Tuesday, April 30, 2024

SATURDAY: Sketch Fifth Avenue Blooms


Fifth Avenue Blooms!

Event Suggested by Helene Lacaille

New York’s most fashionable street is in full bloom.  “Fifth Avenue Blooms” is a walkable floral experience - a veritable river of flowers on the Big Apple's most iconic street.  The flower walk extends from 50th Street up to 60th by the entrance to the park.  Capture the essence of spring in New York City.

Our Morning Meeting Spot


WHAT:  We will be sketching Fifth Avenue Blooms.  The event takes place on Fifth Avenue between E. 50 near St. Patrick's Cathedral, and extends north up to 60th Street by the entrance to Central Park.  Sketch what you like in that area.  Anyone sketching on Fifth Avenue is likely to be an Urban Sketchers.  (see map below)

WHEN:   We’ll be there from  10:00 AM until 3 PM on Saturday, May 4th, 2024 

WHERE:  We will meet at 630 Fifth Avenue, by the statue of Atlas Holding the World.  It's located across the street from Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

LUNCH:  12:00 Noon.  We'll meet at the tiny Pocket Park located at 3 East 53 Street.

AFTERNOON:  1 PM - Back to sketching on Fifth Avenue.

Show and Tell:   3:00 PM.  Meet by the (The Pulitzer) fountain in front of the Plaza Hotel. We’ll share our drawings, tell art stories and discuss our art supplies.  (I’m just guessing about the second two items, but we’ll definitely do the first.)  

(In case the weather becomes uncomfortable, our back-up S&T location will be the public space at 550 Madison Avenue (between 55-56th Streets on Madison Ave)


-  Bring a stool - it gives you so many more options.  

Can't find us?  

Call or Text Mark - 973-809-9128

There are no fees or attendance taken. All drawing skill levels are welcome

Sunday, April 28, 2024

SATURDAY, May 4, 2024: Westchester Sketchers at the Larchmont Library for Plein Air Drawing Event

The Westchester Division of the NYC Urban Sketchers has teamed up with the Larchmont Public Library to provide a fun and relaxing drawing event ‘en plein air’ or ‘in the open air.’  This this event is meant to be an opportunity for people to relax, create art and make new friends.

At 10 AM there will be a quick meet and greet on the front lawn of the Library. From there, participants will choose a spot on the lawn (or anywhere around the building) and begin sketching/drawing their surrounding scenery. The group will break for lunch at 12:30 PM and reconvene at 1 PM for a Show and Tell to share what everyone has created thus far. After that, everyone is welcome to continue sketching at their leisure until 3pm.


DATE: SATURDAY, May 4, 2024; Rain date: May 18, 2024

START TIME: 10:00 AM at the library lawn.

LOCATION:  Larchmont Library, 121 Larchmont Avenue, Larchmont, NY 

By TRAIN (From Grand Central Terminal, NYC):
Take the Metro-North New Haven line to the Larchmont Station.  The Library is less than a mile's walk from the Larchmont station.  (Walk on Chatsworth until you reach Post Road.  Turn right.  Larchmont Avenue is your next left).  If you need a ride from the Station, please call Marianne to arrange for pick-up.

PARKING: While parking is metered in Larchmont, you can drive east (towards the water) on Larchmont Ave and look for a spot further down from Elm Street where metered parking ends.   

Lunch: 12:30 PM.  Llunch on the Library lawn followed by Show and Tell. 


Please RSVP to Cathy Gutterman at westchester@nycurbansketchers.org

Looking for us? 
Call/text: Cathy at (914) 625-0766 or Marianne at914-355-6507. 

Friday, April 26, 2024

Weekday Sketchers Sketch Animal Sculptures in Central Park

Central Park has everything, even animals that play instruments and dance!

Delacorte Clock in Central Park - Constructed on a triple archway of brick,  the George Delacorte Musical Clo… | New york christmas, Bronze sculpture,  Nursery rhymes

This week we will celebrate the animals statues in Central Park, both realistic and imaginative.  We will gather by the Delacorte Clock where whimsical animals dance with instruments at all hours of the day.  Nearby are more animals both realistic and whimsical that can be our models.  For those who want to go a bit farther afield there is Baltho the Dog and The Hunt. as well as the storybook animals that surround Alice and Hans Christian Anderson near the boat pond.  And let's not miss the wonderful entrance gate to the Children's zoo. 

Questions, comments and RSVP directly to President@nycurbansketchers.org. 
DO NOT respond to this email as you inquiry will go to a "dead letter" file. 

Miami In Focus Photo Gallery Featuring the Statues Of Animals Of Central  Park.New York City's Great, Hidden Animal Sculptures - The Dodo



                        NEAR THE Central Park ZOO
                        EAST SIDE OF THE PARK NEAR 64TH STREET

TRANSPORTATION:  N, R, W Train to 59th Street/ 5th Ave

The Top 10 Secrets of Central Park Zoo in NYC - Untapped New York
Children's Zoo

Alice in Wonderland
Hans Christian Anderson


  • Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at President@nycurbansketchers.org
  • Looking for us? Call or Text Raylie at 201-273-0445
  • Bathrooms and water are available
  • Plenty of benches but bring a stool for best sight lines

Balto Statue | Central Park Conservancy

Central Park on X: "Crouched on a rocky outcrop on the eastern edge of the  Ramble, Still Hunt depicts an American panther about to pounce. Created in  1881 by sculptor Edward Kemeys,
The Hunt

Bronze statue

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

SATURDAY: Sketch the Other Garden


I've never thought of it until now, but we have a Big Three in NYC, . . . in Botanical terms.  We have three absolutely wonderful gardens, one in Brooklyn, which we visited last week, one in Queens, where we're having our summer picnic, and of course the really big one in the Bronx - the New York City Botanical Garden.

Everything has its season and after a bleak winter, this is the time to be out in nature recording its beauty.  The garden is large, but to keep things simple our base of operations will be at the entrance to the  Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. That's the big greenhouse. It's the largest Victorian-style glasshouse in the United States.  We'll meet there for lunch and we'll meet there again for our Show and Tell.  


What:   We’ll be sketching at New York Botanical Garden

Where:   The Garden is located at 2900 Southern Blvd.  We will meet at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory - Greenhouse

When:  The Garden opens at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 27, 2024.  


  • Adults: $35
  • Students (with valid ID)/Seniors (65+): $31
  • New York City Resident Grounds Access Pass - $15

Lunch:  12:00 PM -  Noon Meet back at the Greenhouse where we'll dine al fresco.  Bring your own food, or purchase at the Pine Tree CafĂ©.  

Afternoon:  1:00 PM - Back to our art!

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM -  Meet at the Greenhouse where we can share our drawings and talk at the end of the day. 


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

Please obey the guards about where stools can be used. 

If you can’t find us

call or text Mark at 973-809-9128

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

Sunday, April 21, 2024

THURSDAY, April 25, 2024: Westchester Sketchers at the Newington-Cropsey Foundation, Hastings-on-Hudson


We will be sketching on the grounds of the Newington-Cropsey Foundation, which was founded in 1977 for the purpose of preserving and displaying the home and paintings of Jasper F. Cropsey (1823-1900), Hudson River School artist. The Cropsey home, Ever Rest, has been on the National Register of Historic Homes since the early 1970's. In 1994, the Gallery of Art was completed, enabling the foundation to display more of the permanent collection of Cropsey's paintings, in addition to providing exhibition space for temporary and traveling exhibits. The new building also houses the archives of Cropsey's writings and papers as well as a small research library.


Attendance is limited to 15Please RSVP to Cathy Gutterman (westchester@nycurbansketchers.org)

DATE: THURSDAY, April 25, 2024
Start time: 10:00 AM.
LOCATION: Newington-Cropsey Foundation 25 Cropsey Lane Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 (914) 478-7990

DIRECTIONS: http://www.newingtoncropsey.com/NCFTours.html
PARKING on site is extremely limited.  Please try to car pool.

TRANSPORTATION from NYC: Use the Hudson Line of the Metro-North Railroad to arrive in Hastings-on-Hudson.  The Cropsey Foundation is located across the street, walk through the commuter parking lot to the property (under the Warburton bridge).
LUNCH: 12:30 PM.  Bring your own.
SHOW and TELL: 1 PM. We will share our drawings and tell stories. This is the social part of our day and is not to be missed.

- There are a few benches, but bring a stool for more options.
We cannot sketch in the Gallery of Art, but it is open to the public 12-4 PM.  The current exhibition is "Birds in art." 

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.

