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Unleash your creativity and master the art of drawing with a wide range of classes in Chicago. Learn essential techniques, explore various mediums, and gain the skills and confidence to create stunning works of art.

9 classes in-person in Chicago have spots left, and 11 classes live online are available.

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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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

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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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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Adult Basic Drawing

The Paintbrush @ 2446 N Clark St, Chicago, IL

Unleash your creativity and master the art of drawing in this exclusive class designed for adults. Discover the fundamental techniques and develop your skills with the guidance of expert instructors. Join us now and embark on a captivating artistic journey!

(4) Beginner 15 and older
$225

7 sessions

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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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Outdoor Sketching

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Refine your artistic eye amidst nature's canvas. Hone your ability to capture fleeting moments and intricate details through quick studies. Equip yourself with the skills to translate outdoor inspiration into studio masterpieces.

(126) All levels 18 and older
$374

6 sessions

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Drawing Into Painting (Online)

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Learn the fundamentals of drawing before picking up a paintbrush. For the first half of the course, we will use dry media and focus on measuring, value, and perspective. During the second half, you will transition into painting with watercolor. We will cover color theory, and focus on still life and landscape. Click here for the instructor's recommended supply list. Note: This interactive online class is presented via Zoom. Please download...

(83) Beginner 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$340

7 sessions

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Pen and Ink Illustration

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Learn how to draw and paint with ink, from line-drawing and shading with pens to creating rich ink washes. We’ll cover different value-building techniques, such as cross-hatching and stippling, practice rendering complex textures and patterns, and work to develop your own individual illustration style. Supply List please click here

(83) Beginner 16 and older
No upcoming schedules
$400

10 sessions

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Essential Drawing Course for Beginners

Prima Materia Institute @ Virtual Classroom

Discover the essential drawing techniques that will help you create realistic and convincing artwork. Join the live online classes every Tuesday at Prima Materia Institute and learn how to draw portraits, still lifes, landscapes, and more using various mediums. Develop your skills and receive expert feedback for a well-rounded beginner artist experience.

(3) Beginner 15 and older
$525

12 sessions

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Drink & Draw Online

The Gallery Girls

Explore a creative and social experience from the comfort of your own home with The Gallery Girls. Join us for an online session where you can interact with friends and artists while drawing a lively costumed model. Unleash your artistic side and have some fun.

(86) All levels 21 and older

Fear-Free Beginners Drawing 101

The Art Studio NY @ Online Classroom

Unlock your inner artist and discover the joy of drawing in this inspiring and non-judgmental beginner drawing class at The Art Studio NY. Learn a variety of techniques, from charcoal and pencil use to shading and composition, as you create and finish many drawings to feel proud of. Join our supportive art community and experience the lasting health benefits of drawing!

(632) All levels 18 and older
$95

3 sessions

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Drawing with Pastel

92nd Street Y @ Live Interactive Online Classroom

Unlock the vibrant world of soft pastels in this online course. Discover color theory and enhance your drawing skills as you explore classic still-lifes, figures, and photographs. Receive individual feedback and guidance from instructor Eva Nikolova along the way.

(1068) Beginner 18 and older
$330

6 sessions

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Drawing & Painting (Intermediate/Advanced)

92nd Street Y @ Live Interactive Online Classroom

Take your drawing and painting skills to the next level with this intermediate/advanced level course. Learn new techniques, explore the work of master artists, and receive individual feedback to enhance your creative practice. Join from the comfort of your own home and develop your observational skills in a supportive and engaging environment.

(1068) Intermediate 18 and older
$330

6 sessions

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Caricature Drawing Class

BrushCapades @ Online Classroom

Unleash your creativity and master the art of caricature drawing with just a pen and paper! Join us at BrushCapades and learn how to bring out the unique features of your subjects in a fun and engaging way. No experience required, just bring your imagination and a highlighter if you're feeling fancy!

(5) All levels 21 and older

Figure and Portrait Drawing Combined

92nd Street Y @ Live Interactive Online Classroom

Explore the art of capturing the human form and face with precision and depth in this immersive drawing course. Master the intricacies of anatomy and bring your figures and portraits to life using a variety of drawing mediums. Join a community of artists online as you work with live models and engage in class discussions and demonstrations.

(1068) All levels 18 and older
$350

6 sessions

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Colored Pencils (Intermediate/Advanced)

92nd Street Y @ Live Interactive Online Classroom

Take your colored pencil skills to new heights and create dimensional drawings that come to life! Refine your technique and artistic voice in this intermediate/advanced course at the esteemed 92nd Street Y. Prerequisite: Colored Pencil for Beginners. A supplies list will be available.

