Sunday, December 4, 2022

Weekday Sketchers at Museum of Art and Design  for Queer Maximalism

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Join us this week as we take a 180 degree turn from last week's experience sketching classical figures to this week's dive into the world of genre defying stagecraft and costumes by Matthew Flower, better known as Machine Dazzle. 

The exhibits, which takes up two floors of the museum   is the first solo show of the artist and showcases his extensive range of design, performance pieces and music created for the queer and drag queen cultural experience. Come along for a wild ride through a colorful extravaganza that we rarely get to see up close. 

City Life Org - Museum of Arts and Design Announces Exhibitions for 2022  Season, Blending Art, Design, and Performance

Too over the top for you? Then come along and settle into the second exhibit in the museum "Jewelry Stories".  MAD has been an early advocate for jewelry design as an art form.  This exhibit features 45 pieces from mid-century to the present and the stories that inspired the artists to create them. 

45 Stories in Jewelry: 1947 to Now - Jewelry Connoisseur



                        2 COLUMBUS CIRCLE

TRANSPORTATION: A, B, C, D, 2,3 Subway to Columbus Circle

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Museum of Art and Design

  • Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at
  • Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 201-273-0445
  • There is an admission charge of $18 for general admission and $14 for seniors BUT the entrance fee is 50% off on Thursday.  The AAM membership is honored by the museum 
  • Bring a stool 
  • Try to work in dry materials 
  • We will meet in the lobby at 10:30 and work for a few hours in the museum
  • We will break for lunch at 1 PM and go to the Whole Foods in the Time Warner Building to eat and have a  throw-down

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

SATURDAY: Sketch at the Draw-a-Thon


This Saturday, December 3, 2022, NYC Urban Sketchers will be among the many NYC artists supporting the High School of Art and Design's annual fundraiser at their famous DRAW-A-THON.   This is an important NYC institution.  Many of our sketchers are graduates and we usually hold our Portrait Party there​.

They offer nine straight hours of sketching from live models.  It's not Urban Sketching but keeping our drawing skills sharp is important.  There are short poses as well as long poses.  You'll find models in costumes as well as nudes.  It's warm, bathrooms are nearby and there are numerous food choices nearby.

The fun starts at 10 AM and sketching continues until 7 PM.  I plan to be there  at 10 but seriously doubt I'll make it to 7 PM.   You can start and stop when you like.  

It is a fundraiser so there is a $25 entrance fee.  You can register at their Eventbrite page by clicking this link:

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Weekday and Westchester Sketchers at Cast Hall 

Join us as we return to one of our favorite indoor sketching venues: Cast Hall 

Ad Manum, Ad Dorsum: An Exhibit at the ICAA's Cast Hall - Institute of  Classical Architecture & Art

The Institute for Classical Art and Architecture houses a large trove of casts of sculptures that once belonged to The Met, before they could afford to buy the real pieces.  Having fallen into disrepair, the ICAA has restored the pieces and placed them on view in the Mechanics and Tradesmen Building on the top floor in a beautiful sunlit room.  It is our luck that the hall is open by reservation and will welcome us this week. 

Bring your sketchbooks, paints and pencils to this sunny yellow room to draw the many classical statutes, artifacts and architectural elements on display.  We will have work tables and chairs, so no need for stools.  If time allows, move out into the building with its wrought iron railings, stained glass entry way and the large "arm and hammer" hanging in the lobby. Still have time?  Visit the unique Lock Museum housed on the first floor of the building 

For information about the ICAA, click here:

For information about the Society of Mechanics and Tradesment, click here:

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                            20 WEST 44TH STREET 
                             Top Floor

TRANSPORTATION: B, D, F, M to Bryant Park Station or the 7 to the 5th Ave Station 
                                     From Westchester: take trains into Grand Central Terminal 


  • RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at 
  • Westchester group RSVP to Cathy Gutterman at
  • Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 201-273-0445 or Cathy at 914-625-0766
  • No need to bring a stool, chairs and tables are available
  • Bring lunch or purchase it along the way. We can eat and drink in the room
  • Wet materials are allowed

Monday, November 21, 2022

 Weekday and New Jersey 

 Schedule for December and January

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Rockefeller Center

In an effort to help you plan to attend the Weekday and New Jersey  Urban Sketchers events, here is the schedule for the remainder of the year and into the new one!  Please note that there are some dates on Thursdays as well as Wednesdays. And, please scroll down to see some announcements of special programs.

Looking forward to seining you here,  there and elsewhere!

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Queer Maximalism

Wednesday November 30, 2022           Cast Hall (joint meeting with Westchester Group) 

THURSDAY  December 8, 2022         Museum of Art and Design 
                                                              Queer Maximalism x Machine Dazzle

Wednesday December 14, 2022            Essex Market
                                                               Gingerbread Lane

Wednesday December 21, 2022            Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and Decorations

Week of December 26th No meeting

THURSDAY January 5, 2023                Met Museum Christmas Tree & 
                                                                Chroma Ancient Sculptures in Color

Wednesday  January 11, 2023                Brooklyn Museum: Thierry Mugler

Wednesday January 18, 2023                Central Synagogue & St. Barts

Wednesday January 26, 2023                2nd Ave Subway Sketch Crawl

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Met Musem Chroma

New Jersey Group 

THURSDAY  December 15, 2022            American Dream Mall, Meadowlands, NJ

THUSRDAY      January 25, 2023           Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, Madison, NJ

