Saturday, June 15, 2024


Weekday Sketchers at Central Park's Dairy and theChess and Checkers House 

Join us this week as we visit two beautiful buildings in Central Park

The  Dairy and the Chess and Checkers House 

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The Dairy

We will start our day at The Dairy, a confection of a building designed by Calvert Vaux. It was built to provide fresh milk to the children of NYC and now serves as the park's visitor's center.  No matter the view you decide to capture, your sketch will bring you back to a time when this part of the park was considered the Children's District, with buildings and activities to engage the youngest of the city's residents. 

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Chess and Checkers House

We will then move on to the newly renovated Chess and Checkers Hous which offers visitors the opportunity to play board games under the vines that grow on the trellis surrounding the building. 

For more information about the buildings, their history and a video of the restoration efforts, click here:

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LOCATION:  We will meet at the Dairy, mid Park at approximately 65th Street



  • Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at
  • Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 201-273-0445
  • Bring a stool 
  • Bathrooms and water available
  • Food service is limited, bring your own or purchase something along the way.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

SATURDAY: Sketch Carl Schurz Park


Carl Schurz Park​

This picturesque park, partially hidden along the East River, is one of our city's best-concealed secrets. A stroll along the promenade provides beautiful views of the river, the Roosevelt Island Lighthouse, the Triborough Bridge, Randall’s and Wards islands, and, of course, Gracie Mansion, the 18th century mansion that serves as the Mayor's official residence.

Gracie Mansion is the last of the elegant country homes that once lined the East River.  It sits in Carl Schurz park, 15.2 acres beautifully designed  by Frederick Omstead, with sweeping views of the East River.   It's considered NYC's quietest park with beautiful views and gorgeous landscaping.

It’s also considered a wonderful dog park with multiple dog runs, a special treat for sketchers who like a challenge.  Test your visual memory skill by trying to draw dogs playing together.  Definitely not an activity for perfectionists!


What:   We’ll be sketching at Carl Schurz Park

Where:   Enter at  E 86th St & East End Ave  (see map below for full details of the park and bathroom location)

When:   10 AM on Saturday, June 15th, 2024.   We will be at this location for the entire day including our Show and Tell at 3 PM


  By Subway:  Take the #4,5 or 6 train to 86th Street and Lexington Ave

Even closer - take the Q train to 86th Street and Second Avenue..

Lunch:  12:30 PM  We’ll find a suitable spot to eat together in the park.  Bring your own, or buy from vendors and stores.

Afternoon:  1:30  PM  - Back to sketching.

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM -  This is the social part of our day when we’ll  share our drawings and talk about art things., Location will be determined at the location. 


-      Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options.

-      Prepare for sunshine, 

If you can’t find us

call or text Mark at 973-809-9128

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

Thursday, June 6, 2024

THURSDAY June 13, 2024: Westchester Sketchers and LHVPAP at Muscoot Farm, Katonah


Westchester Sketchers with Low Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters
Joint event hosted by: Cathy Gutterman and Jamie Grossman

Muscoot Farm was originally a gentleman's farm owned by the Hopkins family and used as their summer estate and dairy farm from 1880 to 1924. In 1924 the family moved to the farm year-round and continued the dairy business until 1967 when Westchester County acquired the property.

Today, Muscoot Farm has many of the original buildings, some of which were moved to accommodate the Muscoot Reservoir. Visitors can walk through the dairy barn, milk house, ice house, blacksmith shop, and several other barns and buildings. Livestock and poultry are breeds typical of an early 20th-century gentleman's farm and many represent minor rare breeds. The Main House is used to exhibit monthly art shows by local artists.

Where: Muscoot Farm 51 NY-100, Katonah, NY Phone: (914) 864-7282

When: Thursday, June 13, 2024. 

Start time: 10:00 AM.

Directions: Muscoot Farm is on Route 100 nestled between Somers, Katonah, and Yorktown. The farm is located about 1 mile south of the intersection of Route 100 and Route 35.

Transportation from NYC: The closest Metro-North train station is Katonah, on the New Haven line. Please contact Cathy at (914) 625-0766 to arrange a ride from the station.

Lunch12:30 PM. We will have lunch by the picnic table area. Bring your own food and beverage.

Show and Tell: Following lunch, we will share drawings and tell stories. This social part of our day is not to be missed.

- Come early for the best parking spots.
- Bring a stool if you have one. It gives you more options.
- Dress for sunshine. Bring a hat and sunscreen.

Please R.S.V.P. to Cathy Gutterman at

If you can’t find us call: Cathy at (914) 625-0766

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


Weekday Sketchers at Union Square Green Market

Visit New York City's Union Square Farmer's Market - Jazz Hostels

Union Square has it all:   
Statues of famous people, big trees, interesting vendors and a bustling Green Market. 

