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Unlock your artistic potential with a wide range of watercolor classes in NYC! Learn essential techniques, discover new styles, and create stunning works of art while gaining the confidence and skills to express yourself through this captivating medium.

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Watercolor Drop-In

Dirty Hands Studio @ 13 Waverly Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Immerse yourself in the art of fluid expression. Discover the magic of manipulating water and paint in small, supportive groups. With our comprehensive set of tools and pre-set images, experience the instant gratification of mastering one of the most challenging artistic mediums.

(1) All levels 12 and older
$55
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Watercolor for Relaxation - Tuesday Nights

art retreat nyc @ 41 W 71st St, New York, NY

Discover the therapeutic benefits of creating art in our Watercolor for Relaxation class on Tuesday nights. Explore various watercolor techniques and experiment with different mediums, from pans and tubes to liquid and water-soluble crayons. All supplies are included, making it easy to immerse yourself in this magical and engaging practice.

(5) All levels 18 and older
$51.25
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Beginners Watercolor Painting

The Art Studio NY @ 243 W 72nd St , New York, NY

Unlock your creativity and explore the vibrant world of watercolor painting and watch your artistic skills flourish in an inspiring studio setting. Master the techniques that will bring your artistic visions to life.

(638) Beginner 18 and older
$139

3 sessions

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Beginner Watercolor Painting: With Natural + Urban Subject Matter

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

Discover the versatility of watercolor painting as you learn fundamental techniques and practical approaches in capturing natural and urban subject matter. Unleash your creativity and evoke tone and emotion through color palettes, brushstrokes, and professional applications. All levels are welcome in this course held at Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo.

(185) Beginner 18 and older
$80
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Painting 101: Acrylics, Watercolors, 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.

(185) Beginner 9 - 14 years old
$80
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Painting in Central Park with Gavin Snider

Drawing New York @ 5th Avenue, New York, NY

Experience the vibrant art of plein air painting with Gavin Snider in Central Park! Gather at Kerbs Boathouse and let Gavin guide you through capturing the park's dynamic landscapes, architecture, and lively scenes in watercolor. Master techniques like negative space, perspective, and light and shadow, while documenting the essence of your surroundings in this immersive workshop.

(709) All levels 16 and older
$95
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Happy Hour Watercolor Painting

The Art Studio NY @ 243 W 72nd St , New York, NY

Unwind and tap into your creativity with our watercolor painting class, perfect for beginners and all levels. Guided by a professional NYC artist, you'll learn essential techniques and create a beautiful, expressive painting to take home. Enjoy a relaxing, inspiring evening as you explore your artistic voice and connect with fellow art enthusiasts.

(638) All levels 18 and older
$45
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Watercolor 101

Brooklyn Craft Company @ 165 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the beauty of watercolor painting at Brooklyn Craft Company and unlock your creativity. From mastering various techniques to creating texture and exploring color mixing, this beginner-level workshop is perfect for all artistic levels. Join us and let our experienced instructor guide you on a journey of self-expression through watercolor.

(563) Beginner 18 and older
$65
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Beginner Watercolor Painting: With Natural + Urban Subject Matter

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

Unlock your creativity with the luminous beauty of watercolor painting. From landscapes to cityscapes, learn practical techniques for capturing the natural and urban world around you. All levels are welcome in this versatile course at Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo.

(185) Beginner 18 and older
$375

5 sessions

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Painting 101: Acrylics, Watercolors, Oils (Ages 9-14)

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

Dive into the colorful world of painting with acrylics, watercolors, and oils in this dynamic teen art course. Unleash your creativity as you learn diverse techniques for bringing your chosen subjects to life, whether it's portraits, cityscapes, or everyday objects. Discover the magic of each medium and watch your artwork transform with every brushstroke, gaining confidence and skill along the way.

(185) Beginner 9 - 14 years old
$375

5 sessions

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Watercolor Painting (Beginner/Intermediate)

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

Unleash your creativity and discover the beauty of watercolor painting. Learn various techniques, color formation, and visual representation through direct observation. Join a supportive community of artists and receive real-time feedback on your progress.

