Sunday, February 27, 2022

THURSDAY: Westchester Sketchers at Hudson River Museum

The Hudson River Museum is a preeminent cultural institution in Westchester County and the New York metropolitan area.  Situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Yonkers, New York, the HRM’s mission is to engage, inspire, and connect diverse communities through the power of the arts, sciences, and history.

Current exhibitions include:

The World of Frida celebrates the culture, style, and persona of visionary Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907–1954), who continues to inspire with her story of love, loss, and incredible bravery.
Featuring works of art by more than seventy-five national and international artists practicing in a variety of media, the exhibition includes Frida Kahlo as subject as well as pieces inspired by her life and art, her beautiful garden, Mexican culture and fashion, vibrant colors, surrealism, and more.

Frida Kahlo in Context 
The persona of Kahlo is inextricable from her beloved Mexico and her relationship with Rivera. Frida Kahlo in Context explores this milieu, showcasing legendary photographs of Kahlo as well as artwork related to her personal life and Mexico.

OptionalGilded Age Glenview: Historic House Tour at 1 PM  
Travel back in time to the Gilded Age!  Enjoy a 45-minute guided tour of historic Glenview’s six fully restored period rooms decorated for the holidays.  Advance tickets are strongly encouraged.


DATE: THURSDAY, March 3, 2022

LOCATIONHudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave. Yonkers, NY (914) 963-4550

From NYC: Take the Metro-North Railroad’s Hudson Line local train to Glenwood Station. Walk 1 block east on Glenwood Avenue, and then turn left onto Ravine Avenue. At the end of Ravine Avenue, enter Trevor Park. Follow path to the main entrance of the Museum.

START TIME: 12:00 PM (Opening time)

LUNCH: Since the Museum opens at Noon, we won’t have a scheduled time for lunch. Please bring your own lunch/snack, or purchase something from the Museum Shop.

SHOW and TELL: 2:30 PM A classroom has been reserved for us from 2:30-5 PM. This is the social portion of our day when we will share our drawings, techniques, and stories. It is a time not to be missed.

  • VACCINATION Required for Entry. All visitors 12+ must show proof of full vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of visit; those 18+ must also show proof of identity.
  • FACE MASKS are required indoors.
  • Admission: $8 for Adults, $5 for Seniors. Free for members. Tickets are available for purchase online or at (914) 963-4550 during business hours. Tickets are nonrefundable.  Reservations are accepted by credit card only.
  • Tickets for Glenview tours and planetarium shows are an additional purchase and are not included in general admission.  Adults +$5 each; Seniors +$4 each.
  • Stools will be available for our use.
  •  DRY MATERIALS ONLY (in the Galleries). Wet materials may be used in the classroom.

Please RSVP to Cathy (

Looking for us? Call/text: Cathy at (914) 625-0766  or Marianne at (914) 355-6507

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

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Workshop: Uma Kelkar - Flower Power


Some artists seem to have the ability to make anything they touch look beautiful.  

Uma is one of those people - she's amazing.   

She is a very popular teacher at our International Symposiums, 

and this is a great opportunity to learn from a real pro.  

On Sunday March 13th in her 3 hour online class, urban sketcher and plein air artist Uma Kelkar will turn to still life painting of flowers. Painting flowers or nature at large is about managing edge strength within the shape - from soft to hard. Since softness in watercolors is directly dictated by wetness of paper, this class will teach how to analyze the composition and come up with a sequence of parts to be painted so that the edges commingle to form a pleasing bouquet. Class will also inject some color theory for harmony.

You can view Uma's work and see her featured in a video:

​For more details and to reserve your spot for this workshop - click here:

Weekday Sketchers Are Back with a Double Header!

It has been a long, long winter: cold, dark, snowy and no Urban Sketchers. But we have made it through the winter and the Omicron epidemic and now we are back to meeting and drawing together. 

We are starting up the Weekday group with two events this week!

