Art Studios @ JCC in Manhattan

Upper West Side, New York, New York
(307 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.

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 in Manhattan

(307 Reviews)

Sonali J.

Attended: Beading 101

The class is fantastic because the teacher is wonderful. I highly recommend and enjoyed it so much Ive signed up for the advanced course.


Attended: Jewelry (All Levels)

I enjoyed this class as the students in my class were amazing and very creative. A great intro to the world of ring making. At first it can be overwhelming trying to keep up with all the new vocabulary and tools and how to use them but once you get the hang of it, you reap the rewards of your efforts.

Roseann M.

Attended: Painting on Silk (Intensive)

This class was hands-on from beginning to end. Ms. Punch did a general overview of the medium we would be working with. She was always there to provide guidance when necessary. I was very satisfied with this class and will do it again in March.

Keith S.

Attended: Digital SLR Photography (Intensive)

All about the teacher Karen Haberberg!!! She made this course enjoyable, informative, and fun! Highlight recommend it for those who want to get the most of of their SLR camera....there were beginners that knew nothing to novice photographers who wanted to maximize their picture taking. Karen help everyone and the class ended with everyone having progressed in the usage of their camera. Take any class you can with won't be disappointed!!

Sana l.

Attended: The Six-Hour Art Major

Still interesting but basic

Lauren C.

Attended: Hand Embroidery: Flower + Leafy Garlands

Miriam is the best! Can’t eecomm her classes enough, so much fun!

Lauren C.

Attended: Introduction to Embroidery

Had so much fun! Miriam is a wonderful, and very patient, teacher. Signed up for another class with her already - flowers and foliage;-)


Attended: Introduction to Embroidery

Miriam was patient and a wonderful teacher. Great vibe and would definitely take another class with her!

Sherrie R.

Attended: Basics of Crochet

This is a great class for beginners! Karen is a great teacher. I highly recommend this class for those curious about crocheting. Thanks for making this class available

Kendall T.

Attended: Pottery Wheel: Trial Class

Anne was such a wonderful instructor! We had a great time learning and creating. Getting to know new people was also a plus. I would highly recommend this class to others!

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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

Upcoming Classes at Art Studios @ JCC in Manhattan

Metal Jewelry (Intermediate/Advanced)
Next start date:

Monday Mar 26th, 10am

Basics of Painting and Drawing:(All Levels)
Next start date:

Monday Mar 26th, 10:30am

Basics of Drawing
Next start date:

Monday Mar 26th, 1:30pm

Wax Carving for Cast Jewelry
Next start date:

Monday Mar 26th, 2pm

Drawing, Painting and Printmaking
Next start date:

Tuesday Mar 27th, 9am

Watercolor (All Levels)
Next start date:

Wednesday Mar 28th, 10am

Mixed Media Sculpture
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Wednesday Mar 28th, 10am

Creative Painting (All Levels)
Next start date:

Wednesday Mar 28th, 2pm

Projects in Clay: Sculpture plus Vessels (Advanced)
Next start date:

Thursday Mar 29th, 10am

Enameling: Traditional plus Experimental (Beginner)
Next start date:

Wednesday Apr 4th, 10:30am

Enameling: Traditional plus Experimental (Advanced)
Next start date:

Wednesday Apr 4th, 1:30pm

Beading 101
Next start date:

Wednesday Apr 4th, 6:30pm

Projects in Painting and Drawing (All Levels)
Next start date:

Thursday Apr 5th, 9:30am

Shoemaking (Intermediate and Advanced)
Next start date:

Thursday Apr 5th, 6:30pm

Shoemaking: Intensive (Beginner)
Next start date:

Sunday Apr 8th, 10am

Ceramics: Beginner
Next start date:

Sunday Apr 8th, 5pm

Ceramics (Intermediate)
Next start date:

Wednesday Apr 11th, 6:30pm

Shoemaking (All Levels)
Next start date:

Friday Apr 13th, 12:30pm

50+ Drawing and Painting: All Levels
Next start date:

Friday Apr 13th, 1:30pm

Shoemaking: Beginner Lab (for on-going students)
Next start date:

Monday Apr 16th, 6:30pm

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