(1083) Beginner 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$315

6 sessions

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Watercolor

ArtWorks at West Side YMCA @ 5 W 63rd St, New York, NY

Watercolor is such a versatile medium, perfect for exploring personal expression and style. 

(113) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$350

8 sessions

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Capturing Spring Blooms in Watercolor

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

This watercolor class is open to all levels and will focus on a variety of wet and dry techniques for painting flowers in watercolor. Color mixing, working wet-on-wet, layering with dry brush, compositions with negative space, as well as glazing, brushwork and masking will all be explored in depth. Fresh flowers will be provided and observed closely to capture details and subtle nuances in color. Supply List: Watercolor Paints: (Liquid in Tubes)...

(1083) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$355

7 sessions

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Watercolor Painting (Intermediate/Advanced)

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

Master the art of watercolor painting and refine your craft in this intermediate/advanced class at the prestigious 92nd Street Y. Explore different techniques, color mixing, and value to create stunning visual representations. Be inspired by renowned artists and elevate your watercolor skills to new heights.

(1083) Intermediate 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$355

6 sessions

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Getting Started with Watercolor

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

Discover the wonders of watercolor painting through this beginner-friendly course at the esteemed 92nd Street Y Art Center. Immerse yourself in the world of watercolor and learn the fundamental techniques needed to create beautiful and captivating pieces. All materials are included, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable learning experience.

(1083) Beginner 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$195

4 sessions

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Big Bloomy Large-Scale Watercolor Painting

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

Explore using richly pigmented, saturated paint in expressive ways on a large scale. Create paintings that emphasize the lush, bloomy quality of watercolor in depicting symbolic, surrealist or narrative content. Materials List: Watercolor Paints: Tubes – you will need very liquid paint. Artist grade (Winsor Newton, Old Holland, Graham, Schminke, Sennelier, Daniel Smith). Colors listed here are suggested only. You should have minimum one tube...

(1083) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$445

4 sessions

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Watercolor Illustration

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

Get inspired by lush fruits, veggies, flowers and more to create graphic illustrations! Develop your own style while building technical drawing and painting skills with watercolor and inks, with an emphasis on composition and cropping. Explore, experiment, build confidence and skill! Supply List Brushes: Rounds only (no flats/filberts). Sizes: #4, #6 #8 #12/#18 . #1 or #0 for finest details. Current favorite brands of mine: Princeton Velvetouch,...

(1083) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$485

5 sessions

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Watercolor Illustration Intensive: Into the Garden

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

Participants in this workshop will explore painting fruits, veggies, flowers, birds, butterflies and decorative type. Liquid watercolors, used in this class, are transparent, easy to mix and flow beautifully. There will be many demonstrations of painting techniques (including wet in wet, wet on dry, and layering), composition, cropping and the use of resist. Loose expressive techniques and tight controlled illustrations with detail will also be...

(1083) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$495

5 sessions

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Contemporary Watercolor

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY

Explore the possibilities of expressive, contemporary watercolor painting. From composition to color, this class encourages experimentation and individual growth. All levels are welcome.

(79) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$200

4 sessions

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Watercolor Workshop

The Village Workshop @ 110 W 14th St, New York, NY

For the beginner: Learn how to control the watercolor medium while exploring spontaneity. Create flowing, vibrant color mixtures.Learn how to set up your color palette. Learn which colors are the most transparent, the most staining, and the most intense. Create resist areas with masking fluid. Explore the "wet-on-wet" technique. Know your brushes and the variety of brush strokes available to you. Paint a beautiful watercolor by the end...

