It’s a new year, and if you’re anything like us, you plan on being your best self in 2024.
While there are millions of things to do in NYC year round, there are so many things to learn! If you added mastering a new skill to your resolution list, we’ve got you covered.
There is no shortage of classes and workshops in the Big Apple to get your creative juices flowing. Whether you want to learn to make candles, create pottery, make pasta from scratch, or even learn to DJ, the possibilities are endless! After all, New York was declared the most productive state last year.
So here’s to a new year of new hobbies!
1. Get crafty with pottery classes
There have always been pottery classes in NYC, but during the pandemic, there was a boom in interest as more people wanted to learn to work with their hands. There are a number of studios offering a diverse array of ceramic classes for children, adults and everyone in between. Some studios, like Pottery Studio 1, offer daily group sessions so you can book customized events like birthdays, corporate gatherings, and romantic date nights for an immersive experience out of the norm. Visitors have the opportunity to craft a variety of items, including mugs, bowls, vases, candlesticks, and more.
2. Brush up on your culinary skills at a culinary boot camp
If you’re obsessed with The Bear like we are, this is the boot camp for you! No need to enroll in culinary school. Home Cooking New York’s Culinary Boot Camp For Adults will teach you everything you need to know about cooking for both amateurs and beginners. You’ll learn knife skills, chicken, beef, and seafood techniques, and how to make pasta, pizza, and more! they also offer vegetarian and baking courses.
3. Learn to make a new dish at a cooking class
If you’re looking to learn to cook a specific dish, there are workshops for that as well! There are so many cooking classes and workshops offered in New York, teaching just about any cuisine and cooking style that you could possibly want. From sushi to pasta, pizza and ramen, you’ll learn to satisfy your cravings without paying excessive delivery fees this year. Some of these classes offer group rates, so round up your gang and head to the kitchen!
4. Channel your inner Basquiat with a painting class
You might be out of grade school, but it’s not too late to brush up on your arts and crafts skills! Painting is one of the most beautiful avenues of self-expression and is proven to have a positive effect on mental health. With these painting classes, you can learn the ins and outs of different styles and take them as seriously as you want. Try your hand at abstract painting, portrait painting, landscapes and more!Best Painting Classes In NYC You Should Sign Up For
5. Learn the art of flower arranging
If you’re tired of boring roses and baby’s breath, take some time this year to learn how to spruce up your next bouquet! Read My Tulips has a monthly flower arranging class in Long Island City that you won’t want to miss. The Blooms & Booze Floral Arranging Workshop is an interactive experience that’ll teach you to make your next gift or centerpiece look better than the flower shops. Sip on a drink, mingle, and watch your creativity bloom!
Be sure to follow Read My Tulips on Instagram to keep up with future workshops.
6. Get your body moving at a dance class
If you love to dance and aren’t afraid to show it, there’s no better way to hone your skills than taking a dance class. In a city like New York, you’ll find endless opportunities to hit the dance floor. Whether you’re looking to take classes to improve your skills or you want to pick up a new form altogether, you’ll definitely find the class for you!Best Dance Classes To Dust Off Your Moves In NYC Right Now
7. Make some home decor at a tufting class
In the last few years, rug tufting has had a BOOM thanks to social media and for good reason. Rugs are crazy expensive so why not learn to make your own? Most tufting workshops will cost you around $200 but think of all the money you’ll save making rugs for every inch of your apartment!
8. Train to be the host with the most with a mixology class
It’s time that your DIY cocktails at home take it up a notch. Sharpen your bartending skills with a mixology class this year! Sip & Stir: The essential Seasonal Mixology workshop is led by a seasoned mixologist. This hands-on session will guide you through the art of mastering four delightful seasonal concoctions from the timeless sophistication of the Bourbon Old Fashioned to the zesty kick of a Spicy Mango Margarita.
9. Express yourself with the art of Sumi-e
We listed painting, but how about learning an old Japanese art form? Sumi-e (or Suibokuga) is an East Asian art form that has been practiced for over a thousand years and uses an ink wash-painting technique. Using the fewest possible strokes, Sumi-e aims to depict the spirit or essence of an object or scene, seeing through the superficiality of outward appearance. In this beginner friendly class, you’ll learn the basics of ink-wash painting. Ink, brushes and calligraphy paper are all provided.
10. Learn to fly at a trapeze class
Trapeze School New York’s Flying Trapeze classes let students safely experience the exhilaration of this extraordinary circus art, regardless of fitness level or athletic background. They offer classes, workshops for strength and conditioning, youth classes and even parties so you can learn with friends!