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West Side YMCA - Community Arts
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West Side YMCA focuses on developing healthy bodies, minds, and spirits through various learning activities and arts programs. They provide opportunities for self-expression, arts education, and professional performing arts training, while also teaching life skills and fostering creativity.

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Ceramic Open Studio: Wheel (Ages 18+)

West Side YMCA - Community Arts @ 5 W 63rd St, New York, NY

Refine your ceramic skills with confidence in our Open Studio program. Designed for experienced individuals, enjoy independent work with the support of a studio monitor. With flexible makeup options, continue your artistic journey at your own pace while honing your craft.

(30) Beginner 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$415

8 sessions

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Mugs and More - Wheel: Beginning/Intermediate

West Side YMCA - Community Arts @ 5 W 63rd St, New York, NY

In this class, we will learn basic skills to create lidded jars, oval planters, vases, and other intermediate forms. Beginners develop proficiency on the wheel and learn about our studio glazes. Please Note: There is a firing fee charge of 4 cents per cubic inch that includes both the bisque and the glaze firing.  This includes the cost of clay & glazes and is only charged when a piece is successfully completed and ready to go...

(30) Beginner 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$345

8 sessions

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Wheel: Intermediate/Advanced

West Side YMCA - Community Arts @ 5 W 63rd St, New York, NY

This classes explores advanced wheel techniques and the refinement of forms. Exploring combinations of studio glazes to create specialized effects.   Prerequisite: Previous throwing experience is necessary. Please Note: There is a firing fee charge of 4 cents per cubic inch that includes both the bisque and the glaze firing.  This includes the cost of clay & glazes and is only charged when a piece is successfully completed...

(30) Intermediate 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$345

8 sessions

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Ceramic Open Studio: Hand building (Ages 18+)

West Side YMCA - Community Arts @ 5 W 63rd St, New York, NY

Refine your ceramic skills with confidence in our Open Studio program. Designed for experienced individuals, enjoy independent work with the support of a studio monitor. With flexible makeup options, continue your artistic journey at your own pace while honing your craft.

(30) Beginner 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$415

8 sessions

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Handbuilding Beg/Int

West Side YMCA - Community Arts @ 5 W 63rd St, New York, NY

This class is an introduction to various methods of working with clay by hand such as coil and slab building. Students will learn surface techniques of slip painting and glazing as well as exploring their own ideas in clay.

(30) Beginner 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$345

8 sessions

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Image Transfer on Clay - Wheel or Handbuilding

West Side YMCA - Community Arts @ 5 W 63rd St, New York, NY

An introduction to transferring imagery by photographic processes onto a ceramic surface. This class will explore several techniques including exposing your images onto photo sensitized fabric for multiple prints, and laser transfers that can be hand colored.

(30) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$275

7 sessions

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Sources of Inspiration (Int/Adv)

West Side YMCA - Community Arts @ 5 W 63rd St, New York, NY

In this intermediate level handbuilding class, students pursue their own individual handbuilding projects with occasional class assignments and demonstrations. Instructor critiques, slides, readings, films and field trips are also included. Must be skilled in working with clay.

(30) Intermediate 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$345

8 sessions

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Stained Glass

West Side YMCA - Community Arts @ 5 W 63rd St, New York, NY

Unleash your creativity and master the art of crafting stunning stained glass pieces. From candle holders to light catchers, learn the intricate techniques of pattern-making, foiling, and soldering. Join us to explore the timeless beauty of this ancient craft and bring your artistic visions to life.

(30) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$400

8 sessions

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Writing for Stage and Screen

West Side YMCA - Community Arts @ 5 W 63rd St, New York, NY

Bring your story to life on stage or screen with a workshop at the West Side YMCA - Community Arts. Learn the fundamentals of dramatic writing, including story development, character creation, and dialogue, while receiving constructive feedback to inspire you towards completion. Whether you have a script in progress or simply want to be inspired, this course is perfect for all levels.

(30) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$360

6 sessions

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Life Stories

West Side YMCA - Community Arts @ 5 W 63rd St, New York, NY

For people who have lived and worked and want to write about their childhood as well as their more recent past. Whether you are a published writer or last wrote in a childhood diary, you are welcome in this class. Mark Twain said, “The difference between the almost right word & the right word is the difference between lightning and lightning bug.” Finding the right word is the goal of this workshop.  Suggested weekly assignments will...

(30) All levels 14 - 20 years old
No upcoming schedules
$456

8 sessions

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The Art of Personal Narrative

West Side YMCA - Community Arts @ 5 W 63rd St, New York, NY

This open-level class is for anyone interested in writing personal narrative in any form: memoir, creative nonfiction, or personal essay. Through insightful critique and focused discussion, we hone the tools of strong writing: distinctive voice, precise language, resonant imagery, vivid sensory description, dramatic scene and dialogue, and inventive form. Location Instructions: Students will need to check in with reception, and on their first visit...

