Creatively Wild Art Studio | Dumbo's original Art School since 2009

Winner BEST ART SCHOOL IN BROOKLYN 2021 + 2022 #BestofBrooklyn

Creatively Wild is a locally owned small business in DUMBO, founded by international artist Donna Maree Wilding, better known to all as DM! The studio was the very first original Art School in the area and our doors have been open since 2009. We originally ran out of a small basement studio on Dumbo’s Plymouth Street and grew in scope mostly by word of mouth. Now, the studio is located in a gorgeous light airy space right around the corner on Water Street. We are blessed to be serving our beloved community of DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights, Vinegar Hill, Cobble Hill, Park Slope, Downtown Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan, Tribeca, the Financial District, Seaport + beyond!

Open Everyday

Adult Art Program | After School Kids Program | After School Teen Program | Weekend Art Classes for all ages | Toddler Art Program

Birthday Parties | Private Art Classes | Online Private Art Classes + Programs | Offsite Private Art lessons

Private Painting Parties for Adults | Team Building Events + Corporate Parties | Kids Birthday Parties

Award winning Art Camps for Kids + Teens are offered Spring, Summer, Fall, Holiday Art Camps through Public Holidays + School Recess.

Offering Instruction in:

Painting, Oil Painting, Watercolor Painting, Acrylic Painting, Pastels, Landscape Painting, Self Expression Painting, Abstract Art, Realism Painting, Still Life Painting, Cityscape Painting, Portrait Painting, Pencil Drawing, Charcoal Drawing, Figure Drawing, Anatomy Drawing, Anime Drawing, Cartooning, Comic Book + Graphic Art Novel Illustration, Digital Art, Procreate Art, Stop Motion Animation, Mixed media, Collage, Graffiti + Pop Style Techniques, 3D + Found Object Art + More!

How our group Art Classes run:

Our Classes run according to our seasonal studio calendar and are offered with a week to week curriculum at discounted rate. We recommend wherever possible to join a full class course to see any real progress in your preferred medias. All full class courses are offered with a slight discount. We also offer single day sign up options for those who wish to try out a class, please note single day sign ups are meant as trial classes, so please manage your expectation as a single class in no way represents a full class course.

Private Art Classes:

Offered for all age groups + levels in the media of your own choice: Adult- Kids, Teen, Toddlers. Private Art Lessons can be booked according to your own preference of date + time, offered by the hour and in discounted packages for individuals or small groups.

Location: 98 Water Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn NY 11201

How to get to our studio:

  • F train to York Street
  • A/C train to High Street
  • 2/3 train to Clark St
  • B25 bus to Water/Main
  • Ferry to Dumbo Landing

For more information on our studio check out our Studio FAQS

Walk in Policies:

While we welcome last minute sign ups & walk ins (numbers permitting), if you have not registered & show up at our studio wanting to join a class or camp, you will be required to fill out a class or camp waiver upon arrival. This is mandatory, even if you attended before or we know you! Filling out the Class or Camp waiver takes a few minutes & will affect your class or camp start time, so we strongly advise registering on our website prior to arrival. Be mindful of other students or campers- Drop off is busy with temperature checks & role call so please help us by registering in advance on our website. We thank you for your cooperation during this challenging time.

Please note during the ongoing crisis, anyone attending an in-person Class, Camp, or any other event or activity held in our studio must adhere to CDC & NY Safety guidelines.


Health + Safety Updates:

  • The wearing of Masks + face coverings are now optional for all staff + students for all classes and events.
  • Those who prefer to wear a face covering in class are encouraged to do so. *Therefore please do not assume that those wearing a mask are unvaccinated. 
  • Students + staff, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask when:
    • Returning to CWAS on the sixth day after testing positive for COVID-19, through day 10 after symptom onset or date of positive test, whichever is earlier.
    • Exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Students + staff, regardless of vaccination status, are strongly recommended to wear a mask: 
    • When they were exposed to someone with COVID-19, whether the exposure occurred in the studio or outside the studio. The person should wear a mask for 10 days after their last day of exposure and get tested at least 24 hours apart on day 4 and day 5 of their exposure. 
    • When they are moderately to severely immunocompromised and masking is recommended by their healthcare provider.
  • We will continue to ask students NOT to attend our programs when exhibiting any symptoms of illnesses that would be contagious.

