Thursday, November 18, 2021

Sunday: Sketch the American Wing


Looks like we’ll be sketching indoors for a couple of months.  The autumn light has been beautiful.   This coming Sunday, November 21, 2021 we’ll be sketching in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum.  

I’ve often thought that if the wing was its own museum, all on it’s own, it would be very impressive.  Another attraction for the American Wing is that the lighting there can be wonderful to sketch on a sunny day - providing wonderful shadows.  (see photo)


What:   We’ll be sketching in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum  (see attached map)

Where:   The Metropolitan Museum is located at 1000 Fifth Avenue.  The main entrance is at E. 82nd Street.  However, I usually enter the museum using the small entrance off of E 81 Street.  The signs imply it's a school entrance, but anyone can use it.  You can usually get in more quickly there.

WhenStart time - 10 AM.   Running late?  Messed up by the subways?  Come anyway - we'll be there.

By Subway:  
-   From the east side take the 6 train to 77th St. or the 4,5 or 6 train to 86th St.  Walk three blocks west to Fifth Avenue. This walk is about a half mile and takes approximately 10 minutes.
-   Or travel up the west side and walk across Central Park, by taking the C train to 81 St or 86th.   It’s a slightly longer walk crosstown taking the Broadway line 1 train to 79 St or 86th.  
If you prefer to take a bus instead of walking - Take the 1 train to 86th Street, then the M86 crosstown bus across Central Park to Fifth Avenue; OR take the C train to 81st Street, then the M79 bus across Central Park to Fifth Avenue.

By  car:  
The museum has its own parking.  The Museum parking garage, located at Fifth Avenue and 80th Street, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A parking discount is available to Museum Members and Patrons during Museum operating hours. To receive a discount, Museum Members and Patrons must have their tickets validated at the Uris Center for Education Membership/Visitor Information Desk.

LunchWe'll break at 12:00 to have a luncheon in the cafeteria one level below the American Wing.  See the attached map for the location of the stairs.  We’ll meet in the back of the cafeteria.  Bring your own food if you prefer or purchase from the cafeteria.

Afternoon1:00 PM  Yes!   More sketching.

Show and Tell3:00 PM - Meet back in the cafeteria to share sketches, tell stories and talk about art supplies.

-    The Museum’s policy is pencils and dry media only.  It is unevenly enforced
-    The coat check is no longer available and you’ll need to carry everything you bring
-    Stools are permitted, although they are not used frequently.  You’ll also need to carry it the entire time.

-    Purchasing a ticket in advance saves time.  Or, just show your card if you are a member 

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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.


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