Sunday, March 17, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at Hudson River Museum

It is spring! Let's celebrate!

This spring we will be visiting a number of locations along the Hudson River to sketch the views, the buildings and the people that live, work and play in proximity to this icon of the New York metropolitan area.

We will start the exploration a bit up river with a combined sketch day with the Westchester Urban Sketchers.   Thanks to Cathy Gutterman who has made arrangements for us to visit the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers.  Situated on the Hudson River this former estate offers us beautiful river views, a victorian manor and a museum dedicated to the Hudson River.  

The HRM offers dynamic exhibitions of 19th-century to contemporary American art; Glenview, an 1877 Gilded Age home on the National Register of Historic Places; a state-of-the-art Planetarium; an indoor, environmental teaching gallery, Hudson Riverama, a permanent gallery devoted to the environment of the Hudson and its shores; the Bookstore, the only permanent installation by Pop Artist Red Grooms on view in New York; and an outdoor Amphitheater.

 Current Exhibitions Include:

"The Color of the Moon:  Lunar Painting in American Art," is devoted to the allure of the moon for American painters, whose art has reflected the eternal fascination with our closest celestial body. It is the first major museum examination of the moon as it relates to the story of the American nocturne as it developed from the early 1810s through the late 1960s.  In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's landing on the moon, "A Century of Lunar Photography and Beyond," presents examples of lunar photography from the mid-19th century photographic plates to 21st century digital imagery.

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                        511 WARBURTON AVE, YONKERS NY
                       Entrance Fee: Adults $7. Seniors $5. 

STARTING TIME: 12:00 NOON (museum opens at noon)


BY CAR: Directions and Map:      

BY TRAIN FROM GRAND CENTRAL :  Take Metro-North’s Hudson Line to Glenwood Station. When you get to the station, exit onto Glenwood Avenue, and make a left onto Ravine Avenue, which leads to Trevor Park. Walk through the park to reach the museum’s entrance. (The walk from the train station to the Museum takes approximately 10 minutes). OR, take the Hudson Line to Yonkers Station, and take a taxi to the museum. (Taxi costs approximately $5). 

PLEASE NOTE: We will meet at the Information Booth in Grand Central Terminal at 11:00 AM.  We will be taking the 11:20 Hudson Line train to Croton-Harmon to the Glenwood Ave Station. arriving at 11:50.  Please make sure to purchase your ticket before meeting the group. 

Coming later?  Please check the train schedules for other trains.

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

FYI: Visit the web site for additional information:
- No wet materials are allowed in the galleries. Stools will be provided. 
- For the protection of the artwork, backpacks, water bottles, or snack items are not allowed in the galleries. 
- Lockers are available for guest convenience.
The Museum offers light snacks, coffee, and refreshments in the Museum Shop. Weather permitting, visitors may use the cafe tables in the Courtyard. There is also limited seating in the Lobby, and you may picnic in Trevor Park, adjacent to the Museum. 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Weekday Sketchers AMNH 


For those joining us today at the American Museum of Natural History who would like to take advantage of the “pay what you wish” entrance policy please be aware that you CAN NOT do that at the 77th St Entrance. At 77th St you can use museum passes, membership or NYC programs but if you want to “pay what you wish” you MUST enter at ether the main entrance, the entrance by the subway platform or the 81St Entrance. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketch the Morgan

Morgan Library & Museum
Saturday: March 16th, 2019

The Museum contains acquisitions of art and literature by financier Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), His tastes were encyclopedic, and by the early 1900s his holdings were of such magnitude that he commissioned the architect Charles McKim to design a private library to house them.

The 1906 neo-classical McKim building, a National Historic Landmark, remains the heart and soul of the Morgan today. Over the years, the museum has added the beautiful Morgan brownstone residence to its campus, and in 2006 unveiled an acclaimed expansion by architect Renzo Piano.

Current exhibits include Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth and the Invention and Design: Early Italian Drawings at the Morgan


WHERE:  The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street. (see map below)

WHEN:   Starting at 10 AM.  If you're running late, we're there for the day - come anyway.

*  By subway:
No. 6 to 33d Street;
No. 4, 5, 6 or 7 to Grand Central B, D, F, Q to 42d Street

*  By bus: M2, M3, M4, Q32 to 36th Street
PATH to 33d Street

*  Admission
$22 Adults
$14 Seniors (65 and over)
$13 Students (with current ID)

LUNCH:  12:00 Noon.  Bring your own or use the cafeteria

AFTERNOON:  1:00 PM - Back to sketching

SHOW and TELL:   3:00 PM - A short walk to Reichenbach Hall at 5 W 37th St, where we will share drawings, good stories a snack or beer or wine if you're so inclined.


