Feeling Crafty? Here’s 13 Places Offering Art/DIY Classes in WNY

Art, City Guide, Classes / Workshops


Written by Emily Malkowski

Published on January 15, 2020
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Wooden art / Photo courtesy of Loaded Lumber

It’s no secret that creativity is a value that’s highly regarded among the Western New York community. We love to show our support for up-and-coming creatives and local artisans by shopping local, and our city’s genuine appreciation for the arts is truly a defining characteristic. So it only makes sense that Buffalo offers tons of DIY classes for artists of all skill levels, perfect for rediscovering an old hobby or trying something new on your next night out. 

Whether you have a passion for painting, or can barely draw a recognizable stick figure, use our guide below to find the artsy class (boozy or otherwise) that’s right for you: 


Paint Classes & Boozy Paint Nights:

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Painting / Photo courtesy of Pinot’s Palette

1. Pinot’s Palette

9570 Transit Rd / Website

Socials:  Facebook + Instagram

What to Expect: Private parties, workshops, and classes by age group. Wine, beer, cocktails, soft drinks, and water are available. Food is unavailable for purchase, however guests can opt to bring any outside food items they’d like.


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Snowman door decor / Photo courtesy of Painting with a Twist

2. Painting with a Twist 

2860 Niagara Falls Blvd, Amherst NY / 3735 Union Rd, Lancaster NY / 1054 Union Rd, West Seneca NY /Website

Amherst Socials: Facebook

Lancaster Socials: Facebook

West Seneca Socials: Facebook + Instagram

What to Expect: Choose from classes and private parties. Food & drink are unavailable for purchase, but guests 21+ are permitted to BYOB. 


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Snowman painting / Photo courtesy of Cheers Monet

3. Cheers to Monet 

229 Lake St in Hamburg / Facebook + Instagram

What to Expect: Choose from classes, workshops, private parties, events, and “paint what you want” nights, or opt to host a party from the comfort of your own home. Studio policy on food & drinks is BYOB & small snacks, but catering, large platters, pizzas, etc. are limited to private parties only.


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Buffalo paintings / Photo courtesy of Paint the Town

4. Paint the Town 

74 Allen Street / Website

Socials: Facebook + Instagram

What to Expect: Classes & private parties are available. Food & drink policy varies depending on the venue booked. 



Ceramic painting kit / Photo courtesy of Imagine That Olcott

5. Imagine That Olcott/Paint With Personality

957 E Main St, Olcott, NY 14126 / Website

Socials: FacebookInstagram

What to Expect: Imagine That Olcott is a paint your own pottery studio but, there is no need to fire their ceramics. You can get a take home kit and paint in the comfort of your own home. They also host paint nights, kids art camp, and story telling & other creative things as well.


Pottery, Clay & Glass Art: 

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Pottery class / Photo courtesy of Terra Clay Studio

6. Terra Clay Studio

2954 Delaware Ave / Website

Socials: Facebook + Instagram

What to Expect: Choose from a six-week long core clay series class or a one-time “try-it” class. Date night classes, private parties, workshops, and classes for teens/children are also frequently offered. Check out our article here to learn more about what Terra Clay Studio has to offer.


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Clay mugs / Photo courtesy of Artyard Studio

7. Artyard Studio 

5701 Main Street in Williamsville / Website

Socials: Facebook + Instagram

What to Expect: Six-week long classes are available, as well as special events, workshops, and summer camps for kids. “Give it a spin clay dates” are date night classes for couples, and are generally available on weekend nights.


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Glass decor / Photo courtesy of Expressive Glass

8. Expressive Glass

3333 Lake Shore Rd / Website

Socials: Facebook + Instagram

What to Expect: Flameworking & fusing classes are available in-studio, as well as virtual one-on-one coaching in soft glass for already established artists. Private classes and group demos are available upon request.


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Painted mugs / Photo courtesy of Designing Dish

9. Designing Dish

138 Grey Street in East Aurora / Website

Socials: Facebook + Instagram

What to Expect: Paint a pre-made piece of pottery or choose to create your own masterpiece made of silver clay or glass. Walk-ins are welcome during regular hours, and birthday parties, ladies nights, and private art lessons can be scheduled in advance.


Other Unique DIY Classes:

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Buffalo 3D art sign / Photo courtesy of Loaded Lumber

10. Loaded Lumber

223 South Park Ave / Website

Socials: Facebook + Instagram

What to Expect: #DIYanddrink with Loaded Lumber at one of their unique DIY wood pallet parties, workshops, or private events throughout Buffalo. Book a private party at a venue of your choice, or stop by an open workshop hosted at one of Buffalo’s awesome breweries for a super chill artistic experience. 


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Buffalo thread art / Photo courtesy of StudioHue DIY Parties

11. StudioHue DIY Parties

50 Broadway Ave / Website

Socials: Facebook + Instagram

What to Expect: You know what’s better than buying some cheap art from Target that everyone else probably already has? Supporting a local business and making something special (and Buffalo-themed) for your home at a StudioHue DIY party! Attend a party, crafty happy hour, or open studio event at a local venue or host your own private event where you can choose your own craft. Check out some of their upcoming events here.


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Yarn art / Photo courtesy of MUSEJar

12. MUSEJar

17 Elm Street in East Aurora / Website

Socials: Facebook + Instagram

What to Expect: The creatives at MUSEJar want to help you find your muse, whatever that may be! Their classes are so unique and cover a wide range of topics, including watercoloring, embroidery, paper quilling, and so much more. You can also rent out their beautiful space in East Aurora for private events- as their website says, it’s “the perfect blank canvas for events, collaboration, and more!” Check out some of their upcoming events here.


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Planter DIY / Photo courtesy of Vintage Chameleon

13. Vintage Chameleon


Socials: Facebook + Instagram 

What to Expect: Attention plant lovers- this one’s for you! Julia Hardick of VintageChameleon offers some of the most unique DIY plant classes in Buffalo. Create your own planters, terrariums, and more at local businesses like The Plant Shack and Prima Oliva Cafe, or stop by one of her local plant swaps (listed on Instagram) to make friends with other fellow house plant addicts in Buffalo. 

Written by <a href="" target="_self">Emily Malkowski</a>

Written by Emily Malkowski

Based in Buffalo, Emily is a marketing professional by day, and a freelance writer by night. She is passionate about uncovering unique stories, and dreams of cross-country road trips, endless sunshine, and adopting multiple dogs.
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