Wednesday, May 22, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketch the Fleet


On Saturday - May 25, 2019  We'll celebrate the 31st annual NYC Fleet Week.  The city will host a total of 15 ships that will be docked in Manhattan, Brooklyn Staten Island, The Bronx and Long Island.  This year's fleet includes five U.S. Navy ships, four U.S. Naval Academy patrol boats, three Coast Guard cutters, a pair of Royal Canadian Navy vessels and a Military Sealift Command ship.

We will be heading for the greatest concentration of ships which will be docked at Piers 86 and 88

Docked at Pier 86

  • Four U.S. Naval Academy Yard Patrol boats
  • Sentinel-class cutter USCGC Lawrence O. Lawson (WPC 1120)
  • The Intrepid

Docked at Pier 88

  • San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS New York (LPD 21)
  • Kingston-class coastal defense vessel HMCS Glace Bay (MM 701), from Canadian Forces Base Halifax
  • Sail training vessel HMCS Oriole (KC 480), from Canadian ForcesBase Halifax

The area will most likely be crowded with tourists who will be there to tour the ships - not our focus. We're there to take advantage of an assortment of ships we could not easily sketch at any other time.


WHENSaturday - May 25, 2019.  Official start time 10 AM. 

WHERE We are meeting at Pier 84.  This is the pier that faces the Intrepid.  It's located across the street from 12th Avenue and West 44th Street. (Yes the Fleet Week ships will be at Piers 86 and 88 but the good view starts at our meeting spot.)   Our meeting spot on the pier will be the fountain area. (see the aerial photo with the location market) We'll be near (or sitting on) the benches. 

LUNCH12:00 PM - Bring your own or depend on the vendors and restaurants in the area.  We will be eating together at a spot on Pier 84 to be determined.  (Our morning sketching might include going to the next adjacent pier 86 to see the ships docked on the north side. So those sketcher will be returning to Pier 84 for lunch)

AFTERNOON1:00 PM - Continue sketching.  We will explore Piers 86 and 88 to see and possibly sketch all the docked ships.

SHOW AND TELL:   3 PM - We will gather and then walk to Gotham West Market,  600 11th Ave (between 44th and 45th St.)  It's a food court and hopefully they'll have a large enough area for us to sit together to share our artwork and some good stories together.  This location will be confirmed on Saturday, otherwise we'll have our S&T on Pier 84

_    Bring a hat!  There is NO SHADE. 
-     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, May 20, 2019

Weekday Sketching Outing to Weir Farm Wednesday June 12

You may not have heard of Julian Weir but you do know his friends and associates. 

Artist painting in spring

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Julian Alden Weir (1882 to 1919) was one of the pioneering American Impressionist.  He and his famous friends—artists Childe Hassam, John Twachtman, and Albert Pinkham Ryder—painted at his home in Wilton Connecticut where farm’s landscape offered the perfect setting to paint en plein air

Today, the  farm is a 68-acre National Park, only one and a half hours from NYC and the only National Park dedicated to American Impressionist painting. Park Rangers will happily give us tours of building interiors, including the artist and sculptor studios, the Weir house and his famous portable studio on wheels.  Unfortunately we can’t  sketch inside those locations but the exteriors and grounds are ours for the day.We will be able to sketch the site’s meadows, woodlands and pond and the exteriors of its historic buildings.  To learn more, visit the Weir Farm website at 

Early June will be a perfect time to capture the flower gardens and meadows.  Join us for a trip into the past to walk, sketch and paint where the great American Impressionists did.  

We will meet at the farm at 10:00 AM.  There is no direct public transportation to the area and parking is limited. We will be arranging car pools for those who don’t drive or coordinating groups to travel by train and then share taxis to the site.  If you are interested, please contact Raylie Dunkel at by June 5,    Only those who RSVP will receive updates and instructions for transportation, materials and food. 

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Weekday Sketchers Graffiti Tour of Bushwick

Always an industrial area, Bushwick attracted artists because of its edgy feel and low rents. The long corrigated fences surrounding the cement factories and construction yards soon became an outdoor canvas for graffiti artists.  Rather than try to get rid of it, the neighborhood embraced it creating an outdoor art gallery for large colorful works. 

Join us for a day of wandering the streets and capturing the high chroma works that adorn the industrial walls and fences.  Bring a stool, a cap and water as we will be out in the sunshine (hopefully) working on the streets.

For more information about the neighborhood and a self guided walking tour, click here:, 

Or here for a video of a Fordam professor giving a lecture as he walks the streets of Bushwick,

Counter Culture

DATE: TUESDAY,  MAY 21, 2019

STARTING TIME: 10:00 AM (we will wait here until 10:15 and then start moving to a drawing destination) 

MEETING LOCATION:  BOGART AVE Entrance  of the Morgan Avenue Station on the L Train 

                           NOTE:  Make sure to exit through the Bogart Ave Exit not the Morgan Ave Exit.

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? Call/text Raylie at 201-978-6387.   We will break for lunch at 12:30.   Bring your lunch or purchase it along the way. 

Please note:  we will be moving our location as time and interest suits us. If you are arriving later than the starting time, please call for the location. 

