Back to School


Do you ever wish you knew how to speak Spanish, silkscreen a t-shirt, build a table, blow glass, or just work your digital camera? Here’s how to get on it:

table.jpgDIY Central: 3rd Ward (Bushwick)
This is the one-stop shop for Renaissance Men in training. Registration for Sept. classes – which range from welding to learning Illustrator to painting — has come and gone, but some openings remain, like Intro to Web Design (beginning Sept. 13), Intro to Textile Design, and Silkscreening. Check out the full slate of offerings in October, like the ever-popular furniture design course., 718-715-4961

The Undiscovered Gem: City Tech (Metrotech)
Buried within the “refrigeration mechanics” classes here is a surprising range in continuing ed courses, most beginning in October. Learn interior design, how to green your brownstone, salsa dance, cook healthy Latin food, speak Spanish, become a real estate agent, use Photoshop (and more!). For women, there’s also a free class on investing, and a seminar on picking stocks, open to the public. Download the fall catalog, and skip to “Personal Enrichment.”, 718-552-1170

mos.jpgCraft HQ: Etsy Labs (Dumbo)
If you’re the type who bought yourself a sewing machine but still can’t work it or wish you knew how to make your own clothes, stop making excuses and take a one-day workshop from these high priestesses of craft. Learn how to knit, make mosaics, jewelry, puppets, even your own pillows and bedding., 718-855-7955

If Only You Were 17 Again: Brooklyn Academy of Music (Fort Greene)
For would-be cineastes, BAM offers a fantastic class just to high school juniors and seniors. Through after-school screenings, they get their film vocab up to snuff and learn the art of film criticism with the help of guests like David Denby of the New Yorker. Oct 22-Dec 17. Download the application on the site: or call 718-636-4130.

ug.jpgHot for Teacher: Urban Glass
(Fort Greene)
Over the course of a weekend, you can learn how to make beads, marbles, and neon signs, or you can sign up for weekly classes to learn advanced glassblowing. Different start dates, beginning Sept. 15., 718-625-3685 ext. 237

A Museum Where You Can Touch the Artwork: Brooklyn Museum (Prospect Heights)
Is there a cooler place to take art classes than a museum? Kids from age 6 and up can take an amazing array of classes from sculpture to digital film. Adults get just two choices — Works on Paper, or Digital Photography. But at $215 for 10 classes (less for members!), it’s a steal. Fall session begins Oct. 6+7 (registration for non-members began yesterday)., 718-638-5000

Ogihara coffee table designed by Nao Matsumoto. Sent by Nicole.

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