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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Drawn from Within with a New York Artist

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 221 reviews.New York, United StatesPart of Airbnb Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Ben

60 mins
Up to 10 people
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English

What you'll do

TUESDAY SPECIALS & GROUP DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE- NOW ACCEPTING GROUPS UP TO 100!

No art experience necessary. No drawing skills required! This is not a technical drawing exercise but an exercise in revivifying the imagination & accessing the creative areas of mind & body.

This Experience is great for team-building, families, date nights & solo travellers! As experienced by team Google, Nike, Amazon, Linkedin & Spotify. Featured in Travel & Leisure, Mercury News & Downtown Magazine.

In challenging times art offers one of our most primal ways of connecting with ourselves & each other. As host of the in-person experience "Sketch & the City," I have witnessed the unifying, restorative & transformative power of art. I have led experiences with thousands of guests from all around the world who have exchanged perspectives & seen the magic of New York in new ways.

On this new online sketching experience, we explore how drawing enhances the relationship between inside & outside, particularly when you are feeling isolated or confined within a small space. I provide simple exercises to guide entry into the creative mind in a relaxing, restorative, fun & meaningful way.

Is your group larger than my listed max group size? Message me about group discounts or to request a time not listed.
TUESDAY SPECIALS & GROUP DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE- NOW ACCEPTING GROUPS UP TO 100!

No art experience necessary. No drawing skills required! This is not a technical drawing exercise but an exercise in revivifying the imagination & accessing the creative areas of mind & body.

This Experience is great for team-building, families, date nights & solo travellers! As experienced by team Google, Nike, Amazon, Linkedin & Spotify. Feature…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Download Zoom for free on a desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book a private group
    Want to join with just your family and friends? Ben will host a private group for up to 30 guests starting at $168.

What to bring

  • Pencil and paper
  • Imagination and curiosity
  • No art experience necessary
  • No drawing skills required
From $17
/person
Fri., Jul. 10
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (EDT)
$27 per person
$27 per person
Fri., Jul. 10
8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (EDT)
Join 3 other guests
$27 per person
$27 per person
Sat., Jul. 11
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (EDT)
Join 3 other guests
$27 per person
$27 per person

Meet your host, Ben

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 221 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I am a New York based visual artist & host of the much loved experience "Sketch and the City". I hold a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting & Drawing & have exhibited in solo & group exhibitions in New York & internationally. Previous corporate clients include Google, Nike, Amazon, Spotify, Linkedin & Cisco.

I am deeply interested in & passionate about the transformative power of art & its ability to unite & provide insight across cultural, linguistic or geographical boundaries. I maintain a holistic approach to art making & as a host strive to make the deeper realms of the imagination accessible to people of all ages & backgrounds.

To view my work visit: benponte.com
Socials: @benponte @sketch_and_the_city @drawn_from_within

Check my full bio & other experiences to read from over 800 genuine five star reviews.
I am a New York based visual artist & host of the much loved experience "Sketch and the City". I hold a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting & Drawing & have exhibited in solo & group exhibitions in New York & internationally. Previous corporate clients include Google, Nike, Amazon, Spotify, Linkedin & Cisco.

I am deeply interested in & passionate about the transformative power of art & its ability to unite & provide insight across cultural, linguistic or geographical boundaries. I maint…
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Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 221 reviews.

Debbie
July 2020
I had a real 'ah-hah' moment about the value of not looking at the page I while I am drawing, about being more spontaneous with my line, that by putting less on the page, it is much more. Great experience!
Josefina
July 2020
Ben is extremely knowledgeable and kind. This experience was fun and engaging. His guidance and expertise provided a special insight. He's an eloquent speaker. It was great to get an inside look into his studio! Whether you are a beginner or a practicing artist, Ben was able to accommodate all skill levels and create a truly enriching experience.
Ben is extremely knowledgeable and kind. This experience was fun and engaging. His guidance and expertise provided a special insight. He's an eloquent speaker. It was great to get…
Casey
July 2020
Ben was thoughtful in setting up the programming and did a great job of guiding the group along the way. I particularly enjoyed the insights he shared as it related to the "warmup" exercises, connecting the activity with a broader life perspective. Awesome time overall!
Ben was thoughtful in setting up the programming and did a great job of guiding the group along the way. I particularly enjoyed the insights he shared as it related to the "warmup"…
Louise Elaine
July 2020
I've had the privilege of joining one of Ben's experiences in New York, Sketch and the City. Aside from a change of scenery, Ben brings the same magic and insight into the safety of your home. Artistic ability not necessary, this is delightful for any age; just bring an open mind. It was a soothing experience for me.
I've had the privilege of joining one of Ben's experiences in New York, Sketch and the City. Aside from a change of scenery, Ben brings the same magic and insight into the safety o…
Gabriella
July 2020
If you search for a unique experience with a true artist, this is for you! Ben makes you realize things around art, drawing, perspective and your relationship with objects that just a thoughtful artist like himself can do. He will open your eyes and make you see things from a different angle. Enjoy!
If you search for a unique experience with a true artist, this is for you! Ben makes you realize things around art, drawing, perspective and your relationship with objects that jus…
Loaay
July 2020
My wife and I had a private session with Ben. It was very easy to connect with Ben. He's very easy to talk to. He knows how to invite you into the art exercises with a clear process. Of course, we would've loved to do more exercises but the conversations are equally important. The discussion was reflective, insightful and therapeutic. We went overtime and Ben didn't make us feel rushed. He made us feel like nothing else mattered other than being with us. What a great experience. It was a mental treat! Thanks, Ben!
My wife and I had a private session with Ben. It was very easy to connect with Ben. He's very easy to talk to. He knows how to invite you into the art exercises with a clear proces…

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  • Fri., Jul. 10
    5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (EDT)
    $27 per person
  • Fri., Jul. 10
    8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (EDT)
    Join 3 other guests
    $27 per person
  • Sat., Jul. 11
    4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (EDT)
    Join 3 other guests
    $27 per person
  • Sat., Jul. 11
    8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (EDT)
    $27 per person
  • Mon., Jul. 13
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (EDT)
    $27 per person
  • Mon., Jul. 13
    4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (EDT)
    This time is popular
    $27 per person
  • Mon., Jul. 13
    8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (EDT)
    $27 per person
  • Tue., Jul. 14
    8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (EDT)
    Join 4 other guests
    $17 per person

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

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.

More tips

As a host I strive to foster a space where guests feel comfortable to explore their imagination, to share their work & their insights. The experience is enriched by what you bring to it. Openness, kindness & joy in the creative process are wholeheartedly encouraged!