The Maghreb - "The Arab West"

Morocco's cities are some of the most exciting on the continent. Explore the centuries-old trail of nomads and traders from the winding ancient medina maze of Fez to the carnivalesque street-theatre of the Djemaa El Fna in Marrakesh or the rocky desert medinas protected by kasbahs on the coast by thick sea walls.

From Saharan dunes to the peaks of the High Atlas Mountain, Morocco could have been tailor made for travelers. Lyrical landscapes carpet this slice of North Africa like the richly colored and patterned rugs you’ll lust after at local cooperatives. The mountains, not just the famous High Atlas, but also the Rif and sunbaked ranges leading to Saharan Oasis – offer simple, breathtaking pleasures: night skies glistening and views over a cumulous cloud bank from the Tizi n’Test Pass. On lower ground, there are rugged coastlines, waterfalls, sizzling deserts, and caves in forested hills.

Let us immerse ourselves into the rich Berber culture and explore the diverse landscapes of Morocco. Sketchers! pack up your favorite art supplies and let us engage in some people-watching on a street café with a mug of coffee or a cup of mint tea, shop in the souks, or simply sit quietly and take in the sounds and colorful sights of a county steeped in century old traditions. If you are seeking adventure, lace up your hiking boots and grab your backpack for a hike up North Africa’s highest peak: Mount Kilimanjaro. This majestic mountain is a snowcapped volcano soaring 19,340 feet into the sky. If hiking up volcanoes is not your cup of tea, ascend Toubkal, a mountain peak reaching 13,671 feet in the southwestern Morocco’s Atlas Mountain Range. Or spend an adventurous afternoon exploring the blazing desert on a camel trekking excursion. A less strenuous adventure is finding your way through an ancient medina. Let’s take a moment before dinner and take in the sights while we relax on a panoramic terrace or a grand square. For dinner, we will travel to Marrakech where you can choose a portable feast eating your way through the bustling food stalls or enjoy a more traditional fare within some of the world’s finest dining restaurants.

As the day comes to an end, we will enter through heavy cedar carved doors of a Moroccan house called a ryad, “meaning a garden”. A townhouse built around a courtyard filled with lush plants, fountains, impressive art collections, pottery, 300 year old painted ceilings and furnishings. We will rest our weary bodies and dream of the smell of jasmine and the adventures of our day nestled in our embroidered bed covers in a room filled with Berber rugs, silk drapes, velvet sofas and intricate mosaics.

About Morocco
[video] Morocco -10 Best Places 
[video] Intro to Morocco

Best Places to Visit in Morocco

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:

Morocco Extension Sketch Project:
Choose of the following prompt to sketch:
  • (a)  Marrakech Snake Charmer
  • (b)  Narrow Street of Fez
  • (c)  Moroccan Animal
  • (d)  Costumed Moroccan Bride
*Please post your finished sketches
to the USK NYC Facebook site.
Be sure to add the hash tag #NUS.

Facilitators of Virtual NYC Urban Sketchers:
  • Theresa Smith
  • Lynda Greeley (Mama Bear)
  • Cecilia Evasco (Maricel)
  • Dina Schlesinger
  • Michael Skelly
  • Alan Wernicke
  • Elizabeth Birkby
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 December 11, 2021.

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