Blue splotch
Museum tour painting
Boy painting

MUSEUM TOURS: EXPLORE THE WORLD OF ART IN NYC 

Students can join me for a weekend afternoon exploring a major art museum in New York City. We look at paintings and sculptures and try to understand how to look at art and talk about  what we see. Read more…

Jewelry making
Birthday party

CREATE ARTISTIC JEWELRY - BEAUTIFUL ART YOU CAN WEAR!

join us at For Art’s Sake for our jewelry and bead making classes. Kids can come alone or with their moms, to learn the art of jewelry making. Read more... 

Self-portrait

about us

Blue frame

For Art's Sake was founded in 1994 by Debbe Heller, a book illustrator and art teacher at P.S. 87. Art is created in a spacious, well lit studio located on the Upper West Side at West 77th Street nearby to PS 87, PS 9, PS 166, PS 199, PS 452, Computer School, Anderson Program, The Center School, Manhattan School for Children, and Booker T Washington.


My studio also serves students from NYC private schools including Rodeph Sholom, The Heschel School, Horace Mann, Ethical Culture, Columbia Grammar, Rudolph Steiner, and more. 

AFTERSCHOOL: AN AFTERNOON OF ART, CRAFTS AND FUN 

Each afternoon at For Art’s Sake we will explore and learn a specific skill using demonstrations and art history to learn how to draw, paint and sculpt. Read more...



PORTFOLIO: DEVELOP SKILLS FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE IN THE ARTS

Older children can work to build a portfolio for entrance to the specialized art schools for high school students. I recommend that students interested in a specialized art high school start working on portfolios as early as sixth grade. Read more...

CELEBRATE A MEMORABLE BIRTHDAY OR SPECIAL EVENT WITH ART 

Celebrate your special day with an arts and crafts birthday party in my studio, your own home or location of choice. Let For Art’s Sake organize your children’s parties, create a craft table at Bar and Bat Mitzvahs parties, bachelorette parties and more. Read more...