Sketch event designed and hosted by Betsy Wiesendanger
let's sketch a picturesque green enclave
in the middle of Manhattan:
Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King's College by royal charter of King George II of England. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York and the fifth oldest in the United States.There is much to sketch here: sculpture (Rodin, anyone?) Italian Renaissance buildings, and stately trees. There's also a wonderful view from a pedestrian walkway over Amsterdam Avenue if you'd like to practice your perspective.
Saturday 10 AM: We will meet on the steps of Lowe Library, by the statue of Alma Mater a popular gathering spot for students that provides a sweeping view of the central campus. Enter the campus from either Broadway or Amsterdam Avenue at 116th Street.
We'll sketch from 10-12; then meet for lunch outside Uris Hall, where there are lots of tables and chairs (and bathrooms and water fountains). (Bring your own lunch or buy from one of the many delis along Broadway and Amsterdam)
We'll then go back to sketching and meet by the statue again at 3:00 PM. We'll walk from there to Mel's Burger at Broadway and 111th for our Show and Tell where we will share drawings, good stories and a snack, beer or wine - if you're so inclined..
- There are many benches and perching spots around campus, but a stool will provide maximum flexibility.
- The weather promises to be picture-perfect, so consider also bringing a hat.
- I look forward to welcoming you to my alma mater and current employer. BW
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If you can’t find us
call or text Betsy at 914-208-1399
or Mark at 973-809-9128
There are no fees. All drawing skill levels are welcome.