Thursday, April 13, 2023

SATURDAY: Sketching Behind the Lions


for SATURDAY, ​April, 15, 2023

Behind the lions is one of the world's great libraries.  It's a visual treat both inside and outside filled with the Beaux-Arts details that are so much fun to sketch.

Some Library​ Fun F​acts ​For ​You.
  • It was officially opened in 1911 and at the time it was the largest marble structure in the United States
  • The main reading room was contemporaneously the largest of its kind in the world (You can't quite see the curvature of the earth but there are lots of perspective challenges to work out.)


What:   We’ll be sketching in the main branch of the Manhattan Public Library, (AKA the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building)

Where:   The building covers two blocks from 40th Street to 42nd Street at 476 5th Ave​.  We'll meet in the main lobby on the left side.  If you come late, anyone sketching in the library is likely an Urban Sketcher!

When:  Start time - 1​0​ ​AM.  We will be there until 3 PM.   Running late?  Messed up subways?  Come anyway - we'll be there.

How:   Assuming we can all get to 42nd St and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan?

​Lunch:  12:00 Noon:  The library has no cafeteria.  There are many many food places in the area but none that will accommodate all of us​.  Lunch is up to you, we'll be back sketching at 1 PM

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM - We’ll try to find a quiet place to meet to share our sketches and tell art stories.  Likely location is tucked under the staircase on the first floor.

-    There is no coat check 
-    I’ve used my stool there many times.  It gives you more sketching opportunities.​  Be considerate and stayed tucked out of everyone's way.​

If you can’t find us
text Mark at 973-809-9128

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

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