8th StreetAstor Place

Let the Village Expand Your Mind

You can always be a student at heart in the Village.  Home to New York City’s foremost educational institutions, people have been coming to the Village for centuries to pursue their artistic and academic interests.  There are literarily hundreds of classes being offered in the area from the traditional foreign language classes to the more unusual typography courses.

On 8th Street, explore your artistic passion at these spots: 

The New York Studio School, located in the former Whitney Museum at 8 West 8th Street, has classes in sculpting, painting, drawing and watercolor open to the public in the evenings and on weekends.

Down the block at Textile Arts Center located at 26 West 8th Street, there are classes for all ages.  Hone your skills in weaving, needle arts or leather working.  Sign up now for the kids' summer camp!

For photography enthusiasts, you can get your Holga or Diana camera out and take a workshop with Lomography located at 41 West 8th Street.

Broadway Pandhandler at 65 East 8 Street offers kitchen demonstration in their store.  Check out the link to their website for more information.  

Interested in Italian wines? Otto Enoteca Pizzeria at 1 Fifth Ave. holds classes practically every week.

The major institutions located in the Village also have continuing education courses that cover everything under the sky:

The New School’s major divisions offer classes in music, art and social theory:

For the hidden opera star, voice classes can be taken at the Mannes College.

Parsons has non-degree design classes in interior design, fashion and digital media.

With 4,000 courses, professional certificate programs, intensive programs, and more offered annually in a wide array of subject areas, NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies is one of the world's leading providers of continuing education.

Cooper Union is one of the country’s foremost architectural and engineering schools.  Their continuing education program offers an array of courses from LEED certification to New York City History to the more hands on Calligraphy, Typography and Printmaking.

Additionally the Salmagundi Art Club at 47 5th Avenue offers five weekly sketch and painting classes.  No reservation is required but call earlier to make sure that classes are being offered. 


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