Let the games begin.

Faster, Higher, Stronger the Tokyo Olympics.

Join Virtual New York City Urban Sketchers as we put our own artistic spin on the summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Every four years, athletes from around the world gather to compete in the Ancient Greek games called the Olympics. In fact, the Olympics, were first held in the summer of 776 B.C. in Olympia, Greece. A site in southern Greece where people worshiped their gods. In fact, the Olympics were created in honor of ancient Greece’s most famous god: Zeus, king of the gods. Competitors then fought until one gave up or died. Starting Wednesday July 21st, competitors compete for the honor of being the best in the world receiving gold, silver and bronze medals. Winners didn’t always get a medal, though. Victors in the earliest Olympics won a crown of olive leaves.

There is much to appreciate and capture in art about The Games: the stamina, form, and poetry of movement of the many athletes as well as the pomp and glory of ancient rituals and award ceremonies asour host for today's event,  Dina Schlesinger,  will introduce to you.

Video Introductions
Top 10 Summer Olympic moments of the decade
The Ancient Greek Olympics (776 BC-393 AD)

Official Olympics
Olympic Games
Olympics 2020 Guide
Olympic Torch & Flame
Japan Facts

History Note: Pierre de Coubertin created the Rings in 1913, the five colors combined with the white background represented the colors of the flags of all nations at that time, without exception. (Mama Bear)

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well."  --Pierre de Coubertin

What are the 28 Olympic Sports?
Archery, athletics, badminton, basketball , basketball 3×3, boxing, canoe, road cycling, cycling track, mountain biking, BMX freestyle, BMX racing, equestrian, fencing, football, golf, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline, handball, hockey, judo, modern pentathlon, rowing, rugby, sailing, shooting, etc.

Preparing for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics
Olympic Trials Photos
News Photos - Olympics
Getty- Summer Olympics Photos
Shutterstock- Summer Olympics Photos

Paralympics Images
Paralympics Athletes

There are currently 28 Paralympic sports sanctioned by the IPC: 22 summer and six winter. The two newest sports to be given Paralympic status are badminton and taekwondo, which will both make their debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

All Virtual New York Urban Sketchers events are one session (10 am -12 pm EST) held on Saturdays. For participants wanting to challenge themselves sketching more of a particular locality or theme, you are welcome to do the EXTENSION SKETCH PROJECT below:

Summer Olympics Extension Sketch Project:
Choose of the following prompt to sketch:
(a) Paralympic athlete in motion
(b) Tokyo skyline
(c) Olympics building architecture
(d) Ancient Greece Olympics Torch

*Please post your finished sketches
to the USK NYC Facebook Site
Be sure to add #NUS as a tag on your sketch.

Facilitators of Virtual NYC Urban Sketchers
  • Theresa Smith
  • Lynda Greeley (Mama Bear)
  • Cecilia Evasco
  • Dina Schlesinger
with the assistance of Mark Leibowitz
founder of USK NYC

*Web site design by Cecilia Evasco
for Virtual NYC Urban Sketchers
*Under the auspices of USK NYC
*Scheduled for August 7, 2021

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