Join us on Wednesday, when the Green Market is open at Union Square, for great sketching opportunities.  The veggies and flowers, the tents and signage, the people and the pets!  Lots and lots to capture in our books.  Don't like that? There are the chess players and craft vendors on the south side of the park. Or get inside the park to sketch the statues and the people on the benches having lunch and lounging around.  No matter what you choose it will be a great sketch!

Union Square Greenmarket - CASTELLO DI BORGHESE



                       14th Street and Union Square West
 We will meet by the rotunda on the corner by the subway entrance on 14th Street and Union Square West  


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Meet by the rotunda over the subway 


  • Please RSVP directly to Meryl Greenblatt at
  • Looking for us? Call/text Meryl at 646-248-9362
  • Lots of benches in the park but a stool will help you by the Green Market
  • There are bathrooms and water available. 
  • Lots of food vendors around or bring your own.
  • The Green Market is very busy.  Be prepared to find a spot out of the way. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

SATURDAY: Sketch at the Draw-a-Thon


A fun artistic way for us to raise money and practice our craft. Grab your sketchbook, paints, brushes, pens; whatever your medium and join us as we bring back this amazing event to the school. This event is unique among draw-a-thons because it introduces the tradition of live model drawing to high school art students. The nine-hour drawing and painting event will provide an opportunity for art students and professional artists to work side by side from a group of live models. Poses will vary from short sessions of five minutes, twenty minutes and one hour poses. Extended poses of three and six hours will also be available. There will be a dedicated room for costume (heroic/cosplay) figure drawing and a separate room for nude/traditional figure drawing

I enjoy this event.  The opportunity to do some life drawing is always appreciated.  It's also a good cause.  We support the High School and see it as an important NYC institution.  A number of our sketchers are graduates.  The list of art people who attended the High School is impressive.  Lastly we have held our annual Portrait Party there for several years.  

So, for so many reasons I hope to see you there.



What:   We will be sketching at the High School of Art and Design Draw-a-Thon

Where:   The High School is located at 245 E 56th St  (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)

When:  It opens at 10:00 AM Saturday, June 8, 2024.  (Note:  Modeling extends from 10 am to 6 pm)  Come when you like - leave when you like.  It's nine hours of sketching if you're up for it!

How:   This is a fund raiser - admission is $25.  You can get your ticket by clicking this link:

Lunch:  We’re not going to be taking a formal lunch.  This event brings out art-interested people from all over the city.  Urban Sketchers will be a small part of the day.  Eat when you like, bring food or go out to the Avenues, there are many choices. 

Show and Tell:  We will not be having our usual Show and Tell


-      The HS will supply chairs, no need to bring a stool.

If you can’t find us

call or text Mark at 973-809-9128

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

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Kingsland Wildflower Garden

Weekday Sketchers at Kingsland Wildflower Garden THURSDAY

Kingsland Wildflowers Festival ...

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Thanks to Alan Wernicke for arranging a visit to this unique rooftop space in Greenpoint,  Brooklyn.  Situated along the Newtown Creek, in the middle of an industrial zone, the rooftop garden offers incredible views of the Manhattan skyline, the industrial area surrounding the rooftop and the incredible Digester Eggs at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Management Plant. 

“A special but very different garden setting is Kingsland Wildflowers in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The rooftop garden, which is currently in bloom, sits within a manufacturing neighborhood. It is an amazing juxtaposition of the soft wildflowers blowing in the wind against the industrial buildings surrounding it.”

For information about the Wildflower Roof Top Garden, click here:

For information about Newtown Creek, click here:

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Newtown Creek Nature Walk 


            Adjacent to the Kingsland Wildflower Rooftop is the Newtown Creek Nature Walk. Wrapping around the creek, this unique space offers good site views of the industrial area along the creek.




                        520 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222

TRANSPORTATION: There are two subway lines that come near the site. See below for specific directions.  Street parking is available for those who choose to drive. 

Walking Directions to Kingsland Wild Flowers from the G train at Greenpoint Ave:

From G train station at Greenpoint Avenue: walk 19 minutes to Kingsland Wild Flowers. 

Walk 1 block east on Kent Street and turn right onto McGuinness Blvd. Walk 1 block south to Greenpoint Avenue. Turn left. Walk 8 blocks east to Kingsland Avenue. Turn left and stay right at forkto the end of the street. Look for the iron gate in front of the building.

Subway and Bus Directions from 40th and Lowery 7 train stop. 

From 7 train at 40th and Lowery, 

walk 7 minutes south to Greenpoint Ave and 40th Street. Take B24 bus going towards Greenpoint West. Go 7 stops to Greenpoint and Kingsland. Walk north on Kingsland, stay right at fork and go to end of the street and the iron gate in front of the building. 

Meet Alan at this Entrance

Access to Roof Garden


  • Please RSVP directly to Alan Wernicke at
  • Looking for us? Call or text Alan at 917-685-5748
  • Water and bathrooms are available
  • There is no food service on site or nearby, please bring your own snacks and lunch
  • Bring a stool 

Kingsland Wildflowers

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Kingsland Wildflowers Rooftop Garden ...