What you'll do
RECENTLY RATED ONE OF THE BEST REVIEWED EXPERIENCES IN NEW YORK! Whether you are an artist yourself or have not drawn since childhood, this is a great way to fully engage with the city, connect with visitors & New Yorkers, & share your unique vision of NYC! This is an all weather experience. No sketching experience necessary. Beginners, kids & families welcome. Sketchbook & supplies included. Choose from 2 experiences now available: 1. The Original NYC Sketching Experience $40 (Discounts on select days): We meet in the visually stunning Grand Central Terminal for an intro & some warm up sketching exercises. I introduce some philosophy of drawing, share a few of my sketchbooks & hand out sketchbooks to the group. We sketch our way through Grand Central, exploring the main concourse & some hidden architectural surprises. We head outside to 42nd Street to take in some classic NYC street scenes & the Art Deco elegance of the Chrysler Building. We sketch our way toward 5th Avenue & Bryant Park, sketching near the New York Public Library & the Empire State Building. 2. Tuesday & Thursday only: An exclusive experience in my Upper East Side studio & finishing at The Met $145 spots limited. Have your portrait drawn, discuss ideas, gather insights & inspiration over coffee, before walking up the street to sketch inside the museum. Met ticket, tuition, portrait, coffee included!
My name is Ben Ponté. I am a New York based artist inspired by the visual energy of Manhattan street life. I am the founder of Sketch and the City: The Original New York Sketching Experience! Recently acclaimed in Downtown Magazine and with over 500 reviews “Sketch and the City” has now hosted thousands of guests of all ages and backgrounds. I truly love hosting these meaningful experiences and sharing in the creative process with people from around the world. I have a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing and have been sketching my whole life. I draw upon my background in both art and yoga and approach sketching as a daily practice available to anyone regardless of talent or training. My work has been exhibited in the United States and internationally and can be viewed at benponte.com
MUJI pocket sketchbook, sketching pencil, pocket sharpener
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Where you'll be
We begin the experience in Grand Central before going outside into one of the most visually stimulating areas of Central Manhattan. We sketch in & around Grand Central, from 42nd Street, past 5th Avenue to the New York Public Library & often finish sketching in the sun at Bryant Park. Route varies according the weather & the needs of the group. On wet days we stay in & around Grand Central- also a great rainy day activity!
Things to keep in mind
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Up to 10 guests ages 7 and up can attend. No drawing experience necessary. The experience is open and available to everybody. All you need to bring is your own eyes, your enthusiasm, and a sense of discovery. This is largely a walking and sketching…
This experience is a non-technical sketching experience that is enjoyable & meaningful for everybody. Guests receive their own pocket sketchbook to record their unique NYC impressions. Sharing sketches with the group is one of the joys of the experience, often leading to new insights and friends!
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