(646) All levels 18 and older
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Reviews for Watercolor Classes in NYC

Watercolor Classes in NYC are rated 4.6 stars based on 4,022 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Watercolor 101

    Anonymous review on 6/21/2024
    Loved this class! Learned so much and enjoyed practicing. So nice the course included all materials.
  • Watercolor for Relaxation - Tuesday Nights

    Anonymous review on 6/10/2024
    Melisse is great and knowledgable in watercolor! I really enjoyed the casual ambiance of the art space! She has all the supplies you can think off?
  • Watercolor for Relaxation - Tuesday Nights

    Reviewed by Barbara G. on 5/30/2024
    I love the two classes I've taken thus far. So far, our teacher has shown us the work of an artist whose technique is somewhat unique. She then gives us the tools to make our own version, thereby opening our minds to new ways to portray the world and feelings.
  • Watercolor 101

    Anonymous review on 5/23/2024
    Leah was a great teacher. The class was relaxed and fun. Highly recommend. If they add additional watercolor courses, I will attend.
  • Getting Started with Watercolor

    Reviewed by Adarsha S. on 3/1/2024
    Zach provided such an in depth explanation for the basic concepts/principles. I enjoyed his academic approach to teaching.
  • Watercolor Painting (Beginner/Intermediate)

    Reviewed by Alex H. on 7/15/2023
    Eva Nikolova was great and walked us through the fundamentals fabulously and gave us the tools we needed to keep practicing and getting better on our own! Felt like I went from knowing nothing to having a solid foundational understanding of things
  • Getting Started with Watercolor

    Reviewed by naomi h. on 3/7/2023
    Amazing instructor and space.
  • Watercolor Painting (Intermediate/Advanced)

    Reviewed by Helene H. on 12/8/2021
    Excellent class.
  • Getting Started with Watercolor

    Anonymous review on 12/13/2019
    Great instructor. Great class. Learned so much and had a good time!
  • Watercolor Workshop

    Reviewed by Kirstin V. on 6/29/2018
    This class was amazing! Everyone was so nice and welcoming. All very talented painters. The instructor was incredibly patient and helpful. I feel like I really learned a lot!

Discover the Best Watercolor Classes in NYC

Watercolor is a beautiful art medium combining pigmented water-soluble paint with water to blend vibrant and translucent colors. You can create detailed paintings, abstract art, unique and bright landscapes, and other stunning creations with watercolor paint. 

Watercolor painting is a popular art medium, but it can be difficult for beginners to learn. The best way to learn watercolor painting is by taking a class. For those living in New York City and the surrounding area, dozens of in-person art classes are available. Watercolor art classes in NYC offer great personalized instruction, convenient class schedules, and an opportunity to learn in a friendly class setting.

Why You Should Learn Watercolor in NYC

Learning watercolor in NYC opens up a wide range of opportunities. First, watercolor painting is a fun hobby to learn in your free time. While learning watercolor, you get to spend your time productively while expressing yourself in a creative way. 

Some other reasons why you should learn watercolor in NYC include: 

  • Become part of a community: By taking in-person classes in NYC, you can join a larger community. You can join groups, clubs, events, and organizations that connect you to other people with similar interests. 
  • Make new friends: If you’re new to NYC or you haven’t found ways to make new friends, then taking a class is the perfect way to meet people. 
  • Start a business: Watercolor art is popular because of its calming design. You can learn watercolor art with the intent of starting a small art business.
  • Learn new composition skills: Learning watercolor composition can help you see the world in a new light, which can help with other aspects of design. 
  • Make gifts for friends and family: At the very least, learning watercolor allows you to create handmade gifts for friends and family. 

There are many reasons why learning watercolor painting in NYC is a great idea. CourseHorse makes finding a class easy by putting hundreds of classes, both in-person and online courses, at your fingertips. 

In-Person Watercolor Classes & Schools in NYC

Several schools offer in-person watercolor classes in NYC. Some popular schools include Pain Makers Notes, The Art Studio NY, 92nd Street Y, and Creatively Wild Art Studio. You can find classes from each of these schools through CourseHorse. 

One of the most popular classes for beginners is the Beginners Watercolor Painting: How to Paint Flowers class through The Art Studio NY. It meets for four sessions and has an average class size of just eight students. Because the classes are so small, students will get personalized instruction and hands-on learning with their instructor. This flower painting class specializes in teaching students how to paint flowers while also focusing on the basics of watercolor painting. Students will learn wet-on-wet painting, wet-on-dry watercolor painting, dry brush, variegated washes, splattering, watercolor dripping, glazing, color mixing, and more. 

