Tuesday, November 13, 2018


We've got a great doubleheader this Saturday

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First the BAM part:  Dick Blick is opening a new store in Brooklyn near BAM - the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  We're conducting a sketch walk that will start at their new store and will explore the Downtown Brooklyn area.  Blick is publicizing the event so we may have new sketchers going out with us.  The BAM part of the day is free and will include street sketching.

The WHAM part of the day is in the afternoon.  For a number of years NYC USk has been supporting the Draw-A-Thon at the High School of Art and Design.  Some of our fellow sketchers are graduates.  The fundraiser is a great way for the school to raise money while giving us a great way to sharpen our skills.

Poses vary from short sessions of five minutes, twenty minutes and one hour poses. Longer poses of three and six hours are also available. There will be a dedicated room for costume (heroic/cosplay) figure drawing and a separate room for nude/traditional figure drawing. The "WHAM" is for the models dressed as super characters.  You get a discounted admission paying in advance.  (link below)

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Part 1 - Morning:  BAM:  Sketching Downtown Brooklyn

Part 2 - Afternoon:  WHAM:  The Draw-a-Thon at the High School of Art & Design

Part 1:  Meet at the new Dick Blick store at - 41 Flatbush Avenue (near Fulton and Flatbush) At 10:00 AM

The 2, 3, 4, 5, Bm D, Q or R train to Atlantic Avenue / Barclays Center

LUNCH:  1:00 - In the streets while sketching. Bring your own or purchase from the many stores and vendors in the area.  Meet back at the store at 1:30 for a brief Show & Tell.

Part 2:  Meet at the High School of Art and Design at 245 East 56th Street from 3:00 - 6:00  (Note - Pizza is served at 6 PM and they'll have a drawing for the door prizes.

Draw-a-Thon Admission
-   Tickets in advance: Students $10 Adults $20:        Click This Link
-   Tickets at the door: College Students $15 Adults $25

-  Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options
-  Dress in layers, dress warmly for the outdoor part.
-  You can be a Specialist - You're welcome to stay at the store all day, they have events planned.  Or you can arrive at the HS at 10 AM and spend the day at the Draw-a-Thon.  Your choice.

Can't find us?  
Call Mark - 973-809-9128

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

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Weekday Sketchers at the Fire Museum

The NYC Fire Museum: An historical building filled with  antique fire engines, buckets, call boxes  and all sorts of paraphernalia.  Bring a stool and lots of red paint for an afternoon adventure on a chilly fall day. 

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STARTING TIME: 1:00 PM  (please note that this is an afternoon program!) 
Weather permitting (over 50 degrees) anyone interested in sketching the exterior can meet at noon in front of the building. 

                        278 SPRING STEET between Varick and Hudson Streets

ADDMISSION CHARGE:  Group rate of $8.pp is required, 

TRANSPORTATION: C OR E Train to Spring St. Then walk west 1 1/2 blocks.

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

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

SATURDAY: Sketch the Egyptian Collection

My best guess is that it's going to be too cold to sketch outside, which is a disappointment.  However it's a good time to treat ourselves sketching one of the largest and finest Egyptian Collections in the United States.  We'll be at the Brooklyn Museum on the third floor in the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Galleries.

Although our focus is going to be on the Egyptian rooms feel free to roam the museum.  The Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power show looks particularly interesting.


WHAT:  Sketch the Egyptian Collection at the Brooklyn Museum.

WHERE:   The Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY

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

WHEN:  The Museum opens at 11 AM. If you sleep late come anyway (Bring my phone number so you can find us).

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

LUNCH:  12:30 PM In the first floor cafeteria

AFTERNOON:  1:30 Back 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.

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

Can't find us?  
Call Mark - 973-809-9128

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

Westchester : Sketch the Neuberger Museum of Art SUNDAY

Located in Purchase, NY, the Neuberger Museum of Art is affiliated with Purchase College, part of the SUNY system. It is the nation's tenth-largest university museum.  Neuberger offers exhibitions, films, lectures, and events. It showcases a variety of artists, including 20th-century masters, mid-career and emerging artists. Founded in 1974 with a donation of 108 pieces from Roy Neuberger, the permanent collection has grown to over 6000 works.  Current exhibitions include works by Andy Warhol, photographs by John Shearer, as well as modern and contemporary art selections and African art from the museum's permanent collection.

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WHEN: Start time 12:00 PM on Sunday, November 11th.

                 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577 914-251-6100
                 ADMISSION: General public - $5.00, Seniors (62+) - $3.00

DIRECTIONS: For driving/train directions and parking information, see Plan A Visit 
                        on the home page https://www.neuberger.org/

LUNCH: Due to our later start time, we will not stop for lunch. 
               Please eat early or bring a snack.  Light snacks are available at the museum.

SHOW and TELL:  3:00 PM - We will share drawings, stories and good thoughts.
- Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options.
Dry media only can be used in the museum.

Please RSVP to cathygutterman@verizon.net
Looking for us?  call Cathy at 914-625-0766 or Marianne at 914-355-6507

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

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Weekday Sketchers Capture  Can-Struction at WFC  Wednesday

Every year a few weeks before Thanksgiving there is a Can-Struction display at the World Financial Center.  The companies in the buildings build fantastic sculptures  from cans of cans of food, using the colors and shapes of the cans to bring their creations to life.   The entire event is a fund raiser to feed the homeless.  In two weeks  the statues will be taken down and all the food will be donated to soup kitchen around the city for use in preparing a Thanksgiving meal.

Join us to celebrate this confluence of charity and creativity on Wednesday.  We will meet under the palm trees in the Winter Garden before we capture the scenes in our sketch books. 

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                 NOTE:  We will meet under the Palm Trees in the Winter Garden

TRANAPORTATON:  Any subway that goes to the World Trade Center

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 lunch at any of the vendors in the complex.