-   Bring a stool if you own one it gives you more potential options. Sitting on the floor while sketching or taking notes is not permitted.
-   Coats, if not worn, must be checked at the coatroom. Complimentary coat and bag check available
-   While pencils, sketchbooks, and notebooks are allowed, no pens, ink, paints, markers, easels, or stools are permitted. This is unevenly enforced. 

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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 10, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at AMNH

Is it possible to catch a giant whale with a small book? 

Join us this week and find out.  On Thursday we will dive under the sea to sketch the wonderful dioramas in the Ocean Life exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History.   Bring your brightest blues and aquas and see if you can catch the giant whale with your very own (sketch)book.

Following lunch we will move on to other sections of the catch a buffalo or a butterfly,   an elephant or a dinosaur!! Happy Hunting! 

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                        Central Park West btwn 77th /81st Streets

NOTE: We will meet at the 77th Street Entrance which is closer to the Ocean Life Exhibit Hall. There is an entrance fee but the museum has a "pay what you wish" policy.  

TRANSPORTATION: B or C train to 81st street station.
                     Suggestion:  Use the exit at the back end of the platform and walk up to the street and over to 77ST.  If you enter the museum with the entrance directly from the subway platform you will have to wind your way through the whole museum to get to the meeting place. 

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? Call/text Raylie at 201-978-6387.  Bring a stool and a headlamp. It is dark in the exhibit halls and a headlamp or clip on lamp on your sketchbook is helpful. Bring lunch or purchase it in the museum cafeteria. 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Saturday: Sketching Hands

Hands.  They're incredibly expressive and flexible.  They're one of the attributes that define us as humans.  They're also difficult to draw.  Beginers sometimes avoid drawing hands or find ways to hide them in their drawings.

Note 1:  This is Not Urban Sketching (NUS), but it is a skill that adds substantially .to your drawing repertoire. 

This coming Saturday March 9th, we're going to explore drawing hands.  We'll be indoors in an area that has interesting architecture and people to draw.  We'll be using a Life Drawing style format and we will each take turns providing hand poses for the group to draw.


WhereThe Atrium of the IBM Building at 590 Madison Avenue. 

Transportation:  (see map below)
-   E or M to 5 Ave / 53 St.
-   N, R, or W to 5 Ave.

WhenStart at 11 AM  Meet in the Atrium.  There are tables and chairs.   Running late?  Meet us any time, we'll be there!

Lunch12:30 PM Bring your own or use the lunch shops nearby on Madison Ave

Afternoon1:30 PM  - Back to sketching.

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM - We will share drawings and stories.

Notes 2 & 3: 
-   The security people sometimes become concerned if the tables are moved too much - so bring a stool if you have one.    A stool gives you more options.
-    Bathrooms are nearby.

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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.Saturday: Sketching Hands

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at Ford Foundation Atrium 

Winter weather got you down?  Wish you could stroll through a green garden once again?  

Then, join us we enter a light filled space with 39 species of plants, a reflecting pool and an art gallery....right on 42nd Street in Manhattan. The Ford Foundation has recently re-opened its famous tropical atrium after years of renovation. Break your green paint out of hibernation, bring a stool and enjoy a day in this oasis in mid-Manhattan. 

You are welcome to visit the Ford Foundation Gallery which is hosting an exhibit called Perilous Bodies.  For information on the exhibit, click here;

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                       320 EAST 43RD ST btwn 2nd Ave and Tutor Pl
                       Note: there is an entrance 42nd St. as well

TRANSPORTATION: 4, 5, 6, 7 OR S subway to Grand Central.

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

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Saturday: Sketch DeKalb Market

Saturday, March 2nd – 
DeKalb Market Hall at City Point
445 Albee Square West, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Hosted by Danna Feintuch

DeKalb Market is a feast for the eyes and the belly. With 40 different food vendor stalls, each decorated differently, with great signs, colors, and neon. It's pretty quiet until lunch time when the market will fill with lots of people to draw. 


Where:  DeKalb Market Hall is located on the basement floor at City Point Shopping Center. 445 Albee Square West, Brooklyn.  There are an amazing number of subways very close to the Market.

-   Q, R, B @ Dekalb Station.
-   A, C, F @ Jay St. MetroTech
-   2, 3 @ Hoyt St.

See map below.

When:  Start at 10 a.m.  Meet on the lower level by the escalators.
There are 2 sets of escalators. We'll meet by escalator you would take if you entered from Flatbush Ave. next to the Trader Joe’s. I’ll be wearing a red bandanna so you can find me.

-   Running late?  Come any, we'll be there!

Lunch12:30 PM The Dekalb Market Hall has 40 Vendors with an amazing diversity of tasty choices like Katz Deli, Pierogi Boys and Ample Hills Creamery to name a few. Choosing just one to eat will definitely be the hardest part of your day!!! For lunch, I suggest eating wherever you can. By this time on weekends, the hall can get very crowded. So, eating in small groups is recommended.

