Tuesday, January 4, 2022

SATURDAY - January 8 - The Art and History of Hearst Castle


Join Virtual NYC Urban Sketchers today as we sketch, draw or paint as we create works of art inspired by the landscape of the legendary Hearst Castle.  Located in the San Simeon Valley of California, the legendary estate houses a museum filled with twenty-five thousand works of art, artifacts and furnishings from around the world.

William Randolph Hearst referred to his hilltop paradise as “La Cuesta Encantada” - “The Enchanted Hill” an estate encompassing 250,000 acres. By 1947, the newspaper magnet and his architect, Julia Morgan had created an estate of 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools, walkways, and a zoo. This American castle was destined to become one of the world’s greatest showplaces for his art collection. Hearst Castle is now a historic house museum and one of California’s oldest state parks.

San Simeon State Park features coastal bluffs a rocky shoreline with an unobstructed view of the ocean and one of the largest populations of elephant seals. The park includes the Santa Rosa Creek Natural Preserve, the San Simeon Natural Preserve, and the Pa-nu Cultural Preserve. Santa Rosa Creek Preserve is an area which includes valuable riparian forests and coastal wetlands, that provide habitat for endangered Tidewater Goby. San Simeon Natural Preserve consists of vast wetlands, riparian areas, and several undisturbed native plant communities including unique mima mound topography. The Preserve is also the wintering site for monarch butterfly populations. Pa-nu Cultural Preserve contains the most significant archeological site dated as far back as 5,850 years ago within the San Simeon State Park. The site has significant evidence prehistoric technology, subsistence practices and social organization over the course of several centuries.

There are no fees. All skill levels are welcome. 

Registration is required. Please register at the Eventbrite link below:

Photographic references for this event can be found at thee link below:


Future Events

January 15th - Parades

January 22nd - Fairbanks and Denali

January 29th - Trains and Railroads

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NYC Urban Sketchers
P.O. Box 1083
James A. Farley Post Office
New York, NY 10116

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