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Unleash your artistic talent and master the beautiful art of acrylic painting with a wide range of classes. Explore techniques, learn color blending, and create stunning masterpieces that will enhance your creativity and bring joy to your life.

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Acrylic Painting for Absolute Beginners

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Discover the beauty and versatility of acrylic paint in this personalized course offered by 92nd Street Y. Expert teaching artists will guide absolute beginners in rendering still-lifes and live models while exploring textures and surfaces, perspective, value, and color theory. Unleash your creativity and learn to create depth and luminosity in your artwork.

(1068) Beginner 18 and older
$355

7 sessions

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Paint and Sip Workshop: Midtown (BYOB)

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Painting Lounge @ 40 W 38th St, New York, NY

Unleash your creativity in a relaxed and social atmosphere, as an experienced artist guides you step-by-step through creating a beautiful work of art. BYOB and enjoy a fun and stress-free painting experience with friends and coworkers or on a unique date night. No experience is necessary, just bring your enthusiasm!

(511) Beginner 21 and older

Paint and Sip Workshop: Chelsea (BYOB)

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Painting Lounge @ 39 W 14th St, New York, NY

Unleash your creativity in a relaxed and social setting, as an experienced artist guides you step-by-step through replicating a beautiful work of art. Bring your favorite beverages and enjoy a fun and stress-free painting experience with friends or colleagues at the Painting Lounge. Perfect for events, parties, or team-building workshops.

(511) All levels 21 and older

Painting Workshop: Williamsburg

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Painting Lounge @ 309 Roebling St, Brooklyn, NY

Unleash your creativity and enjoy a stress-free painting experience at a relaxed and social workshop in Williamsburg. No previous experience is needed - our experienced artist will guide you step-by-step through creating a beautiful work of art. Bring your friends and coworkers, or enjoy a unique date night and have fun in a fun and creative atmosphere.

(511) All levels 17 and older

Beginner’s Guide to Painting for Teens: Acrylic, Watercolor + Oils (Ages 9-14)

Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo @ 98 Water St, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the potential of acrylics, watercolors, and oils in this inspiring art course. Learn to match your subject matter to the media and explore different results with each painting medium. Focus on color, light, and composition as you develop your own unique style. Suitable for beginners or intermediate students looking for inspiration.

(181) Beginner 9 - 14 years old

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Painting with Acrylics 301 (Safe In-Studio)

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ 13615 Burbank Blvd, Van Nuys, CA

Discover the vibrant world of acrylic painting in this class at Pastimes for a Lifetime. Learn techniques of the 20th-century masters and create your impressive works of art using acrylic paint. Unleash your creativity and explore different styles like impressionism, contemporary realism, color block, and abstract.

(20) All levels 7 and older
$160

4 sessions

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Twilight on the Bend

Painting & Vino @ 27412 Antonio Pkwy r 1, Ladera Ranch, CA

Unleash your creativity at Painting & Vino's "Twilight on the Bend" Paint and Sip event! Join us for an evening of fun, friendship, and artistic expression as you enjoy delicious food and beverages while recreating this stunning painting. With step-by-step guidance from our instructor, all painting supplies provided, and the freedom to personalize your masterpiece, it's the perfect opportunity to unwind and leave your worries behind!

(11) Beginner 21 and older

The Big Wave

Painting & Vino @ 1301 S Lewis St., Anaheim, CA

Join us at Painting & Vino for an evening of creativity as you recreate "The Big Wave" while sipping on your favorite brewed beer. Let go of inhibitions and immerse yourself in this low-pressure, high-reward painting experience. Guided by our instructor, create a masterpiece to cherish and share, surrounded by friends and good vibes.

(11) All levels 21 and older

Sunset Palms

Painting & Vino @ 12017 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Immerse yourself in a memorable painting event where you can unleash your creativity and enjoy a night out with friends or family. Join our Master Artist for step-by-step instructions on how to paint a colorful scene at Sunset Palms. No experience is necessary and all painting supplies are provided for you.

(11) All levels 21 and older

Paint and Sip - Venus abstract

Painting & Vino @ 21022 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA

Indulge your artistic side with our "Venus Abstract" paint and sip session led by our Master Artist. Dive into the world of modern art as you recreate the timeless beauty of Venus with acrylic paints. No prior painting skills required – just bring your creativity and enthusiasm to join this unique artistic experience for all ages.

