New York Magazine

Skip to content, or skip to search.

Skip to content, or skip to search.

Best of New York 2012 • Kids

Best Art Classes

  • Art Students League

    215 W. 57th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-247-4510;

    Who can argue with an old-school institution that smells of paint, turpentine, and inspiration and has the patina of history, with alumni like Thomas Hart Benton, Maurice Sendak, and Cy Twombly? At the Art Students League, children—ages 8 to 12, though teens can register for adult weekend classes—are treated like artists from the start. Materials aren’t preschool-level; parents get a list of must-haves like Ebony pencils, detail brushes, and top-grade pastels. Neither is the faculty, made up of pros trained to teach kids how to hone their vision. Since the institution is committed to accessibility and affordability, fees are kept shockingly low. Three-and-a-half-hour weekend workshops in painting, mixed media, and sculpture are $75 a month; summer sessions that run four half-days a week are under $200 a month.

From the 2012 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

Order the Issue Today

Cover of New York Magazine's Best of New York issue

Order This Issue

Other Best Of Guides

Where can you find the city’s top dog groomer? Last-minute tailor? Beef tongue? We eat, drink, dance, shop, shvitz, and trampoline our way around the city, not to mention poll scores of in-the-know colleagues, hard-partying friends, opinionated family members, and, this year, a team of guest expert bloggers to bring you answers to all of the above questions, and hundreds more, in the form of our annual “Best of New York” issue.