BYOB Painting Lounge
You don’t need to be proficient with a paintbrush in order to attend Painting Lounge’s guided acrylic sessions, each centered on a famous picture. The studio’s Manhattan location is booze-friendly, so bring a bottle of vino or a six-pack and make like Monet on a bender. One masterwork is featured per class—pick a date based on the artist you want to imitate (recurring favorites include Van Gogh, Klimt, Picasso and Munch) and an instructor will guide you step-by-step through the painting process. You might not leave with an exact replica of Starry Night, but it will be a version that bears your unique (if tipsy) creative fingerprint. • 212-518-1803, paintinglounge.com. $50–$65.
East Village bistro Calliope has joined forces with McNally Jackson Books for this master-class series, which pairs a prominent writer with a three-course feast. Each workshop features a scribe sharing their wisdom and offering writing exercises, while you dine on the likes of fennel soup and mussels marinière. Upcoming sessions cover a range of genres, from fiction with Kate Manning (My Notorious Life) on Wednesday 19 to memoir with Stephanie LaCava (An Extraordinary Theory of Objects) on April 8. Just be careful not to smear clotted cream on your notebook. • 212-260-8484, calliopenyc.com. $100 (alcoholic beverages not included).
Sip & Spin
After shirtless Patrick Swayze, the second-best accessory for a potter’s wheel is a tipple. Bring wine or beer to this semi-regular Friday night class where you’ll learn the ropes of wheel throwing in a no-pressure environment, while getting lightly soused. You and your bottle will both be covered in goop by the end, but you’ll come away with a pot, vase or other vessel shaped by your very own hands. You can pick up your fired and glazed creation in two weeks’ time. • 917-547-8316, choplet.com. $58.