Stuyvesant Square Portrait Drawing

Our portrait drawing last year was a big success, so let's do it again - this time in one of the city's nicest quiet parks. (I'm biased since I live next door.) We'll meet in the center of the park's western side. 2nd Avenue splits the park in half, so we'll be on the side between 2nd & 3rd Avenues. It's not a huge park, you'll find us. Then we'll pair up (or 3-up) and practice drawing each other. The park has plenty of benches. We'll take a look at the art, and then grab new partners and try again. 

So, to attend, you need to: be willing to get drawn, be on time, and be able to sit still for a half hour as a model. Also, please don't shy away from this event due to art inexperience ... this is a sketch group, not a finished painting group. The goal is to create a fun and expressive sketch, or just use the time for practice, even if you don't think you captured a likeness perfectly. No one is expecting full-body Sargent oil portraits.

This is a great way to both create some cool sketches and meet new people at the same time. See you then!

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 chat and be inspired. Share tips and learn from people in a casual environment where all levels of artists are welcome! Don't be shy to ask anyone anything!

• 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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  • Janette R.

    Thanks for bringing Sienna. What a beauty! As always this meetup is the best! Thanks Jessie for making it happen.

    May 25, 2014

  • Melissa

    A beautiful day, really got into drawing and talking: )

    May 25, 2014

  • Barbara G.

    Fun and a beautiful day!

    May 25, 2014

  • Danna F.

    Great idea! Creative, challenging and fun!!

    1 · May 25, 2014

  • Rachel R.

    Sienna and I had fun seeing you all on this beautiful day!

    1 · May 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would have loved to have gone to this. But my status changed at 2 this morning, so I just found out about finally make the waitlist now. I'm at church now and not sure if I will be able to get out in time. So there's an extra spot.

    May 25, 2014

  • Maureen H.

    Sorry, can't come. 2 more spots available...

    1 · May 25, 2014

  • Tien

    Sorry for canceling on short notice. I don't feel well.

    May 25, 2014

  • Kathryn t c.

    Sorry Jesse doesn't look like I will be able to make it tomorrow after all. Look forward to seeing you and all of then others on Jun 7th! Hope you have a great day tomorrow!

    May 24, 2014

  • Yvette

    I thought I could go, but I realized I have arrangements. It is an event that I wanted to go. Next time around.

    May 24, 2014

  • Fay H.

    I could have sworn I was confirmed for this one, but now I'm not on the "going" list. I'd love to join yall for portraits. I've now joined the waitlist, but way down around 76th.

    May 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Fay, i was just wondering how did you find out what number you are?

      May 20, 2014

    • Fay H.

      It says N waiting. Now N=61, so if you join the waitlist now you'll be #62.

      May 24, 2014

  • kerri

    Ughh, Didn't realize family reunion tomorrow won't be able to make it :(

    May 24, 2014

  • Victor

    Another just backed-out so another spot is open.

    May 24, 2014

  • Thoa

    There are now 2 spaces for the wait list. My daughter and I caught the bug, and are not well enough to go. Sorry.

    May 24, 2014

  • somsawat

    I am from Bangkok , will visit NYC from 12 - 31. May. Would like to joint the event on 25 May but still on the waitlist . Is it possilble for joining if still waitlist.

    May 3, 2014

    • Kiri Østergaard L.

      Jesse will have to correct me if I am wrong, but many people sign up and don't show so just show up at the location to join in.

      May 20, 2014

    • Jesse R.

      No, I'm terribly sorry, but I've already factored the ratio of likely attendees into the RSVP limit. Please do not come unless you are on the regular list, not the waiting list. If we have too large a turnout, we will be kicked out of the park, which has happened before. Thanks for understanding.

      May 20, 2014

  • amber "aj" j.

    See. U soon

    March 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excited~^_^

    March 10, 2014

  • Barbara G.

    Please ,no more snow!

    March 10, 2014

  • France

    I can be there at 12:00

    February 20, 2014

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