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 and $450). Various ages.
While class titles change throughout the year at this Park Slope venue, your child will always get plenty of personal attention (classes typically have about six to eight students) and a creative outlet. Kids explore the design process with hands-on projects, such as comic books, bubble-wrap prints and putty sculptures. At the end of each session they display their work for their families in a final exhibition. Ages 1½ to 11.
Not ready to commit to a series of classes? Sign up your child for these one-off crafting sessions, where participants create projects such as robot trash cans made from recyclables, appliqued tote bags, T-shirts and keychains. Ages 4 and up.
Kids of all skill levels will walk away with a handmade ceramic after a six-week course at this Uptown studio. Tuesday classes focus on exploring sculptural projects, including slabs, coils and pinched pots ($295/eight weeks). Thursdays classes ($345/eight-week session)are for the older set who are ready to do both hand-building and wheel-throwing while those who’d like to focus solely on wheel-throwing can sign up for Saturday morning classes ($345/eight weeks). 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.
Visual arts classes are offered year-round, with kids grouped together by both age and ability level. Younger kids (ages 2 and 3) learn the basics with the help of parents or caregivers, and everyone's work is displayed in an on-site art gallery. Ages 2 and up.
Classes are fun and lively as kids learn about music, painting, sculpture, movement and film through a variety of classes. Best yet, they’ll get to see examples from the masters through gallery hops, museum visits and art shows around the studio’s Chelsea neighborhood. Anime fans can also learn about the art of manga while budding producers can try their hand at video making. Ages 2–12.
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. CMA's WEE Arts Program for children ages 1 to 5 fosters artistic expression in kids as soon as they're mobile, while the Art Colony day camps ($595) engage kids ages 6 to 12 in disciplines like drawing and sculpture.
If your child dreams of seeing his artwork on display, send him to the Gugg. The museum hosts drop-in workshops and interactive programs that are free with museum admission. The Summerscapes Art Camps begins with a tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed museum, its permanent collection and special exhibitions in the hopes of sparking creativity. They’ll then spend time in the art studio to work on projects they’ll debut at a mini exhibition at the end of the program. Ages 3–12.
This hand-weaving program welcomes weavers of all skill levels to create art without fear of messing up. After a quick loom tutorial, even youngsters who have no prior experience can start forming one-of-a-kind creations. Sprouting Weavers offers hat, bear, tapestry, pillow and other projects.. Ages 5 to 14.
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