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Art classes for NYC kids

Children can exercise their creativity with these after-school programs.



Beginning Digital Photography at the JCC in Manhattan
In this weekly after-school program, shutterbug shorties learn the technical and aesthetic elements of good photography through a variety of indoor and outdoor assignments. You'll have to invest in a digital camera for your tween—but there's also a chance you'll never have to worry about red eye again. JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave between 75th and 76th Sts (646-505-4444, jccmanhattan.org). Sept 13--Jan 24, Tue 4:15--6:15pm. $550, members $500. Ages 8 to 10.

Joan Mitchell Foundation Art Education Program
Children in grades three through 12 can pick up a paintbrush (or a pencil or clay, for that matter) and learn techniques from the pros in these free studio art classes. Sessions are held on Saturday afternoons in five locations in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. (212-524-0102, joanmitchellfoundation.org). Free. Fall classes start in mid-October; call for schedule. Ages 8 to 18.

Manga at HiArt!
In Manga Madness, illustrator Yali Lin (Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet: Manga Edition) leads kids with a yen for Japanese comic books through the fundamentals, covering figure drawing, plotting and page design. On Saturdays, HiArt! offers Zoe's Mangathon, an intro to the kid-friendly Japanese manga of the 1960s and 1970s. HiArt!, 227 W 29 St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (917-318-9499, hiartkids.com). Starts third week in September. Manga Madness: Thu or Fri 4:30--5:45pm, Sat 1:30--2:30pm; $825 for ten weeks. Zoe's Mangathon: Sat 1--2pm; $500 for ten weeks. Ages 6 to 14.

Loop of the Loom
When she invented her Saori handweaving technique in 1969, Misao Jo intended to break free from the constraints of traditional weaving. The result? A pattern-free, improv-based program that welcomes weavers of all skill levels to create without fear of messing up. After a quick loom tutorial, even tots who have no prior experience can start forming one-of-a-kind tapestries, clothing and accessories. Loop of the Loom, 227 E 87th St between Second and Third Aves (212-722-2686, loopoftheloom.com). Tue--Fri 4--5:30pm. $300 for eight sessions. Ages 8 to 14.

Supermud Pottery Studio
The center offers sessions well suited to smaller hands, with a focus on glazing and pottery-wheel basics (instructors, of course, handle firing in the kiln). Groups of eight students work on a different project each class, from functional wares to decorative pieces. (Apparently, face masks are a perennial favorite.) Supermud Pottery Studio, 2744 Broadway between 105th and 106th Sts (212-865-9190, supermudpotterystudio.com). $360 for 12-week session. Ages 5 and up.


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