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Join our community and explore your creativity through a variety of classes in the visual arts.  Artworksis a friendly, supportive studio with ample open time for you to practice as well as learn from others. View our monthly exhibits in our lobby cases of work by students and faculty members. Focus your body, calm your mind, and enrich your spirit...all part of the YMCA mission!

Session 175:  September 11 – October 28 | 7 weeks
Fees: Members $245; Non-Members $300

Session 176:  October 30 - December 23 | 8 weeks
Fees: Members $280; Non-Members $345

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DRAWING & WATERCOLOR | Beginning/Intermediate
Introduction to the basic techniques of drawing and watercolor. Our subjects will be still-life, art reproductions and photos. Supplies will be provided for the first class. Enjoy developing your rendering skills in a supportive environment

Instructor: Nan Carey
Sessions 175, 176
Saturdays | 10:30AM-1 PM

WATERCOLOR | Beginning/Intermediate
A class in learning watercolor techniques in order to develop a personal style of painting.  We work mainly with still life and photos but using your own subject matter is fine.  Experience useful but not necessary.

Instructor: Bonnie Steinsnyder
Session 175, 176
Tuesdays | 10 AM-12:30 PM or 1-3:30 PM

Discover the basics of Asian brush painting and enjoy finding your own individual style. Through guided visualizations, learn how to fill your brushstrokes with the aliveness of chi  Capture the essence of subjects, including plants, flowers, birds, and fish.  Supplies will be provided for the first class.

Instructor: Rosemary Warden
Session 175
Mondays | 1 PM-3:30 PM

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Learn to create beautiful glass objects using this ancient craft.   Students learn to create patterns, cut foil, and solder stained glass into a variety of useful and sculptural forms that include candle holders, night lights, mirrors, and light catchers.  Ample individual assistance enables each person to pursue his/her individual projects.

Instructor: Laurie Gregg
Session 175, 176
Wednesdays | 1-4 PM

This six (6) week workshop is for beginners as well as those with some beading experience.  Participants will learn square stitch, brick stitch, right angle weave and others.  Each stitch will be used in a project assigned by the instructor.  Supplies will be available for purchase from the instructor in the first class.  Multi-level class, no experience necessary.

Thursdays | 1-3:30 PM
Session 176: November 9 - December 21, 6 weeks
Fees: Members $210; Non-Members $266

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In this class, we concentrate on all construction techniques for making vessels, sculptures, wall pieces, and tiles.  Glazing and painterly surface techniques explored to enhance and embellish forms.  Personal projects are encouraged and one-on-one help given as well as class demonstrations.  All levels welcome.

Instructor: Mary Marino
Session 175, 176
Tuesdays | 2:30-5 PM

Focus on construction methods for creating vessels, sculptures, and tiles while learning glazing and painterly surface techniques to embellish the form. Personal projects are encouraged and individual help is given as well as class demonstrations. All levels are welcome.

Instructor: Mary Marino
Session 175
Tuesdays | 6:30-9:00 PM

SOURCES OF INSPIRATION | Intermediate/Advanced
In this intermediate level handbuilding class, students pursue their own individual handbuilding projects with occasional class assignments and demonstrations. Instructor critiques, slides, readings, films and field trips are also included. Must be skilled in working with clay.

Instructor: Kate Missett
Session 175, 176
Mondays | 12:30-3:00 PM

EXPLORATIONS WITH CLAY | Beginning/Intermediate Wheel
Push your work forward by exploring functional forms in series.  We will also work on altering forms and finish up with decorative and glaze techniques.  Beginners are welcome.

Instructor: Nanette Ronner
Session 175, 176
Saturdays | 10:30 AM - 1 PM

WHEEL | Intermediate 
This class will focus on developing sensitivity to the various internal relationships and subtleties of the vessel form. Weekly demos encourage expanding into new forms and personal expression on the wheel.  Students will also work on individual projects to further develop their skills.

Instructor: Dave Gibson
Session 175, 176
Wednesdays | 10 AM-12:30 PM

WHEEL | Beginning/Intermediate
Beginners will learn the basic skills of throwing on the potter’s wheel and glazing techniques. Intermediate students will work on individual projects to further develop their skills and unique personal expression. Demos and critiques will be given regularly.  

Instructor: Outi Putkonen
Session 175, 176
Mondays | 11 AM-1:30 PM
Tuesdays | 6:30-9 PM

ZEN OF POTTERY | Wheel: Beginning/Intermediate
Investigate how the activity of making pottery can be a wonderful vehicle for quieting the mind. Working with clay can help us be more present and focused in the moment. In this class, we develop skills of working on the wheel while cultivating the practice of mindfulness.

Instructors: Julie Terestman (Sessions 173, 175, 176); Nanette Ronner (Session 174)
Session 175, 176
Mondays | 7-9:30 PM

MUGS AND MORE | Wheel: Beginning/Intermediate
In this class, we will learn basic skills to create lidded jars, oval planters, vases, and other intermediate forms. Beginners develop proficiency on the wheel and learn about our studio glazes.

Instructor: Janet Belden
Session 175, 176
Wednesdays | 6:30-9 PM

WHEEL | Intermediate/Advanced
This classes explores advanced wheel techniques and the refinement of forms. Exploring combinations of studio glazes to create specialized effects.  Previous throwing experience is necessary.

Instructor: Outi Putkonen
Session 175, 176
Tuesdays | 10:30 AM-1 PM

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CLAYWORKS | Ages 6-9 years
A fun clay class designed especially for this age group.   The children will explore the entire clay process including making, glazing and their work will be fired.   Projects include boxes, lanterns, wall reliefs, mugs and sculptures.

Instructor: Sybil Costello
Session 175, 176
Members: $150; Non-Members: $180.
Tuesdays | 4:30-5:45 PM

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Open Studio Time is available for class participants whenever there are not classes scheduled. Participants are asked to vacate the studios a half hour in advance of class beginning. For information or questions call ArtWorks at 212-912-2638.

It is not necessary to purchase anything in advance of the first meeting of any of our classes as we have supplies for people to get started.

You will be expected to buy beads and needles during  the first meeting of the beading class from a selection provided by the teacher.

For ceramics classes, there is a firing fee charge of 4 cents per cubic inch that includes both the bisque and the glaze firing.  This includes the cost of clay & glazes and is only charged when a piece is successfully completed and ready to go into a kiln.

For classes such as watercolor, Chinese brush painting, & stained glass, the teachers may suggest that you purchase additional supplies as the class develops.  All the class requirements are different so please call or email the office below in order to inquire about specific class costs.

We have lockers available for storage of your tools, available ONLY while registered in an Artworks class.  Lockers cost $12 per session to rent.  Contact Studio Manager, Ellen Gelber to arrange locker rental.