Wednesday, May 18, 2022

SATURDAY: Sketch the Little Island


New York City's Newest Island

You’ve sketched Long Island, Staten Island, Roosevelt Island and now we’ll be sketching New York’s newest island - The Little Island, which features a gorgeous park built on a striking stilt design, featuring flower beds & shows at a waterside amphitheater.

Components of the pier, nestled among more than 350 species of flowers, trees and shrubs, include a 687-seat amphitheater and an intimate stage and lawn space, along with dazzling views of other portions of Hudson River Park, New York City and the Hudson River.

The landscape provides a visually surprising and inspiring experience as visitors walk across the park. The plantings are varied to provide an environment that changes with the seasons, with flowering trees and shrubs, fall foliage and evergreens. More than 66,000 bulbs and 114 trees have been planted, some of which will grow to 60 feet tall.

Little Island’s distinct exterior is supported by concrete piles. On top of the piles, 132 concrete “tulips” make up the structure of the park. Each tulip’s shape is unique and has a different weight load capacity to hold the soil, lawns, overlooks and trees. The original Pier 54 piles remain to provide habitat for aquatic life.

Little Island often gets crowded in the afternoon, so our strategy will be to sketch on the Little Island in the morning and we’ll sketch views of the Little Island in the afternoon.


What:   We’ll be sketching The Little Island

Where:   Pier 55 at Hudson River Park Hudson River Greenway, To get there walk past 10th Avenue on 14th Street, cross the West Side Highway  (see map below)

WhenSaturday, May 21, 2022.  Start time - 10 AM.   Running late?  Come anyway - we'll be there.


-   By Subway:  

Take the A, B or C train to 14th Street - Walk three blocks west towards the Hudson River.

Lunch:  We'll break at 12:30 PM.  Location to be determined.  Bring your own food and drink or rely on vendors.

Afternoon1:30 PM  Back to sketching.  For the afternoon we may step off the island to sketch the views of this incredible structure.

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM - Location to be determined.  There are many suitable spots nearby.   We’ll share stories from the day, show our artwork and talk about the things artists talk about when they’re together.

(click to enlarge)
-     Bring a hat.  There is not that much shade in the area
-      Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options.

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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