Art Studios @ JCC Manhattan

Art Studios @ JCC Manhattan

Art
Upper West Side, New York, New York
(365 Reviews)

Our mission:

Together with our community, Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan creates opportunities for people to
connect, grow, and learn within an ever-changing Jewish landscape.

Our vision:

Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan imagines Jewish life that is diverse and engages meaningfully with
its values, culture, and ideas in our everyday lives.

Our values:

  • We’re committed to redefining what Jewish life means today.
  • We serve as a model of what’s possible in the ever-evolving and diverse Jewish community, incubating innovative programs that are shared nationally.
  • We’re dedicated to the well-being of everyone in our community.  As people in our community seek out opportunities to grow physically, intellectually, and spiritually, we’re dedicated to helping them reach their full potential.
  • We have a broad and inclusive view of Jewish life and family.  There are multiple ways to live in a community. The experiences we offer invite everyone to explore what it means to be part of that community.
  • We take responsibility for one another. Our community is bound by a shared commitment to a better,fairer world, which we put into practice every day, giving back and supporting each other through meaningful actions.
  • We take pride in our culture. Whether celebrating Jewish holidays, exploring new ideas, or engaging with the arts, the growth of a community relies on its access to culture.
  • We believe in accessibility. We strive to create an inclusive and accommodating environment for people of different backgrounds and abilities with opportunities for growth and connection.
  • We are deeply connected to Israel.  Our community connects to Israel through its sights, sounds, history, and complexity. We embrace the challenge of weaving our relationships with Israel into our diverse Jewish identities.
FAQs

What are some of your most popular classes that you offer on CourseHorse? 
Our shoemaking classes, watercolor, jewelry, ceramics and silk painting classes tend to be most popular. 

How long have you been in business? Can you share a bit more about your history? 
The JCC art studios have been business for 14 years this 2016. The JCC was created as a community center to serve the needs of the community, and part of that was ensuring the community have space to feel welcome being creative. The art studios have been here since the building opened and have been a huge part of countless community members lives. 

What is your average class size?  
Our jewelry classes are maximum eight, our painting/drawing classes are a maximum of 10, and our ceramics classes are a maximum of 10. 

What is your typical student like? What are their goals?  
Our students are typically those who want to find a creative outlet in a warm, welcoming community. It is as much a social and community experience as it is an art class. We have students of all types, but I think for the most part their goals are to learn something new, have a great time, find and express their creativity and find a community that is welcoming and non-competitive. 

Can you recommend activities to do in the neighborhood before or after class? 
The JCC is located on the Upper West Side, which hosts tons of bars and restaurants, the beacon theatre, and lots of shopping, as well as the American Museum of Natural History and the New York History Society.

Notes:
Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, while we are a Jewish community center, nothing about our art classes are religious and all are welcome in our building at all times.

Reviews of Art Studios @ JCC Manhattan

(365 Reviews)
Basics of Knitting

1/16/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Basics of Knitting


Perhaps two teachers or some visual tutorials to refer to during the class would have been helpful. I think Karen was stretched a little thin with multiple students asking her questions and wanting one on one time at once. She was very friendly and competent though and handled the class well.

Pottery Wheel (Beginner)

12/21/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Pottery Wheel (Beginner)


Rebecca was a great instructor. The class is very relaxed and you have a lot of freedom to create what you want.

Creative Painting (All Levels)

12/19/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Creative Painting (All Levels)


It’s basically open studio time

Silk Painting

12/17/2018
Esha R.

Attended: Silk Painting


This clan was very fun, and I ended up with a beautiful scarf at the end! A things to keep in mind: first, you’re working with dyes, so wear old clothes! Second, these scarves need to be set with steam for a few hours, so you won’t be able to take yours home immediately. You’ll be able to either pay Suzanna a few dollars to have it mailed to you, or you can pick it up at her home.

Basics of Knitting

11/8/2018
Tania G.