Afternoon1:30 PM  - Back to sketching the Market or consider going up a couple floors to Target or Alamo Drafthouse for the big window view.

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM - We will meet at the back room of the Market. There are big bench tables there where we'll create a space for ourselves.

-   Bringing a stool gives you more options although if you arrive at 10am there’s plenty of seating. It does get busier but if you’re patient to wait for the right seat, you’ll get it.
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If you can’t find us
call or text Danna at 646-773-6820

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

Weekday Sketchers Schedule for March/April

In an effort to help you plan to attend the Weekday Urban Sketchers events, here is the schedule of events for March and April 2019.

March 6             Wednesday           Ford Foundation

March 14            Thursday             American Museum of Natural History: Ocean Life

March 20            Wednesday          Museo Del Barrio & Museum of City of NY

March 28            Thursday             Met Museum : Art of Native America

April 5.               Friday                  Brooklyn Botanic Garden Cherry Blossoms

April 10.            Wednesday           World Trade Center Outdoor Sculptures

April 17             Wednesday            Derfner Judaica Museum and Sculpture Grounds

April 24             Tuesday                 Graffiti in Bushwick

Weekday Sketchers at Holy Trinity Church Tuesday

Join us for Juilliard's Early Music Concert performed on period instruments at Holy Trinity Church.  This free hour long performance will feature the graduate students performing chamber pieces.  Holy Trinity has a long history of historic music performances integrated into its liturgical music services. 

Following the performance we will convene at the Atrium at Alice Tully Hall at Broadway and 65th Street to show our drawings and continue to sketch in the atrium.   Bring something to eat or purchase it at the restaurant in the atrium. 

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TIME: 12:00 NOON
             Please note: the performance starts at noon and is one hour long. Please arrive about 15 minutes before to get a seat and prepare your materials before the concert starts so as not to disturb the others in the audience. 

                        3 West 65th Street at Central Park West

TRANSPORTATION: 1 Train to 66th St/Lincoln Center or A, B, C, D to 59th St/Columbus Circle

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Saturday: Sketch the Zoo

King penguins at the Central Park Zoo (Photo: Julie Larsen)

February 23 – @ the Central Park Zoo
Special Event Hosted by Joy Hecht

You've sketched the dioramas at the Museum of Natural History – now try some live animals!  And you can use any medium you like, no concern about watercolors at the zoo. 


Where:  Central Park Zoo, entrance behind the Arsenal, 64th and 5th Avenue

When:  Start at 10 a.m.  Meet by the entrance to the zoo, before going in.  Running late?  Meet us any time, we'll be there!

Lunch:  12:30 PM at the Dancing Crane Café, which is the zoo's cafeteria.  If you want a healthy meal, you might bring your own – they offer kid-oriented stuff, hamburgers, chicken fingers, pizza.  But they do sell Smithsonian-certified, organic, fair trade, bird-friendly coffee, which smelled pretty good.  

Afternoon:  1:30 PM  - Back to sketching the critters or whatever else you want.

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM back at the Dancing Crane to share drawings, good stories and a beverage or snack of your choice.

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-   Bring a stool.  It gives you more options

-  Admission to the zoo is $14 for adults, $11 for seniors.  They do not accept the American Alliance of Museums membership – only Wildlife Conservation Society and NYC Museum Council memberships.

-  Regular ($14) admission to the zoo does not allow you to go out and come back in.  

-  There is a "total experience" admission for $20.  It gets you admission to the regular zoo, the children's zoo and the theater, and also lets you go in and out.  They really push it, and that's the only kind of ticket you can get on line or from the ticket machines at the zoo.  For the normal ticket, you have to go to the ticket window.  

-  The Dancing Crane Café is accessible both from inside and outside the zoo, is very nicely heated, and has bathrooms.  (They check to ensure that people don't go through to enter the zoo without paying.) 

-  The zoo has a number of indoor areas as well as outdoor scenes to sketch. 

If you can’t find us
call or text Mark at 973-809-9128
or Joy at 202-494-1162

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

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Westchester Sketchers at FunFusion (New Roc City) on Friday February 22


FunFuzion is Westchester's only INDOOR amusement park conveniently located in New Roc City in downtown New Rochelle, a two-block walk from Metro-North's New Rochelle train station. With five zones of fun - Glow Bowling, Mini Glow Golf, Billiard's Room with Ping Pong and an enormous Arcade with Lazer Tag - FunFuzion has an attraction for kids and adults of all ages.  Rides include Max Flight, Space Shot and Bumper Cars and for younger children there is a full-sized Carousel, Mini-Whip, Frog Hopper and Helicopter. Come rain or shine. It is a lively place, and there will be lots of people and things in motion to sketch and paint.



