Education Supplement: Class Action Listings


Want to learn to draw, but hours spent outlining Old Masters, landscapes, and flower vases don't inspire you? Well, Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School has some more provocative subjects on offer: semi-nude models. The New York branch holds $12 life-drawing classes every other Sunday at Lower East Side hotspot The Slipper Room. Upcoming practicums include "Reefer Madness with Madame Rosebud" and "Dr. Sketchy's Celebrates Ganesh!" Bring your own materials.

Sometimes you want people to stare at your bust—not the kind enhanced by a pushup bra, but the sort constructed from marble, terra cotta, or bronze. Get attention with the 92nd Street Y's six-session, 12-person adult course, "Busted! Portrait Sculpture." You'll learn to sculpt a life-size head, neck, and shoulders from clay. After you've completed your masterwork, kiln firing is available.

Humans have been crafting vases for at least nine millennia and decorating them for seven. So isn't it time you learned how? The Brickhouse Ceramic Art Center in Long Island City can help you fire (and glaze?) those dreams. Late spring and summer classes include "Wheel Throwing," "Handbuilding," and "Glaze Techniques"; bring your own apron and dust mask. The studio also rents space to local artists and advanced students, hosts clay-based parties, and offers the occasional free workshop.


Remember when computers were good for little more than word processing and spaceship shooter games with lousy graphics? As technology marches on, the School of Visual Arts has established a department of computer art, computer animation, and visual effects. Aspiring digital artists with limited free time can enroll in weekend electives covering such programs and topics as Flash, CSS, Photoshop, and InDesign.

Seems like every week there's another story of someone landing a book deal based on a YouTube series or a sitcom contract stemming from a viral video. As pointing that built-in laptop camera at your pajama-clad self just won't cut it anymore, why not try BRIC's "Videoblogging 101," a two-hour, $10 course that helps you shoot and showcase online video? This Gowanus studio has also partnered with the Brooklyn Public Library to offer free media and technology classes.


The trouble with summer? It only lasts so long. Sure, once the temperatures rise you may think merino and cashmere will never grace your person again, but fall will be here before you know it. So why not prepare with a new turtleneck or cardigan? The Lion Brand Yarn Studio near Union Square offers a three-session "Sweater School" on Wednesday afternoons. All you have to know is basic knitting: The class will cover pattern design, yarn selection, swatching, and more.

The Bloomfield School aims to help put the "superfun" back in Superfund. This studio, located near the banks of the Gowanus Canal, offers a variety of jewelry and craft classes for the student of craft with great taste, but perhaps a less refined sense of smell. (We kid—the Gowanus really isn't all that odoriferous.) Upcoming offerings include "Bead Night," "Pendant Making," and a "Jewelry Soldering Workshop" that stresses torch safety.

Prefer to whittle while you work, whittle while you play? Sharpen your skills at Woodcarving by George, a Forest Hills studio that proudly bills itself as New York's only woodcarving studio for beginners. Upcoming courses include "Tree Spirits and Walking Sticks," "Mirror and Clock," and "Green, Recycled Carving."


"One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art," insisted Oscar Wilde. Why not both? With a Summer Intensive in "Fashion Design" at Parsons, you can enhance your creativity and design skills to clothe yourself gorgeously. Discussions of fashion history and field trips are paired with instruction in transforming two-dimensional drawings and concepts into glamorous three-dimensional constructions.

Is green a good color on you? The Fashion Institute of Technology thinks it ought to be. In addition to their regular round of summer courses in all areas of apparel and design, the school will host a symposium in July titled "Sustainable Fashion: From Fiber to Fabulous." Attendees will learn about ecologically savvy clothing design and production. Renowned guest speakers will address "each stage of the supply chain and production process, culminating in a fashion show."

Cattle farming erodes our grasslands, and bovine methane emissions contribute to global warming. Clearly, cows are not our friends. And, really, do you need another good reason to wear leather? Lost Wax Studio in Nolita has a couple. This jewelry and accessories boutique also offers lively workshops with working designers. Upcoming pelt-based seminars include "Making Authentic Moccasins," "Double Leather Wrap Bracelet," and "Making Leather Notebooks with the European Saddle Technique."


Even as more and more studios move to digital, some filmmakers hold a torch for celluloid. Williamsburg's Mono No Aware Film School is among them. Their spring and summer workshops include "Intro to 16mm Filmmaking," "Advanced 16mm Filmmaking," "Super 8 Filmmaking," and "Intro to Film Preservation." All materials are included, and each workshop concludes with a free screening and hosting of your films on the school's Vimeo channel.

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