Creative Classes

The Bridgeport Art Center hosts several tenants that offer various classes. Please contact them directly for questions concerning class schedules and fees.
* All prices and classes are subject to change and should be confirmed with the appropriate contacts below.

Chicago Ceramic Center

Try your hand at making something out of mud! Three hour Beginning Wheel Throwing classes are offered throughout the week. Participants will experience basic methods of centering clay, forming cylinder and bowl forms, trimming, and adding handles. Additionally, students will learn how to finish their pots using standard decorating and glazing techniques. No prior experience needed.

Course fee includes 25 pounds clay, tools, bisque firing and glaze firing. No additional costs. Open studios on Saturday are also included for currently enrolled students.

Wheel throwing classes starting at:

  • $315 for 8 weeks
  • $175 basic
  • $190 premium per month for independent study.
Advanced classes, figurative, and Hand-building and other classes are available on the web site.

Dancing Brush Creativity

Tamara Wasserman is a visual artist whose paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions nationally. Her art is in private collections world-wide. She describes her most recent works as resulting from the fusion of observation with emotion. She creates using oils, acrylics, oil pastels, and charcoal on canvas or wood.

Wasserman offers art classes and Dancing Brush creativity workshops for individuals


  • Tuition: $60 for a two-hour class or workshop per student.
  • Packages of 4 or 10 sessions are available.
  • Special art events for groups up to 10 participants are also available.

Call 773-802-2159

Jeffrey Hirst Fine Art Studio

Artists Jeffrey Hirst and Helen Dannelly teach encaustic painting, ink painting onto Yupo (synthetic watercolor paper) and printmaking workshops throughout the year at Bridgeport Art Center.

Independent studies are available as well for students wishing to pursue private instruction.

Classes starting at $120 for 4 hour sessions.

Chicago Maker Space

The Chicago Maker Space is a creators’ workplace born of the need for artists to continue their practice beyond post-secondary or institutional training. Founders Eli Merritt  and Sam Merritt have designed an open studio-style environment equipped with a metal and wood shop along with four private, 10′ x 10′ studio spaces available for rent. Centrally located at the Bridgeport Arts Center. (Enter on North side off of Racine Ave / 34th Place.

Yoga In Vogue Studio

Yoga in Vogue is a small studio with a big heart that lives inside of The Bridgeport Art Center in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side. We came here to spread news: Self-Care and Self-Love is our Birthright. Yoga and Mediation is for every body and anyone. We are about Community and Joy.


Located Inside the
Bridgeport Art Center
Studio OC3030
1200 West 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609


  • Enter on North Side off of Racine + 34th

  • Parking is available on the north side of the building

  • In the event of schedule events, you may be directed to additional parking areas

  • Divvy Bike station available on 35th street in front of the building

  • Bike racks are available off of Racine near the Sculpture Garden Loadin

Chris newman metal sculpture classes


  • During a two-hour class customers will create a sculpture made in steel, stainless steel, or aluminum.

  • Materials, tools, and equipment are included.

  • The purpose of the studio session is for the customer to create a tabletop sculpture that expresses their own vision. Finished pieces make wonderful additions to home or gifts to family and friends.

  • Students will be given the opportunity to make either a figurative or an abstract piece and to select metal pieces from an assortment provided to them. Then they will decide how they are to be assembled, using clamps and vises, and joined by welding.

  • Customers will have access to welding equipment, hand tools, and sanders for cutting and finishing and personal guidance by Chris. At the beginning, he will provide information on the equipment and instruction on designing and making the sculpture. At all times, emphasis is placed on personal safety, including wearing masks and permitting only non-alcoholic beverages.


  • During the studio visit, Chris will guide the customers through the process of making a sculpture. He will answer all the questions and show examples of the kind of sculpture customers will make.

  • Classes are limited to 2 persons. Studio times are from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

  • About the instructor: Chris is a recognized professional sculptor with a portfolio that includes public and private sculptures. He has exhibited in the Chicagoland area and many other locations. He has taught sculpture and design at the college level, including the Cleveland Institute of Art.

studio 3140 wet paintbrush
make mine aRt - sip and Sew

Come, let me share with you a chance to view some of my newest as well as some of my earliest works of art. My studio is opened by appointment only and open to the public every Third Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.  I am located at the Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th Street, Chicago,  Studio 3140, WET PAINTBRUSH.  You are invited browse for a while and perhaps you’ll find the perfect work of art for yourself or for a special someone. You learn about opportunities to participate in our “Make Mine Art” and “Sip & Sew Chicago” party events. My studio is also available for small meetings and events. 

Make Mine Art are 3-hour art-making workshops held in a beautifully inspirational gallery/workspace. The classes are led by me, a professional teaching artist. These art activities will introduce the basics of creating fabulous works of art, and/or crafts while listening to music, chatting with new and old friends, enjoying spectacular beverages, and scrumptious snacks.   

Sip and Sew Chicago is designed for groups to experience the art of sewing.  These classes are appropriate for beginner and intermediate seamsters. We create complete projects in each 3-hour class. You are encouraged to sign up for future classes.  We supply all materials and sewing machines usage. We provide complimentary drinks and light snacks. Participants learn to use the sewing machine, make basic seams, and creative finishings as an introduction into the world of sewing. This class is co-hosted by Sew Creative Lounge from Washington, DC.