Monday, July 31, 2017


St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights is America's answer to the great cathedrals of Europe. Standing in all of its Gothic glory and still under construction for more than 100 years, St. John's offers us a trove of sketching possibilities: the cathedral, both inside and out, the magnificent Peace Fountain and the beautiful gardens surrounding the many buildings on it's almost 12 acre property.  (Have you ever seen the Bible Garden with plants that are mentioned in the Bible?) 

And if that's not enough, we can sketch the National Sculpture Society's exhibition "A Blessing of Animals" inside the cathedral.  

To get ready, here's a link to an article "10 Secret Facts about St. John's "

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St John the Divine

TIME:  10:30 AM

LOCATION: 112TH STREET AND AMSTERDAM AVE.  Note:  we will meet on the front steps at 10:30.  Everyone will draw where they want to and meet again at 12:30 for lunch by the Peace Fountain just south of the building. 

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Peace Fountain

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? Call Raylie at 201-978-6

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Weekday Sketchers Schedule

Below is the schedule for the next 2 months for the Weekday Urban Sketchers group meetings.  Please enter the dates on your calendar.  Meeting information will be posted two days prior to the event.

Week of July 24, 2017 Chicago Symposium  NO MEETING THIS WEEK. 

Thursday August 3, 2017   St John the Divine

Tuesday August 8, 2017  Central Park "The Grotto"

Thursday August 17, 2017 Governor's Island

Tuesday August 22, 2017  Riverside Park

Week of August 28, 2017  THERE WILL BE NO MEETING THIS WEEK 

Thursday September 7, 2017 Hamilton Grange and City College

Tuesday September 12, 2017  TBD

Wednesday September 20, 2017 TBD

Thursday September 28, 2017 Morris Jamel Mansion Harlem 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketcher at Central Park Carousel and Belvedere Castle

Join us for a day of fantasy in the middle of the city: horses, castles, and hidden storybook cottages right in the middle of Manhattan. In the "round of visits" to the carousels of NYC, this week we will be going to the iconic carousel in Central Park.  Following lunch we will walk up to the beautiful Belvedere Castle and exit the park past the Swedish Cottage to complete our day of a a story book fantasy. 

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TIME: 10:30 AM

LOCATION:  Central Park Carousel 
                      Mid Park on the 65th Street Transverse 

TRANSPORTATION: A, B, C , D, 1 to Columbus Circle.  Walk along Central Park West to 65th St (Tavern on the Green) then walk east to the Carousel.

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

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

SUNDAY: Sketch the Sounds of the Street

It’s a Block Party 
hosted by the Rubin Museum 

The Event is free and includes admission to the Rubin, whose current show is The World is Sound.  Because there is a wonderful indoor option this is a rain or shine event

There will be lots to sketch:

  • Hands-on activities and participatory events for children and adults
  • Meditation spaces
  • Silent disco

Performances by:

  • New York Suwa Taiko Association
  • The Blue Angels Drumline
  • Poets John Giorno and Tenzin Dickie
  • Kirtan concert with the Bhakti Center
  • Dana Flynn of Laughing Lotus Yoga
  • Drawing Sound, a live painting and sound collaboration curated and MCed by Rhiannon Catalyst


  • Himalayan snacks for purchase from Café Serai and food trucks 
  • Van Leeuwen Artisan ice cream 
  • Korilla Korean Tacos
  • And loads of food stores and sandwich shops in the area


What:  The Rubin Block Party

Where:  150 West 17th Street Between 6th and 7th Avenues.
Meet at 6th Avenue, which will be less crowded.  Most of the action takes place at the 7th Avenue end of West 17th Street.

When:   From 11 AM - to 3:30 PM

Subway -
-  A, C, E to 14th Street (at 8th Avenue)
-  1 to 18th Street (at 7th Avenue)
-  2, 3 to 14th Street (at 7th Avenue)
-  F, L, M to 14th Street (at 6th Avenue)
-  N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th Street-Union Square

Car -
Parking is wide open on Sundays, the easiest day of the week to find a spot.  There is a 24-hour parking lot on the corner of 17th Street and 6th Avenue. There are also a number of parking garages and lots on 17th Street between Union Square and 7th Avenue.

Lunch:  12:30.  Meet in front of the Museum entrance.  Bring your own, or purchase from Vendors and stores.  There is also Café Serai in the museum -  the perfect place to enjoy the aromas and flavors of the Himalayas.

Afternoon:  1:30 Back to sketching the Street Fair and the Museum.

Show and Tell:  3:30  Meet at the entrance to the museum and we’re off to Cooper’s Craft & Kitchen, 169 8th Ave, b/t 18th St & 19th St, ( Phone number (646) 661-7711) to share drawings, good stories and a beer or wine if you're so inclined.

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, July 10, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketchers at NY Botanic Garden

What could be better than sketching the beautiful floral settings at the NY Botanic Gardens? Oh..... the NYBG with Chihuly glass sculptures! What more can be said??

Bring a stool, some lunch and a hat.  Entrance is free on Wednesdays.There are many Chihuly installations throughout the garden. However if you want to go inside the hot houses there is an entrance fee for those exhibits. 

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TIME: 10;30

                       2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY
       Note:  we will meet inside the East Gate Entrance. See directions below. 

DIRECTIONS:  Take the 2 train to Allerton Ave. station. From the station exit: Walk three blocks west on Allerton Ave. Turn left on Bronx Park East and walk two blocks to Waring Ave. At the park entrance, walk up the small hill leading directly to the Garden’s East Gate.

If you want to drive there is parking available. Check the NYBG web site for directions.

Please RSVP to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? Text or call Raylie at 201-978-6387.  

Thursday, July 6, 2017

SUNDAY: Sketch the Pratt Brooklyn Campus

Sunday July 9, 2017
Located in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill area around tree lined streets and brownstones, the Pratt campus at 200 Willoughby Ave, is a lovely sketchable park-like enclave. It’s the only art school in NYC with their own campus and it’s a pretty common site to see people drawing there.

We will spend the day there.


Directions:  Subway stop is G train to Classon Ave, or the A, C train to the Lafayette Avenue Station (see Map below)

Start time:  10 AM:  There is a lovely little park area near the entrance at Dekalb Avenue and Hall Street.  There are benches and an old canon there. That’s where we will meet.

Lunch:  Noon.  Bring your own for an outdoor picnic, or buy food locally.  There are two decent diners and REALLY good pizza just across the street from the Main Gate at DeKalb Ave and Hall Street.

Afternoon:  1 PM Back to drawing.

Show and Tell:  3 PM.  TBD - Mekelburg's 293 Grand Ave  or at Castro’s Mexican - 511 Myrtle.  We will share drawings, good stories and a snack or refreshments if you're so inclined.

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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, July 3, 2017

No Weekday Sketchers This Week

Wishing everyone a happy and fun filled July 4th holiday.  There will not be any Weekday Urban Sketcher event this week.

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