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Roosevelt Island Parks Sketch!

Have you ever been to Roosevelt Island? Turns out it's littered with parks and views to draw. There's the FDR memorial, an old abandoned hospital that looks like a castle, the 59th street bridge, and views of the city skyline.

We'll meet at the entrance to Southpoint Park. It's actually really easy to get to. Take the air tram or the F train to Roosevelt Island, then walk south (for the equivalent of about 5 short blocks). You should bump into us.

We'll sketch Southpoint Park and then Four Freedoms Park. Any problems on the day of the event, I can be reached at [masked].



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 45 minutes or so, 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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  • Matthew

    Had a great time today , looking forward to the next meet up

    July 7, 2013

  • Alexser

    I had a very good time, first the location, talented people, excellent conversations and a refreshment and a decent sandwich with some fellows after art work! Thank you!

    July 6, 2013

  • Sophocles P.

    Awesome! Great day with a bunch of great people and talented artists!

    July 6, 2013

  • Alan

    Great meetup, awesome location, and we didn't melt!! Thanks for organizing the meet Jesse!

    July 6, 2013

  • Jewel

    Met so many talented and inspiring artists. I'd like to thank each one for their engaging conversation and generosity of sharing. This group is a definite fave!

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice park

    July 6, 2013

  • Gilly L.

    ??? What happened???

    July 6, 2013

  • Gilly L.

    Hi Jessie Maya and I were there but we couldn't find you. No worries though, we enjoyed the river views, tram ride and gelato afterwards so it was a nice day trip anyway. Hope you guys were able to make it.

    July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, conflictual apppointment with IKEA delivery service. Hoping to make it next time.

    July 6, 2013

  • Jamie A.

    hi I just made it to roosevelt island.
    Where can I find everyone? :-)

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • Randi

    If I make it, it'll be around 12:30. Is that alright? Where will you guys be then? (Sorry, just so hot today!)

    July 6, 2013

    • Jesse R.

      No problem, if you can't find us just give me a text at[masked]

      July 6, 2013

  • Tricia

    Sorry Jesse, i am running so late. Train delay and it is 10:44. My trip is almost two hours to Roosevelt. So Sorry I cannot make it, I was so looking forward to this meetup. :-( I will attend the next meetup..

    July 6, 2013

  • Alexser

    a question, Is there public parking?

    July 6, 2013

  • Curtis

    Looking forward to another meet up...bowing out b/c of the heat today..have a cool one!

    July 6, 2013

  • Michelle

    I have to pass, also. I am hoping this group will come back to Roosevelt Island in the fall. Spring, also, when the cherry blossoms bloom.

    July 6, 2013

  • Amanda

    Avoiding this very hot weather, sorry to miss!

    July 6, 2013

  • Arlene F.

    Can't make it today. Cannot be out in this high degree weather. HOpe someone will take my place. Was really looking forward to it. Hopefully can attend the next one.

    July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry. It turns out that I won't be able to come. Will miss the experience.

    July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't attend due to the extreme heat advisory.

    July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry to miss this, and apologies for the last minute change.

    July 6, 2013

  • Bettina

    Curses. foiled again! Well, someone on the waiting list will be happy :-) I'll make it to one of these for sure. Enjoy Roosevelt Island, folks, it's a neat place.

    July 5, 2013

  • Maria

    I'd love to join but have plans to see DM2. Hope to join group for next event-enjoy.

    July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i'm taking the 7train from flushing. if anyone wants to meetup and travel together please meet at the main subway entrance in the front by 10am. My name is Leiliana and I'll be wearing a yellow shirt

    July 4, 2013

  • Ari A.

    I mixed up the date, showed up last weekend and ended up just sketching by myself. Looking forward to trying the group experience next time. :-)

    June 26, 2013

  • Jamie A.

    I am so so excited to meet everyone!

    June 19, 2013

  • Alicia

    might get there

    June 18, 2013

  • Wendy M.

    Hi There, Hope to met you one of these days.

    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just was looking at this park today from LIC wanting to go!

    June 17, 2013

  • Wendy M.

    Looking forward to meeting everyone.

    June 15, 2013

  • Isi

    looking forward to it!

    June 14, 2013

  • Deborah G.

    I'm in the chaos of moving. That will be my last cleanup weekend. So sorry I can't come. It sounds great as always!

    May 30, 2013

  • Nelson G.

    i will be there

    May 30, 2013

  • Pete S.

    Looking forward to this -- it's an amazing vantage point.

    May 30, 2013

  • Tellok B.

    I've never been there, now I have a reason to go.

    May 30, 2013

  • Laura M

    What a great excuse to explore the island!

    May 30, 2013

  • Susan S.

    Ah. Phooey. I'll be out of town eating BBQ in Kansas City over the long holiday weekend. The Island is practically in my backyard but I have never been there. Have fun. Catch you at the next gathering, I hope

    1 · May 30, 2013

  • kevin s.

    ready to draw

    May 29, 2013

  • Arlene F.

    Never been there but have wanted to see it for the longest time! Looking forward to it.

    May 29, 2013

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