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Westchester Sketchers at Glen Island Park FRIDAY May 24th

This 105-acre island property is connected to New Rochelle by a drawbridge built in the 1920s. After Playland, Glen Island is the second most widely used park in the County Parks system. One of Westchester’s unique jewels, it was initially developed as a summer resort by John H. Starin. The original design exhibited the five cultures of the western world on individual islands linked together with piers and causeways. Today the islands have been merged with substantial fill areas totaling 130 acres and providing a beautiful crescent shaped beach with access to the Long Island Sound.

Cannons, sculptures and castles with coursed rubble stone, arched openings and round towers still remain from the days of John Starin’s resort. The castles, reminiscent of those in Germany's Rhineland, were constructed on their present site in the late 19th century for use as a beer garden and restaurant.

The bathhouse was originally built in a Neo-Georgian style with a cupola marking the center of the front fa├žade. A courtyard looks out to the beach and is completed by a colonnade. The bridge, bridge house, seawall and castles are all eligible for listing on the Register of Historic Places.


Where: Glen Island Park, Weyman Avenue, New Rochelle 10805 New Rochelle, NY 10805

When: Friday, May 24th, 10:30 AM. We'll meet in front of the castle located to the right as you enter the parking lot.

Transportation from NYC: Metro-North New Haven Line to New Rochelle Station.
  • The 9:37 AM off-peak train from Grand Central arrives in New Rochelle at 10:10 AM.
  • Please call Marianne (914-355-6507) to arrange for pick up and ride to Glen Island.

Lunch: Bring your own lunch/snack/water. We'll be picnicking together.
Show & Tell: After lunch we will share stories and sketches during the social part of our day.

Please RSVP to Cathy Gutterman  cathygutterman 
Looking for us?  Call Cathy at 914-625-0766 or Marianne at 914-355-6507

- It can be breezy by the water - you may want to bring a light jacket.
- There are lots of picnic tables, but a stool can offer more options.
- Our next sketching event will be June 3 or 5 at Maryknolldepending on the weather.  Details will be sent closer to the date.

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

Monday, May 13, 2019

USK workshop: In Search of Urban Characters

Urban Sketchers (the International organization as opposed to NYC USk our group) is running a workshop in NYC on May 26th.  It’s organized differently than our workshops and is priced differently. It looks interesting and might be worth considering.

USk Workshop: In search of urban characters

A city is a cauldron of numerous ‘characters’ telling their individual stories. The author finds a few and develops a cohesive narrative out of them. The narrative can be in the form of a novel, a short story, a film or even an urban sketch. The ‘characters’ may be living or non-living playing their specific roles in the city they ‘live’ in. These ‘urban characters’ can be a sculpture or a statue, a building, a gateway, a tree, pet dogs on the streets and of course people.

In this one day workshop (10AM to 1PM and 2PM to 5PM) we will sketch a cityscape and present a host of ‘urban characters’. Subsequently, two of them would be chosen for detailing. In the process, while searching for and acknowledging the presence of many ‘characters’ which are diverse and play their individual roles, we will highlight two of them and present detailed studies of these ‘characters’.

The Method this workshop uses

We'll start with one or a few urban ‘character(s). This may be called stage 1.
See the visual:

The statue and the streetlight

· We'll keep populating the cityscape with more ‘characters’ in the process of discovery. See the second visual:

More characters: old and new buildings, a dead tree in the backdrop

Finally, we complete the cityscape with more characters, work on the backdrop and foreground, use bigger city artefacts and humans to achieve scale and depth. See the third and final visual:

Adding human figures and more urban furniture; establishing the cityscape with backdrop, foreground and scale

At every stage we sketch out the ‘characters’ and finish the sketch with water colour. This is the end of the first half of the workshop. Subsequently, we choose two ‘characters’ from the sketch and detail them out. In this case we detail out the statue and a branch of the dead tree:


Learning goals

· Identify a starting point of sketching the cityscape by finding a couple of immediate ‘urban characters’.
· Achieve density by populating the urban scene with more ‘characters’.
· Understand depth and scale through emphasising the backdrop and foreground. Use of human figures to achieve the right scale in the composition. Get the overall cityscape right.
· Zoom in on two characters of interest. Make detailed study of that urban artefact/natural element/human character.
· Use quick watercolour techniques at all stages.

Workshop location
Times Square, New York City. USA.

26th May, 2019.

6 hours for the whole day of Sunday, 26th May.
10 AM - 1 PM
2 PM - 5 PM
(lunch break – 1p.m to 2 p.m).

Workshop Schedule details
The workshop will commence with a demo and description of the workshop for half an hour. Thereafter, the participants start sketching cityscape and identify ‘urban characters’ as stated in the workshop description for two and half hours till 1 p.m. We will take a one hour lunch break from 1 p.m to 2 p.m and commence again at 2 p.m. During two and half hours of the second half of the workshop we will sketch two characters in detail. The last half hour of the workshop will discuss the work done and trace path of developing this method of urban sketching.

Skill Level
No formal sketching training/experience is required.

Supply list
· A3 and A4 size sketchbooks with not less than 200 gsm fine grain paper. A3 sketchbook will be used for the cityscape sketch, while the smaller sketchbook can be used for detailed studies. Participants comfortable with the A3 size may continue with the same for the detailed sketches.
· Micron drawing pens with waterproof ink (.2 to .8 mm) or pencils from 2B upwards.
· Watercolour set and a range of brushes, round, pointed round and flat.
· Plastic water holder.
· Pieces of cloth.
· A lightweight stool.

Registration fee
The Registration fee for the workshop is USD $200.

Click here for details and to sign up: