Sketching the secret park again!

Peter Detmold Park has got to be the city's most secret park! It also happens to be a nice quiet place to sketch, as we found out when the group went there two years ago. Let's go again. There's a hidden staircase behind a building on a quiet street that leads down to the park. It's got plenty of seats and trees to draw, a cool arbor, an old castle-like building, and a walkway over the park that looks across the river.

We'll meet on the corner of 1st ave and 51st st, so it's easy for everyone to find, and then we'll walk to the park together. Try not to be late because it will be hard to find us later!

Any problems on the day of the event, I can be reached at[masked]-9816.



What makes our Meetups different from other art groups and classes? There's no instruction, but we like to share our work, and talk and discuss. Share tips and learn from people in a casual environment where all levels of artists are welcome!

  • We sketch for a bit, usually half an hour to an hour, and then get back together and share our drawings, and then sketch again, etc. There's usually time for 3 or 4 sketches.
  • Feel free to bring any media you like to work with - pens, pencil, watercolor, pastel, small sketchbook or large paper, iPad, whatever suits you.
  • We hand out nametags so everyone can meet one another!
  • We take photos to share on the site later. Bring your camera!
  • The event will last three hours.
  • This Meetup is FREE and everyone at all skill levels is welcome!

In case of rain, I will let people know early in the morning if it is canceled, and then reschedule for another day.

Looking forward to sketching with you!

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  • Jasmine

    Love the park. Wasn't a fan of the traffic noise but overall it is a beautiful spot.

    June 19, 2013

  • JB

    Great time to be on the "waterfront", enjoying nice company and art.

    June 16, 2013

  • Arlene F.

    Terrific place. Jesse hunts out the best places! Great people and great subjects. Thank you, Jesse.

    June 16, 2013

  • Kate S.

    NICE!!!! first time...

    June 16, 2013

  • PHYLLIS B.

    LOOKING FOWARD TO THE NEXT ONE
    PHYLLIS

    June 16, 2013

  • Susan S.

    Another great meet-up for my 1st birthday in Jesse and Rachel
    's group. I will have to miss the next one and maybe two with summer travel plans but this group is sold out every time because it is organized, friendly, heterogeneous by age and gender, just fab! Viget!

    June 16, 2013

  • PatriciaG

    It's a wonderful, cool, quiet place to sketch. Jesse, as always, did a wonderful job.

    June 16, 2013

  • Roberta

    If anyone is interested in a summer share up by Hunter Mountain in a lovely small cabin with stream, near hiking, etc. let me know. Great place to paint etc. Up the mountain from Woodstock....
    [masked]

    June 16, 2013

  • Kate

    Great day in the city!! Thank you !!!

    June 16, 2013

  • Margaret D.

    Lovely

    June 16, 2013

  • Fabiola P.

    I was no able to attend, I am sorry

    1 · June 16, 2013

  • Dana C.

    I was on the waiting list and just got the confirmation. However, I couldn't make it now. Hope I can attend the next event.

    June 16, 2013

  • May

    Sorry, can't make it :(

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Im running a bit late but ill be there

    June 16, 2013

  • Matthew

    I won't be able to make it. Sorry :-(

    June 16, 2013

  • lauren k.

    I am spending time with my dad

    June 16, 2013

  • Jesse R.

    It's a beautiful day here in the park! Hope you all can make it!

    June 16, 2013

  • Joe

    Sorry can't make it today, look forward to Roosevelt Is.

    June 16, 2013

  • Cheri

    Not feeling well. Hope someone else can enjoy my spot

    June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to cancel.My mother needs me to help her out. Boy I really wanted to go. Hope next time.

    June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Im beginner what do I bring. I nervous.

    June 15, 2013

    • Jesse R.

      Hi Jacquie - beginners are very welcome! Bring whatever you like. The basics are just a pencil and a pad of paper. That's really all you need.

      2 · June 15, 2013

  • Omonike N.

    Hi, I wish all positive sketching. I don't have a spot but Im going sketching near home.

    June 15, 2013

  • Jade S.

    Sorry but I'm gonna have to work tomorrow.

    June 15, 2013

  • Gilly L.

    Father's Day. Can't make it. See you next time though

    June 14, 2013

  • Gina

    home with cold/flu.

    June 14, 2013

  • ellen v.

    I think Sunday may still work if some of you on waiting list would like to come to Long Island Caumsett State Park 12 noon?

    June 14, 2013

  • Caren A.

    I have to work on Sunday, so I am afraid I wont be able to make it. But I am now really curious about that park.

    June 13, 2013

  • Louise S.

