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Discover a vibrant array of art classes in Chicago that will ignite your creativity and expand your artistic skills. From painting and drawing to photography and pottery, unlock your artistic potential and gain confidence in your abilities with hands-on instruction from experienced artists.

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Intro to Painting I & II

Discovery Center @ 4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL

Unleash your creativity and master the art of painting with this immersive course at Discovery Center. Explore various painting techniques, experiment with water-based paints, and create captivating abstract and representational artworks. Join us to unlock your artistic potential and express yourself through the power of colors.

(279) Beginner 16 and older
$110

4 sessions

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Mixed Media Art

Discovery Center @ 4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL

Unleash your creativity and explore a world of endless artistic possibilities as you learn to create captivating compositions using a diverse range of materials and techniques. Let your imagination soar in this dynamic art course that focuses on conceptual practice and personal process.

(279) All levels 16 and older
$110

4 sessions

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Drawing for Beginners

Discovery Center @ 4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL

Unleash your creativity and transform doodles into masterpieces with the guidance of expert instructors. Explore various techniques and styles to enhance your drawing skills in this immersive course at the renowned Discovery Center. Prepare to be amazed by your artistic abilities.

(279) Beginner 16 and older
$110

4 sessions

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Wellness Art Workshop

Muze Arts @ 1624 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL

Delve into the art therapy process, where creativity becomes a channel for self-care, internal healing, and connection with both your inner self and others.Regardless of artistic experience, this confidential and nonjudgmental space invites everyone to explore, heal, create, turn inward, and connect with a supportive community under the expert guidance of our dedicated therapist.

All levels 18 and older

Watercolors: Materials, Composition & Technique

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Unlock the secrets of watercolor mastery as you explore techniques, compositions, and materials in this immersive art experience. Discover the art of vibrant washes, wet-in-wet painting, and sketch-free creations. Join a supportive community of artists for critiques and unleash your creativity with the guidance of a skilled instructor.

(83) All levels 16 and older
$240

5 sessions

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Spinning Paint Experience (2-4 People)

Shot of Art Chicago @ 1700 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL

Unleash your creativity with a unique abstract painting technique that combines splashes and drips for a mesmerizing masterpiece. Join us for a one-of-a-kind art experience that will leave you spinning with excitement.

All levels 3 and older

Shooting + Spinning Painting Experience (2-4 People)

Shot of Art Chicago @ 1700 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL

Unleash your inner artist and create stunning abstract works of art using airsoft guns and paint-filled balloons in this unique and immersive creative experience. Get ready to shoot and spin your way to a masterpiece with the experts at Shot of Art Chi.

All levels 18 and older

Nihonga: Japanese Painting with Mineral Pigments

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Embark on a journey into the ancient art of Nihonga painting! Discover the intricate techniques of pigment-making, color application, and gold leafing on Japanese Kozo paper. Gain insights into traditional and contemporary Nihonga methods, empowering you to explore future concepts and ideas with reverence for nature and tradition.

(83) All levels 18 and older

High School: College Portfolio

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Explore artistic techniques and concepts to create a compelling body of work that reflects your unique artistic voice. Elevate your portfolio with guidance from experienced instructors in a supportive and inspiring environment.

(83) All levels 14 - 18 years old

Digital Comics and Cartoons (Ages 9-11)

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Dive into the realm of comic books, manga, and illustrations, mastering techniques used by professional cartoonists. From character design to panel layout, unleash your creativity and storytelling prowess with expert guidance. Utilize iPads provided by the Evanston Art Center to bring your visions to life in this exciting exploration of visual storytelling.

(83) All levels 9 - 11 years old

SketchUp Level 1 - Essentials

ONLC Training Centers @ 1320 Tower Rd, Chicago, IL

Learn the essential SketchUp skills for general modeling, layout, and architecture in this comprehensive three-day course. Perfect for beginners with little or no three-dimensional drawing experience, this class provides a complete overview of SketchUp's features and hands-on practice. Discover the easiest way to create stunning three-dimensional models with SketchUp.

(7) Beginner 18 and older
$1,195

3 sessions

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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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Little Art Explorers

The Paintbrush @ 2446 N Clark St, Chicago, IL

Unleash your child's creativity and imagination through an exciting journey into the world of art at The Paintbrush. Join our Little Art Explorers class and watch as your child develops important skills, learns about colors and shapes, and discovers the joy of self-expression. Don't miss out on this enriching experience for both child and caregiver.

(4) Beginner 1 - 2 years old
$240

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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All Day Private Digital Photography for 1-6 People (Chicago)

Digital Photo Academy @ Cross Streets TBA, Chicago, IL

Enhance your photography skills with a personalized full-day session in Chicago. Capture stunning images and learn post-capture techniques from experienced instructors at Digital Photo Academy. Immerse yourself in various photography genres and receive tailored guidance to improve your craft.

(146) All levels 15 and older

Drawing I

Aartwerk Studio @ 1141 W Granville Ave, Chicago, IL

Unleash your creativity and hone your artistic skills with our comprehensive drawing course. Learn fundamental techniques, explore various mediums, and develop your unique artistic style under the guidance of experienced instructors at Aartwerk Studio. Join us on a creative journey where your passion for drawing will flourish.