WHEN:  Friday, February 22nd.

START TIME: 12:00 Noon

WHERE:  FunFusion (New Roc City), 29 LeCount Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801

We'll meet just inside the entrance.  It is located within a cobblestone area that is closed off to traffic and is directly across from the Police Station.
There is a municipal parking garage on the corner Huguenot Street and LeCount Place.

DIRECTIONS by Car:                  
TRANSPORTATION from NYC: Metro-North (New Haven Line) to New Rochelle Train Station.   Easy 10 minute walk from the station.  Leave the train, make left on Station Plaza,  go 1 block to Bridge Street, then a left on  Huguenot and walk 2 blocks and make a right onto LeCount Place. 

SHOW and TELL:   2:30 PM - Barnes and Noble.  We will share drawings, good stories and thoughts.

- The complex opens at 12:00 Noon.
- Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options. 

If you can’t find us
call Marianne at 914-355-6507
 call Cathy at 914-625-0766

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

Friday, February 15, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at Lighthouse Museum on Wednesday

Bet you didn't know that there is a museum dedicated to lighthouses! ....Well there is and it is on Staten Island. Join us for an ocean voyage (the Staten Island Ferry) and museum trip.  Housed in an historic building that served as a quarantine hospital for immigrants before Ellis Island was opened, this museum is dedicated to the history and workings of the lighthouses on Staten Island.  For more information about the Lighthouse Museum and directions,  click here:

After lunch we will visit the Staten Island Borough Hall to view the acclaimed murals commemorating events in the history of Staten Island.  Additional sketching opportunity is available in the waiting room of the ferry terminal on the Staten Island side.  Two large salt water fish tanks have wonderful examples of the fish that swim in the NYC harbor. (Rumor has it that the tanks might be closed for repair.. TBD). 

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                       200 THE PROMENADE AT LIGHTHOUSE POINT

NOTE:  We will meet at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal at Whitehall (the very tip of Manhattan) to catch the 10:30 AM ferry to Staten Island.  The ferry is free and leaves every half hour. (Good sketching opportunities on board!)  If you miss the group meet up, just take another ferry across.  The museum is 3 minute walk from the ferry terminal. Directions for walking from the ferry on the Staten Island side:

Please note that there is an admission fee of $5 or $4 for seniors. 


Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at so we know to watch for you at the Ferry Terminal. Call or text Raylie at 201-978-6387.

Bring a stool, your sketchbook and watercolors.  Bring something to eat or purchase something at one of the shops along the waterfront. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketch the MET

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Sketching at the Met
with a 
Focus on Armor and Furniture  
(on the map they're listed as Arms and Armor, and European Sculpture and Decorative Arts.)


With 6,000 years of art treasures an unlimited number of tourists to sketch ... what more could you want?   Fabulous sketching stations are located directly behind and to the right of the Great Hall.

Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue

When:  Start time is 10 AM.  Meet at the Information booth of the main hall, on the nine o'clock side (right side as you enter) .  Running late?  Come anyway, we'll be there.

Lunch:  12:30 PM downstairs in the Cafeteria - Ground floor.  The elevator and stairs are right before you get to the Lehman Collection. (behind the Medieval Art Hall)

Afternoon:  1:30 PM - Back to sketching in the galleries. (including the American Wing) 

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM We will meet in the back of the Cafeteria (our lunch location) to share drawings, good stories and a beer or wine if you're so inclined.


-    Enter at 81 St - it's less crowded. Buy your ticket there and come up to the Great Hall to meet
-   Rules about sketching are unevenly enforced, mostly they don't want you to block traffic.  Pencil is always okay.  Pens, waterbrush and watercolor are often tolerated. They don't want open water.
-   Bring a stool. Most times they're okay to use.
-   Guards will search your bags as you enter.  Backpacks are not welcomed but a shoulder bag is fine.

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, February 10, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at the Cloisters Wednesday

A visit to the Cloisters is step back in time and place.  Join us for a day to sketch beautiful artifacts and architecture in a serene and contemplative setting.  Challenge yourself with the arches and perspective in the cloister or go close for the details on the statuary. No matter what you choose the time will be well spent.  Bring a stool and pencils, no watercolor or inks allowed.  Since there is no food service or food allowed  in the building, we will start after lunch and work through the afternoon.

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                       99 Margaret Corbin Dr, Fort Tryon Park, Manhattan

ADDMISSION:  Please note that there is an admission charge of $25 or $17 for seniors. However, NY State residents or students in the try-state area can take advantage of the pay what you want policy.  The American Association of Museums membership is also accepted. 

TRANSPORTAION: A Train to 190th Street.  Take the elevators up to the street level.  You can take the #4 bus in front of the station to the Cloisters or walk through Ft. Tryon Park to the Cloisters. 

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