Had there not been the Covid-19 pandemic, we would be drawing and painting in the New York State's Capitol this week. We had to defer this special trip to a time that will be healthier and more relaxed. In the meantime, let's virtually explore and draw in the footsteps of Alexander Hamilton and the Roosevelts. Albany offers a treasure cove of art and history. Let it inspire you and wet your appetite for the time when we can return in person. Use Google Maps, Street View, or any other sources to spark your imagination.
Suggested Drawing Itinerary:
1. Empire State Plaza which houses Nelson Rockefeller's permanent modern art collection https://www.albany.org/listing/empire-state-plaza/1057/
2. New York State Museum http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/ - This oldest and largest museum in the country is dedicated to exploring human and natural history of the state. Here you will find 911 artifacts and an 1890's carousel.
3. Albany Institute of History and Art https://www.albanyinstitute.org/ - This second oldest museum in the country has a wealth of art and historical objects documenting life and culture of New York's Upper Hudson Valley, including a collection of Hudson River paintings.
4.Schuyler Mansion Historic Site https://parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/33/details.aspx - The home of Revolutionary War Major General Philip Schuyler (father-in-law to Alexander Hamilton) and his family.
5. New York State Capitol Building https://www.albany.org/listing/new-york-state-capitol/893/ - A marvel of 19th century architectural grandeur, this extraordinary landmark took 32 years to build. It features three grand staircases, stunning stonework and a Senate Chamber considered one of the most beautiful legislative chambers in the world.
- A Fascinating Video Tour of the NYS Capitol https://www.nysenate.gov/newsroom/video/george-m-borrello/senator-borrellos-virtual-capitol-tour
- A Behind the Scenes Look Inside the NYS Capitol https://untappedcities.com/2020/06/05/behind-the-scenes-inside-the-new-york-state-capitol-in-albany/
Need further inspiration?
- The Discover Albany Online Visitor's Guide https://www.albany.org/about/request-visitors-guide/visitors-guide/ provides a wealth of information to inspire your sketches.