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It’s never too late to become a guitar hero. New York City Guitar School, with offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, offers a 10-week course limited to six students that promises to teach you chords, strums, riffs, and basic theory. And if you’re not confidently wielding your axe at the end, they offer a money-back guarantee. Non-noobs can sign up for more advanced classes like “Flamenco Guitar,” “Play the Beatles,” “Songwriters Circle,” and “Blues Guitar Basics.”

“Acting,” said Katharine Hepburn, “is the perfect idiot’s profession.” But that doesn’t stop many of us numbskulls from aspiring to it. If you’re a Brooklynite looking to make your dramatic debut, you can rehearse with “Acting & the Business of Acting” at Medgar Evers College. In four sessions, you can prepare for a ravishing career onstage or on camera or simply overcome your fear of public speaking.


If you’ve ever wandered into one of the fabric warehouses in the West 20s, then you know how easy it is to become overwhelmed by the cornucopia of cotton, the piles of polyester, the surge of serge. (To say nothing of the fun fur, which actually is pretty fun.) Starting October 31, Parsons‘s fashion continuing education department offers “Fabric Selection and Design Style,” which trains you in color theory and fabric choice.

Perhaps you’ve learned to pleat, dart, hem, crimp, pin, tuck, and sew like a dream, yet it’s still not enough to launch your fashion line. Luckily, the Fashion Institute of Technology offers a number of seminars aimed at “manufacturing, marketing, and your control of business operations.” Fall offerings include “Finding the Right Supplier,” “A View from a Retail Buyer and Sales Rep,” and “Selling and Marketing Your Product Online.”


Poets House, a library and literary center in Battery Park City, boasts more than 50,000 volumes of poetry. Perhaps you aspire to have your folios number among them. If you’d like to bring your sestinas up to snuff or make your blank verse a bit more colorful, consider the center’s workshops and seminars. Upcoming master classes include one with Glyn Maxwell and another with Ann Waldman.

In Fast Fiction, author Roberta Allen argues that you can rev your creative motor with a series of five-minute exercises. If you’d rather devote a little more time to your literary pursuits, Allen runs Creative Writing Workshops NYC, intimate groups that meet near Union Square for three-hour sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. At each meeting, every student has an opportunity to read his or her work, while learning techniques, building confidence, and receiving support.


You’ve got your brushes, your canvas, your clay, your mixed media, your garret, and your jaunty beret. So what’s getting in the way of your art career? The Art Studio NY on the Upper West Side might offer some answers. Beginning in November, they offer a four-week class entitled “Make Art Like No One’s Watching.” Students will work with a variety of materials in order to “break loose and express freely with joy.” If you’ve already silenced your inner critic, they offer plenty of drawing and painting classes as well.

For Children and Teens

If the children are our future, then that future apparently involves a lot of finger painting. You can introduce your offspring to a greater breadth of creative pursuits at Moon Soup, which has East Side, West Side, and Astoria locations. At “Crafty Kids,” your tot can study beading, collage, paper crafts, and papier mâché. At “Messy Art and Music,” kids work in a variety of media while singing, drumming, dancing, and yes, finger painting.

Parents of artistic children might dream of their offspring one day showing work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Happily, they won’t have to wait long. The Met offers a variety of free classes for adolescents, from the loosely structured Saturday “Drop-In Drawing Sessions” to more formal offerings such as “The Portfolio Class.” Other courses center on special exhibits and portions of the museum’s collection.


These days, it seems like anyone with a cell phone camera can consider herself an auteur, but making a movie involves just a bit more than pressing the record button and posting the results on YouTube. To that end, the School of Visual Arts has prepared a one-day class on Saturday, November 12, entitled “The Nuts and Bolts of Getting Your Film Made,” which explores how to get your indie film “off the ground from a business perspective . . . in a studio-driven world.”

Food and Drink

If you’re looking to sharpen your cooking talents, you might start with your knife skills. Cut Brooklyn, a Gowanus workshop devoted to crafting artisanal cutlery, offers a monthly class devoted to honing your blade work. After a complimentary sharpening, students practice by prepping foods such as pineapple-basil salsa, chilled cucumber-avocado soup, and vegetable stir-fry. And when the class is completed, you get to eat your creations, too.

