Visual Arts Classes for Adults

By providing our aspiring painters, sculptors, photographers, and designers with rich resources, innovative programs, and ardent support, we create a mosaic within our community of finger-painted children, inspired youth, and serenely healthy adults. The ArtWorks program offers a variety of classes in the visual arts, including ceramics, stained glass, drawing, and water-color. We have been offering craft classes to the Upper West Side community for over 30 years. Classes currently being offered in ArtWorks are listed below. For more information on the program including an overview of our Community Arts Center and ArtWorks staff, visit

Beaded Jewelry

This class is for beginners as well as those with some beading experience. Participants will learn square stitch, brick stitch, right angle weave and other stitches. Each stitch will be used in a project assigned by the instructor. Supplies will be available for purchase from instructor in the rst class. Multi level class, no experience necessary.

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Beaded Jewelry Workshop

This workshop is designed for people who have never beaded. One new stitch and project will be taught during each session. We will be learning peyote, herringbone, netting, and right angle weave. Sign up for all of them or just one session. This is a perfect time for those who always wanted to try beading without making a big commitment. Basic materials will be provided at each class and specialty beads will be available for purchase.

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Ceramics Classes - Adults Beginner

This class will focus on construction techniques for vessels and tiles as well as exploring colorfully patterned surfaces with the use of underglazes and slips. Explore new forms and surfaces to add richness and diversity to your handbuilt work. Multi level class, no experience necessary.

Ceramics Classes - Adults Intermediate/Advanced

For students seeking to develop an individual style through a personal vision in clay. Class includes thematic projects and slide presentations. Students experiment with combining wheel throwing and handbuilt forms in developing their own vision in clay. Experience is necessary.

Stained Glass

Learn to create a variety of beautifully colored art pieces like light catchers, candle holders and window pieces by developing prociency in this ancient craft. Guided assistance by the instructor will allow for each person to learn and work at a comfortable pace. Class time includes 1.5 hours of open studi

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Drawing & Watercolor - Beginning

Students will learn basic drawing techniques inspired by still life in a relaxed environment. No experience necessary. Supplies will be provided during the first class.

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Watercolor - Beginning/Intermediate

An intensive class in developing watercolor techniques by working primarily with still life and painting in Central Park, weather permitting. This is a multi level class but some experience is helpful. Bonnie Steinsnyder

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Graphic Stories for Grownups

Have you been fascinated by the new genre of graphic novels and wanted to explore making your own stories but never found a class? In this adult class, students will tell their own stories in the narrative based drawing style that has evolved from cartooning.

Fused Glass

Glass fusing is the process of kiln ring to join together pieces of glass. Slumping includes using molds to create new shapes in the glass. In this introductory class the participants will learn the basic techniques of scoring, cutting glass, and slumping into molds. Multi level class, no experience necessary.

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Fun With Clay

Get a feeling for working with clay in just four classes. We will make whimsical, narrative based sculptural and functional forms, explore texture and color and have fun.

Ceramic Jewelry

In this special topic class you will learn an assortment of techniques to create ceramic jewelry from majolica to Egyptian paste, reduction stoneware and colored porcelain. Students make necklaces, earrings, brooches and even rings. Some time is devoted to the use of ndings, so one leaves with nished, wearable pieces of art.

Focus on Tiles

This beginning/intermediate level class will focus on making tiles and slab work. We will also explore stamped and resist patterns plus other decorative techniques. Multi level class, no experience necessary.

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Sources of Inspiration - Advanced Handbuilding

Students pursue their own individual handbuilding projects with occasional class assignments and demonstrations. Instructor critiques, slides, readings, lms and eld trips will also be included. Must already be skilled in working with clay.

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Wheel - Beginning/Intermediate

An introduction to the basic elements of throwing on the wheel and surface decoration. Intermediate students develop increased skills through more demanding projects that explore a variety of shape and glaze possibilities. Classes include a demonstration and assigned projects. Multi level classes, no experience necessary.

Explorations with the Wheel

These classes will focus on individual development of wheel skills. Projects such as learning to make matching sets, covered jars and complex forms will be explored.

Wheel - Beginning/Intermediate

Develop wheel skills while focusing on subtle aspects of form and function. Rene techniques for functional feet and handles as well as incorporating texture into the thrown surface. Glazing techniques will be demonstrated. No previous experience is necessary.

Wheel - Intermediate/Advanced

These classes will cover specfic projects for furthering individual skills. Focus on surface techniques and the renement of forms. Previous throwing experience is necessary.