One in Brooklyn and one in Westchester with the Westchester Group.

Wednesday: Brooklyn Museum

It is almost a shame that the Brooklyn Museum is in New York City where it is overshadowed by the Manhattan museums, because it is a world class museum all on its own. From the Rodin statues in the lobby to the Dutch homes on the top floor, this museum has so much to offer us: the world class Egyptian and Asian Collections, Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party, wonderful design and decorative arts and so much more. Then there are the special exhibits to wow us all over again. Join us for a day of exploring this treasure of New York.

DATE: Wednesday March 2, 2022

START TIME: 11:00 AM (the Museum opens at 11:00 AM)

LOCATION:  The Brooklyn Museum
                       200 Eastern Parkway

TRANSPORTATION: 2 or 3 train to Eastern Parkway/ Brooklyn Museum

  • We will gather in the lobby at 11:00 AM. After a few minutes we will disburse to sketch at our leisure. 
  •  We will meet again in the café at 1:30 PM for lunch and a show and tell. You are welcome to stay on for afternoon sketching on your own.
  • There is an admission charge of $10 for Seniors and $16 for “Juniors”. However there is a pay-what-you-wish policy. The American Alliance of Museum card is accepted. It is suggested that you purchase tickets in advance but there are tickets available at the door.
  • There is limited food service in the café.
  • Bring a Stool.
  • Be prepared to work with dry materials.
  • Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at
  • Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 201-273-0445.

Thursday: Hudson River Museum

Cathy Gutterman has made arrangements for the Westchester Chapter to visit the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers. The Weekday Group is invited to join for a day of sketching at this wonderful gem of a museum just north of NYC. It is only a 30 minute ride on the Metro North Railroad’s Hudson Line out of Grand Central Terminal. There is also ample parking if you wish to drive. The current exhibition is “The World of Frieda” a collection of works about Frieda Kahlo. Additionally the museum houses an interesting permanent collection including Red Grooms’ “The Bookstore” and the historic Glenview Home. Weather permitting, there are good views of the Hudson River from the museum grounds.

DATE: Thursday March 3, 2022

STARTING TIME: 12 Noon (Museum opens at Noon)

LOCATION:  The Hudson River Museum
                       511 Warburton Ave, Yonkers NY

TRANSPORTATION: For directions by car or train see:

  • Please RSVP directly to Cathy Gutterman at
  • There is an admission charge of $5 for Seniors and $8 for “Juniors”. The American Alliance of Museum Card is accepted.

Saturday, February 19, 2022

PM WORKSHOP: Paul Heaston's Curved Perspective

Our workshop with Paul Heaston sold out immediately, as we suspected.  
If that sounds like bad news -  we have something you'll love.

Paul has agreed to do a second afternoon session for NYC Urban Sketchers.  If you're interested please sign up right now.   You can get all the details and you can also register by clicking this link:


The workshop I took with Paul was outstanding.   
His thoughts about curved perspective really astounded me.  
It will change the way you see things - Mark Leibowitz

WORKSHOP:  Curvilinear Perspective
March 6th at 2 PM ET
Cost:  $55
Click Here to Register:  

“Curvilinear” perspective, fisheye perspective, wide angle, POV --whatever you like to call it-- sketches that use curved lines to capture one’s whole field of view are a fun but challenging way to approach urban sketching. It can definitely feel a bit confusing when you’re trying it for the first time. This workshop will take some of the mystery out of the process and help give you a more solid footing when you venture out into the world to try it yourself.

I like the term “umbrella perspective” to describe curvilinear perspective sketching. If you can draw an umbrella, you can draw in a fisheye perspective. Whether you are trying to capture a tall building, a row of short shops along a long street, or the interior of a coffee shop, thinking of the shape of an umbrella can help you introduce curves and wide angles in your sketches in a way that makes sense and doesn’t require a vast technical knowledge of perspective.