(1068) Intermediate 18 and older
$330

6 sessions

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Colored Pencils for Beginners

92nd Street Y @ Live Interactive Online Classroom

Discover the surprising versatility of colored pencils in this beginner-friendly course at 92nd Street Y. Learn how to create vibrant drawings from life with nuance, depth, and expression using basic techniques for blending and shading. Unleash your artistic potential with this perfect medium for the home studio.

(1068) Beginner 18 and older
$285

5 sessions

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Fear-Free Drawing: Beginners Portrait Drawing

The Art Studio NY @ Online Classroom

Learn how to draw stunning portraits in this supportive and stress-relieving online class. Discover the fundamental techniques and tools needed to create masterpieces, even if you think you have no artistic talent. Join a community of artists and immerse yourself in the transformative power of drawing.

(632) Beginner 18 and older
$99

4 sessions

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Portrait Drawing: Black & White to Color Pencil

92nd Street Y @ Live Interactive Online Classroom

Unleash your artistic expression and master the human form with this dynamic online course that takes you from graphite to vibrant colored pencils. Join us for an immersive experience in portrait drawing that will sharpen your skills in capturing the essence of the human face.

(1068) All levels 18 and older
$350

7 sessions

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Reviews for Drawing Classes in Chicago

Drawing Classes in Chicago are rated 4.4 stars based on 2,305 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Colored Pencils for Beginners

    Anonymous review on 2/13/2024
    Loved the class! This was my first colored pencil class so I really wasn’t familiar with how to approach making an image using colored pencils. I learned a lot about layering colors, blending, and about color theory. It was great!
  • Fear-Free Beginners Drawing 101

    Reviewed by Patricia W. on 2/11/2024
    Love the teacher. Great explanations of basics.
  • Fear-Free Beginners Drawing 101

    Reviewed by Romain G. on 11/22/2023
    Very useful class for someone with no experience like me. The teacher was really nice and patient!
  • Fear-Free Beginners Drawing 101

    Anonymous review on 6/25/2023
    Terrific teacher! Fun and interesting.
  • 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.
  • Drawing with Pastel

    Reviewed by Aldona J. on 5/12/2021
    I learned so much in this class. Melanie is terrific.
  • Drawing with Pastel

    Reviewed by Carmela M. on 5/12/2021
    What a great class with a wonderful talented and supportive instructor!
  • Drawing with Pastel

    Reviewed by Linda K. on 3/7/2021
    Great teacher
  • Drawing Into Painting (Online)

    Reviewed by LAURI F. on 2/12/2021
    As a complete beginner, this was an excellent course. Although there were others in the class with far more experience than I, everyone was supportive and provided excellent feedback of previous work. Then there was time to learn and practice new concepts. As we got to watercolor and began practicing those techniques, the time flew by as I worked. I highly recommend this course and Sarah as an instructor. Thank you, Sarah!
  • Drawing & Painting (Intermediate/Advanced)

    Anonymous review on 12/21/2020
    Vic was a great instructor. He was very knowledgeable, generous and gave good, insightful critique. I appreciated the opportunity to practice and to receive feedback from someone with so much experience.

Discover the Best Drawing Classes in Chicago

Drawing is one of the oldest skills in the world, with ancient cave art showcasing techniques that are still used today. Learning this skill in cities like Chicago can help you start a new and exciting career, manage anxiety and depression, and much more. Thankfully, Chicago has multiple in-person and virtual courses that you can use to improve your drawing skills. Even if you don’t have natural artistic talent, you can learn various techniques to become a better artist. 

Why You Should Learn Drawing in Chicago

Mastering drawing can help you start either a full-time career or side hustle in Chicago to improve your earning potential. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average earning potential for artists is $49,960 or $24.02 per hour. That’s a comfortable living wage in the Windy City, which has a median salary of around $47,371

Even if you don’t start a new art-based career, learning drawing can provide real mental health benefits. As reported by Utah State University, many studies find that creating art helps to calm the mind, increase confidence, and improve coping skills. In a big and busy city like Chicago, you’ll need all the relaxation that you can get. 

In-Person Drawing Classes & Schools in Chicago

If you’re interested in learning to draw in Chicago, consider in-person courses. During each session, you’ll meet in a large classroom with multiple other learners and receive hands-on support from a live professor. This art professional will walk you through your lessons and provide important learning feedback. Most courses even provide your drawing materials. 

Thankfully, Chicago has multiple in-person drawing classes for you to consider. These courses cover basic drawing methods, such as sketching, shading, and texturing your artwork. Other lessons cover more advanced topics, such as perspective and proper coloring methods. Read through each description carefully to find a course that makes the most sense for you. 