Mario Batali has built a culinary empire introducing diners to regional Italian cuisine. And he’d apparently like them to know about Italy’s wines as well. Every Saturday and Sunday, Otto, Batali’s Greenwich Village pizzeria, hosts a 90-minute wine class in which students taste two whites and three reds. Students can choose among “Discovery” classes, “Regional” classes, “Wine and Cheese” classes, and for those desiring just a bit more booze, “Ultimate” classes.


Usually it’s Asian medicine that gets all the attention, but Africa has its own holistic healing traditions, too. You can receive an introduction to the continent’s medicinal riches in two workshops at the New York Open Center. The first part introduces students to “Orisha Spirits, Medicinal Plants and the Power of Sound,” while the second concerns “Working with Medicinal Plants to Address Common Illnesses.”


Some authors have posited that in only a few decades, computers will achieve self-knowledge and begin to take over the world. That doesn’t give us much time to learn as much as we can, so we can maintain our mastery. You can get an accelerated education at Columbia University by taking computer science classes via their Postbaccalaureate Program. Helpful courses beginning in January include “Introduction to Computer Science,” “Computer Science Theory,” and “Machine Learning.”


According to excavations in Africa, humans have created jewelry for more than 75,000 years. So isn’t it time you got in on the adornment action? In November, Pratt offers a four-day “Jewelry Design Intensive.” In addition to teaching students how to source materials, the class will cover “working with wire; making perfect loops, wraps, and findings; stringing beads and pearls; traditional and nontraditional knotting; crimping”; and more.

You could be forgiven for thinking that Yorkville is a neighborhood somewhat starved for chic, but the boutique Style·licious aims to give those unremarkable blocks an extra measure of sparkle. Not only do they sell clothing and accessories, but they also offer classes geared toward both adults and teens to help you adorn them. Current ornamentation offerings include “Rhinestone Your Own Handbag,” “Bead a Cuff Bracelet,” and “Paint and Bedazzle Your Initials.”


Are you being served? If you feel that your tennis game is at fault, bring your whites to the midtown Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club. In addition to private and group instruction, they offer morning doubles clinics and evening singles clinic as well as a tennis camp. The club boasts five indoor courts, encased in a translucent bubble, as well as an indoor swimming pool and sauna.


William Blake recommended seeing “heaven in a wild flower.” But wouldn’t he have preferred a nice bouquet? If you think floral arrangements are that much more paradisiacal, the Bronx’s New York Botanical Garden offers a spate of divine classes. Late fall offerings include from “Elegant Flowers in a Glass Vase,” “Ikebana: Moribana Style,” “Basics of Sympathy Design,” “Designing with Fall Flowers!” and instruction in creating a variety of holiday wreaths.


At this cultural moment, when you can be defined entirely by the photos on your Facebook page, it would behoove all of us to learn how to take some decent snaps. NYC Photo Workshop in Soho promises to teach you how in just one day. The basic camera course, limited to five students, introduces you to all the settings on your camera and teaches you to shoot both inside and outside, with an afternoon session to analyze the pictures you take on your lunch break.

Let’s say you’ve already learned to shoot in light, dark, and in-between and your development skills are fully mature. If merely posting your pics to Picasa or Flickr has ceased to satisfy, there’s a one-day session at The Exhibition Lab just for you. The Lab, a Chelsea space that aims to provide community and critique for shutterbugs, offers “How To Get a Gallerist’s Attention (Without Losing Your Dignity).” This class discusses how to make contacts, approach galleries, and improve the chances that they’ll take you on.


Staten Island isn’t renowned for its air of mystery and mysticism, but the Snug Harbor Cultural Center begs to differ, offering “Paranormal Events,” a series of conversations and tours involving local paranormal groups the New York Paranormal Society, SCARED!, and the Staten Island Paranormal Society. Parents and children over the age of 13 will learn about Staten Island’s most haunted places and follow up with a visit to several of them, in which a paranormal investigator will show them how to detect ghostly presences.

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