Wednesday, April 27, 2022

SUNDAY: Sketch the Central Park Boat Pond


One of my favorite spots in Central Park is the Model Boat Pond.  It has such a warm inviting feel.  The view across the pond of the boat house is an artist's delight.  There is a constant stream of interesting people passing by.  As you sit sketching families and couples pass by and often act out interesting scenes posing for pictures.  But you will need to sketch quickly.  

There are also the Alice in Wonderland statue and the Hans Christian Anderson statue that are magnets for kids and their photographing parents and grandparents. The incredibly scenic Bethesda Fountain is right over the hill.

Try to not miss the morning portion of our sketch when the park is relatively empty - it’s a delight!


What  We’ll be sketching on the west side of the Model Boat Pond in Central Park

Where  You can approach from any direction, but the easiest and most direct path is to enter from the west side of the park or the east.  The pond is at about 74th Street.  On the east side there are entrances at E72nd and E 76th Streets, or you can walk across the park by entering from the west at W72 St.

(see map below)

When:  Start time - 10 AM.   Running late?  Come anyway - we'll be there.


  By Subway:  

Take the A, B or C train to 72nd Street - Central Park is across the street. You are entering from the West side of the park

Or take the #6 train to 77th Street. Central Park is about four blocks away.  You are entering from the East side of the park

Lunch:  We'll break at 12:30.  We’ll be staying in the area, probably picnicking on the grass. Bring your own food and drink or rely on the park vendors.

Afternoon:  1:30 PM  Back to sketching.  For the afternoon we may consider a slight change of location to - The Mall and Literary Walk, which is a short five minute walk from the Boat Pond.

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM - Location to be determined based on where we sketch in the afternoon.  There are many lovely spots nearby.   We’ll find an area nearby to share our stories from the day, show our artwork and talk about the things artists talk about when they’re together.


    Bring a hat (for the sun - hopefully!)

-      Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options. 

(click to enlarge)​

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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