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February 24, 2008 12:53 PM   Subscribe

Help me find some art classes for a rank beginner in New York City.

My business is folding and I am hoping to take a year or two of my retirement now in my early 40s. I want to take some photography and art courses in New York City. I have no measurable talent and less experience. Where should I go for a friendly, hands on introduction to drawing, watercolors and photography?
posted by shothotbot to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I would try the continuing ed classes at NYU, or SVA, or Parsons/The New School. I took a pinhole camera class at The New School and it was definitely for beginners, and it looks like their other classes are also geared to beginners.
posted by rottytooth at 1:11 PM on February 24, 2008

I bet the Art Students League would have a course for you.
posted by blaneyphoto at 1:14 PM on February 24, 2008

ICP is great for photography... very good facilities and lots and lots of classes offered at different times.
posted by xo at 1:58 PM on February 24, 2008

NY Academy of Art, NY Studio School, Grand Central Academy, and National Academy of Art (which has a drawing class purely for beginners.) Most classes at these schools will have a few complete beginners, and they are generally very friendly.
posted by thegreatfleecircus at 3:46 PM on February 24, 2008

If you're looking for something inexpensive and a great community, try art classes at the Educational Alliance. I took a beginner's drawing class there and loved the atmosphere. I was worried about feeling intimidated but it was very free and welcoming.
posted by pinksoftsoap at 5:33 PM on February 24, 2008

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