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Unlock your inner artist and explore the world of painting with a diverse range of classes in Chicago. From beginner to advanced, discover new techniques, develop your skills, and gain the confidence to create beautiful works of art.

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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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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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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

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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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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Watercolor: Power of Negative Painting

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

Unleash the artistry of negative painting amidst nature's splendor. Discover the harmony of plants and flowers emerging from your canvas, as you master the interplay of lost and found edges. Elevate your watercolor skills with unity, depth, and clarity, guided by the beauty of the outdoors.

(126) All levels 18 and older
$299

3 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

Watercolor 1

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

Discover the transformative potential of watercolor in botanical art, mastering fundamental techniques from color mixing to paint-layering. Dive into exercises designed to enhance your paint-handling skills and render textures with lifelike precision. Elevate your botanical artwork as you progress from basic principles to nuanced expression, guided by prerequisite knowledge in botanical drawing and color mixing.

(126) Intermediate 18 and older
$374

6 sessions

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Painting Colorful Flowers En Plein Air

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

Immerse yourself in the vibrant beauty of floral painting en plein air, drawing inspiration from the botanical splendor of the gardens. Explore the subtleties of color, value, and composition while honing your observational skills amidst nature's palette. Experience the sensory richness of plein air painting, infusing your artwork with life and emotion, regardless of your chosen medium.

(126) All levels 18 and older
$362

4 sessions

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Mixed Media Art Workshop

Discovery Center @ 4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL

Unleash your creativity in our Mixed Media Art Workshop! Explore diverse techniques like collage, painting, printing, and more to create dynamic compositions. Develop your artistic vision and expressive skills in a supportive environment. Join us and transform your artistic practice today!

(279) All levels 16 and older

Capturing the Colors of Summer

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

Immerse yourself in the vibrant hues of summer landscapes. Explore the art of composition and color through various mediums, from gouache to oil. Elevate your painting skills and capture the essence of nature's palette with expert guidance.

(126) All levels 18 and older
$287

4 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
$230

5 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
No upcoming schedules
$395

9 sessions

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Comics & Cartooning (Ages 9-14)

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Unleash your creativity and tell stories through art! Dive into character design and storytelling techniques to craft your own comic panels using various drawing tools. Explore traditional and digital drawing methods while gaining inspiration from professional examples.

(83) All levels 9 - 14 years old
No upcoming schedules
$340

9 sessions

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Reviews for Painting Classes in Chicago

Painting Classes in Chicago are rated 4.3 stars based on 504 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Comics & Cartooning (Ages 9-14)

    Reviewed by Mario T. on 9/13/2021
    I truly enjoyed 6 wks learning more & increase my ability. I am hoping to taping into more in drawing . I to thank my grandma for giving me the opportunity & the price was right to. Thank you Mario Townsend Jr
  • 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.
  • Painting I: Acrylics & Oils

    Reviewed by Catherine B. on 3/20/2018
    This class exceeded my expectations. Highly recommended.

Discover the Best Painting Classes in Chicago

Do you live in Chicago? Are you looking for a new hobby that will allow you to express yourself? It might be a good idea to try painting. This method of artistic expression–in which paint, pigment, color, or another medium is applied to a solid surface–dates back to prehistory, when nomadic people created paintings on rocky walls using charcoal. The oldest paintings discovered to date were found in Spain, and they are thought to be over 42,000 years old. The most commonly used tool to apply paint is a brush, but other tools, such as knives, spatulas, sponges, and airbrushes can be used alone or in combination with brushes. Any person of any age or ability level can learn to paint.

Why You Should Learn Painting in Chicago

Learning painting in Chicago can be a great way to relieve the stress of everyday life, especially if you like to do things with your hands during your free time. You may also like the aspect of painting that can be related to doing things for other people. This can come in many forms, such as creating a special gift in the form of a painting that they can hang in their home. This could be a painting of them, their pet, a landscape, or a special memory that is meaningful to them.

There is a large community of people who enjoy painting, both as a hobby and as a profession. Once you have mastered the basics of painting, you might want to research local clubs, groups, events, or organizations where you can meet other people who like painting. These groups could be in-person, but they could also be online, and pretty soon you may find yourself with a brand new social circle.