Drawing for Beginners

Drawing for Beginners is a Discovery Center class in Irving Park on Elston Avenue. It teaches up to 10 people beginner-level lessons, such as drawing lines and shapes, as well as proper texturing and coloring methods. This program works well if you have little to no drawing experience and want to move beyond basic stick figures. 

Drawing 1

Drawing 1 is an Aartwerk Studio course in Edgewater on Granville Avenue that helps up to 10 people learn basic drawing techniques. It focuses on black-and-white drawing methods, such as creating points, lines, shapes, and forms. Then, you’ll learn how to produce texture, create striking compositions, and properly proportion all of your artwork. 

Introduction to Figure Drawing 

Introduction to Figure Drawing is an Evanston Art Center program on Central Street in Evanston. It’s an intermediate-level course that features a live nude model, as well as short warm-up studies that improve your techniques. Your professor will teach lessons like composition, contrast, and line quality, and help you become a more advanced artist.

Intro to Observational Drawing 

Intro to Observational Drawing is another Evanston Art Center learning option, one that helps beginners learn basic drawing techniques. You’ll practice combining simple geometric forms like circles and squares into more complex artwork. While designed for beginners, this course also works well for more advanced artists who need to brush up on their techniques.

Essentials of Perspective Drawing 

Essentials of Perspective Drawing is a Chicago Botanic Garden class on Lake Cook Road in Glencoe. In this course, you’ll learn how to position objects in space, as well as more in-depth drawing lessons in a garden-based environment. Your professor will teach you how to think about your artwork to enhance its realism and make it more attractive. 

Virtual Drawing Classes & Schools

Do none of the in-person drawing programs in Chicago appeal to you? Don’t worry: online drawing classes are a great alternative. These courses include many benefits, including the ability to practice anywhere you want and more available classes. However, you’ll have higher material costs and fewer socialization opportunities with fellow students. 

Thankfully, these learning programs provide far more upsides than downsides, which makes them a great opportunity for most people. They’ll require you to have a computer, tablet, or cell phone with streaming capabilities and high-speed internet. They’re also fully directed by a live professor, which makes them better than video-learning platforms with pre-recorded material. 

Online Drawing 

Online Drawing is a New York School of the Arts class that teaches basic drawing techniques in a three-hour period. They accept all skill levels and require materials like willow charcoal, paper, pencils, compressed charcoal, erasers, and pastel. During each lesson, your professor will teach you important drawing techniques that enhance your abilities, such as cross-hatching.

Drawing for Beginners 

Drawing for Beginners is a 92nd Street Y course that covers topics like drawing lines, shapes and shadows. You’ll also learn about tone, perspective, and form, as well as critical thinking techniques that improve your art. This class can help beginning artists progress to more intermediate skills and even help more advanced students relearn some forgotten techniques. 

Online Intro to Drawing Class 

Online Intro to Drawing Class is a Pastimes for a Lifetime program that covers basic drawing methods, including measuring, designing, sketching, and filling out your artwork. This program’s more casual atmosphere works well for children, teenagers, parents, and even senior citizens. Other covered subjects include perspective, dimension, and even crafting 3D artwork.

Private Group Drawing Classes in Chicago

Is it time to plan your company’s next teamwork-building activity and you aren’t sure which is right for you? Consider drawing classes for private groups in Chicago. These courses teach your employees useful skills, such as illustrating, sketching, and coloring. Your employees can then use these techniques to produce attractive and engaging artwork. 

Virtual Group Drawing & Sketching is a one-hour, 255-person class that teaches your employees how to create a graphite drawing. They’ll learn hatching and cross-hatching techniques that create depth and texture, as well as composition techniques. Available drawing topics include faces, botanical designs, landscapes, and still life.

Virtual Cartooning & Doodling Workshop is a 90-minute, 250-person course that teaches beginner-level cartooning skills. Your team will learn how to draw cute and personalized cartoon designs, including humans and animals. Each team member will need a pen, pencil, eraser, and sketch pad to learn. They’ll also need a computer with high-speed internet to stream the lesson.

Are these classes not quite right for your team? There are plenty of other options available for you. That’s because, even if you don’t see a class that you like publicly listed right now, you can contact CourseHorse online to set up one that your team will enjoy. They’ll try to find a learning option for you or can create a new one that fits into your training needs. 

CourseHorse also provides other benefits that make them a great booking platform. These include quick confirmation, adjustable class sizes, multiple supported platforms, large groups, and no booking costs. This last advantage sets them apart from other booking platforms that typically charge multiple hidden fees. As a result, budgeting for CourseHorse should be easy.

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