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Discover a world of creativity and self-expression with a wide range of art classes in NYC. Unleash your artistic potential with classes ranging from drawing and painting to sculpture and photography.

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Drawing for Beginners

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

Discover the art of drawing with pencil, eraser, and paper in this introductory course at 92nd Street Y. Expert teachers will guide you through the fundamentals of art, including line, shape, shadow, and perspective. Perfect for aspiring artists looking to build a solid foundation in drawing.

Monday, Apr 1st, 10am–12:30pm Eastern Time

 (8 sessions)

$355

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Accelerated Introduction to Drawing

The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art @ 117 57th St., Brooklyn, NY

Discover the secrets of starting a drawing with confidence and improving your technique in this intensive class at The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced artist, this course will teach you the basic principles of light, shadow, and shading. Take the first step towards creating stunning artwork with this one-time opportunity.

Wednesday, Feb 28th, 3–5pm Eastern Time

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.

Friday, Mar 1st, 7–9pm Eastern Time

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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.

Friday, Mar 1st, 6–8pm Eastern Time

Painting Workshop: Harlem

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Painting Lounge @ 15 W 116th St, New York, NY

Unleash your creativity in a relaxed and social environment at Painting Lounge's upcoming workshop. Join an experienced artist as they guide you step-by-step through replicating a beautiful painting. BYOB and enjoy a fun-filled evening of music, conversation, and creativity!

Friday, Mar 1st, 6–8pm Eastern Time

The Meditative Still Life

Chelsea Drawing & Painting Workshops @ 321 W 24th St , New York, NY

Discover the transformative power of art as a meditative activity in this beginner-friendly course. Explore the captivating world of still-life drawing and unlock the secrets of composition and design principles. Immerse yourself in the rich history of art and leave with a stunning masterpiece you'll be proud to display or gift.

Thursday, Feb 29th, 6–8:30pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)

$210

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Fundamentals of Drawing & Painting

Chelsea Drawing & Painting Workshops @ 321 W 24th St , New York, NY

Discover the timeless art of charcoal and pastel at Chelsea Drawing & Painting Workshops. Unleash your inner artist as you learn about the elements of visual language and how to analyze paintings for composition, value, and color. Plus, save $30 when you bring a friend along to join in on the creative journey.

Wednesday, Feb 28th, 6–8:30pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)

$210

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Oil Painting (Intermediate/Advanced)

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

Take your oil painting skills to the next level at 92Y's painting studios. Challenge yourself with advanced techniques and concepts as you create captivating works of art. Elevate your artistic voice and expand your repertoire in this intermediate/advanced class.

Monday, Apr 1st, 10am–12:30pm Eastern Time

 (14 sessions)

$595

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Painting from Life: Alla Prima

Chelsea Classical Studio @ 526 W 26th St, New York, NY

Unlock the secrets of direct painting in this immersive course at Chelsea Classical Studio. Learn to master draftsmanship, values, and color as you work with live models. With constant demonstrations and critiques, you'll develop your skills and create stunning compositions.

Thursday, Feb 29th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

Drawing and Painting Techniques: Charcoal

Chelsea Drawing & Painting Workshops @ 321 W 24th St , New York, NY

Discover the ancient beauty of charcoal drawing and painting at Chelsea Drawing & Painting Workshops. This beginner-friendly class will teach you the elements of the Visual Language and how to analyze and appreciate paintings in museums. Join with a friend to save $30!

Wednesday, Feb 28th, 6–8:30pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)

$210

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Beginner Drawing + Illustration Techniques for Adults (Single Session)

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

Discover the fundamentals of drawing and illustration in this comprehensive course designed for adult beginners. Perfect for those in film, fashion, or graphic design, you'll enhance your skills in composition, proportion, and perspective using various drawing techniques. Develop confidence and hone your artistic eye in a supportive studio environment.

Sunday, Mar 3rd, 11:15am–1:15pm Eastern Time

Beginner Oil Painting for Adults (Single Session)

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

Discover the joy of oil painting as you unleash your creativity on canvas. Join us at the renowned Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo for an intensive course that will equip you with the essential techniques and skills needed to create stunning oil paintings. Whether you're a total beginner or an intermediate artist, this class offers a supportive environment for all levels.

Monday, Mar 4th, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern Time

Oil Painting for Absolute Beginners

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

Embark on a journey into the enchanting world of oil painting. Unleash your creativity and learn the fundamental techniques of oil painting at the prestigious 92nd Street Y. Discover the magic of this sumptuous medium and unleash your artistic potential in a supportive and inspiring environment.

Monday, Apr 1st, 6:30–9pm Eastern Time

 (8 sessions)

$355

8 sessions

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Japanese Ink Painting (Sumi-e)

RESOBOX @ 91 East 3rd St, New York, NY

Discover the tranquility and simplicity of Sumi-e, the ancient East Asian art of ink wash-painting, at RESOBOX. Explore the essence of objects through the fewest possible strokes and let your personality shine through in your work. Join us for a contemplative experience that will transport you to a world of beauty and self-expression.

Wednesday, Mar 6th, 7:30–8:35pm Eastern Time

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.

Wednesday, Apr 3rd, 10am–12:30pm Eastern Time

 (7 sessions)

$355

7 sessions

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Beginner’s Guide to Painting for Teens: Acrylic, Watercolor + Oils (Single Session)

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.

