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Join DIY Classes at The ARTery

The mission of The ARTery is to inspire people to buy handmade goods, bring back a do-it-yourself culture and to be a prime outlet for local artists and free trade artisans to sell their work. The  classroom in a separate room in the back of the gift shop will feature crowd-sourced classes on how to make things by hand. Local artisans from DIY Brooklyn will be teaching our first classes.

 In December, on the following Sundays, from 2:30-4:30 are the following- $35 per class:

Dec. 2nd: Oatmeal Soap bar: – In this class you’ll learn how to make cold-process soap at home, just like the luxury soaps that sell for $6 a bar and more. You’ll learn how to use colors, scents and add everything from goat milk to herbs, and you will bring home a 4-oz bar you made yourself.

Dec. 9th: Massage Bar & Lip Balm- Learn to make skin soothing solid lotions, which includes lip balms and massage bars, from sexy flavors to heavenly scents like lavender coconut and cocoa almond. You’ll come away with one massage bar in a small mason jar and a tin of lip balm you made yourself.

Dec 16th: Pickles and MustardSOLD OUT!!!  ( Sorry, we’ll have to schedule another class: leave your email address at

Delve into the world of pickles and mustard making and learn the history and origins of pickles and mustard, and discuss what spices and additives add to each. You will make a jar of refrigerator pickles that crunch with crispy goodness and make a great addition to any cheese plate.  You will also learn to make and take home your own signature mustard that will be a worthy addition to any hot dog.

To register for classes- each is $35, stop by the store, or pay by pay pal now:
   Need further info?   email:


We Drank and Drew at Lark Cafe

Our die-hard drawing students braved the torrential downpour and tornado warnings to participate in the first ever Drink and Draw class at the Lark Cafe last Tuesday.  Teacher Amy Digi was very cool and the vibe was more like friends hanging out and drawing than a drawing class.  At one point, we were so giddy and chatty that the fiction writing teacher from the room next store came in to hush us. But as you can see from the photo above, it was all concentration and seriousness as we focused on getting down the curves and shapes of our model, Monica, a veteran from the Art Student League.

Half the class had never drawn from a model before. Amy showed us all how to render the form by looking at negative space and seeing shape relationships.  We drew from  ten 1-minute poses, two 5-minute poses, three 10- minute poses and one 15-minute pose, with breaks in between to discuss and share our work.

I’m very proud of these gesture drawings I did from the 1 minute poses!

As you can see,  it really doesn’t matter if you know how to draw, it’s a great night out!  And the Jever beers, imported from Germany from a local Kensington resident, helped keep us loose and happy.

So due to popular demand, (and our survey), we are planning a 6-week Drink and Draw class series. Students will need to pay in advance and reserve their space.  There will be different models each week. The location will  be determined.

If interested, Please send us a comment below with your name and contact information and the days and times that work best for you. We’ll get back to you when we’re ready to launch!

Hope to see you there!

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