Education Supplement: Education Listings

Education Supplement: Education Listings

Theater and Performing Arts

With festivals, podcasts, slams, and the dauntless popularity of late nights at the local bar, storytelling has never been more popular. But if you're too shy or anxious to live up to your potential as a polished raconteur, you can sign up for group or individual lessons via the Story Studio, which holds workshops at various locations in midtown. From one-day classes to nine-week sessions, instructors will "help you turn the most meaningful events of your life into unforgettable narratives."

To dance like nobody's watching is all well and good. But if you really want to improve your skills in a particular discipline or learn composition and choreography, you should get yourself somewhere highly visible with experienced instructors and plenty of mirrors. Happily, Columbia University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies, via Barnard College, offers classes in myriad varieties of dance (ballet, modern, flamenco, etc.), as well as biomechanics and kinesiology.


A Manhattan winter has plenty of dark and stormy nights. Days, too. Why not fill them with a little literary bloodshed? The Writing Center at Hunter College offers two courses designed to bring a bit of mayhem to these dismal months. In "Murder You'll Write," you'll find out how to craft your own mystery while learning about police procedures and other technical matters; in "Mystery Fan's Book Club," you'll derive inspiration by reading and discussing the classics of the genre.


Picture this: Pratt Institute's Center for Continuing and Professional Studies wants you to learn the art of illustration. In a basic class, "Introduction to Illustration: The Illustration Portfolio," students will learn how to tell stories pictorially, using "metaphor, allegory, and narrative" and drawing on-site at the Society of Illustrators. Then they can learn what they've applied in more advanced offerings including "Botanical Illustration," "Comic Book Illustration," and "Illustrated Science Fiction Book Project."

Plato thought that one person could not practice many arts with success. But really, what did fundamental Greek philosophers know? Maybe he would have been an ace sculptor, too. LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, one of the nation's premier two-year institutions, offers a variety of arts instruction. You can pile up a schedule with Beginning Drawing, Beginning Photography, and Beginning Painting, which will focus on landscapes, still lifes, and abstract compositions.

For Children and Teens

The next time your tweens pressure you for new clothes, why not suggest they make their own? Taking a slower approach to fast style, "Fashion Design and Sewing" at The Fashion Class on the Upper West Side offers an 11-session winter course designed to teach your kids to make a handbag, skirt, dress, or pants and adorn them using bedazzlers, fabric paint, and trim. The course culminates in a fashion show during which students model their wares.

If your child won't stop singing the choruses from A Chorus Line or illustrates every mood swing with a song from Les Misérables, maybe it's time to channel these tuneful energies with a "Triple Threat Musical Theatre Class" at A Class Act NY, conveniently located just a few blocks from the Broadway theaters. Kids study song-and-dance routines with Broadway actors then showcase their work to family, friends, and agents.


It might seem like a lot to spend $375 for eight nights at the movies, even presupposing giant tubs of popcorn with extra butter, but the "Filmmaker's Dialogue" symposium at the School of Visual Arts is well worth the price of admission. Every week, guests such as Paul Schrader, Michael Apted, and Barry Levinson come to preview their new films and then engage in dialogue with enrollees. Actors, writers, and producers also attend to answer student queries.

"A director makes only one movie in his life. Then he breaks it up and makes it again," said Jean Renoir. Still, that's no reason not to get started on your own limited oeuvre. And you can do it with the assistance of New York City College of Technology, in collaboration with the Brooklyn Young Filmmakers Collective. They'll offer a six-week course, plus a weekend shoot, in which you'll write, produce, and film a short movie with help from the Fort Greene community.

Food and Drink

Cooking schools often devote themselves to teaching you to prepare the most decadent comestibles. But Haven's Kitchen in the Flatiron district wants you to begin 2013 with optimum nutrition. To that end, it's offering "New Year, New You," a four-week class with instruction in cleanses, superfoods, healthy eating, and the like. If that sounds far too virtuous, you could opt for "Pies!" "Boozy Brunch," "Confit Like a Pro," or "Beef Bourguignon and the Wines of Burgundy."

Who wouldn't like to escape New York's gloom, slush, and suspicious yellow snow by jetting off to Italy to linger in trattorias over antipasti and glasses of Sangiovese? But if you can't spare the vacation time, you can compensate with classes at Rustico Cooking near Bryant Park. Seasonal offerings include "Winter in Milan," "Evening in Rome," "Winter Feast in Northern Italy," "Evening in Southern Italy," and "Magical Calabria." Each class concludes with a multi-course meal with wine pairings.

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