Art Studios @ JCC Manhattan

Art Studios @ JCC Manhattan

Upper West Side, New York, New York
(386 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.

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.

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

(386 Reviews)
Shoemaking (Beginner) - Mondays

Brandy B.

Attended: Shoemaking (Beginner) - Mondays

Amazing class! If you want to learn shoes - come. Basically you get work at your own pace individualized instruction in shoemaking. If I can afford to (and this is the best bang for you buck class in NYC) I will keep re-enrolling in this class, as I learn something new with each pair of shoes I make

Shoemaking (Beginner) - Sundays


Attended: Shoemaking (Beginner) - Sundays

The output of the class is great - you learn a new skill and finish with a real, wearable shoe. But the other students are the best part of the class. People come from all sorts of backgrounds (finance, artists, writers, engineers, fashion, medicine, students) and it is inspiring to see their creativity and how each person's personality comes through in the shoes they've designed. More than I've experienced in any other class in New York, there is a real community that has been created in Emily's class.

Wax Carving for Cast Jewelry

Silvia L.

Attended: Wax Carving for Cast Jewelry

First class taken ever, will continue taking them. Susan is great teacher.

Watercolor and Illustration: Trial Class

Wendy S.

Attended: Watercolor and Illustration: Trial Class

Great intro to watercolors. The instructor provided a lot of examples of technique and gave us a good flavor of what the longer series would be. I would recommend this trial class

Watercolor and Illustration

Tina N.

Attended: Watercolor and Illustration

I thought it was a very useful. There was a range of skill levels from absolute beginner to skilled artist In our class and the instructor handled teaching to each of our levels very well. She was also very kind and fun to chat with.

The Six-Hour Art Major

Lee N.

Attended: The Six-Hour Art Major

Well taught. Interesting and fun.

The Six-Hour Art Major

Susan S.

Attended: The Six-Hour Art Major

Filled with wonderful content! Thank you!

Basics of Crochet

Marie W.

Attended: Basics of Crochet

Nice intimate class. Karen was a great teacher who had time to come around to each student to check on our work. A really enjoyable class!

Pottery Wheel (Beginner)

Bettina W.

Attended: Pottery Wheel (Beginner)

This class was amazing! Rebecca is a great instructor - she is very knowledgeable and sets a very strong foundation for how to use the wheel, and is very hands on whenever anyone has a question.

Pottery Wheel (Beginner)


Attended: Pottery Wheel (Beginner)

Rebecca, the instructor, is awesome! So encouraging to someone who doesn’t have a lock of talent.

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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

Glass Fusing
Glass Fusing
Next start date:

Thursday May 2nd, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Silk Painting
Silk Painting
Next start date:

Sunday May 19th, 10am - 6pm