212 Smith St., near Butler St., Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
This cute Cobble Hill art space was founded by the mastermind
who brought Music Together programs to Brooklyn. Children
2–4 explore painting, sculpture, and collage with the
Art Adventures program ($210 for ten classes); and for those
under 2, there’s Sharon’s Art Playgroup, where
children enjoy supervised activities like cooking, music,
and story time ($210 for ten classes).
Children’s Museum of the Arts
182 Lafayette, near Grand St.
For children ages 6 months to 31⁄2 years, the Wondrous,
Experimenting and Exploring Artists (WEE) program is a highly
successful early-childhood mix of hands-on art, music, and
storytelling. Also offered are the Artist’s Studio,
with daily art projects to encourage problem solving (ages
2 and up), and the Actor’s Studio, which stimulates
character and expression with costumes and musical instruments.
WEE is $300 per semester ($275 for members). Drop-in rates
are $17 for a group of three.
500 E. 88th St., near York Ave.
This play space is heaven for arts-and-crafts enthusiasts.
Reserve a space for an hour of creative activity in almost
any medium: drawing, painting, beading, building, woodwork.
The Creatability staff is on hand for guidance and inspiration.
Kids under 5 should have their parents stay with them. Sessions
are currently $25 per hour, but check the Website for changes.
Gymboree Play & Music
Call 800-520-PLAY for locations
Guided by the principle that children under the age of 5 learn
best (and have the most fun) when their parents are involved,
Gymboree’s GymArts programs allow youngsters to explore
tactile art forms like sculpting, painting, and collage-making
alongside Mom or Dad. Classes are around $40 each.
|Putting the finishing touches on papier-mache
masterpieces at Kids at Art. (Photo Credit: Kristine Larsen)
Kids at Art
1349 Lexington Ave., near 89th St.
Wendy Miller’s Upper East Side studio and gallery offers
lots of wall space for displaying masterpieces, a table covered
in reams of paper for sketching, and tons of fun materials
(tempera paint, fabric, string). Children ages 2 to 11 are
outfitted with age-appropriate projects in a nurturing, noncompetitive
environment, and classes are kept small and personal; $400
for twelve classes, plus onetime $100 membership.
601 W. 26th St., near Eleventh Ave., 14th fl.
Children enrolled at Hi Art! are given plenty of time for
drawing, painting, and creating, but they’re also treated
to biweekly guided tours of the city’s top art museums,
where Hi Art!’s staff gets kids ages 2 to 12 excited
about art. For older children, there are sketching, painting,
and interdisciplinary music classes. Semester sessions start
at $535, and the Culture Bugs summer camp engages students
in dance and music as well as visual arts ($700 to $1,320).
La Mano Pottery
237 W. 18th St., near Eighth Ave.
At La Mano, kids can create, paint, and glaze their own ceramic
pieces, as well as learn how to use the wheel. Private lessons
($50 per hour), weekly classes ($300 for an eight-week session),
and parent-child options (starting at $90 for two sessions)
are all available; there’s also a special mosaic class
in which children make art out of recycled plates, shells,
mirrors, and the like.
Parsons Pre-College Academy
Parsons School of Design, 2 W. 13th St., near Fifth Ave.
Geared toward children in grades 4–12, the Pre-College
Academy focuses on all aspects of the studio design process,
from fashion to architecture and digital photography. Parsons
also offers families free educational events with topics like
portfolio development. Spring tuition is $290; summer tuition,
Supermud Pottery Studio
2744 Broadway, near 105th St., 2nd fl.
Since 1979, this space has offered hand-sculpting and wheel-throwing
pottery classes, as well as a Paint Bar, where kids can paint
and glaze premade pieces. Parent-child classes are also available
($153 for five), and after-school classes cost $278.