Thursday, November 29, 2018

Westchester Sketchers at The Westchester Mall: MONDAY December 3rd

Let's get a jump on the holiday season!

Join the Westchester Sketchers indoors at The Westchester Mall, Westchester County’s answer to Rodeo Drive.  With 150 upscale stores spanning three floors under a skylit roof, Santa, holiday decorations, sculptures, shoppers, and much more, you're sure to find something special to sketch. 


WHAT:   Sketch indoors at The Westchester Mall.

WHEN:  Start time 10:30 AM Monday December 3rd.  
              Meet us at the Savor Food all located on Retail Level 4.

WHERE:  125 Westchester Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601 Phone number (914)421-1333 
TRANSPORTATION from NYC: Metro-North (Harlem Line) to White Plains.  
                                                   The Westchester is a short cab ride from the station.                
LUNCH:  12:30 PM  Savor Food Hall. Lots of food choices - or bring your own.  
                We'll stake out a table for the group.

SHOW and TELL:  Following lunch - time to share drawings, good stories and thoughts.

-     Some seating is available, but bringing a stool gives you more options. 

If you can’t find us call
Marianne at 914-355-6507or Cathy at 914-625-0766

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

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

SATURDAY: Sketch the Season

"Tis the Season," 
Let's get into the mood. 

Nothing says Holiday Season in NY like Rockefeller Center.  They're lighting the tree tonight for the first time this year. I'm looking forward to sketching but the weather report suggest rain for Saturday, making Rockefeller Center an even better choice.  It can be reach via subway without walking in the weather.  There are a series of underground connections that can bring you from the subway stop to a view out the window at the skating rink.  That's where we'll meet.

Why is this a great spot for us to sketch?  Loads of people to draw, views of the famous Christmas tree if the rain cooperates, incredible murals by Diego Rivera, interesting architecture, indoor warmth, bathrooms and hot food. 


WHAT:  We will be sketching indoors at Rockefeller Center.

WHEN:   Starting at 10:00 AM.  Sleeping late?  Come anyway - we'll be there.

WHERE:  We'll be meeting on the floor below street level - so, one flight down. There are several places where you can see the Roller Skating Rink. We'll be starting the day there, and will be returning to that area

LUNCH:  12:00 - Noon - We'll take a break to eat and talk.  There are loads of food choices there - or bring your own.  We'll stake out a table for the group.

AFTERNOON:  1:00 PM  Back to sketching.

SHOW and TELL:  3 PM   Back to the table area where we will share drawings, good stories and a snack, beer or wine if you're so inclined.

-  Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options
-  Take my phone number (below) and text of call if you can't find us

Can't find us?  
Call Mark - 973-809-9128

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

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Weekday Sketchers at St. Bart's plus Concert

Join us as we listen to beautiful music in a resplendent setting.  

St. Bartholomew's Church on Park Avenue is one of NYC's treasures.  Golden mosaics designed by Hildreth Meir, stained glass, gothic architecture, and wonderful wood carvings fill this building and make excellent subjects for our sketchbooks. For more information about the building and the art works, click here for a visual tour.  

We will start our sketching in the sanctuary in the morning and break for an early lunch so that we can return for the free concert at 1:15 performed by the Mid Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation. For information about the concerts, click here:

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St. Bartholomew's Church

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Main Sanctuary

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                         325 PARK AVENUE at 51st STREET

                                   Walk one block east to Park Avenue

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

Note: Please bring dry materials only. There is no food allowed in the building. We will break for lunch at noon and go to a nearby food hall. Bring lunch or purchase it or try Uncle Gussie's Food Truck right outside the building. 

Thursday, November 22, 2018

No Weekend Sketch

No Sketch Event this Weekend

Wishing a happy healthy holiday 
to every single sketcher 
and to those they love.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Weekday Sketchers at Cast Hall

Join us this week as we visit another of New York's hidden treasures: the collection of sculptures and architectural elements at the Institute for Classical Architecture and Art n the Mechanics and Tradesmen's Building.

The ICAA has gathered a wide variety of casts from the Metropolitan and the Dick Reid Teaching Collection. For more information and to view some of the pieces in the collection, click here:

The building itself is an additional treasure of architecture, sculptures and wrought iron work.  Home to  the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen and the second oldest library in the city. This private library is used by students in pursuit of studies in the building trades.   For more information, click here:

But wait, there's more.  

The building also houses the Museum of Locks, with a collection of antique locks and key.  You may visit the collection with a suggested donation of $10. 

Bring along your sketchbooks, paints and something for lunch. No need for stools as there are plenty of tables and chairs for us to use.   

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Cast Hall

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Lock Museum

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Lobby of Mechanic and Tradesmen Building



                      20 WEST 44TH STRE

Note:  Please go to the Cast Hall on the top floor of the building and not to the ICAA office on the 3rd floor. 

TRANSPORTATION: B, D, F, M to 42nd St/ Bryant Park or 7 train to Bryant Park/5th Ave

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

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


We've got a great doubleheader this Saturday

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First the BAM part:  Dick Blick is opening a new store in Brooklyn near BAM - the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  We're conducting a sketch walk that will start at their new store and will explore the Downtown Brooklyn area.  Blick is publicizing the event so we may have new sketchers going out with us.  The BAM part of the day is free and will include street sketching.

The WHAM part of the day is in the afternoon.  For a number of years NYC USk has been supporting the Draw-A-Thon at the High School of Art and Design.  Some of our fellow sketchers are graduates.  The fundraiser is a great way for the school to raise money while giving us a great way to sharpen our skills.