Another class open to students of all levels is the Approaches to Abstraction with Watercolor course from 92nd Street Y. The class has six sessions that help students learn to branch out of their creative boxes and learn to paint abstract art using watercolor. This course offers valuable skills and can help students learn how to embrace their own art styles. 

The Painting Seascapes with Watercolor class is unique because it teaches students how to paint the ocean, waves, beaches, and other stunning seascapes. Students will learn how to use watercolor to capture moving water. Throughout the class, students will participate in group discussions, observe demonstrations, and get feedback on progress in real-time.

Once you’ve mastered the basics of watercolor, move on to the Landscapes in Watercolor (Intermediate/Advanced) class. This class meets for six sessions and briefly recaps basic watercolor techniques. Then, it teaches students to capture details within a landscape, including seasonal blooms, dewy vistas, and emerging greens. The instructor will also perform demonstrations to help the students learn new skills. 

An NYC school called Paint Makers Notes offers two classes called Watercolor Paint Making - Rare and Precious and Watercolor Paint Making - Basics. Rather than teaching skills related to painting, the class teaches students how to create the paint from scratch. The class meets once for three hours, and students will leave with six full pans of handmade watercolor paint, metal carrying cases for paint, and the knowledge of how to create watercolor paint from scratch. 

Located in downtown Brooklyn, the Creatively Wild Art Studio offers a class called Painting Watercolors: Nature, Land + the City. This course meets for six sessions and shows students how to capture landscapes, cityscapes, and nature in watercolor. Some of the subjects you will learn to paint include fauna, flowers and trees, and people. In addition, you will learn to build up color by layering and how to choose the right color palette for your piece. 

You can book any of these classes by visiting CourseHorse’s website. 

Virtual Watercolor Classes & Schools

Virtual watercolor classes offer a great alternative to those who can’t fit in-person courses into their schedule. Unlike in-person classes, virtual classes can be taken anywhere. So, you can take a lesson from an NYC school while traveling across the country. All you need is a computer, the course materials, and an internet connection. 

For some, virtual classes are the perfect fit. You can learn how to paint with watercolors without worrying about commuting into the city. In addition, there are more online class options. 

There are two main downsides when it comes to online classes. First, you won’t get hands-on help from the instructor and can’t meet with your classmates in person. Second, most online courses don’t provide class materials. However, for many, the pros of online watercolor classes outweigh the cons. 

The Watercolors for Absolute Beginners course is one of the best classes to take if this is your first watercolor class. It includes six class sessions and starts from the absolute basics of watercolor painting. Students will learn how to mix watercolor paint and how much water to add. By the end of the class, students will know how to use both wet-in-wet techniques and wet-over-dry techniques.

Another great option for those who are new to watercolor is the Watercolor Painting (Beginner/Intermediate) class. The class is perfect for beginners and intermediate learners who want to improve or learn new skills. The class will learn how to apply paint to the paper and how watercolor forms on the paper. 

A great class for intermediate learners specifically is the Online Watercolor 202 - Intermediate course. It meets for four sessions and is the perfect class for students with some watercolor experience. This class picks up where most beginners’ classes finish by diving deeper into watercolor. It’s ideal for students who want to begin painting professionally for a fine art book, advertising, or design illustration. 

Since there are so many online classes, you should be able to find one that fits into your schedule and price range. 

Private Group Watercolor Classes in NYC

Providing a creative outlet for employees and company group members is the perfect way to build relationships and help your employees relax. CourseHorse offers private group watercolor classes in NYC for companies who want to give their employees a much-needed break. 

One of the best watercolor courses for groups is the Virtual Watercolor Workshop class. The class is just one hour and thirty minutes, making it the perfect length for a busy schedule. The workshop will teach basic watercolor techniques, including the wet-on-wet technique. In addition, you can give the instructor a specific image to lead the group on how to paint or select from the class’s unique gallery. Plus, you won’t have to worry about making sure your guests are prepared for the class since Coursehorse will ship all the necessary supplies right to their door before the class takes place.

Having your employees participate in an art class will help them relax. It’s the perfect team-building event for both large and small groups. 

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