(30) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$402

7 sessions

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Shaping the Stories in Our Lives

West Side YMCA - Community Arts @ 5 W 63rd St, New York, NY

Every life has stories worth writing. This class provides tools to overcome fear of the blank page and writing prompts to jump-start the creative process. Inspired by collaborative discussion and examples of great writing, participants will hone in on their stories and explore elements of craft.  No pre-registration requirement. Open to writers of all levels. Location Note: All classes are located at the West Side YMCA at 5 West 63rd Street....

(30) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$402

7 sessions

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Telling Great Stories

West Side YMCA - Community Arts @ 5 W 63rd St, New York, NY

Discover the art of storytelling as you explore the elements of creative prose writing in this workshop. From plot and character to voice and beginnings, participants will receive one-on-one attention in a supportive environment. No manuscript submission is required.

(30) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$360

6 sessions

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Intro to Fiction

West Side YMCA - Community Arts @ 5 W 63rd St, New York, NY

In this class, beginning and intermediate-level fiction students work toward building short stories and novel chapters by learning the elements of craft, which include conflict, tension, characterization, voice, setting, dialogue, and scene vs. summary.   Class sessions will be devoted to craft lessons, studying excellent published works, and student exercises. In the final weeks of class, students will present a longer piece. Whether...

(30) Beginner 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$352

6 sessions

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Filling the Well

West Side YMCA - Community Arts @ 5 W 63rd St, New York, NY

This is the perfect class for fiction writers who want to be writing but aren't, or those who feel stuck on a current project. This is a generating class in which students write new material or advance pre-existing short stories or novel chapters. The class provides weekly deadlines, through fun and challenging prompts, that serve as pricks to the imagination to get you off and racing. Each class session is reserved for workshopping student work....

(30) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$285

5 sessions

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Going Deeper: Fiction Workshop

West Side YMCA - Community Arts @ 5 W 63rd St, New York, NY

This fiction workshop is for experienced writers looking for feedback on their short stories and novel chapters. In a warm environment, students will receive honest, detailed feedback and learn techniques to improve craft, deepen fiction, and identify and tackle common storytelling problems. Each student will get to submit two pieces for workshopping over the six weeks and must have work ready to present.   Prerequisite: This is...

(30) Intermediate 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$342

6 sessions

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Kids Company The Improvisational Actor (Ages 5 - 12)

West Side YMCA - Community Arts @ 5 W 63rd St, New York, NY

The Improvisational Actor is a new class for ages 6-14 that focueses on the acting, characterization, and improvisation skill building.  The Improvisational Actor includes rehearsing scripted scenes as well as developing student-devised material and culminates in a performance in the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater.

(30) All levels 6 - 14 years old
No upcoming schedules
$625

9 sessions

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Modern Dance Choreography and Composition (Ages 7-12)

West Side YMCA - Community Arts @ 5 W 63rd St, New York, NY

In this exciting dance class, students will learn modern dance technique from Cunningham to Graham, Duncan to Hawkins to Taylor, practice dance improvisation, and learn basic choreography skills to develop their own dances. Location Instructions: Students will need to check in with reception, and on their first visit they will need to check in with the Membership Desk to get their program participant card for entry. Reception will direct them to...

(30) All levels 7 - 12 years old
No upcoming schedules
$662

14 sessions

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Kids Company Workshop (Ages 6 - 14 yrs)

West Side YMCA - Community Arts @ 5 W 63rd St, New York, NY

This is a dynamic skills-based class where students will learn acting technique, character development, vocal skills, improvisation, creative drama, play-building, scene study, and more. Students will study foundational theater texts as well as different performance genres and styles. The class will include partner work, group activities, games, opportunities for individual projects, cultivation of leadership skills, practicing creative decision...

(30) All levels 6 - 14 years old
No upcoming schedules
$680

13 sessions

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Strange and Fantastical Tales

West Side YMCA - Community Arts @ 5 W 63rd St, New York, NY

In this class, we’ll look at an assortment of genres—fairy tales, fairy tale retellings, fantasy, ghost stories, and other weird and wondrous fictions. The published works will serve as sources of inspiration as well as models of what's possible. We'll examine the requirements of each genre, and some techniques we'll study include: creating alternate worlds, skewing reality, finding original detail, creating compelling creatures, and effective...

(30) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$532

11 sessions

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Reviews of West Side YMCA - Community Arts

(4.7-star rating across 30 reviews)
  • Writing for Stage and Screen

    Reviewed by Rita W. on 2/11/2020
    I couldn't have taken a better workshop with a better group of writers. Trying a new genre or anything new comes with challenges. (That's my case!) Our leader and the group of writers with varying interests and levels of professionalism are insightful, encouraging and a lot of fun! The exercises and takeaways will serve me in other forms of writing. I prefer the insider tips and guidance to the academic approach. If you learn by doing, this is for you. These few weeks went by too quickly. I'm signing up again!
  • Memoir Splash!

