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After-School Art Classes, Programs, & Studios for Kids in Manhattan

After-School Art Classes, Programs, & Studios for Kids in Manhattan

Encourage your child's creativity at one of these art programs in New York City.

UPDATED June 2019: Encouraging your child to tap into her creative side can help her become a more creative thinker in life—luckily there are a variety of art classes and programs for children in Manhattan that can help! This Manhattan directory provides a range of art programs for children in pre-K through high school. Here you will find academic schools with a focus on the arts, after-school classes, and even programs that offer art camps when school is not in session. Whether you are just looking to introduce your toddler to art or you are searching for more in-depth instruction in drawing, painting, sculpting, or photography, you’ll find the perfect art program for your child. Classes are taught by art professionals and some art classes are also offered for children with special needs. These after-school art classes and programs are located throughout Manhattan, including studios in Tribeca, Soho, Greenwich Village, the Upper East Side, the Upper West Side, and Midtown.

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241 Water St., Manhattan

Blue School is an independent school for children ages 2 through eighth grade where academic mastery, creative thinking, self, and social intelligence are dynamically balanced to instill a lifelong passion for learning. The campus in lower Manhattan is full of thoughtful classrooms, lab spaces for studio art, STEAM, science, music, and drama, as well as a gymnasium, wonder room, and outdoor roof and terrace. Blue School values exploration, play, creativity, self-awareness, family, and community connection. Our inquiry-driven approach makes space for bold collaboration and rich project work.

103 Charlton St., New York

Children’s Museum of the Arts is an art museum that offers workshops and classes for children ages 1 to 15. Taught by teaching artists specializing in a range of mediums, these courses encourage children to build critical thinking skills, develop an artistic voice and express creativity. Learn more at


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510 E. 74th St., New York

ECNS Etc., the new enrichment classes program of the long established UES preschool ECNS, is offering innovative and exciting classes this fall. Our fun classes, designed to challenge children’s minds and bodies, are perfect for those who are in half-day, part time, or not in a formal school program. We have classes that include chess, gymnastics, parkour, Italian language, cooking, art, Lego build, and more. There is sure to be a class, or two or three, perfect for your child. Please visit our website for the full schedule.

55 Bethune St. C322 ,
347-978-1045, 212-414-8419

Designed and supervised by a working artist and educator and her art student assistant, also experienced with children, this is a uniquely intimate experience for only eight campers per week. Joan knows creativity comes with freedom, familiarity, and trust. Campers will take field trips to museums and cultural institutions, go on nature hikes, swim in the local pool, laugh, discover, and express all in art, in Joan’s West Village studio.

260 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge
845-352-5020 x130

At the Otto Specht School, we work to discover each child's path to lifelong learning, offering a variety of educational programs designed to meet the needs of students with developmental delays, social and sensory sensitivities, and learning challenges. We have looked beyond both typical and special educational models to provide an extraordinary education to those who need it most. We offer kindergarten, grades first–eighth, high school (with the opportunity to earn a diploma), High School Practical Life Skills (certificate program), and Transitional Life Skills (post-secondary program).

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