Poses vary from short sessions of five minutes, twenty minutes and one hour poses. Longer poses of three and six hours are also available. There will be a dedicated room for costume (heroic/cosplay) figure drawing and a separate room for nude/traditional figure drawing. The "WHAM" is for the models dressed as super characters.  You get a discounted admission paying in advance.  (link below)

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Part 1 - Morning:  BAM:  Sketching Downtown Brooklyn

Part 2 - Afternoon:  WHAM:  The Draw-a-Thon at the High School of Art & Design

Part 1:  Meet at the new Dick Blick store at - 41 Flatbush Avenue (near Fulton and Flatbush) At 10:00 AM

The 2, 3, 4, 5, Bm D, Q or R train to Atlantic Avenue / Barclays Center

LUNCH:  1:00 - In the streets while sketching. Bring your own or purchase from the many stores and vendors in the area.  Meet back at the store at 1:30 for a brief Show & Tell.

Part 2:  Meet at the High School of Art and Design at 245 East 56th Street from 3:00 - 6:00  (Note - Pizza is served at 6 PM and they'll have a drawing for the door prizes.

Draw-a-Thon Admission
-   Tickets in advance: Students $10 Adults $20:        Click This Link
-   Tickets at the door: College Students $15 Adults $25

-  Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options
-  Dress in layers, dress warmly for the outdoor part.
-  You can be a Specialist - You're welcome to stay at the store all day, they have events planned.  Or you can arrive at the HS at 10 AM and spend the day at the Draw-a-Thon.  Your choice.

Can't find us?  
Call Mark - 973-809-9128

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

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Weekday Sketchers at the Fire Museum

The NYC Fire Museum: An historical building filled with  antique fire engines, buckets, call boxes  and all sorts of paraphernalia.  Bring a stool and lots of red paint for an afternoon adventure on a chilly fall day. 

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STARTING TIME: 1:00 PM  (please note that this is an afternoon program!) 
Weather permitting (over 50 degrees) anyone interested in sketching the exterior can meet at noon in front of the building. 

                        278 SPRING STEET between Varick and Hudson Streets

ADDMISSION CHARGE:  Group rate of $8.pp is required, 

TRANSPORTATION: C OR E Train to Spring St. Then walk west 1 1/2 blocks.

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

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

SATURDAY: Sketch the Egyptian Collection

My best guess is that it's going to be too cold to sketch outside, which is a disappointment.  However it's a good time to treat ourselves sketching one of the largest and finest Egyptian Collections in the United States.  We'll be at the Brooklyn Museum on the third floor in the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Galleries.

Although our focus is going to be on the Egyptian rooms feel free to roam the museum.  The Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power show looks particularly interesting.


WHAT:  Sketch the Egyptian Collection at the Brooklyn Museum.

WHERE:   The Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY

Adults - $16
Students and Seniors with valid ID - $10

WHEN:  The Museum opens at 11 AM. If you sleep late come anyway (Bring my phone number so you can find us).

2-3 train to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum.
You can transfer to 2/3 from 4/5 (at Nevins Street) and B, D, Q, N, R, and LIRR (at Atlantic Terminal-Barclays Center).

-  By Car -
On-site parking is available in the lot behind the Museum, off Washington Avenue

LUNCH:  12:30 PM In the first floor cafeteria

AFTERNOON:  1:30 Back sketching

Show and Tell:  3:00 -  Meet in the lobby for a short walk to Tooker’s Alley 793 Washington Ave, where we will share drawings, good stories and and a snack or refreshments if you're so inclined.

-  Bring a stool if you have one.
-  Be aware that the museum wants pencil sketching only. This rule is unevenly enforced.

Can't find us?  
Call Mark - 973-809-9128

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

Westchester : Sketch the Neuberger Museum of Art SUNDAY

Located in Purchase, NY, the Neuberger Museum of Art is affiliated with Purchase College, part of the SUNY system. It is the nation's tenth-largest university museum.  Neuberger offers exhibitions, films, lectures, and events. It showcases a variety of artists, including 20th-century masters, mid-career and emerging artists. Founded in 1974 with a donation of 108 pieces from Roy Neuberger, the permanent collection has grown to over 6000 works.  Current exhibitions include works by Andy Warhol, photographs by John Shearer, as well as modern and contemporary art selections and African art from the museum's permanent collection.

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Edward Hopper
African Mask
WHEN: Start time 12:00 PM on Sunday, November 11th.

                 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577 914-251-6100
                 ADMISSION: General public - $5.00, Seniors (62+) - $3.00

DIRECTIONS: For driving/train directions and parking information, see Plan A Visit 
                        on the home page

LUNCH: Due to our later start time, we will not stop for lunch. 
               Please eat early or bring a snack.  Light snacks are available at the museum.

SHOW and TELL:  3:00 PM - We will share drawings, stories and good thoughts.
- Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options.
Dry media only can be used in the museum.

Please RSVP to
Looking for us?  call Cathy at 914-625-0766 or Marianne at 914-355-6507

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

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Weekday Sketchers Capture  Can-Struction at WFC  Wednesday

Every year a few weeks before Thanksgiving there is a Can-Struction display at the World Financial Center.  The companies in the buildings build fantastic sculptures  from cans of cans of food, using the colors and shapes of the cans to bring their creations to life.   The entire event is a fund raiser to feed the homeless.  In two weeks  the statues will be taken down and all the food will be donated to soup kitchen around the city for use in preparing a Thanksgiving meal.

Join us to celebrate this confluence of charity and creativity on Wednesday.  We will meet under the palm trees in the Winter Garden before we capture the scenes in our sketch books. 

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                 NOTE:  We will meet under the Palm Trees in the Winter Garden

TRANAPORTATON:  Any subway that goes to the World Trade Center

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

Bring a stool and lunch, or purchase lunch at any of the vendors in the complex.