    Reviewed by Ruth Ferris on 8/29/2018
    Excellent feedback from class instructor and fellow attendees (Mindy Lewis maintains good class structure and an encouraging environment for all participants. It's apparent from her notes and comments that she takes time to evaluate student submissions.) Good and thoughtful reading recommendations for further development Supportive class environment Small class size for individualized attention Class targeted at the right level Scheduled time convenient
  • Telling Great Stories

    Reviewed by Erik on 8/29/2018
    I have taken part in a number of workshops over the years. In the capable hands of Thad Rutkowski, this one ranked among the very best. We had a half dozen writers of various skill levels, styles, and interests. Despite our differences, with guidance from Thad, we worked together beautifully as a team in improving our story-telling. Over the course of the class, the improvement in the quality of our work became something for all of us to marvel at and take pride in. In a fairly short time, we formed an effective team feeding off each other's comments. I found the experience highly productive as well as fun.
  • Memoir Splash!

    Reviewed by Barbara Felton on 8/27/2018
    Mindy was knowledgeable about the craft of writing and, at the same time, responsive to the needs and wishes of the class. She provided extensive feedback to each student and led the class in high-level discussion of writing. This was a wonderful course!
  • Telling Great Stories

    Reviewed by Paul Zeigler on 8/27/2018
    Thad Rutkowski, a talented writer and teacher, offers insight, inspiration, and encouragement. He, and fellow classmates, gave me the courage and confidence to believe in myself and write.
  • Memoir Splash!

    Anonymous review on 8/24/2018
    I loved the small group atmosphere of the class. Mindy Lewis is a gifted teacher and had insightful teaching moments that allowed me to expand my writing in a more meaningful way.
  • Telling Great Stories

    Reviewed by Daniel Dworkin on 8/23/2018
    This class really helped me develop as a writer. The structure of the workshop encourages people to write small works, or take steps at completing longer work. I can see a significant difference between my writing quality from my first session and now. The participants are great to work with, and Thad really helped guide me to better performance than I thought possible. I would say this class is worth the investment, even if you don't have a novel in mind to write, you may find the inspiration for one out of the many prompts. I don't even live in NYC, and it's still worth the trip from upstate NY to attend.
  • Telling Great Stories

    Reviewed by Art Lasky on 8/23/2018
    Thad creates a warm, supportive, and inclusive environment for both beginners and experienced writers. He encourages participation and provides constructive feedback. His policy on how much of their own (non-class assignment) work each writer is allowed to submit is liberal. I believe everyone in his class comes away a better writer for it.
  • Filling the Well

    Reviewed by Meghan K. on 6/20/2018
    Beth gives a number of options as your prompts for each class, and then an additional fun activity is assigned as part of an effort to get you to think creatively and expose yourself to new ideas. Beth is a kind, thoughtful teacher who has very insightful critiques and suggestions on what direction you should go in and how you can strengthen each piece. This was my second time taking this course and I've already signed up for it again!
  • Filling the Well

    Reviewed by Meghan K. on 4/18/2018
    This is the second class of Beth's that I've taken at the YMCA and I really enjoyed it. Each class, each student reads their 300-word work aloud, based on the prompt assigned the last week. This format allows for students to experiment with one-off pieces or continue working on longer works throughout the course. Beth's critiques are thoughtful and helpful. I would absolutely take this class again, and I suggest you do too!
  • Shaping the Stories in Our Lives

    Reviewed by Anca P. on 4/11/2018
    I liked very much this class, starting with the teacher and the structure, down to my classmates. Very stimulating and productive. Special thanks to Mindy Lewis, the teacher, for her inspired way of leading the class, her professionalism and commitment. All in all— wonderful experience.
  • Going Deeper: Fiction Workshop

    Reviewed by Meghan on 3/7/2018
    This course was largely focused on critiquing your work and the work of the other students. Beth Ann Bauman was a really supportive, thoughtful teacher who gave insightful comments and helpful suggestions on how to improve your work and keep moving forward. I appreciated her help so much that I've now signed up for another one of her writing classes!
  • Intro to Fiction

    Reviewed by Alex C. on 12/9/2017
    I had (and continue to have) a great experience in this class. I'd done a fiction workshop through Gotham 5 years earlier, and found the WestSide Y's program to be much more intimate and engaging. I've now taken a second course with Beth Bauman, and have really enjoyed her style of running the workshop. She introduces the craft fundamentals of writing fiction through a combination of great short stories we read and analyze, compelling group discussions and fun writing exercises. And of course, the workshop portion of the class has been a great experience as well. My goals for getting into this were (a) to re-ignite my drive to write consistently (b) to gain a more thorough understanding of the craft itself and (c) just to be in a room with other writers. I absolutely got all of these things from the class and would recommend this course to anyone looking to start, to get back into, to sharpen their tools and to get inspired.
  • Stained Glass

    Anonymous review on 8/9/2023
  • Stained Glass

    Reviewed by Gabriel M. on 8/3/2023
  • Filling the Well

    Reviewed by April S. on 8/14/2019
  • Life Stories

    Reviewed by Isa F. on 6/21/2019
  • The Art of Personal Narrative

    Reviewed by Brenda S. on 12/21/2018
  • The Heart of the Matter

    Reviewed by Razan J. on 10/3/2018
  • Filling the Well

    Reviewed by Meghan K. on 8/11/2018
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