Skip to content

Sketch and the City

Rated 4.95 out of 5 from 574 reviews.New York, United States

Paused until 27 August.

To protect the health of our community, Airbnb Experiences in many regions are paused due to COVID-19. Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.

Experience hosted by Ben

2 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Sketch your way around New York with a local artist.

RATED ONE OF THE BEST REVIEWED EXPERIENCES IN NEW YORK.

THIS IS AN ALL WEATHER EXPERIENCE. INDOOR ROUTES FOR COLD AND RAINY DAYS!

NO SKETCHING EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.

Beginners Kids and families welcome. Sketchbook & supplies included.

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.

One of the great things about this experience is that people come from all around the world to share in the creative process. 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!
Sketch your way around New York with a local artist.

RATED ONE OF THE BEST REVIEWED EXPERIENCES IN NEW YORK.

THIS IS AN ALL WEATHER EXPERIENCE. INDOOR ROUTES FOR COLD AND RAINY DAYS!

NO SKETCHING EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.

Beginners Kids and families welcome. Sketchbook & supplies included.

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…

What's included

  • Equipment
    MUJI pocket sketchbook- ideal for on-the-go sketches, sketching pencil, and...
From £64
/ person

Meet your host, Ben

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 574 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I am a New York based artist inspired by the visual energy of Manhattan street life. 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. I truly love hosting meaningful experiences and sharing in the creative process with people from around the world!

To read more about me and my work please visit: www.benponte.com
To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app. Learn more

Where you'll be

We begin the experience in the magnificent Grand Central Terminal 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. Route varies according the weather & the needs of the group. On wet days we stay in & around Grand Central- also a great cold/rainy day activity!

Rated 4.95 out of 5 from 574 reviews.

Julie
February 2020
My experience with Ben was fantastic! He shared secrets of the Grand Central Station and gave me tailored exercises to improve my sketching skills. I would recommend this experience to anyone who’s interested in sketching, drawing and meeting artist folks on the way! Bravo and Merci Ben! Namaste
My experience with Ben was fantastic! He shared secrets of the Grand Central Station and gave me tailored exercises to improve my sketching skills. I would recommend this experienc…
Rosalind
February 2020
We loved our time with Ben! Even though we had different levels of skill in our group, Ben made it accessible and fun for everyone. It was engaging, fun and interesting and we all left feeling inspired to keep drawing! Thanks Ben!
Joseph
February 2020
Great experience from start to finish, Ben was kind and really good at leading us around the city and making it exciting whether you knew how to draw or not. We had a blast worth every penny
Jules
February 2020
It was a super nice experience fitting every level of sketching skills. It gave i new insight and perspective not only on the city but also on the act of sketching. Also great anecdotes on the city landscape. Ben is super nice and I had a great time
It was a super nice experience fitting every level of sketching skills. It gave i new insight and perspective not only on the city but also on the act of sketching. Also great anec…
Juliane Maria
February 2020
Definitely a must when visiting NYC! As a complete beginner, I was intimidated at first but Ben made me feel so welcome and his process quickly made me feel at ease. A fun way of commemorating the city in a truly unique way as none of will sketch quite like you.
Definitely a must when visiting NYC! As a complete beginner, I was intimidated at first but Ben made me feel so welcome and his process quickly made me feel at ease. A fun way of c…
Ginny
February 2020
My daughter and I shared a great morning with Ben, rediscovering our artist eyes. Zen Ben was encouraging and thoughtful showing us that drawing is much more than what's on the paper at the end.

Choose from available dates

    Things to know

    Cancellation policy

    Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

    Guest requirements

    Up to 8 guests ages 7 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

    More tips

    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!

    What to bring

    Smiles

    Eyes wide open!