Drawing, Painting + Crafts Classes for All Levels


Take classes with experienced teachers in drawing, painting, and crafts. As a community center, we strive to offer an inviting work environment where ideas, creativity, and laughs are shared. Working among peers—whether at a beginner or more advanced level—enriches the class experience. We offer drawing and painting classes in many mediums, including oil paints, acrylic paints, pastels, watercolors, charcoal, pencil, and more. We also offer classes in hands-on crafts such as embroidery and mosaics. All studio arts classes are in person.

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Meet the Instructors
Gal Cohen

Gal Cohen is a New York City-based visual artist who works primarily in the painting and printmaking fields. Cohen is a member artist and a former artist in residence at Cornerstone Studios (NYC), a Scholarship Artist at Manhattan Graphic Center studios, a recent alumni of AIM fellowship at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and a Chashama “Space to Connect” artist in residence for 2019-2020. Cohen earned her MFA in Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design and her BFA in Fine Arts at Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem. She has exhibited her work at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Collar Works, the Laurie M. Tisch Gallery, the Arlington Arts Center, Bric Gallery, Fresh Paint Art Fair, Clemente Art Center, Spring/Break Art Show, and Westbeth Gallery.

Marika Hahn

Marika Hahn's artwork is inspired by nature and wildlife, even though New York City is home. In addition to her nature series, "Birdsong Cottage," she works with major publishers such as Simon & Schuster and Workman, illustrating books such as the best-selling "What to Expect When You're Expecting" series. Her artwork is used in advertising for companies such as Revlon, Estée Lauder, and Bloomingdale's, and her illustrations have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Family Circle, Glamour, Woman's World, and The New York Times.

Heidi Johnson

Heidi Johnson was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and earned degrees from Tufts University and its School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Spending her childhood peering at mud puddles and tree bark in the woods of rural Massachusetts instilled a deep appreciation for the minutiae that drives this world. She has received grants and fellowships from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, New York Foundation for the Arts, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and Nordic Artists’ Centre, among others. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions in the U.S., Scandinavia, and Australia. She lives and works in Patterson, NY.

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Leanne Staples is an artist, writer, photographer, and licensed New York City tour guide. She has been providing street photography workshops and mentoring hundreds of students from all ages, backgrounds, and levels of experience for more than 12 years. She believes that photography is the ultimate form of creative expression and that it is something that everyone can learn and find enjoyment in.

Jessie Kritt

Jessie Kritt White is a Brooklyn-based fiber artist and teacher. She has always had a passion for crafting and currently she practices and teaches weaving, crochet, macrame, and indigo dyeing. She is passionate about creating community around crafting and hosts craft circles in addition to workshops. See her work on Instagram @the.weekend.weaver.

Our Facilities

  • Brand-new easels
  • Spacious studio with high ceilings


Locker rentals are $20/semester for JCC members and $30/semester for the public. Between semesters, locker rentals are $10/month. Lockers are free for Open Studio Pass students. When you arrive to class, your instructor will help you rent a locker. A limited number of lockers are available.

Visual Arts Classes

Mixed Level Painting: Acrylics Fundamentals + Composition
Mixed Level Painting: Acrylics Fundamentals + Composition

In Person. Develop your skills in figurative, landscape, and other representational depictions of form through experimentation with washes, masking, and many other painterly effects. Working from celebrated 20th century masterpieces, you will develop the confidence to approach your own compositions.


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