What we're about

Been meaning to draw more? Or enjoy New York City more?
Do both - and meet great people too!
Come relax and learn with New York's largest drawing Meetup.

We welcome people who: have a love of art and nature - want to meet new people - want to learn from other artists - want to see parks and museums - want to start drawing, but classes are too expensive - draw all the time, or haven't drawn for years (or ever!)

What makes our Meetups different? We like to share our work, and talk, and admire art, and hang out. Share tips and learn from people in a casual environment that is friendly, non-judgmental, and usually free! And all levels of artists are very welcome!

Upcoming events (5+)

Sketch the Elizabeth Street Sculpture Garden!

Elizabeth Street Garden

Tucked away in SoHo/Nolita is a hidden gem - a beautiful sculpture garden with all sorts of diverse art and plants and structures. Let's meet there and sketch! We'll meet up at the entrance on Elizabeth Street, between Prince and Spring. You can't miss it. The Garden is actually just about the only green park space throughout the whole area. But what's a shame is that the city is working to replace it with new fancy-schmancy apartments. This event is free, but while we're there, if you want to donate to support the park (their legal fees fighting the development), I'm sure they would greatly appreciate it. Likewise with signing their petition, and even by promoting this event and posting photos, etc. You can learn more here: https://www.elizabethstreetgarden.com/ . Again, that part is all totally optional. ---------- Any problems on the day of the event, I can be reached at[masked]. Looking forward to sketching with you! ---------- IMPORTANT: In case of rain, I will let people know early in the morning if it is canceled, and then reschedule for another day. ---------- 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. • Please bring your own supplies - anything 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. Take a bunch! • Sorry, but please leave the dogs at home; they tend to step on the artwork. Thanks. • This Meetup is FREE and everyone at all skill levels is welcome! ---------- Please note that if you add a comment below it will spam everyone with an email, so please use your judgement.

Sketch Madison Square Park and the Flatiron!

Flatiron Building

One of the most beautiful spots in the city and one of the places that made me first fall in love with the city when I first moved here. We'll meet in the plaza north of the Flatiron building, draw there, and then move into the park near the fountain, too. And then maybe we can get some Shake Shack afterwards if the line isn't insane. Oh man, their chicken sandwich is so good. Any problems on the day of the event, I can be reached at[masked]. Looking forward to sketching with you! ---------- IMPORTANT: In case of rain, I will let people know early in the morning if it is canceled, and then reschedule for another day. ---------- 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. • Please bring your own supplies - anything 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. Take a bunch! • Sorry, but please leave the dogs at home; they tend to step on the artwork. Thanks. • This Meetup is FREE and everyone at all skill levels is welcome! ---------- Please note that if you add a comment below it will spam everyone with an email, so please use your judgement.

Sketch First Park & the First Street Art Park!

First Park

First Park - on First and First - is one of my favorite little parks in the city, with a beautiful pagodish kiosk and strung lights and a nearby rainbow fruit stand. It's tiny, so we'll do a quick sketch there and then walk down the street to the First Street Art Park (no relation). That's a long space along Houston St. with rotating street art under shady trees. Some great surprises are there waiting for us to sketch! ---------- Any problems on the day of the event, I can be reached at[masked]. Looking forward to sketching with you! ---------- IMPORTANT: In case of rain, I will let people know early in the morning if it is canceled, and then reschedule for another day. ---------- 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. • Please bring your own supplies - anything 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. Take a bunch! • Sorry, but please leave the dogs at home; they tend to step on the artwork. Thanks. • This Meetup is FREE and everyone at all skill levels is welcome! ---------- Please note that if you add a comment below it will spam everyone with an email, so please use your judgement.

Sketch the Village: Father Demo Square, Bleecker Street and more!

Winston Churchill Square

This is one of my favorite areas of the city, in the heart of the Village: Father Demo Square, Winston Churchill Square, and Bleecker Street. We'll be sketching in this whole area. A beautiful fountain, sculpture, greenery, lots of seating, lots of nice architecture and interesting stores. And Grom gelato! Let's meet in front of Winston Churchill Square, which is a tiny spot and not crowded. This will make it easy for everyone to find us. Then we'll spread out to sketch and then meet back up. Take a look at the map to see where we are, and text me if you have any trouble. ---------- Any problems on the day of the event, I can be reached at[masked]. Looking forward to sketching with you! ---------- IMPORTANT: In case of rain, I will let people know early in the morning if it is canceled, and then reschedule for another day. ---------- 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. • Please bring your own supplies - anything 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. Take a bunch! • Sorry, but please leave the dogs at home; they tend to step on the artwork. Thanks. • This Meetup is FREE and everyone at all skill levels is welcome! ---------- Please note that if you add a comment below it will spam everyone with an email, so please use your judgement.

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