Museum of Early Trades & Crafts - EverGreene
Museum of Early Trades and Crafts 

Special Events

Holiday in Ink Drawing Challenge:  Jamie Grossman of the Westchester Group has put together a special holiday challenge.  For information about taking on this challenge, click here:

SATURDAY DECEMBER 3, 2022,  Draw-A-Thon.   This is the  Annual fundraiser for the High School of Art and Design that is open to the public.  Anyone who likes to draw figures (nude, clothed or in character costumes), this is for you!  From 10 AM to 7 PM there will be models in the cafeteria and gym waiting for you to sketch them.  And if you last until the get pizza!  It is a fun day and a worthy cause.  To register click here:

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

SATURDAY: Sketch the Met


For Saturday, November 19, 2022​

Sadly, the warm outdoor sketching weather is over.  The good news is we live in a city with fantastic resources that will sustain us in the cold months to come.

Our first indoor sketch event of the season will be at the Metropolitan Museum.  We will likely return to this wonderful museum many times.  We will be visiting with a sketch strategy, to focus on one area, or collection at a time.

The Petrie Court houses a magnificent collection of Western sculpture. The light is beautiful and the setting offers loads of perspective challenges for you to solve.  It's warm, bathrooms are nearby and the museum even has an attractive cafeteria.

The museum allows stools, but gets fussy about moving the chairs they provide.  The Met Sketching Policy:The use of ballpoint pens, ink, markers, fountain pens, or watercolors is not permitted at any time.  They like pencils. While sketching, please do not hinder visitor traffic flow in the galleries.  The policy is unevenly enforced - do not argue with the guards.


What:   We will be sketching at the ​Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave

Where:   We’re meeting ​and sketching ​at ​the Petrie Court - The Hall of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts ​ ​ (see map)

When:  Meet at 10 AM.  Sleeping late?  Come anyway - we’ll be there the whole day.  


-   By Subway:  

East Side:
​86th St.​ ​- 4, ​5 or ​6 train
West Side:
​86th St. - B, C train
​Take the cross town bus - a free transfer to the east side of Central Park​

Lunch12:30 PM .  Bring your own or ​buy from the museum cafeteria

Afternoon1:30 PM  Back to the sketching

Show and Tell3:00 PM - We’ll find a likely spot (possibly where we had lunch) to share our work, tell stories and talk about what artists talk about.


-     Bring a stool, it gives you more options. ​Be careful where you place your stool so you're not blocking people.

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Can't find us?  

Call or Text Mark - 973-809-9128

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

Friday, November 11, 2022

SATURDAY: Sketch the Plaza


My favorite forecast said that "Saturday morning might be soggy".   But that leaves us with what might be the very last day we can sketch outdoors this season.  

There is a beautiful area of Manhattan, the southeast corner of Central Park.  The area hasn't got a name, but feels like it should.  The Plaza Hotel is there and two small mini parks; one has the Pulitzer Fountain opposite the hotel and the other has a civil war statue of General Sherman.  The entrance to the park is across the street and leads directly to the zoo.  It's another wonderfully sketchable location for us.

We are having a shortened sketch  - so read the details below:


What:   We will be sketching the area by the Plaza Hotel and the southeast entrance to Central Park.  

Where:   We’re meeting at the Pulitzer Fountain, across the street from the Plaza Hotel.  (see map)  

WhenMeet at 12 PM - NOON.  November 12, 2022

How:-   By Subway:  5th Avenue / 59th St - N, R or W train

See map below.

Lunch:  We're not taking a lunch break, since we're starting at noon.  Feel free to bring food or rely on the many vendors in the area.

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM - We'll find a spot in Central Park to share our sketches from the day, and talk about the things artists talk about.


-     Bring a stool, it gives you more options.  There are some benches in the park but having your portable stool means you can sketch exactly where you like.

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Can't find us?  

Call or Text Mark - 973-809-9128

There are no fees or attendance taken. 

All drawing skill levels are welcome

Weekday and NJ Sketchers at Hoboken Terminal

Join. us this week for a join meeting between two NYC Urban Sketchers Groups 

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Hoboken Terminal

Hoboken Terminal is a bit of an anomaly:  a very busy modern transit hub and an iconic tribute to a time gone by, when travel was a phenomenon to be celebrated by constructing palaces to transportation.  This beautiful terminal on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River is rich in history for the entire metro area.  Built in a time before the bridges and tunnels conveyed people across the river, it was one of many terminals of the  transcontinental rail systems that ended at the Hudson River.  While somewhat in decline, it still offers a glimpse to a time gone by with its wrought iron facade, iconic clock tower and beautiful waiting room.  

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Waiting Room

Join us to capture the beauty of the interior space with its Tiffany glass ceiling, tile work and wooden benches.  Or, weather permitting, sketch the exterior with its intricate iron work.  Or walk through the Pier A Park and waterfront walkways to sketch the NYC skyline across the river.

For information about the terminal, its history and architecture, click here:

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Hoboken Terminal Entrance



                            We will meet in the Waiting Room of the terminal 

        From NYC: take the PATH train to Hoboken.  Come up to the street level and follow signs to the Waiting Room

        From NJ: Use a map program to drive to Hoboken Terminal.  There is metered street parking available and parking garages in the area. 

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Pier A Park


  • Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at
  • Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 201-273-0445
  • There is seating in the terminal and the adjoining park but bringing a stool gives you more options.
  • Water, bathrooms and food are available in the terminal and surrounding area.