(11) Beginner 13 and older

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ART for Tots/Preschoolers

The Paintbrush @ 2446 N Clark St, Chicago, IL

Introduce your little ones to the world of art through hands-on lessons at The Paintbrush. Join us for a creative adventure where toddlers and preschoolers can explore various artistic techniques like drawing, painting, and collaging. Don't miss out on the fun in our art-themed playroom!

(4) All levels 2 - 5 years old
$225

7 sessions

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Painting I: Acrylics & Oils

Aartwerk Studio @ 1141 W Granville Ave, Chicago, IL

Unleash your creativity and explore the vibrant world of acrylics and oils at Aartwerk Studio. Dive into a hands-on experience where you'll learn essential techniques, unleash your artistic potential, and create stunning masterpieces under the guidance of experienced instructors. Join us and bring your imagination to life through the power of colors and brushes.

(12) Beginner 16 and older
$280

7 sessions

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Painting with Acrylics

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Unleash your creativity and explore the vibrant world of acrylic painting in an engaging and innovative artistic environment. Elevate your skills and discover new techniques under the guidance of experienced instructors.

(83) All levels 18 and older
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$395

9 sessions

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Painting with Gelli Plates

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Making Gelli Plate monotypes has added a fun and exciting new dimension to my painting practice. Working in layers, students will create one-of-a-kind paintings on paper while learning to work with mark-making, stencils, and masking. Learn how choosing the right paper will help create the effects you desire. Golden “Open Acrylics, fluid acrylics and water-based inks can be used on Gelli Plates. Click here for Materials List.

(83) Beginner 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$225

5 sessions

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Acrylic Pours for Jewelry (Ages 16+)

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Make cabochons for jewelry using the fun and unpredictability of acrylic pours. Week one will be creating pours, and week two will be the completion of the cabochons. Skill Level: All Levels

(83) All levels 16 and older
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$155

2 sessions

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Dare to Paint: Advanced Oil & Acrylic Painting

The Art Studio NY @ Online Classroom

Discover your authentic artistic voice and explore advanced oil and acrylic painting techniques in this inspiring online class. Express yourself through painting and deepen your artistic journey with expert instruction and personalized feedback. Join a community of fellow artists and unleash your creativity in this popular fear-free NYC painting class.

(633) Advanced 18 and older
$299

6 sessions

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Fear-Free Beginners Acrylic Painting

The Art Studio NY @ Online Classroom

Unleash your inner artist and discover the joy of acrylic painting at The Art Studio NY. Learn techniques, express yourself, and create beautiful artwork in a nurturing and non-judgmental environment. Escape the every day and find your weekly oasis in this fear-free painting class.

(633) Beginner 18 and older
$179

4 sessions

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Online Painting with Acrylics 301

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Unleash your creativity and learn the techniques of 20th-century masters with the Online Painting with Acrylics 301 course. Discover how to mix colors, prepare the canvas, and execute styles such as impressionism, contemporary realism, color block, and abstract. Take your painting skills to the next level with this flexible and vibrant medium.

(20) All levels 7 and older
$160

4 sessions

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Acrylics Painting

BrushCapades @ Online Classroom

Unleash your inner artist and discover the joy of acrylic painting in this captivating class. Immerse yourself in the world of colors and brushstrokes as you create your very own masterpiece under the guidance of a skilled and lively instructor. Unleash your creativity and unlock the secrets of professional painting techniques every week!

(6) All levels 21 and older

Dare to Draw, Paint & Create: Advanced Art Class for All Mediums

The Art Studio NY @ Online Classroom

Unleash your artistic potential and express yourself through painting in this inspiring online art class. Develop your unique style, master advanced techniques, and create stunning artwork that you will be proud to display. Join a supportive community of fellow artists and receive personalized feedback to enhance your skills.

(633) Advanced 18 and older
$199

4 sessions

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BYOB Painting: Learn to Paint Van Gogh's Starry Night

BrushCapades @ 115 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle, WA

Celebrate Van Gogh's birthday with Starry Night! It's Van Gogh's Birthday!! What would be finer than to spend an evening learning how to recreate the most beloved painting in the world? BrushCapades Seattle invites the whole gang down to historic Pioneer Square, where artist and improv comic Anjl will lead you through the creation of Van Gogh's Starry Night. No prior art experience is necessary for this two-hour class. Never touched a paint brush...

(6) All levels 21 and older
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Fluid Acrylic Paint Pouring: Create Your own Abstract

Landt Creative Space @ 1528 Teller St, Denver, CO

What is acrylic paint pouring? It's a form of abstract painting using fluid acrylic paints. Instead of using paint brushes, we pour the paint on the canvas. It's fun and easy! In this class you'll create 2 abstract paintings using the flip cup technique. Basically you'll pour several colors into a cup, and flip the cup onto the canvas. The paint pours out, and then you tip and tilt the canvas, using gravity to move the paint around. The colors...

