Art Studios @ JCC in Manhattan

Upper West Side, New York, New York
(298 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

(298 Reviews)

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!


Attended: Independent Metal and Jewelry Design Mini Session

Instructor is knowledgeable and very helpful. She is willing to help students learn and understand how to implement new techniques of interest. Her enthusiasm to try new techniques is evident as well. She creates a nice atmosphere in the class with great camaraderie.


Attended: Creative Painting (All Levels)

Really more like studio time than a class. There's one exercise in your very first class and after that you're just working on a painting without much guidance (even if you ask for it). But a pleasant enough environment.

Alyssa S.

Attended: Ceramics (Intermediate)

Rebecca is amazing! She’s a great teacher and the class is a lot of fun.

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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