Best Activities for Budding Artists


Kids enrolled in HiArt! classes take advantage of living in a culture capital
By Alizah Salario

Fun places for discerning young New Yorkers


HiArt! Kids
227 West 29th St. Studio 4R
212-209-1552
hiartkids.com
Hi Art! Kids helps the littlest New Yorkers take full advantage of having a culture capital as their playground. Kids enrolled in classes here have jumped under Christo’s gates, been part of an Albert Maysles documentary, worked on a community mosaic in Harlem and so much more. In addition to afterschool courses, take advantage of their Arty Paradise NYC winter camp, running from December 26-29. Parents join younger kids for a half-day of creativity, older ones stay for a full day.


The Met
1000 Fifth Ave.
212-570-3961
metmuseum.org
Budding artists can hone their skills among the masters at the Met’s myriad programs, taught by experienced educators and teaching artists who use the entire museum as an expanded classroom. An interactive gallery program allows kids to time-travel and get up close and personal with the Met’s collection as they engage in mythology and folklore from around the globe. And on weekend afternoons families can create mini-masterpieces in hands-on workshops.


The Art Studio NY
145 West 96th St. #1b
212-932-8484
theartstudiony.com
This art studio specializes in drawing out the artist from within each and every student. Classes are kept small, and the focus on both self-expression and artistic technique makes them incredibly fulfilling. Older kids can take classes like “Drawing and Painting from the Heart.” For the youngest artists, Art Studio NY offers Mommy and Me classes that help develop fine motor skills and strong communication. During winter break they even host day-long art camps; don’t miss out.