Creative Classes for Teens in NJ

Take your pick from these film-making, fashion, drawing and animation, robotics and music classes from around the state.



 Explore your teen's creative passions from makeup to Mozart in one of these after-school classes.

NJ Film School

755 Central Ave., New Providence • 908-508-0800

This is where young filmmakers learn everything they need to know to be the next Kubrick. Choose from specialties like screenwriting, film editing (it’s never too early to master Final Cut Pro) or on-screen makeup and special effects in the Black Eyes, Bullet Holes & Zombie class. Costs and registration dates vary. njfilmschool.com

Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

68 Elm St., Summit • 908-273-9121

Tim Gunn protégés unite in this DIY Fashion class. Students use scissors and trimmings like lace, beads and studs to transform garments from ho-hum to extraordinary in this 10-week-long course. $280 for non-members; $250 for members plus a $15 materials fee. public.artcenternj.org

Classic Thyme

710 South Ave. West, Westfield • 908-232-5445

This Italian-inspired cooking studio is perfect practice for the teen who dreams of competing on Master Chef. He’ll learn the ins and outs of kitchen safety, develop knife skills and brush up on a ton of classic recipes that will even impress his old-school grandmother. Plus, he’ll learn baking basics by making sweet treats like chocolate-covered strawberries and lemon meringue pie. $59 per class. classicthyme.com

The Art Garage

212 Glenridge Ave., Montclair • 973-744-6484

When third period art class is only scratching the surface, enroll him in more intensive studies that will keep him creating long after school is out. Build a baseline with Drawing Foundations and Beginner Animation, or let your Marvel-obsessed kid invent his own exaggerated, over-the-top characters in Superhero Anatomy or Teen Toon Boom Studio, where he can do it using real animation software. Classes start at $185 for a 10-week session. artgaragenj.com

Storming Robots

3322 Rte. 22, Branchburg • 908-595-1010

Let her experiment with her own hands-on robotics projects in this weekly two-hour club, which also sponsors different tech-inspired field trips. Once she’s become a circuit master, she can show off her skills in one-on-one robot battles. Costs vary. stormingrobots.com

Lakeland Youth Symphony

 96 Powerville Rd., Mountain Lakes • 973-402-6010

Your talented technician can audition for either the orchestra or string ensembles. Split into four ability levels, she will learn techniques, musical periods and styles, as well as sheet music at her own pace in a weekly rehearsal. $480. lakelandyouthsymphony.org

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