“Every artist was first an amateur”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Find the best art classes for kids

The mission of the Children’s Museum of the Arts is to introduce children and their families to the transformative power of the arts by providing opportunities to make art side-by-side with working artists. CMA’s stART Studio provides a dedicated, specially-designed, safe art and play studio for children who are mobile (around 1) to 5. Our special art stations and early learning professionals, all of whom are artists, nurture your child’s creativity, curiosity and developmental growth through a range of stimulating activities. Your children will explore and grow at their own pace, building confidence, vocabulary, gross and fine motor skills, and making new friends while having loads of fun!

West Village
Ages: 1-15

PLAYDAY is an environment for socially-driven cognitive stimulation for children of all ages. On-demand, 45-60 minute high-intensity, multi-cultural creative activities include a mix of sculpting, drawing, model building, origami, weaving, typography, chess, architectural design, yoga, ping pong, and much more. Inspired individual and group activity is led by highly-educated and experienced instructors with a passion for mentoring and motivating children, in addition to a love for sharing relevant art history and technique.

Gramercy Park
Ages: 9 mths+

La Pittura Studio was founded with a love for painting and pop culture. You’ll see from our portraits of Prince, Rihanna, and Kanye that we are inspired by hip-hop and pop music of the past and present. What started out as a tiny paint studio, La Pittura Studio has evolved into an eclectic, multimedia art studio. Calling on inspiration from music, fashion and the arts, clients now come from all over the globe to snatch up their newest pieces or inquire about a made to order piece. Come paint or shop at one of the top rated painting studios in Manhattan. The only place where you can “make a mess”, and walk out with your own gorgeous art piece to hang in your place. At La Pittura Studio, you are sure to have fun, relax, and forget about your worries. Join them for our very, very awesome Emoji painting class & superhero making class.

Ages: 6+

RESOBOX is the place where people who are conversant with, dedicated to, and influenced by Japanese culture and arts can gather, create innovative arts … This Japanese art gallery also offers cultural classes, including judo & ink-painting, plus a cafe. Japanese Manga is the synthesis of art and story. Unlike regular drawing class, Manga classes can help young children develop strong writing and drawing skills at the same time. This class is a place where young imaginations can be expanded through anime characters. Legend and myth strongly influence Manga. Animals, elves, winged humans, robots, rocks and spirits all make appearances in Manga. RESOBOX Manga Drawing Classes For Kids will teach your children how to harness their creativity.

Chelsea, Long Island City
Ages: 5 to 13

A fun clay class at the west side YMCA  designed especially for this kids ages 6-9 years old. Young artists explore the entire clay process including making, glazing, and the firing process. Projects include boxes, lanterns, wall reliefs, mugs, and sculptures.

Upper West Side
Ages: 6 to 9