Drop-In Sketching in the Galleries

Experience Cooper Hewitt’s collection and exhibitions through drawing! In this session, we’ll sketch in Acquired! Shaping the National Design Collection, an exhibition that highlights how Cooper Hewitt acquires new objects to shape the collection to better reflect current issues and design’s evolving role in daily interactions. The exhibition has over 150 works on view – which ones will you sketch? 

Drawing prompts, seating, and materials will be provided. Drawing will also be available in the Cooper Hewitt Garden, weather permitting. Space is limited; first come, first served. 


  • Program Length: 2 hours. Please join us any time between 1:00pm – 3:00pm.
  • Interactivity Level: High. This is an open sketching program facilitated by museum educators.
  • Intended Audience: Anyone interested in sketching museum objects, exhibition galleries, or the architecture of the Cooper Hewitt Carnegie mansion. No drawing experience required. Recommended for ages 13 and up. 


  • Location: This program will take place in person in the Acquired! Shaping the National Design Collection exhibition galleries at Cooper Hewitt (2 East 91st Street, New York, NY). The exhibition is on the second floor of the museum and is fully wheelchair accessible. Read more about accessibility at Cooper Hewitt.
  • What to Expect:  Participants will meet in the second-floor galleries. Drawing prompts will be available to participants. All materials will be provided. No drawing experience is required.
  • Accommodations:For general questions, or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation in this program, please email us at CHEducation@si.edu. Please make your accommodation request as far in advance as possible—preferably at least one week before the program date when possible.