Williamsburg fun things to do include soaking up the neighborhood’s artsy factor. But don’t just admire the street art or visit a gallery, make your own creation at one of these five local hotspots with drop-in art classes.
Brooklyn Craft Company
This collective of makers welcome you into their industrial artist loft, which is warmed up by retro furniture and racks of brightly-colored yarns. Here they teach one-time classes in “modern crafts and DIY.” Learn to make your own decor and wearables with courses like jewelry making and terrarium creation. Most of the crafts appeal to both genders, with knitting being a surprising hit with the guys. So bring a date or your bff out for fun events like Catlady Craft Night and DIY Date Night: Glass Etching & Mixology. Online registration is required.
61 Greenpoint Ave., Greenpoint, Brooklyn; G subway to Greenpoint Ave. or East River Ferry to Greenpoint; Web site: www.brooklyncraftcompany.com.
Drink n’ Draw at Bat Haus
On Wednesday nights this sleek coworking/event space in Bushwick takes the vibe of a popular art school class. Budget minded artists will like the opportunity to sketch a live model for a $10 admission fee, which includes all-you-can-drink beer from Brooklyn Brewery. Just keep in mind, a drink is sure to loosen up your form, but a few more might hinder your drawing. Best to bring your own art supplies, although some are provided if you forget.
Wednesday 8 pm-10:30 pm; 279 Starr St., Bushwick, Brooklyn; 917-865-8660; L Subway to Jefferson St.; Web site: bathaus.com.
Baked in Brooklyn
There’s no need to wait for a class to be creative; you can drop in anytime to this relaxed ceramics shop for some decorating fun. Buy one of their unglazed items (like a serving tray, mug, or pet bowl) and the low-key staff will set you up at a table and provide the paints you’ll need to create your piece. The activity is kid-friendly and brings in frequent weekend child birthday parties, however the BYOB policy also makes the space appealing to adults and ladies group parties. Ceramics typically range $18–30 and there is a $9 paint fee. If you prefer structured classes, they have those too, like the Mosaic Workshop and Adult Clay Class.
242 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-384-2300; L subway to Bedford Ave. or East River Ferry to N. Williamsburg; Web site: http://baked-in-brooklyn.com.
What if you want to get your hands dirty and make your own pottery? Head to Choplet, a full-fledged potter’s studio (with an adorable name) that opens its doors to novices for one-day and multi-week classes. Kids and adults can learn wheel-throwing, hand-building, raku, and special sessions like Claymation Camp. These guys really know their clay, just make sure to remind them if you need more instruction. Most one-day classes are $65, includes materials.
238 Grand Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 917-547-8316; Subways: L to Bedford Ave. or J/M/Z to Marcy; Web site: http://www.choplet.com.
Still waiting for your brush with greatness? Perhaps you’ll find it with painting. At the Painting Lounge you’ll join a group of new and amateur painters in copying a masterwork—a fun exposure to brush strokes, color, and composition. There is a no-judgement vibe here from the youthful students who look arty, but perhaps have yet to prove it. Classes start at $50 and include all materials.
438 Union Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn,; 212-518-1803; L subway to Lorimer; Web site: http://www.paintinglounge.com.