Art Studios @ JCC in Manhattan

Upper West Side, New York, New York
(241 Reviews)

Our mission:

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

Our vision:

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.

Reviews of Art Studios @ JCC in Manhattan

(241 Reviews)

Tiffany P.

Attended: Painting On Silk (Intensive)

I loved the teacher and the group of students. The class was small and the supplies were excellent. The teacher provided visual materials for inspiration as well as demonstration and feedback tailored to the individual students' needs and desires. The class was a total pleasure and I hope to take it again sometime!


Attended: Creative Painting (All Levels)

Fun, but I wish there were a bit more guidance.


Attended: Jewelry (Beginners)

Very knowledgable and helpful instructor. Well appointed, relaxed environment.

Anne-Catherine M.

Attended: Ceramics: Beginner

I really loved this class. Anne is very cool, knowledgeable, and encouraging, and I liked being able to work at my own pace on projects I was I interested in, rather than having to do the same thing at the same time as everyone else. If you are a highly structured person or not a self-starter you may feel differently, but for me the vibe and structure of the class was ideal.

Jenna s.

Attended: Pottery Wheel (Beginner)

Great class! Taking it again next semester!

Hua C.

Attended: Pottery Wheel (Beginner)

Jungwon Lee is such a great teacher! Have already enrolled in her next class!


Attended: Gemstone Setting

While the idea behind the class seemed promising, I felt that the instructor (Lisa Spiros) was rather disorganized. Even though it was a small class with just a handful of students, some students were often just sitting around (often for an hour or more at at time) waiting for the instructor to either get back to what she started saying or give them the necessary tools to continue working on the project. Would recommend taking this class with a different instructor, if available.

Minerva K.

Attended: Beading 101

Amazing instructor! Very informative and knowledgeable.

Jennifer T.

Attended: Painting On Silk (Intensive)

Suzanne is an exceptional teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and she is amazing at what she does. She has a lot to teach and a lot of experience.

Christine H.

Attended: Adventures in Watercolor, Drawing and Illustration

I really enjoyed my class! I ended up taking home two pictures. Our teacher was extremely knowlegable, patient, and was always willing to help or teach us new techniques.

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