Through a few demonstrations and exercises my workshop will take students through using just one “umbrella” in a sketch to combine three or more to make a spherical world and help them understand ideas like scale relationships, foreshortening, economizing visual information and use of sighting to hone their sketches.

NOTE - Save your receipt it has your login information for  Zoom and the list of suggested materials

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

SUNDAY: Westchester Sketchers at Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY

The Neuberger Museum of Art, located at the heart of Purchase College, SUNY, is a vital cultural resource of modern, contemporary, and African art for Westchester County, NY and beyond. From the mid-century American art and African art that form the core of the collection to the presentation of contemporary art, the museum continues the commitment of founding patron Roy R. Neuberger (1903-2010) by championing the art of our time.

Current exhibitions include:

Impressions: The Inventions of Printmaking
Featuring works on paper and fabric from the Neuberger Museum of Art’s permanent collection, Impressions: The Inventions of Printmaking navigates a rich history of printmaking from relief to intaglio to planographic processes.

Then and Now: Modern and Contemporary Selections from the Permanent Collection

David Smith: Billiard Players 


DATE: SUNDAY, February 20, 2022. 
Start time: 12:00 Noon 
Note: Museum hours are 12-5 PM. Admission is free. 

Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College
State University of New York, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577. Phone: 914-251-6100 

PLEASE NOTE: In order to be admitted to the museum, visitors 12-and-up must show proof of full vaccination or negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of visit.  Visitors must wear masks, snuggly fitting and covering both nose and mouth, at all times while in the museum.

PARKING Information:
Museum visitors can park in the West 1 visitor parking lot.  To reach the West 1 parking lot from the main entrance, turn left and stay left on Brigid Flanagan Drive.  Continue for approximately one mile and the entrance to the West 1 parking lot will be on your right.  Parking is free on Sunday.

The Museum is located on the Southwest side of the Main Campus Plaza. Please walk up the stairs, near Parking West 1 and continue to walk straight, following the signs to the Neuberger Museum of Art. Please note: There is construction on the stairs at this time, but they are open for use on the far right of the staircase unless otherwise noted.

LUNCH: Due to our later start, we will not break for lunch. Please bring a snack/lunch to have if you get hungry. There are no food options at the Museum Store. However, there are options on campus.

SHOW and TELL3:00 PM. We will share our drawings and tell stories. This is the social part of our day and not to be missed.

  • Stools will be available from the Museum
  • During your visit, please remember these rules for the exhibit areas:
    1. No food or beverages
    2. No flash photography
    3. No pens or markers (you may use pencils to write/draw)

Please RSVP to Cathy Gutterman

Looking for us? 
Call/text: Cathy at (914) 625-0766 or Marianne at (914) 355-6507

Monday, February 14, 2022

SATURDAY - February 19 - Black History Month: African American Artists and Inspiration

 Join NYC Urban Sketchers in a virtual sketch event celebrating the contributions of African Americans to US history, civil rights, science, art, literature, music and culture during Black History Month. The range of possible subjects for sketching is overwhelming. But you may want to narrow your choices down to African American artists. For example, you might take for inspiration the work of:

Hale A. Woodruff (1900-1980)

Hale Woodruff was born in Cairo, Illinois and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He attended local segregated schools while young. As a young man Woodruff studied art in Indianapolis, Chicago, and at Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge. Like many African-American artists in the early 20th century, Woodruff went abroad to refine his methods and techniques. He studied in Paris from 1927 to 1931, and later in Mexico under Diego Rivera. Hale Woodruff became a pioneer artist and educator, noted for his contributions to historically black colleges.

In 1938, Woodruff was commissioned by Talledega College in Alabama to create three murals for its library. These works are the most celebrated pieces by the artist. The scenes depict the mutiny of African captives on the slave ship “Amistad” in 1839, the US Supreme Court trial, and the final repatriation of the freed Africans to their homeland.

“The Revolt” by Hale Woodruff

“The Court Scene” by Hale Woodruff

“Back to Africa” by Hale Woodruff

At Atlanta University, an historically black college, Woodruff founded the Exhibition for African-American Artists in 1942.  It was the only venue where people of color could exhibit on a national scale during the time of segregation. At this exhibition black artists could compete and have their work judged by a mixed jury of blacks and whites. The annual Exhibition continued for nearly 40 years. In 1946, Woodruff joined the faculty of New York University, where he taught until 1968. 

Whether you draw inspiration from Hale Woodruff or other ground-breaking African-American artists like Jean-Michelle Basquiat, Kara Walker, Kehinde Wiley, Horace Pippin, Augusta Savage, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, or Aaron Douglas - join us for virtual sketching and celebration of the contributions of African-American artists during Black History Month. 

There are no fees. All skill levels are welcome.

Registration for this event is required. Click on the Eventbrite link blow:

Photographic references for Black History Month are provided below:

Future Events
February 26th - Chihuly Gardens and Glass
March 5th - New Orleans Mardi Gras
March 12th - Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day

NYC Urban Sketchers is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization (EIN 84-3937060). A tax-deductible donation may be made by check and sent to NYC Urban Sketchers, P.O. Box 1083, James A. Farley Post Office, New York, NY 10116. 

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

SATURDAY - February 12 - Castles and Countryside of Great Britain

Let’s sketch castles and the charming English countryside, Welsh rolling hills, quaint towns, and the enchanted lands of Scotland. You have lots to chose from for this virtual sketch event. 

You could chose to sketch Windsor Castle, in the English county of Berkshire, the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. Built in the 11th century, after the Norman Conquest, it includes 13,000 acres of land and was designed to include the features of a fortification, a palace and a small town. It has been in continuous use as the official residence of the reigning monarch, including Queen Elizabeth II. 

Or your taste may run toward a more recent palatial home, like Highclere Castle in Hampshire, the site of the acclaimed BBC production of "Downton Abbey.” Designed in the mid-19th century by Sir Charles Barry, architect for the Houses of Parliament, the grounds include up to 1,000 acres of parkland and gardens designed by the renowned landscape architect Capability Jones.

Or you may want to try your hand at drawing castle doors or windows.


And you couldn’t go wrong sketching the magnificent landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales, site of the BBC series “All Things Great and Small.”

There are no fees. All skill levels are welcome.

Registration for this virtual event is required. Click on the Eventbrite link below:

Photographic references for Castles and Countryside of Great Britain are provided below:

Future Events
February 19th - Black History Month
February 26th - Chihuly Gardens and Glass
March 5th - New Orleans Mardi Gras

NYC Urban Sketchers is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization (EIN 84-3937060) A tax deductible donation may be made by check and sent to NYC Urban Sketchers, P.O. Box 1083, James A. Farley Post Office, New York, NY 10116. 

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

WORKSHOP: Bold Lettering in the Graphic Style


What:   A Virtual Skills Workshop taught by Danna Feintuch

Date:   Sunday - February 13th

When:   Starts at 10 AM - 2 hour workshop

How Much:  $40 fee

How do you make your art stand out? Contrast, an eye-catching font, composition? Yes! And we will play with all three in this Bold Lettering and Graphic Style Workshop.   

Let’s create a sketch using only one color in a graphic style. Then, we will incorporate bold lettering within the design to add to our drawing’s story. You’ll start to look at the edges of your subject in a whole new way. 

We will create a line work drawing that has personality and feels loose. Then, you will learn how to use contrast to make your piece pop and make a statement as well as create balance within the drawing. Join me for this workshop so I can share my style of Urban Sketching with you.

What to expect:

1.  Click this link to go to our Eventbrite page to reserve your spot

2.  Eventbrite will immediately send you a confirmation email that will include the sign in information for our Zoom based event.  Keep your email receipt.

3.  The workshop will start at 10:00 AM ET  (15:00 GMT). Try to sign in ten minutes early

4.  The list of suggested supplies is also included on your receipt/ticket