Health + Safety Practices: 

  • We continue to ask anyone attending our programs and events to follow best practices when it comes to general health + safety protocols.
  • Pick-up + drop-off personnel must remain outside the studio to help reduce traffic at our studio + keep everyone safe! If you have anyone picking you up please let them know to collect you outside the studio.
  • Thorough cleaning and sanitizing protocols will remain in effect throughout our studio.
  • We continue to ask students to follow good hygiene habits, including the use of hand sanitizer. Hand-sanitizing stations will remain throughout our studio.
  • We encourage all students to wash their hands upon entry to the studio and to use hand sanitizer.
  • We continue to ask students to be respectful + kind to each other at all times.

Reviews of Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo

(4.6-star rating across 167 reviews)
Storyboarding for Beg: Graphic Novel + Illustration


Attended: Storyboarding for Beg: Graphic Novel + Illustration

It was great- the instructor seemed knowledgeable we practiced using a valuable exercise- no complaints

Oil Painting I: Beginner Steps for Adults

Voula S.

Attended: Oil Painting I: Beginner Steps for Adults

Loved everything about this! I dropped in for one class towards the end of the series. The direction was great, space was calm and inviting, and I left feeling relaxed. Exactly what I wanted, will be returning in the future!

Abstract Art Journey: Paint How U Feel

Chris C.

Attended: Abstract Art Journey: Paint How U Feel

Hello! I was lucky enough to have private instruction when I was the only student to show up. My teacher was very skilled and knowledgeable about abstract art and painting. I thoroughly enjoyed learning the art and practicing with a canvas and paints provided by the instructor (the provided canvas was a welcome surprise, as the class description said we would need to supply our own.) My only concern is that the class was a little cost prohibitive at 80 for a 2 hour session, but with rising cost of space materials and instruction I totally understand the need for a heftier price. Still, I enjoyed myself and have new ideas to ponder with my main filmmaking craft now after learning more about abstract art.

Adult: Collage Art

Ellen K.

Attended: Adult: Collage Art

The instructor was knowledgeable and super friendly! I learned a lot:)

Adult: Beginner Drawing + Illustration Techniques

Raymone L.

Attended: Adult: Beginner Drawing + Illustration Techniques

Teacher was super nice. And instructed us amazingly

Adult: Beginner Drawing Technique


Attended: Adult: Beginner Drawing Technique

I feel like my drawing ability has been super charged after just one class! I will definitely be a regular now

Adult: Beginner Drawing + Illustration Techniques

Jennifer M.

Attended: Adult: Beginner Drawing + Illustration Techniques

This class was a great! I am a beginner and joined the class to work on my drawing skills as a hobby. The instructor was very patient and engaging and gave me personal suggestions and encouragement, which was really helpful. We first did still figure exercises and then moved onto classic techniques for drawing facial features. It was a small class which cultivated a supportive environment among myself the other students. Overall, I really enjoyed the course. I feel motivated to work on techniques we reviewed on my own and will definitely return for another class when able.

Abstract Art Journey: Paint How U Feel


Attended: Abstract Art Journey: Paint How U Feel

Wonderful class, great teachers & guidance - however quite pricey. I would come to more individual classes if the pricing and schedule were more flexible with the course. Hard to justify $80 for one night of painting when most pieces take several nights to complete.

Adult: Beginner Drawing Technique


Attended: Adult: Beginner Drawing Technique

Great class! Instructor is knowledgeable, patient and personable. Also plays some good music. All materials are provided. Would definitely take again.

Adult: Beginner Collage Art + Mixed Media


Attended: Adult: Beginner Collage Art + Mixed Media

This was a great class and environment to get me started on my art journey. The teacher was very kind, encouraging, and helpful with me getting my ideas for collage together into an art piece that I love. I definitely want to take more classes and check out the classes for my granddaughter.

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98 Water St, Brooklyn, New York 11201
Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo
DUMBO, Brooklyn
98 Water St
Btwn Main & Washington Streets
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Teachers at Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo

Angelina, Bradley, Joshua, Kayla, Maxwell, Micala, Nick, Ty, & Tyler Blake "KEO" Lethem Bradley C. Catherine Lepp Chris Anderson Diego Best Eric Ramos Guerrero Gustavo B. Jaima Joshua S. Joshua S., Tyler S. Joshua S., Kayla L., Maxwell D., Micala B., Nick H., Ty P., Tyler S. Kevin Kelly Micala Brown Nick Hill Reed O. Sally Novak Tanya Rynd This class is non-instructional. Ty Petrson Tyler Scott Williams Perez
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