Attended: Basics of Knitting


Karen is great at explaining and guiding the class into practice. Everything she covered was relevant and to the point, and she did a great job at teaching the maximum possible in the 2 and a half hours we had. The only place where I see room for improvement is that there's no follow up class. Me and several participants were convinced that at least two classes should be the minimum to really be able to get comfortable with practicing the basics, and would be happy to pay the cost.

Basics of Knitting

11/8/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Basics of Knitting


Really loved it. Wish there was a follow-on class. I liked just having one class to initially commit to to see if I would like Knitting, I do, and now don't want to lose what I have learned, nor our great teacher, and want to do more soon (before I forget the basics I am trying to practice).

Basics of Knitting

11/7/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Basics of Knitting


Karen is a very talented teacher. Upbeat, encouraging and knowledgeable.

Ceramics: Beginner

11/5/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Ceramics: Beginner


Really enjoyable class! You will pick up some great skills and have plenty of time to complete several pottery pieces. There is a nice, easy going dynamic in the class and all participants & the instructor were really friendly. I highly recommend!

Basics of Knitting

10/18/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Basics of Knitting


This is a good first class or for someone who is returning to knitting after years of not knitting. I enjoyed the instructor's relaxed teaching style and the reinforcement of concepts. She also made sure we mastered a stitch before moving on to something new. She was professional, informative and friendly. I just wish the class was longer than one 3 hour session. Maybe think of extending it to a series of weeks.

Watercolor and Illustration: Trial Class

10/11/2018
MARY ANN M.

Attended: Watercolor and Illustration: Trial Class


Absolutely terrific...MARIKA so well organized..everything ready to go from the minute class started and she progressed in such a way (using wet on wet and offering explainations for how to connect so as to see the colors mixing or to place colored circles a bit apart so as not to mix colors) that as we moved from one project to another, she referred back to those earlier moments. She walked around many, many times and was always available to answer questions. It was a trial class and the follow up full course is at night. A couple of us have called the JCC raving about the class and we had other friends who would be interested in such a course also call or email asking that such a course be offered during the day....would be popular for older students.

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334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10023
Art Studios @ JCC Manhattan
Upper West Side, Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave
At W 76th St
New York, New York 10023

Upcoming Classes at Art Studios @ JCC Manhattan

Silk Painting
Silk Painting
Next start date:

Sunday Jan 27th, 10am - 6pm

Knit Night - Practice
Knit Night - Practice
Next start date:

Tuesday Feb 5th, 6:30pm - 9pm

Beading 101
Beading 101
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Wednesday Feb 6th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Watercolor and Illustration
Watercolor and Illustration
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Tuesday Feb 12th, 1pm - 4pm

The Six-Hour Art Major
The Six-Hour Art Major
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Wednesday Feb 20th, 6pm - 9pm

Glass Fusing
Glass Fusing
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Thursday Feb 21st, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Basics of Crochet
Basics of Crochet
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Tuesday Feb 26th, 6:30pm - 9pm

Digital SLR Photography
Digital SLR Photography
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Wednesday Feb 27th, 6:30pm - 9pm

Before and After the Renaissance
Before and After the Renaissance
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Wednesday Mar 13th, 6pm - 9pm

Cable Knitting: Cabled Headband
Cable Knitting: Cabled Headband
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Tuesday Mar 19th, 6:30pm - 9pm

Wax Carving for Cast Jewelry: All Levels
Wax Carving for Cast Jewelry: All Levels
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Thursday Mar 21st, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Enameling: Traditional plus Experimental (Beginner)
Enameling: Traditional plus Experimental (Beginner)
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Wednesday Apr 3rd, 10:30am - 1:30pm

Enameling: Traditional plus Experimental (Advanced)
Enameling: Traditional plus Experimental (Advanced)
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Wednesday Apr 3rd, 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Shoemaking: All Levels Lab
Shoemaking: All Levels Lab
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Friday Apr 5th, 10:30am - 1:30pm

Beading: Wire Wrapping and Chain
Beading: Wire Wrapping and Chain
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Wednesday Apr 10th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Pottery Wheel (Beginner)
Pottery Wheel (Beginner)
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Thursday Apr 11th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm