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Overview

As the largest professional, public-access glass facility in the New York Metropolitan area, we offer entry points for all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds to learn about the creative possibilities of glass. From introductory lessons taught by distinguished teachers from across the United States, to master-level intensives led by internationally-acclaimed artists, UrbanGlass’ year-round educational programming provides a space to explore this incredible material through hands-on and experiential learning.  

We strive to:

Welcome 
Foster an accessible, comfortable environment for all to engage in and learn about glass.

Inspire
Present a dynamic range of educational experiences to expose students to the vast possibilities of working with glass.  

Instruct
Provide guidance and resources to empower students in their study and increase their skills with the material. 

Nurture
Create avenues of continued interest and access to the material, while fostering a community of students, instructors, and professional artists.   

Propel 
Advance students forward into new realms within and outside of the glass field.

Our programs:

Classes

Classes at UrbanGlass offer students of all ages the opportunity to explore the endless possibilities of glass. Educational programming includes everything from introductory classes for all ages to master classes for professional artists, as both in-person and virtual offerings. 

Get more information about Registering for Classes, including our Cancellation Policy, here

Buy a Gift Certificate for class credit through our store, here

Scholarships
As a highly resource-intensive process, access to glass can be cost prohibitive. In an effort to ensure accessibility to this material we are able to offer discounts to our workshops based on financial need and demonstrated interest, as well as a limited number of full scholarships supported by generous donors. Applications are accepted quarterly, and all are welcome to apply! Learn more about our specific opportunities here.

To learn about how you can help ensure glass remains accessible, please contact Director of Development Rachel Feinberg at rachel@urbanglass.org.

Youth Programs

UrbanGlass is committed to encouraging the next generation to learn about and get inspired by glass. Bringing together both art and science, our programs for young learners highlight the material properties and possibilities of glass. Along with glass techniques, because of the nature of the material, students also learn the value of collaboration, persistence, communication, and mutual respect. From workshops and summer camps to hosting your next birthday party, start learning today!

The Bead Project

For more than 20 years, the Bead Project scholarship program has provided free instruction in glass beadmaking, jewelry design, and entrepreneurship, as well as access to a community of artists, to economically disadvantaged womxn in New York. Learn more and apply here.

Private & Group Lessons
Private and group lessons offer a student-directed exploration of the techniques offered across our studios. Private lessons pair up to two students with an experienced teaching artist for in-depth exploration.  While group lessons offer an unparalleled team-building experience or a unique way to celebrate a special milestone with family and friends. Fill out a request for your lesson today.

Partnerships
We partner with educational and cultural institutions for tours, demonstrations, and workshops, as well as semester-long course offerings for both youth and university students. Start a long-term partnership with us today!

Community Programs
We are always looking for ways to serve and support our artist community members, our neighbors, and the wider glass world. Join us for a Professional Development session, get introduced to our studio through Open Studios, meet us at a local fair to learn more about our programs, and so much more!