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Published May 11th 2011
New York City holds street fairs and art festivals beginning around the middle of April and lasting until close to Thanksgiving. Some are held during the winter, when indoor venues can be found. At many of these events, woodworkers have their tents or displays set up so you can watch them make wooden items. You can purchase items that are completed and ready to sell or order specific things.
If you've always watched these artists (because that's what they are) and wished you could do the same, you'll be pleased to know that you can. Woodwork classes are held at many places in and around New York City at different times, so you should be able to find one that fits your schedule.
Three different studios at three different locations in Brooklyn offer Uproar Art woodwork classes. These locations are Spacecraft at 355 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn NY 11211, the Manor Arts at 160 Midwood St. Brooklyn, NY or the Textile Arts Center at 505 Carroll St., Brooklyn, NY. The classes are designed for children and teens, and are held from 11:00 AM until 7:00 PM every day. The students are encouraged to challenge themselves to create new things and learn new skills as they learn woodwork and other types of art.
3rd Ward is another venue that offers woodwork classes. The classes are taught in a project-based format, meaning you learn while you are doing. For this reason, the class sizes are kept small, so each student can receive the individual attention he may need. Their hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM until Midnight, and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to Midnight. You should have no problem fitting one of the woodwork classes here into your schedule.
33 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn is the location for the Treehouse woodwork shop. Classes are held Monday through Friday, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM; you can register online. You can take classes in such subjects as woodtiles, cutting boards, and serving tray. Fees are between $250 and $450, depending on which class you choose.
This studio is located in Queens, at 94-05 71st Avenue, in the Forest Hills neighborhood. The studio teaches a number of art courses, including woodworking. Classes are conducted all through the year, and you can obtain a schedule by calling 718-544-0265. Woodcarving by George is the only woodcarving school in New York City that holds beginners classes. So, if you've never picked up a woodworking tool, this may be the place for you to get started.