Lastly, learning painting is a marketable skill that you may be able to turn into a side hustle or even a new job altogether. You could easily begin selling your paintings through an online marketplace, or in person at a craft fair close to where you live. You may even be able to start taking commissions, where you create custom paintings based on the requests of your customers.

In-Person Painting Classes & Schools in Chicago

If you want to learn painting in an in-person environment, CourseHorse can connect you with classes in Chicago. For example, Intro to Painting I & II takes place at the Discovery Center in Irving Park. This beginner-level class allows you to express your own unique style through painting while you learn the fundamentals of color blending and balance. Taught in four sessions, this class utilizes water-based paints, and you get to select the style in which you paint. Another Discovery Center offering is Mixed Media Art, which is also four sessions. In this class, you will learn how to create dynamic, multi-layered compositions using watercolors, acrylic inks, pastels, images, found objects, and more. Techniques explored include but are not limited to painting, drawing, collage, printing, photo transferring, and assemblage. 

Painting with Gelli Plates is held at Evanston Art Center and is a unique class that utilizes Gelli Plate monotypes to add an exciting twist to painting. You will work in layers and create one-of-a-kind paintings on paper while also learning how to use mark-making, stencils, and masking. Painting with Acrylics is also offered at the Evanston Art Center and gives you a strong introduction to painting in which you will learn about color mixing, painting techniques, and composition. You will receive one-on-one instruction and be encouraged to develop personal themes.

Painting the Stages of Growth in Nature is offered by the Chicago Botanic Garden, and aims to explore growth and change from a new perspective. You will paint both en plein air and in the studio over the course of four sessions, with each painting you create gaining inspiration from plant life or butterflies.

Beginning/Intermediate Oil Painting is another Evanston Art Center course that takes place over six sessions. This multi-level painting class will teach you the basics techniques of oils. You will explore color theory, mixing, multiple mediums, and various applications in several fun exercises.

Virtual Painting Classes & Schools

While you might be intimidated by the idea of taking an online painting class at first, they have their pros and cons just like in-person painting classes. Something good about taking a virtual painting class is that you can attend the class from anywhere. Feel free to work on your painting project at home, in your backyard, or even in a public space like a park. You also do not have to commute to a classroom when you take an online painting class, which saves you both money and time. The biggest con about taking an online painting class is that you generally have to supply your own materials and equipment.

If you are interested in online painting classes, CourseHorse has options that will work for you. For example, Beginner’s Intro to Watercolor Painting: Single Session is a class that explores the colorful world of watercolor painting. You will experience learning and fun in this relaxed group atmosphere while you discover your unique form of self-expression. Beginner Watercolor Online is a six-session course focused on botanicals, and you will learn to paint with luminous, sparkling watercolors. Enjoy acquiring new techniques and learning through fun activities that transition into studies and landscapes. Online Painting With Acrylics 301 is a virtual class for all levels in which you will learn the techniques of 20th-century painting masters. These include mixing colors and preparing your canvas for your work.

Private Group Painting Classes in Chicago

Do you live or work in Chicago? Are you interested in scheduling a painting class as a fun team-building event for your business or organization? CourseHorse offers painting classes for private groups in Chicago that they can deliver to you. Virtual Watercolor Workshop (Materials Included) takes up to 225 participants at a time, and all materials are provided for the class. You and your coworkers will have fun learning new techniques to create an abstract painting in a relaxing and creative atmosphere. Virtual Acrylic Painting (Materials Included) will take up to 500 participants per course and all materials are included. This class will teach those in your group how to create a painting together on canvas. While you will all be working on the same painting, the end products will be unique to each artist. Virtual Watercolor Georgia O’Keeffe (Materials Included) is another workshop that takes up to 225 people and includes all the materials you need to learn. This unique class will teach your group about legendary watercolor artist Georgia O’Keeffe, and in the process of painting, you will learn her techniques.

If you do not see a group class that interests you listed publicly on their website, CourseHorse can provide a different class for your group. Reach out through the contact form on their website to learn about all available options. And remember that when you book with CourseHorse, you get a multitude of benefits, including the ability to change your group size after booking if necessary. You will also receive a confirmation within 24 hours of your booking, and there are no extra booking fees. Finally, CourseHorse private group classes are supported on multiple platforms, so everyone can join in on the fun no matter where they are.

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