Sunday, Mar 3rd, 11:15am–1:15pm Eastern Time

The Vital Line

Chelsea Classical Studio @ 526 W 26th St, New York, NY

Master the art of capturing the human form with fluid expression and dramatic poses in this essential course at Chelsea Classical Studio. Develop your skills in rendering the nude figure and gain confidence in documenting the subject in less time while expressing volume and weight. Embrace the challenge of representing deep space and uncover the secrets of anatomical formulas.

Saturday, Mar 2nd, 1–4pm Eastern Time

Getting Started with Oil Painting

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

Discover the world of oil painting in a supportive and educational environment. Dip your toe into this complex medium and decide if it's the right fit for you. All supplies are provided at no additional cost.

Tuesday, Mar 5th, 4–6:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$195

4 sessions

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Painting for the First Time: Acrylics (Single Session)

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

Discover the joy of painting with acrylics in a supportive and nurturing environment at Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo. Overcome your fears and gain confidence as you learn the fundamentals of painting, including choosing subjects, working on a canvas, and mastering color mixing. Join us and leave with new skills and beautiful canvas creations!

Friday, Mar 1st, 11:45am–1:45pm Eastern Time

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Discover the Best Art Classes in NYC

Art is a vast subject that includes graphic and charcoal drawing, oil and acrylic painting, watercolor painting, candle making, flower arrangement, metal welding, and more. Art represents a unique way to express your thoughts and emotions. Some use art as a hobby, while others find unique full-time career options related to their passions. Whether you want to learn art as a hobby or turn it into a career, taking an art class is one of the best ways to learn art. 

Why You Should Learn Art in NYC

NYC is a city of wonder. You can find endless opportunities for entertainment. However, the hustle and bustle of the city can begin to wear on your nerves if you don’t find a proper way to relax. Art is a good way to relieve stress while learning a productive hobby in your free time. 

Art classes in NYC will also connect you to a larger community. You’ll be able to meet with others who have similar interests and join local art clubs and groups. In addition, some art skills are marketable. For example, taking a comic drawing class could help you find a job as a comic artist. Or, after taking a soap-making class, you could open up a part-time store to sell your creations.

In-Person Art Classes & Schools in NYC

In-person art classes offer a unique chance to connect with others who share your interests. In addition, you’ll gain access to personalized training and feedback from a professional instructor in your area. CourseHorse offers dozens of art classes in NYC, which guarantees you’ll find a class that sparks your interest. 

For example, Brooklyn Craft Company offers a Beginner Embroidery Workshop for just $45 on May 11th. The class teaches students the basics of embroidery and will specifically teach how to complete a handmade peace sign. During the three-hour class, you’ll learn skills that will help you master the first steps of embroidery. 

CourseHorse offers a class through Michelle Greene Sculpture called Mig Welding on April 22nd. You will learn to set the machine, tack, run a bead, and create a small sculpture to take home. You will also learn to set up a welding shop to create furniture and art. A unique part of this class is that it’s limited to only two students, ensuring that you get personalized feedback and guidance. 

You can also take Stained Glass Lessons through Valeria Divinorum. The class has an average size of just four students and lasts two hours. Students will design their own stained glass artwork, gain an understanding of stained glass materials, use glass grinders, and create a stained glass art piece from start to finish. The class is held on April 19th and costs $175. 

Another unique class is the Dyeing with Nature course through Better Than Jam's Store & Studio. The class teaches students how to use natural materials from a garden to prep and dye fabrics with lasting colors. Students can dye three items and learn how to dye fabrics at home. You can book a class on June 4th for $95. 

There are countless classes available to those living in the NYC area. Some other options include a Pillow Workshop, an Accelerated Portraiture Drawing course, and an Intro to Jewelry Casting class. For more class options, visit CourseHorse’s NYC art class page

Virtual Art Classes & Schools

Although in-person classes offer the best benefits, there is also an option to take virtual art classes. Online art classes are best for those who can’t or don’t want to travel to class. You can take the course from the comfort of your own home. 

Although many virtual art classes may require you to purchase your own materials, that’s not always the case. For example, the Preserved Flower Arranging course through Petal+Eon provides the flowers and vase delivery costs in the price of the class. This course takes place on April 19th and costs $77. 

Another option is the six-session Acrylic Painting for Absolute Beginners course. Students will learn acrylic painting techniques for beginners with personalized instruction from a painting expert. The class costs $310 and starts on April 20th. 

CourseHorse also offers Crochet for Beginners, which includes six sessions to teach beginners how to crochet. The class costs $275, and you’ll need to purchase your supplies beforehand. To find the supply list, simply read through the class description, and you’ll find a full list of materials you’ll need to get the best experience from the class. The class starts on April 19th.

Private Group Art Classes in NYC

Art classes are a great team-bonding event for businesses and organizations. Art can bring teams together and help teammates bond and get to know each other in creative ways. CourseHorse offers art classes for private groups in NYC that are perfect for team building. 

A popular art class for virtual teams is the Virtual Terrarium Workshop. The class includes all the materials you’ll need, including moss, succulents, a glass terrarium, rocks, soil, and crystals. All materials will be shipped to the participants before the class’s date. You can book this class through CourseHorse for just $75 per person. 

Another great team-building class is the Virtual Clay Hand Building course. Each participant will receive the materials in the mail before the day of the class. The materials include clay, six shaping tools, and a sponge. This activity is perfect for groups that want a good hands-on class where they can pour individual creativity into each clay creation. You can book this class on CourseHorse for $75 per person. 

After booking with CourseHorse, you’ll receive a confirmation email within 24 hours. If you need to change your group size, CourseHorse makes it easy to adjust your booking. Best of all, there are no booking fees. Browse CourseHorse’s extensive list of private group art courses today. 

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