(27) All levels 12 and older
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Fluid Acrylic Paint Pouring: Flowers

Landt Creative Space @ 1528 Teller St, Denver, CO

All supplies and two 9x12 canvases included! Using the puddle pour technique and straws to blow the paint around, we'll paint some flowers in this fun class! You'll get your choice of one 10x20 canvas, or two 9x12 canvases. What is acrylic paint pouring? It's a form of abstract painting using fluid acrylic paints. Instead of using paint brushes, we pour the paint on the canvas. It's fun and easy! In this class you'll create 2 paintings using...

(27) All levels 12 and older
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Acrylic Paint Pouring: Create TWO Abstract Paintings

Landt Creative Space @ 1528 Teller St, Denver, CO

In this super fun class you'll create TWO abstract paintings using fluid acrylic paints!  What is acrylic paint pouring? It's a form of abstract painting using fluid acrylic paints. Instead of using paint brushes, we pour the paint on the canvas. It's fun and easy! Basically you'll pour several colors into a cup, and either pour the paint, or flip the cup onto the canvas. Then you tip and tilt the canvas, using gravity to move...

(27) All levels 12 and older
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Discover the Best Acrylic Painting Classes Near Me

Acrylic paints evolved from acrylic resin, which was developed in the 1930s by a German chemical company. The transition from acrylic resin to acrylic paint was a quick one, and by the 1940s acrylic emulsions were popular among home painters. The benefits of using acrylic paints were obvious among painters–they were less toxic and easier to use than many other paints, they were easier to clean, they were cheaper than other paints, and they dried quickly. 

Acrylic paints were used primarily for painting homes until using them for art became popular in the 1960s. Artists noticed that acrylics were great at holding color, and also began to realize that they could use acrylics to mimic watercolor and oil paints. By diluting acrylics with watercolor, they could achieve the transparency characteristic of watercolor paints and they can be thickened like traditional oil paints by using various mediums. Well-known artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and José Clemente Orozco, have used acrylic paints in their pieces. 

Why You Should Learn Acrylic Painting

The malleability, versatility, and accessibility of acrylic paints make acrylic painting a great gateway into painting. Acrylic paints are known for being inexpensive and can be used on a variety of materials, including paper, canvas, wood, and cloth. Knowing the basics of acrylic painting can provide you with a way to enhance other crafts. For example, if sewing is your hobby, you can use acrylic paints on garments you’ve created to add extra flair. 

Acrylic painting provides you with many mental benefits. It promotes creative growth as you brainstorm a piece and plan it out. If you make a mistake or you’re unsure how to proceed with your piece, you’ll end up working on your problem-solving skills as you work toward a solution. Painting provides a source of emotional regulation. It has proven to reduce anxiety and stress in those who engage in it as a therapeutic hobby. Its creative aspect allows for emotional release as you focus your attention in one place. 

Acrylic painting can be used to improve your fine motor skills. When you paint, you’re making precise movements using the muscles in your hands and wrists. This can strengthen muscles in adults that are crucial for everyday activities like cooking and typing. 

Acrylic painting is a rewarding craft, whether you’re seriously looking to improve your skills or are taking it up as a fun hobby. It’s also a great activity to do with a group. You can organize a painting night with friends if you’re looking to socialize, with coworkers if you need a fun team-building activity, or with a partner if you need a date night idea. 

5 Ways to Learn Acrylic Painting

Acrylic paints can be relatively inexpensive, making them accessible to beginner painters. In addition, they can be used on a variety of materials, like paper and fabric, which means you don’t need to worry about buying canvas right away. 

If you’re just getting started using acrylic paints and are looking for some instruction, consider the following one of the following learning methods:

  1. Take an in-person acrylic painting class with an experienced instructor who can offer you direct feedback and provide in-depth demonstrations. In-person classes provide thorough instruction in acrylic painting and will oftentimes provide most if not all necessary materials. 
  2. Sign up for a live online acrylic painting class taught remotely by an instructor. Live classes eliminate the commute required for in-person classes while still providing you with quality instruction. 
  3. Find an on-demand, self-paced free online class. These videos are accessible to anyone with internet access. You can follow along at your own pace, which can be especially helpful if you have a busy schedule. Since these classes are posted online, keep in mind that you won’t have access to an instructor who can answer your questions. 
  4. Find online guides to acrylic painting posted by painters. Artists will sometimes post learning guides or tutorials for free online to share tips and techniques with fellow artists. These are a great resource if you’re confident in your ability to self-learn. 
  5. Check out your local library or bookstore for books on acrylic painting. Books can be a great resource for learning a new hobby, including popular techniques, and may include an explanation of materials.

