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Creative Arts

The medium can be anything you can touch to make something totally unique. Taking any one of our hands-on classes will release the artist inside of you.

Woman painting outside.

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

Maya Angelou
Tobi Kahn lecturing at PACE gallery.
View of Collioure painting.
Two women knitting.
Paint brushes.
Hands knitting.
Seniors cooking.
People slicing tomatoes in a cooking class.


Pre-registration required for all creative arts classes.

Sarah Gottesman Lubin Program for Creative Arts & Crafts

Sarah Gottesman Lubin was an avid crafter who especially enjoyed the soft arts of quilting and needlepoint. She was an active member of the Pomegranate Guild. After her passing the Sarah Gottesman Lubin Program for Creative Arts and Crafts was established in her memory at the JCC so that others could explore and enjoy the exciting world of crafts and culture. This endowment provides opportunities for people to experience the sheer love and joy of creating something of beauty with their own hands.

Painting with Watercolor & Watercolor Pencil
With Paulette Cochet
Experience the fascinating art of painting with watercolor and water-soluble colored pencils. Discover the joy of filling your drawings with brush strokes, brilliant washes, and beautiful watercolor effects.
8 Tuesdays, Oct 12-Dec 7, 10:30 am-1 pm, $240/$295

Acrylic Painting
With Paulette Cochet  
Discover the amazing versatility and ease of painting with acrylics. Explore a wide range of techniques from thick, luscious brush strokes to fluid and transparent washes. Open to all levels.
8 Wednesdays, Oct 20-Dec 15, 10:30 am-1 pm, $240/$295

The Art of Drawing
With Paulette Cochet
Engage your senses and advance your ability to improve your drawing skills in a creative and supportive environment.  Explore the natural world as you gain the confidence to take your work to a new level through informative, innovative, and unique approaches. Open to all levels.
6 Thursdays, Oct 21-Dec 2, 10:30 am-1 pm, $180/$220

New! Collage Workshop 
With Harriet Finck
Consider collage a gateway to the visual arts. With minimal technique – cutting, tearing, pasting random bits of rescued material – we compose fresh and intriguing new narratives. Bring old photographs, the contents of your recycling bin, odd sidewalk finds; along with some glue and scissors, you’re ready to begin. 
2 Wednesdays, Nov 10 & 17, 1:30-4 pm, $40/$50

BEST Thanksgiving EVER
with Peppercorn Events’ Jess Ford
Learn how with our “everything but the turkey” cooking class. Start with cranberry and brie crostini, followed by a creamy pumpkin soup, traditional stuffing, creamed kale with crispy shallots and roasted local squash with Stracciatella. We’ll finish with a decadent pecan pie-topped brownie. Whether you’re hosting or bringing a side, you’ll be giving thanks for this delicious food!
Wednesday, Nov 10, 7 pm, $65/$78

Memoirs (virtual)
With Ruth Padawer
This workshop offers you an opportunity to gain confidence in your literary voice and learn valuable writing skills.  Class will meet in-person at the JCC and over zoom.
8 Mondays, Sep 13-Nov 1, 10 am-12 pm, $220 /$265
8 Mondays, Sep 13-Nov 1, 12:30 pm-2:30 pm, $220 /$265
Sponsored by the Ratner-Seiden Senior Adult Center for the Arts.

iPhone Photography: Tips and tricks for better photos Virtual
With Karen Gowen, professional photographer|
This two-session online class will introduce you to the many features on an iPhone that will help you take better photos.
The first interactive class will walk you through composition, basic settings on the iPhone camera and a discussion of editing techniques. The second class will involve reviewing new work you created.
2 Tuesdays, Nov 2 & 9, 4-5:30 pm, $10/$15