketcher.

Lunchsee notes below - no lunch planned.

Show and Tell - 3:00 PM  The social part of our day will be at Match 65, 29 E 65th St, (212) 737-4400, where we will share drawings, good stories and a snack or refreshments if you're so inclined.

-   No lunch.  There's nothing nearby.  Come well fed or bring a power bar to snack on.
-   Technically they only permit pencil sketching.  In the past this hasn't been enforced.  Be polite to the guards and considerate to the other visitors and we should be alright.
-   Stools seem to be okay if you don't block the flow.
-  Admission:  Adults - $22,  Seniors  $17 (65 and over), Students  $12 (with valid identification)

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, January 7, 2018

Weekday Sketchers at Hoboken Terminal

The Hoboken Terminal is a hub of commuter transportation along the Hudson River, providing access to NJ Transit Commuter lines, PATH trains, the NY Waterways ferries and the Hudson Bergen Light Rail system.  Inside of what is now a rather forlorn building, is the beautiful waiting room.  Huge windows, chandeliers, balconies, a glass ceiling, marble ticket booths, and beautiful wooden benches are hallmark that echo the times when rail travel was a luxury experience. 

Morning Session: Either try to capture the entire scene or spend the day drawing the many details in the iron work, lighting, shoe shine stand or woodwork. Or, capture the people coming and going through the terminal.

Afternoon session: The  temperatures are supposed to be in the high 40's on Thursday, making it feel like a balmy day after all this cold.  Weather permitting, we will move outdoors for the afternoon session for views of the exterior with the iconic clock tower. 

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TRANSPORTATION:  Take ether line of the  PATH system.   One runs along 6th Ave with stops from 33rd Street to Christopher Street, The other is accessed at the World Trade Center.  Take either but make sure you are on the train to Hoboken.  When you exit at the Hoboken Terminal, come up to the street level but stay inside the terminal. Make your way to the Waiting Room that is located at the east end of the building near the gates to the NJ Transit Commuter lines.  

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Bring a stool and some lunch. There are some food outlets in the building and along adjacent streets if you prefer. Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 201-978-6387.  (We shouldn't be hard to find as the Waiting Room is one large space) 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Weekday Sketchers Change of Schedule

Due to a forecast of snow and cold temps on Thursday, the meeting date for this week's session will be on WEDNESDAY JANUARY 3, 2018. Hopefully you will still be able to join us. 

Except for the date, all other information is the same:



                       5TH AVENUE AND 82ND STREET
                       We will meet at the Christmas Tree 


Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Bring a stool and dry materials to work with. We will break for lunch in the cafeteria in the building.  Bring your own or purchase something there.