    Both my husband and myself would love to join a group going to Caumsett Park as we live in Plainview. Please let me know if this is a go or if there is another location. I am on a waiting list for central park and was a little frustrated as by the time I received the invitation, there was only waiting list space available. My email is [masked]

    June 11, 2013

    • Bettina

      Let me know . . . had a fender bender today, so -=if=- my car and neck are both in working order on Sunday I will join you all in the afternoon. I have always wanted to go up there with people to draw, I hope this works out.

      June 12, 2013

  • ellen v.

    If any people want to go to caumsett we can meet at 11 am and sketch in the afternoon

    June 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I won't be able to make it after all. Maybe another time.

    June 11, 2013

  • Alberto

    Thank you Jesse truly appreciate it. For the website on how to Draw. This way I can come to the meet ups with Some basic knowledge of sketching/drawing. Thank you once again

    June 11, 2013

  • Bettina

    It seems we are doing Dad's day after all. If a group convenes at Caumsett Park as was just mentioned in the comments section, I'd be glad to join if and when I can.

    June 10, 2013

  • ellen v.

    I would join a second group if we could go to another area.

    Caumsett State Park is beautiful on Oyster bay not sure city people want to go that far?

    June 10, 2013

    • Bettina

      Caumsett is indeed beautiful. It is in Huntington, a little further out than OB. But an absolutely lovely destination. Huntington has plenty of good places to eat, for such a long drive or train ride you might want to make this a longer day. Warning, taxis are impossibly expensive out here. I'm about to drop out of this event as a Father's day thing has just come up, but if people go to Caumsett I may be able to join you when I can. They charge per car, so best to meet and park at Coindre Hall and carpool over to Caumsett. Coindre Hall is a county park, and is at 101 Browns Road in Huntington.

      June 10, 2013

  • Alberto

    I do not know the first thing about drawing or sketching! Is that okay?

    June 10, 2013

    • Jesse R.

      Yes, Alberto, it's great if sketching novices join us. The members of the group have all different levels of experience. All you need is a pencil and paper, although there are also a ton of great instructional articles and videos online that might give you a good introduction to the basics, such as this: http://www.wikihow.co...­

      2 · June 10, 2013

  • Pam

    Here is a spot for someone on the waiting list. It sounds great--enjoy!!

    June 10, 2013

  • Louise S.

    By the time I get the invitation- there are already 48 people on the waiting list...If we get enough people on the waiting list, maybe we can have a second group- anyone else interested?

    1 · June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am sorry I will not be able to make it this time :(.

    June 9, 2013

  • Kathy

    I am on waiting list now and pls, let me know If a spot opens.

    June 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Theres a pretty big line just on the waiting list, is the park not big enough to accommodate everyone? Can us waiters do somethibg the day of if there arent enough spots?

      1 · June 6, 2013

    • Jesse R.

      This is a small park, and there are also always limits on group size. Before the day of the event, many people will cancel and much of the waiting list will be moved up.

      June 6, 2013

  • PHYLLIS B.

    LIVE NEARBY..THIS PART IS NEW TO ME.....LOVE TO COME : IT IS FATHER'S DAY...MAYBE 1 HOUR

    June 1, 2013

  • Matthew

    I'm new to the area and looking to meet creative people. Please include me in this event.

    May 29, 2013

  • Kel

    I didn't realize it was Father's Day when I responded. Sorry, won't be able to make it. Next time.

    May 28, 2013

  • Susan S.

    Jesse: This is Father's Day. Do Rachel and Sienna Rose approve? Just asking...

    May 13, 2013

    • Susan S.

      Okey dokey. c.U

      May 13, 2013

    • Gilly L.

      bring them along!!!

      May 27, 2013

  • Gilly L.

    I went to this park many many years ago with my high school art club!!!! al great location hope we can get a spot or two

    May 27, 2013

  • Walter B.

    I guess I'm on the waiting list for June 16th. Let me know if a spot opens!

    May 27, 2013

  • lawana

    I wanna join

    May 25, 2013

  • Erica Y.

    What should I bring for drawing ?

    May 18, 2013

    • Jesse R.

      Hi Erica - Feel free to bring any media you like to work with - pens, pencil, watercolor, pastel, small sketchbook or large paper, iPad, whatever suits you. At the minimum, a pencil and a sketchpad.

      May 18, 2013

    • Erica Y.

      Thanks . Haven't drew for long time .... Looking forward to it ..

      May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I want to pick up a pencil and let loose for the first time ever. I love the sound of this group.....

    May 15, 2013

  • Jasmine

    It's been ages and need to get back to drawing. Work sucks up so much of my time.

    1 · May 13, 2013

  • Natey F.

    This time I'll make it! This time I'll make it. This time I'll make it!

    May 13, 2013

  • Chris K.

    Sadly, I will miss out on seeing this wonderful 'secret' park. However, I will be at the Illustration Master Class in Amherst, Mass. painting with the greats in the industry. I will be sure to share my experiences when I finally get to meet you all. Have fun!

    1 · May 13, 2013

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