(12) Beginner 16 and older
$280

7 sessions

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Half Day Private Digital Photography for 1-6 People (Chicago)

Digital Photo Academy @ Cross Streets TBA, Chicago, IL

Learn how to master the art of digital photography with personalized instruction and hands-on experience in Chicago. Improve your skills and capture stunning images in various categories like landscape, portrait, and architecture. Enhance your post-capture workflow and discover techniques to create powerful and impactful images.

(146) All levels 15 and older

Flower Design Star: 1 Week Comprehensive

American School of Flower Design @ 452 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL

Transform your passion for flowers into a professional skillset with this intensive floral design course. Learn 24 different design styles, tips for marketing and selling, and even create your mock wedding. Join us and become a design star!

(115) All levels 18 and older
$1,850

6 sessions

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Adult WaterColors

The Paintbrush @ 2446 N Clark St, Chicago, IL

Discover the beauty and versatility of watercolor painting in this exclusive adults-only class. Enhance your skills or start from scratch as you immerse yourself in the vibrant world of watercolors. Join us at The Paintbrush and unleash your creativity with our expert guidance and provided materials.

(4) All levels 15 and older
$340

7 sessions

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Pen & Ink & Watercolor

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Unleash your creativity with Pen & Ink and Watercolor techniques! Join us for a hands-on artistic journey where you'll learn to create stunning drawings and paintings using a variety of pens and watercolor mediums. Get ready to explore new techniques and unlock your artistic potential.

(83) All levels 16 and older
$240

5 sessions

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Reviews for Art Classes in Chicago

Art Classes in Chicago are rated 4.5 stars based on 646 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • All Day Private Digital Photography for 1-6 People (Chicago)

    Anonymous review on 3/16/2024
    Great workshop with the guidance and expertise of Ron ! Ron is very experienced in all aspects of photography… makes it clear and accessible. Learning a new way to approach street photography and depth of field! Thank you
  • Watercolors: Materials, Composition & Technique

    Reviewed by Marie V. on 2/13/2024
    Couldn’t be happier with this class. Great pace. Great teacher. Love that there is free parking!
  • Pen & Ink & Watercolor

    Reviewed by Barbara M. on 10/21/2023
    Pen, Ink and Watercolor has proven a wonderful art experience encompassing teaching of technique, skill and medium as well as sharing up to date information on the current art world. Michelle Kogan is a notable teacher and artist, supportive of student growth and experimentation. I have signed on again for another session.
  • Painting I: Acrylics & Oils

    Anonymous review on 2/20/2023
    I really enjoyed this class. The instructor was very helpful and I learned some really good techniques. I'm planning to take more classes from Aartwerk in the future.
  • Drawing I

    Reviewed by Carol B. on 12/24/2022
    B is a great teacher. She makes drawing accessible by focusing on teaching specific skills. I plan to take another class with her.
  • Intro to Painting I & II

    Anonymous review on 9/14/2022
    The teacher was excellent. She made the class fun. Nobody felt intimidated. She was very knowledgeable and terrific with instruction.
  • Half Day Private Digital Photography for 1-6 People (Chicago)

    Reviewed by Greta H. on 7/7/2022
    Great teacher! Great info! I really benefitted from this private course!
  • Painting I: Acrylics & Oils

    Reviewed by Carly B. on 5/12/2022
    This is a fantastic beginners course. I feel like I have a better understanding of fundamental concepts around materials and basic techniques
  • Intro to Painting I & II

    Reviewed by Karen R. on 3/6/2020
    I enjoyed the class very much and felt the instructor showed an interest in each participant. She also covered a wide range of media in the session. And, she is very entertaining.
  • Drawing for Beginners

    Reviewed by Shannon A. on 4/29/2019
    Sara is a fantastic teacher. She is helpful and encouraging, as well as able to see the student's blind spots. Will continue taking classes from her.

Discover the Best Art Classes in Chicago

Chicago has a rich history of art. One of Chicago’s first major art showings was held at the World’s Columbian Exposition, which featured Mary Casset and other well-known and important painters and sculptures. The Art Institute of Chicago (founded in 1866) houses hundreds of artists, architects, writers, and activists. 

Modern-day Chicago is still a rich ground for artists of all kinds. There are amazing art museums, galleries, and shows that feature local and famous artists and celebrate creativity. Because of Chicago’s rich art history, it’s a great place to take art classes. You’ll find dozens of art schools offering painting, drawing, and sculpting courses. To find the best art classes in Chicago, visit CourseHorse to find current classes in your area. 

Why You Should Learn Art in Chicago

There are many reasons why you should learn art in Chicago. First of all, art is a fun and rewarding hobby. You can learn art in your free time and have a new productive hobby. In addition, taking art classes in Chicago connects you to the area’s art history. You’ll be able to learn more about the artists that founded the Art Institute of Chicago and learn how to replicate their art styles. 

In addition, learning art in Chicago will introduce you to others interested in the same styles. You’ll be able to join communities, clubs, groups, and events that feature local small artists. This will help you to connect to larger communities, network with other artists, and fill your free time with meaningful and fun activities. 

