Wednesday, October 17, 2018

SATURDAY: Sketch the MET

I keep checking the weather forecast.  I'm hoping against hope for one more day of summer.  I'm hoping for perfect day at the end of October that has the warmth and sunshine of August.  Apparently that's not what we're getting on Saturday.  So, with an eye towards the winter months - let's sketch indoors.

The largest art museum in the US is up on Fifth Avenue. It's so large that it makes sense to pick one specific area to focus our energies.  We'll be spending our time in the American Wing, where there is loads to see and draw.


WHAT:  We'll be sketching in the American Wing at the Met

WHERE: At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY

WHEN:  Starting at opening time - 10 AM.  Sleeping late?  No problem - you'll find us there.

HOW:  Use the side school entrance on 81st Street instead of going up the main stairs. There is a coat check there and you can pay admission there too.  The nearest subway stop is 86th Street at Lexington Ave

Admission:  The museum has a somewhat confusing admission policy.  The current pay-as-you-wish policy will stay in place for all New Yorkers and students from Connecticut and New Jersey, though they'll now need to provide some ID or proof of address before entering the exhibits.  Members are admitted for free and can bring one guest.  Children under the age of 12 will get free admission, and senior citizens from out of state will be charged $17. If you're not a New Yorker, not a member, and not a senior, a child or a student - admission is $25.

LUNCH:  Noon - 12:00 PM.  We'll eat together in the lower level cafeteria - we'll be sitting towards the back.  Bring your own or buy from the museum.

AFTERNOON:  1:15 PM  Back to sketching in the American Wing

SHOW and TELL:   3 PM - We'll meet again towards the back of the cafeteria, where we will share drawings, good stories a snack or drink if you're so inclined.

-     Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options.  Tripods are not permitted but stools are. 
-     Backpacks are not permitted although you can carry a day- bag
-     The rules about drawing in the museum are unevenly enforced.  Some guards may insist you can only use pencil other guards seem delighted to see us sketching.  Smile - and don't argue

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, October 14, 2018

Weekday Sketchers at Grand Army Plaza Tuesday

What makes Grand Army Plaza grand?  

With the Soldiers and Sailors Arch, Bailey Fountain, a memorial to JFK and tributes to heros long forgotten, it is a grand capture in our sketchbooks.   Let's take in the plaza with he views of the entrance to Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Library while there is still time to work outdoors.   

There plaza surrounding the arch and fountain contain numerous tributes to hero's of the Civil War.  To familiarize yourself with the many statures and symbols, please visit the Wikipedia site:

The weather should be sunny but a bit cooler than we have gotten used to.  Please dress in layers to keep yourself comfortable.  Bathrooms, water, coffee and food are available at the Brooklyn Library.  Bring a stool and some lunch, or purchase something at the library cafe. 

NOTE: Sorry to disappoint those who were looking forward to going to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, however there are a number of renovations taking place and it would be best to save that location for a later date. 

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Soldiers and Sailors Arch

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Bailey's Fountain
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TRANSPORTATION: 2, 3 train to Grand Army Plaza

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

SATURDAY: Sketch Weeksville

Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn’s largest African-American cultural institution, is dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African American community of Weeksville, Brooklyn - one of America’s first free black communities.  

Weeksville, part of the present-day neighborhoods of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant, was an independent free black community, named for James Weeks. Weeks purchased property in 1838, along with other African American investors, in order to create an intentional landowning community.  Continuing the legacy of self-determination, Weeksville's history was rediscovered in 1968 when urbanization threatened to erase the physical memory by destroying the few remaining historic homes. Instead, a grassroots preservation effort started to preserve the Hunterfly Road Houses and the memory of historic Weeksville.

There is no place like this in NYC.  It captures a fleeting piece of NYC's past.


What:   Sketch the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn - 158 Buffalo Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213

When:  This Saturday October 13th starting at 10 AM.  Running late?  We'll be there.

How:  Subway -
-  Take the C train (Euclid Avenue) to Ralph Avenue - walk 11 minutes or 0.5 miles.
-  The A train (Far Rockaway - Mott Avenue) to Utica Avenue  Walk 14 minutes or 0.7 miles
(see map)

Lunch12:00 Noon - Bring your own or rely on a handful of bodegas in the area.  We'll dine outdoors

Afternoon1:15 PM  Continue sketching

Show and Tell3:00 PM  Will be held out doors at the Weeksville site where we will share drawings, good stories.

_     Dress warmly - in layers the high is supposed to be 57 degrees
-     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.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Weekday Sketchers at the Bronx Zoo Wednesday

Why is going to the zoo and instant trip back to childhood?  To answer the question, join us this Wednesday as we capture the animals,  people and the beautiful beau arts architecture as we explore the best zoo in NYC!  

We will meet at the Zoo Center by the rhino cage. Click here for zoo map:    From here, there are good views of the zoo building and plaza as well as some big and small animal exhibits.  Bring a stool and some lunch, or purchase it at the Dancing Crane Cafe.  The weather should be warm, so a cap and sun block are also good things to throw in your bag.

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                                    Zoo entrance is free on Wednesdays. 

TRANSPORTATON: 2,5 train to West Farms Rd/E. Tremont Ave.

NOTE:  It is much easier to take the train to this stop that following the directions on the web site.  Come down from the platform to street level. Walk north two blocks to the Asia Gate zoo entrance.  Follow the walkway to the Zoo Center.  

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

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

SATURDAY: Sketch Beautiful Greenwich

Our Host Mel Barranco is sharing his town 
Greenwich CT 
on the Long Island Sound

Beautiful Greenwich CT, outside the boundaries of New York City Urban Sketching. This Saturday we'll be taking a walk on the wild side by visiting Mel Barranco in his home town.  This is going to be a good day of sketching, and something different.  Greenwich offers two distinctly different attractions, a wonderful, highly sketchable marina with boats and big sky views, and the scenic charm of a prosperous suburban community's mail street.


Mel will meet us at the Greenwich Station at 10:32am.  We will proceed to walk towards the marina, a short 5 min walk from the train station.  There are some benches at the park but you're welcome to bring your favorite stool for sketching.

This is a Rain or Shine Plan:  There is a great rainy day back-up planned for the Bruce Museum that has a $7 admission fee.

LEAVE:   9:30 AM - From Grand Central Station The Metro North weekend train schedule to Greenwich departs at 36 minutes past each hour.  The 9:36 train gets in to Greenwich station at 10:32am.

The RETURN:  On the return schedule, two times are available at each hour - 13 minutes past and 43 minutes past - arriving at the Grand Central Station 61 minutes later.

The Fare:  Round trip off-peak fare is $19.50, reduced fare for Seniors/disabled/Medicare is $13.00

Lunch:  12:00 - Bring your own or purchase food in town.  If the weather is good we'll eat outside.

Afternoon:  1:15  We'll sketch downtown Greenwich.

Show and Tell:   3:00 PM at the Sundown Saloon (a short walk from the train station) to share drawings, good stories and a beer or wine if you're so inclined.

_     Wear layers it's often cool by the water.
-     Bring sunscreen and a hat
-     Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options.
-     If you're meeting us at Grand Central Station assume you'll have some challenges getting there. Subway repair work has made subway travel challenging lately. 

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

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