In-Person Acrylic Painting Classes

In-person acrylic painting classes are available across the U.S. for new and experienced painters. These classes are taught by expert instructors who can guide you through the basics of acrylic painting and help you master more advanced techniques and styles. 

If you’re looking to practice painting with acrylics in a social setting, the Painting Lounge hosts a painting workshop in both Williamsburg and Chelsea. You can relax at these workshops where an instructor will guide your class through creating the night’s featured painting. These workshops emphasize being creative with your own piece, as you have fun with a group or a team of coworkers. Both workshops are BYOB for participants over the age of 21 and food may also be brought into the studio. 

If you’re new to acrylics and looking for a beginner class, Ako Eyong, in North Hollywood, California, offers a Beginner Acrylics class. This is a small group class, with an average of four participants per class. Although it’s a beginner-level class, anyone is welcome to join to brush up on their skills. An instructor will lead participants through their painting step-by-step while explaining the theories and principles behind each step. All materials are provided to you, but it’s recommended that you wear comfortable clothes for this two-hour class. 

Art on 30th, located in San Diego, California, offers classes focused on abstract acrylic painting. In their introductory level class, you’ll learn about color and composition, texture with gels and pastes, glazing, and how to finish an acrylic painting. Your instructor will provide you with step-by-step guidance as you work on two to three personal projects over the duration of the class. 

Their Intermediate Abstract Acrylics class builds off of the introductory class. After acquiring basic skills in the beginner class, you’ll learn about composition for abstract art, tools and mediums that can be incorporated into your artwork, and how to start a piece of abstract art from scratch. Over the course of this six-week class, participants will create one to two pieces. If you’d like to learn how to paint florals in an abstract style, this studio offers the class Abstract Blooms, which will have you using acrylic on canvas. 

In addition to their abstract classes, Art on 30th offers a mixed media workshop, where you can practice incorporating a variety of mediums into your art like painting, stamping, and drawing. In this workshop, you’ll see demos, study other artists, and receive one-on-one guidance from your instructor. If you’re looking to try out acrylic on other surfaces, they also offer the class, Paint Your Own Artist Tote Bag. At the end of the class, you’ll walk away with your own hand-painted tote bag that you designed and painted after learning the technique of using acrylic on fabric. 

At Water Media by Rea in Van Nuys, California, painters of all levels can take the Watercolor/Acrylic Painting class. Your art instructor will guide you through using watercolor and acrylic paint, or a combination of both if you so choose. More advanced students will be offered a critique of their current level as well as their goals for the class. 

If you’re in the Chicago area and looking for an in-person acrylic painting class, Ingrid’s Originals Inc. offers Seductive Surfaces. This class is focused on using acrylics to build depth and texture in your paintings. You will learn how to build up surfaces within paintings or as a base for finished work. Abstract and representational artists are welcome. 

Virtual Acrylic Painting Classes 

In-person acrylic painting classes are a great way to receive hands-on instruction and socialize with others interested in acrylic painting, but these classes aren’t always accessible. Virtual classes can be taken remotely from anywhere, including your home, eliminating the need to commute. These classes are taught by a live instructor and survey a variety of acrylic painting techniques and principles. 

Virtual classes will require you to supply your own materials. Your instructor will provide you with a supply list ahead of your class that you can fulfill at your local art or hobby shop, or online. Oftentimes, your instructor will give recommendations for suitable brands. There are online acrylic painting classes available on CourseHorse. 

Paint Your Travels: Watercolor or Acrylic is offered by the Evanston Art Center. You and other remote learners will be painting from your own photos, with special attention given to composition, color, and line. First, you’ll begin creating a drawing and then you’ll work your way up to painting. The instructor has provided a supply list for this interactive class, but you’re also welcome to sign up and just watch, rather than participate. 

If you’re interested in acrylic as a material, and not just paint, you can sign up for the Chicago Botanic Garden’s online class, A Starry Night in Glass Mosaics. Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting will be used as your template as you are instructed how to take broken and cut art glass and glue it to an acrylic panel to form a beautiful mosaic. This class is perfect for those looking to get an in-depth understanding of color, shape, and shading while working with an interesting medium like glass. 

