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The 8 Best NYC Art Classes - CourseHorse

By Cecilia Cámara | Published 6/26/2012

If you're looking to satiate your artistic side, these eight NYC classes are sure to offer you some creative solutions.

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Becoming an artist (or at least exploring your artistic side) shouldn’t be that daunting, right? There’s never a better time than now to start digging out those creative skills we know you know you have, and get your art on. New York city is probably the ultimate place for a budding artist; so whether you are trying to learn something new, have a unique night out or meet fellow future Picassos, here are a few of the best art classes NYC has to offer:


Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

They say that every great artist was first an amateur, so if you’re looking to start your journey to becoming a true artiste, this five star rated class is the one for you. The teachers, Lauren and James, are incredibly passionate about teaching the skills necessary to begin to draw and will do their best to guide you as you learn the basics of shading. Already a seasoned artist? This class will help you improve your technique and inspire you to get to the next level. At the end of this two hour long class you’ll feel ready to tackle all of your drawing dreams; Leonardo has nothing on you.

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Colorful Silk

Silk Painting

Art Studios @ JCC Manhattan
Upper West Side, Manhattan

Of all of the natural textiles, silk is by far the most luxurious. It's super soft and has a subtle sheen that makes anything it touches feel like a million bucks. What sounds better than learning to craft a beautiful scarf that you can wear around the city and show your friends what a ritzy lifestyle you lead? Join this super fun class to get hands on techniques on how to print and create beautiful patterns on silk using different mediums. With close help from the teacher and helpful input from your classmates, you can learn the art of working and painting on the most subtle, luxurious of textiles.

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Watercolor Workshop

Michiyo Art Studio
TriBeCa, Manhattan

Watercolors are the ultimate artform of our childhood; however it requires real skills to master this art form. In this intermediate to advanced class, you will be able to perfect your artistic techniques and certainly learn a lot along the way. In an intimate setting, the accomplished artist Michiyo Fukushima will guide you as you work on a project of your own. Since watercolors can be tricky to fix once you’ve made a mistake, it is said that true artists master this medium (no pressure!). Join this workshop and fellow artists like yourself and get your creative juices flowing as you become the ultimate artist.

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Stained Glass

Stained Glass Lessons

Valeria Divinorum
Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

We all can relate to that awe inspiring feeling of looking at light passing through stained glass (it’s so pretty!) In this introductory session you will learn the step by step process of making a 2D stained glass piece and kickstart your journey into becoming a masterful Stained Glasser (ok, that’s not a word but it sure sounds cool). Join the skilled teacher Valeria Haedo in this intimate class and get hands-on experience along with detailed instructions on how to stain glass starting with your own design. If you want to step your stained glass learning up a notch, you can follow this art workshop with the more advanced level 2 stained glass lesson.

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Indigo Dyeing

After Workshop: Indigo Dyeing

Textile Arts Center
Greenwich Village, Manhattan

If you ever wanted to learn how to work with fabrics, the Textile Art Center in Brooklyn is the place to go. This school is impeccably rated by our community and the Indigo Dyeing class is one of the reasons why this school is a must when looking for art classes in New York. With a rich history, indigo dyeing is both super fun and extremely interesting to learn. Want to know how ancient civilizations were able to get those deep and rich deep blue colors in their textiles? You’ll be able to learn that and much more in this hands on workshop at TAC. Also, did we mention this is a BYOB class? So bring your favorite vino and get ready to create beautiful patterns using this ancient dyeing technique.

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Wheel Pottery

Intro Workshop: Wheel

La Mano Pottery
Chelsea, Manhattan

There is no art form more tangible other than pottery (think about your favorite coffee mug and the warm cozy feeling of holding it in your hands). Most beautiful handmade mugs start on the wheel at the hands of a skilled craftsperson but at La Mano’s intro workshop anyone can learn the techniques to make beautiful, functional pottery such as mugs, teapots and vases. Creating a piece of pottery is an extensive process; this intro workshop will definitely get you craving for more clay work and the space and teachers at La Mano won’t disappoint.

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Sewing 101: Tote Bag

Brooklyn Craft Company
Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Have you ever wondered how convenient it would be to be able to hem your own pants? Or sew up that rip on your favorite shirt yourself? We know we have! In this beginners sewing class you’ll learn the best of the basics and then some on how to use a sewing machine. With detailed instructions and hands on experience, you will learn how to cut fabric, follow a pattern and create beautiful seams while creating a functional tote bag. And we know you have plenty of bags (it is New York City after all) but do you really have one made by your own hands? So get your learning on and join this class to tackle the incredible convenient, useful and relaxing art of sewing.

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Intro to Screen Printing

Gowanus Print Lab
Park Slope, Brooklyn

Even though screen printing is an ancient technique, it wasn’t until Andy Warhol that it permeated the mainstream art scene (you know, soup cans?). With this introductory workshop to screenprinting, you will be able to really understand the techniques required to master this incredibly versatile art form. Gowanus Print Lab offers unique art classes in New York and this workshop won’t disappoint. In the span of three fun hours, you’ll create a tshirt with your own design so you can wear proudly around the city.

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