If you’re interested in starting an art career, taking an art class is a great place to start. You can learn the basics of art and learn new techniques to begin creating your own style to help you stand out from other artists in the area. 

You can also take art classes to learn more about the art history in your area. Art teachers will often touch on the important artists from Chicago to help you better understand the foundation of art. 

In-Person Art Classes & Schools in Chicago

In-person art classes are the best way to learn art. You’ll get personalized feedback and instruction, live demonstrations, and chances to network with other artists in your area. You can take a one-time art class or sign up for a class that meets multiple times. 

A great art class to take is Macbeth's Art (Ages 16+) from Evanston Art Center. This class meets six times for three hours and is located in Evanston, Illinois, making it a great course for those who live just outside the Chicago area. 

This art class combines Shakespeare and art by creating paintings in response to Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” It’s a unique course that allows students to shine in their creativity. The class has an average size of ten people and is open to artists and readers of all levels. 

Another great class to take is Mixed Media Art from Discovery Center. The class meets four times for two hours each and is open to students ages 16 and older. During the class, students will create dynamic, multi-layered compositions with a variety of materials, including watercolors, acrylic ink, images, found objects, and pastels. In addition, students will learn photo transferring, collage, printing, drawing, painting, and assemblage. 

All of the materials that you’ll need are included in the class. However, you’ll need to bring a $35 materials fee on the first day of class to use the plentiful materials available. This class also has an average size of ten people, which makes it perfect for those looking for smaller and more personalized art classes. 

The Evanston Art Center also offers an Introduction to Figure Drawing course that meets for 12 sessions. This boot camp-style class welcomes intermediate students who have experience in drawing but have never attempted to capture the human body. The class uses nude models to help students better understand human anatomy. 

Most of the class will use charcoal as a medium, but throughout the 12 weeks of classes, you’ll also learn to use ink wash and other techniques. You will also learn techniques of representation, such as composition, contract, and line quality. Although figure drawing is challenging, you’ll walk away from this class with a solid understanding of the most important concepts. 

Evanston Art Center also offers a unique art class called The Artists’ Studio. This class meets for six sessions that offer studio time for you to work on projects of your personal preference with the availability of individualized instruction and techniques. You will be encouraged to explore new concepts of line, composition, color, and scale. 

The class also includes group critiques and references to classic and contemporary art to inspire you. You can bring your choice of medium to the first class and learn from the others who attend. Each class lasts three hours, giving you plenty of time to learn in the art studio. 

Since art is popular in Chicago, there are dozens of other schools that offer art classes. Visit CourseHorse’s website to see a list of the current in-person art classes in Chicago

Virtual Art Classes & Schools

Virtual art classes are a great option for those who can’t or don’t have time to commute to in-person art classes. Online art classes offer many of the same benefits and aim to teach you the basics of art from an entirely remote setting, meaning that you can learn from the comfort of your own home. To give you a good idea of what to expect from online art classes, here are some of the most popular virtual classes available. 

A unique class that you can take is Beginners Art Journaling from The Art Studio NY. This class meets for four sessions and lasts one hour and 15 minutes. It’s open to anyone ages 18 and older and teaches you to unlock your creative expression. The class focuses on “art journaling,” where you will express your inner world through a variety of materials, colors, layers, and subject matter. 

Rather than focusing on a single piece, you’ll learn to create a journal that expresses your world of thought through mini art pieces that work together to create an overarching theme. It allows you to express your thoughts and creativity while combining mediums in a unique manner. The class calls itself a “Fear-Free Beginners Art Journaling Class” because you’re allowed to express yourself entirely and authentically. 

If you’re new to art and want to learn the basics, consider taking Drawing for Beginners from 92nd Street Y. The class includes five sessions and is open to beginners. During the course, you’ll learn elements of art, including line, shape, shadow, value, tone, form, and perspective. The class also includes demonstrations and critiques to help you improve and learn from others in the class. 

The Chicago Botanic Garden offers a class called Painting with Gouache: Online that meets six times for two and a half hours. During the class, you’ll learn how to use gouache, which is an opaque watercolor that has a flat, graphic quality that gives it a modern look. The class talks about artists who are well-known for using the medium, including Henri Matisse.

Private Group Art Classes in Chicago

Are you looking for a fun team-building activity in Chicago that can help alleviate the stress that your employees are facing? Holding a fun, enjoyable group activity that is centered on art can ensure that your employees get the time that they need to relax. CourseHorse offers several great art classes for private groups in Chicago that are perfect for businesses. 

For example, consider taking Virtual Acrylic Painting (Materials Included). The class lasts for 90 minutes and is open for groups of up to 500 remote individuals. All of the materials will be shipped out to your group members before the class begins to ensure that everyone will be able to participate fully. 

You can also select the image that you want the group to paint so that everyone can follow the instructor's lead as you use acrylic paint on a canvas. It’s the perfect class to help your group relax and rewind. 

For more art classes, check out CourseHorse’s website. You’ll find dozens of art classes perfect for large groups to give back to your employees. You can also find classes to help your group learn new skills and learn great hobbies.

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