Piece of My Art coaxes internal artists out for a night of lady-only drinking and revelry, furnishing painting instruments and a choice from its stockpile of hundreds of pieces of pottery. Ladies saunter into classes armed with BYOB beverages and snacks, where they will share conversation and painting tips with up to 50 women. Add a chromatic splash to holiday gifts, such as a soap dish ($15), spoon rest ($15), or a Geometrix-divided candy dish ($15), or personalize ceramic table wear and household décor, adding pithy sayings to platters ($30–$40), or bedecking a large vase ($45) with surgeon-general's warnings concerning the health effects of flies landing in a venus fly trap. After pieces are fired in a kiln, guests can take their products home to use as precariously fragile frisbees.
A Music for Aardvarks class is an informal, spirited class that is geared toward children 4 months to 4 years old and incorporates singing, dancing, musical storytelling, instrumental jam sessions and more. It's an interactive musical experience that the whole family can genuinely get excited about!
At a time when many schools around the country are forced to cut back on art programs, Abrakadoodle has emerged to fill the empty creative space left behind. The studio began in 2002, when founders Mary Rogers and Rosemarie Hartnett set out to unify proven educational methods with kid-friendly art instruction. By opening Abrakadoodle, the duo wanted youngsters to experience one of the most rewarding aspects of art: having fun.
Today, Mary and Rosemarie’s vision has developed to include mobile programs that expand imaginations across the United States, as well as studios stationed throughout the world. With guidance from Abrakadoodle’s certified teachers, students aged 20 months to 12 years practice various means of self-expression during painting, drawing, sculpting, and design classes. While developing new skills and keeping the stain-remover industry in business, pintsize Picassos explore their own talents and learn about professional artists. Abrakadoodle keeps all of its class sizes small and caters to kids of any skill level.
Ken Benshish and Yi Qian both grew up loving music, but the process of learning to play it ranged from uninspiring to mind numbing. The two musicians started iSchool of Music & Art to provide a much different experience—a positive, supportive atmosphere that takes into account each student’s personality and goals. Students aged 3 and older who can’t tell a drumstick from a plectrum and don’t even know the street value of a quarter note can learn piano, drums, guitar, or voice skills from scratch, then test their newfound skills with multiple performance opportunities throughout the year. Instructors host private classes or group students into their own rock-band performance troupes, and intensive camps culminate in field trips to Lincoln Center and a tour of a real recording studio.
Toyotaro Miyazaki first donned his karate gi at the age of 15, when he began studying under Tomasaburo Okano. His journey into the world of martial arts took him to numerous competitions, landed him on the covers of magazines such as Black Belt and Karate Illustrated, and eventually brought him to New York. Once there, he opened his own dojo, Shotokai-USA, where he has taught for more than 40 years.
Like his masters before him, Miyazaki and his staff of teachers pass on the knowledge of shotokan karate’s unarmed and weapon-based fighting styles. They take students aged 3 and up from white belt to black belt, teaching them self-defense, self-discipline, and an acute distaste for two-by-fours.