Private Group Acrylic Painting Classes

Are you looking to schedule an acrylic painting class as a team-building event for your business or organization? Or maybe you’re looking for a fun activity for you and a group of friends. CourseHorse offers private acrylic painting classes that they can deliver to you and your group. 

In the virtual Acrylic Painting workshop, you and your group will create a painting together on canvas. Each of you will be working on your own version of the same painting. You can select from images provided by CourseHorse, or your group can provide your own photograph or artwork to work on recreating. If your group is interested in acrylic painting but doesn’t want to learn traditional painting methods, you can try out CourseHorse’s online Acrylic Pour Art class. This interactive class is led by a professional artist who will guide your team through the creation of their own unique pieces. 

All materials are provided by CourseHorse before your class date. This includes acrylic paints, brushes, and an easel. If your participants are over the age of 21, a bottle of wine can be shipped to them for an additional $30. 

If these workshops don’t interest you or meet your group’s needs, feel free to reach out to CourseHorse through the contact form on their website. They will help you pick the best class for your group’s interests and work with your group’s needs, like group size. CourseHorse can accommodate a range of group sizes, but if you’re unsure of the size of your group upon sign-up, you can give a headcount and then update it before your class. 

There are no booking fees when signing up for a class with CourseHorse, and cancellations are free up to two weeks before the class. Zoom is the recommended video platform for their classes, but they can accommodate other platforms like Google Meets and Microsoft Teams. 

What Will I Need to Learn Acrylic Painting?

Acrylic paints are considered a low-maintenance medium. You can begin acrylic painting with just four basic tools. Most of these supplies can be found at your local art or hobby store. If you have trouble finding them, check out a specialty store or online shop. Keep in mind that if you’re taking an in-person acrylic painting class, most of these materials will be provided to you unless stated otherwise. 

Acrylic Paint

There are many acrylic paints available to purchase, and some are more popular than others. The higher the grade of the acrylics, the more pigment they’ll contain. It’s recommended that you avoid student-quality acrylic paints and look for artist-quality acrylics instead. Although student-quality acrylics are less expensive than artist-quality acrylics, they typically contain more filler and less pigment, which will reflect in your piece. 

Acrylic paints are sold in bottles, tubes, and jars which come in a range of sizes. Consider buying small tubes or jars if you’re looking to try out different brands. Acrylic paint also comes in sets that are ideal for beginners who’re starting a paint collection from scratch. Some basic colors recommended for beginners are titanium white, cadmium yellow, cadmium red, and phthalo blue. 

Paint Brushes

There are two types of brushes recommended for acrylic painting: natural bristle brushes and synthetic bristle brushes. Natural bristles do well at handling heavy paint and still maintain their shape after many uses. They will, however, wear out. Synthetic bristles (like nylon and polyester) are more durable and typically less expensive than natural bristles. These brushes are great for beginners because they can handle constant moisture and cleaning, but they don’t hold their shape very well. 

When choosing brush type, you should also consider handle size, brush shape, and brush size. A long handle will allow you to paint further away from the painting surface, while a short brush will be lighter and possibly easier to control. Certain brush shapes can help you paint specific details in different ways. It’s recommended that you have a wash brush, bright brush, angle brush, and round brush when you begin working with acrylic painting.

In addition to brushes, a palette knife is also recommended for acrylic painting. This tool is useful for mixing paint on your palette and for impasto painting, a technique common in oil painting where paint is added to the surface in thick layers to add texture. 

Cup of Water

Water acts as a solvent for acrylic paint, helping to break it down. Water essentially changes the consistency of the paint, thinning it. Water is not necessary for acrylic paint but is recommended if you wish to alter the characteristics of the paint as you work. Acrylic paint without water will be glossy in appearance. Keep a cup of water nearby in case you wish to add it to your paint to achieve a diluted wash. 

Painting Surface

Acrylic paints are typically used on canvas, wood, and paper, but they can be used on just about any surface, including silk, metal, and glass. Paper and cardboard are great surfaces for beginners because they are affordable, easy to find, and absorbent. Canvas is the most commonly used painting surface for acrylics because it’s absorbent, lightweight, and portable. Although paper might be the easiest for a beginner to use, you should consider the needs of your piece when determining what surface to use.

Is it Difficult to Learn Acrylic Painting?

Acrylic paints are one of the best mediums for beginning painters. They are easy to use, dry quickly, and are less expensive than other paints like watercolors and oils. Acrylic paint is also easy to clean off your brushes and other painting tools and has an undetectable odor. You may be nervous to get started painting or to try out a new medium, but with enough practice and dedication, you’ll master the basics in no time. 

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