NYC is celebrated for its fantastic art community, and these art classes for kids prep your crew for a bright future in visual arts. Whether you sign 'em up for a series or a one-off class, it's a perfect chance for kids to get hands-on with new materials! They can try jewelry-making, sewing, pottery-making, drawing, painting or collage—just to name a few—and bring a masterpiece home for the rest of the family to enjoy.
If your children are eager to learn, you might also sign them up for one of our favorite kids' cooking classes, sewing classes or kids' gymnastics classes—and visit our favorite kids' museums nearby for even more excellent programming.
Best art classes for kids in NYC
Kids can learn hand-building or wheel-throwing in 10-week courses ($450 for 10 weeks). Students will meet once a week after school to work on projects of their choice. Parent/child classes are also available at four and eight-week intervals ($225, add child $90). Various ages.
If your children are obsessed with sewing clothes and accessories for their dolls, stuffed animals—and even themselves—Brooklyn Craft Farm won't disappoint. Students get to learn all about stitching and finishing techniques and also get to create fashion accessories and decor projects, depending on the session. These classes are offered on location (at your home, school, etc and cater to up to eight children). Ages 7–9.
Creators of all skill levels will walk away with a handmade ceramic creation thanks to this hands-on program. For beginners, Tuesday's hand-building class helps tykes (ages 5–8) learn building techniques and create objects, while Thursday's hand-building and wheel-throwing class (ages 8–12) focuses on project-based work. Saturday's more advanced wheel-throwing class (ages 9–14) shows kids the basics of wheel-building and glazing. $225–$295 gets your kid into a 6–8-week program (class one day per week). Ages 5–14.
This Park Slope craft hub offers kids an introduction to weaving, screen printing, felting, block printing, pattern reading, sewing and dyeing. Over the course of the semester, students make one-of-a-kind garments, bags and other housewares to take home and show off to their families. Ages 5 and up.
Seasonal art classes and holiday-centric art classes dominate the scene at this local art joint. Sign up for weekly art classes grouped by age (most for kids under 10), mini camp art workshops and even adult paint nights with complimantary wine (BYOB also welcome). All ages.
Kids can explore the art world at a museum designed just for them. The 10,000-square-foot institution has more than enough room to house its 2,000-piece collection of international children's art, including a huge center gallery to display it in. Artists lead workshops in classrooms, studios or the media lab—which boasts a sound station, clay bar and video-making equipment. Ages 2–12.
If your child dreams of seeing his artwork on display, send him to the Gugg. The museum hosts drop-in workshops and interactive programs. Check out Little Guggs (ages 2–4) to try a craft based on a work of art in the museum on select Wednesdays and Saturdays, as well as Second Sunday Family Tours (for families with kids ages 5 and up) and Saturday Sketching (all ages). Ages 2–12.
Weave wonderful creations at Loop of the Loom's Growing Crafters after-school program (ages 7–12), where kids try crocheting, knitting, felting and yarn-spinning, or try Sprouting Weavers (ages 5–14) to make a craft (including hats, tapestries, bears, pillows, bags and other interesting stuff). Ages 5–14.
More exciting activities for kids
There are plenty of outdoor activities for kids in New York City—many you'll even love doing as a family! Explore the coolest skating rinks, parks, family attractions, and campgrounds in cooler weather, and check out our favorite NYC beaches, swimming pools and berry-picking hotspots when it's toasty.