Friday, April 19, 2024

 Weekday Sketchers at Pier 97 and Riverside Park 

Hudson River Park's Pier 97 will transform into 'otherworldly' green space  - Curbed NY

This pier was once a cement factory and off limits to the public. It has recently been reconstructed and is now open to the public, Pier 97 is the most recent addition to the 4 mile long Riverside park..  Set in an area of the Hudson River shoreline Called Clinton Cove, named for DeWitt Clinton, "Father of the Erie Canal", US Senator and Mayor of NYC, the park offers playgrounds, seating area, an "All Ages Slide" and a splash park. 
Malcolm Cochran - Private Passage
What is that?

Come and capture the river scenes, the cityscape with the unusual nearby residential buildings and the public art pieces around the park. One of which is Private Passage...a 30' wine bottle riddled with porthole that allow you to see the inside the bottle to view the recreation of a stateroom on the Queen Mary. 

And speaking of public art installations, we will also wander into Riverside Park to see this year's installation from the Art Students League's Works in Public: Sophie Kahn and Marco Palli.  The two sculptures are installed at the south end of Riverside Park which starts at 57th Street. 

Sophie Kahn (@sophiekahn) / X
Sophie Kahn

Marco Palli Archives | GothamToGo
Marco Palli



                            Western end of 57th Street
                        Meet at the sculpture "Private Passage"

TRANSPORTATION: A, B, C, D, 1 to Columbus Circle and 59th St
                                                        Take the 67th Street bus to 12th Ave
                                                     Walk west to the Hudson River then south to 57th Street

  • Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at President@NYCUrbansketchers.org
  • Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 201-273-0445
  • Bring a stool for best lines of sight
  • Water and bathrooms are available
  • Bring your own lunch or snacks

Erin Hill Two Workshops May 19 and May 21 2024


Two Erin Hill Workshops 

May 19, 2024-The Big Picture in Little Pieces

New York City
When: May 19, 2024
Where: Meet at Stumptown Coffee Roasters, 30 West 8th Street, New York, NY 10011 for an overview of the class. Then, we walk to Washington Square Park.

Erin Hill is an accomplished artist and teacher who resides in Australia. She teaches workshops throughout Australia, New Zealand, the US and Europe. To learn more about Erin and her work, visit her website at https://erinhillsketching.com

Erin will begin by taking a double page spread of a sketchbook and start with a decorative title at the top of one page. Then she will show you how to sketch everything all over our pages choosing anything or size you like. We may start with our coffee, but move on to people we see, parts of the Washington Square Arch, plaques and signage, anything historical, trees and foliage, and birds and other wildlife. We will include notes on what we see around the page.

More details here.

May 21, 2024-People in Action

When: May 21, 2024
Where:Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation , 468 Rosedale Ave, White Plains, NY 10605.

Erin will start by teaching students about human proportions through mannequins. By seeing mannequins on a table in a variety of poses, students will learn about proportions in a fun and easy way. We will take time to observe the angles the body takes and sketch it as we see it. We’ll sketch as many as we can over our page and then add color.

In a second exercise, we will observe our sketching friends in action. And finally there will be a third exercise that Erin will explain at the time. This one causes great hilarity. The goal of the exercises will be for students to become comfortable with adding people to their other art works.

More details here:

Thursday, April 18, 2024

NJ sketchers at Bergen County Courthouse

 Join the New Jersey sketchers at Bergen County Courthouse

Questions, comments and RSVP directly to 
DO NOT reply to this email as your inquiry will go to a "dead letter" file. 

If it’s not raining, we can be outside in the park sketching this beautiful building and the First Reformed Church and cemetery of Hackensack. 

The courthouse rotunda is on the register of National Historic landmarks. There are several courtrooms in the Rotunda with hand painted murals adorning the walls. The Rotunda, with its marble and stained glass, and the courtrooms, were featured in scenes from the movies Hackers, Devil's Advocate and Before and After.

Fun fact: The first Bergen County courthouse was in Quacksack. 

The entrance is on Court Street across from the church. To go in the courthouse, we have to go through security just like the airport. So leave your pointy items at home. Bathrooms and water are inside.


Street parking and the courthouse visitor parking. Parkmobile app. 

55 Court St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Date: Thursday, April 25

Time: 10:30am

Bring your lunch and a stool if you have one

Meet in the park if not raining. Otherwise, we will meet in the Rotunda. Security will direct you

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All skill levels welcome. There is no fee to join the sketch event.