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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.

(285) 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.

(285) 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.

(285) Beginner 16 and older
$110

4 sessions

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Open Figure Studio

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Unleash your creativity in a studio environment dedicated to exploring the human form through various artistic mediums. Explore the world of figure drawing and sculpture and expand your creative horizons.

(84) All levels 18 and older
$430

9 sessions

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Happy Painting Studio at the Wild Mile

Art City @ 905 W Eastman St, Chicago, IL

Escape to a serene haven nestled along the Wild Mile, where brush strokes meet nature's canvas. Immerse yourself in an impressionist painting experience, embracing tranquility and unleashing your artistic flair amidst a welcoming ambiance. Reserve your place today and indulge in a journey of creative discovery.

All levels 21 and older
$30
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+300 pts
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BYOB Sip & Paint Open Class (Pick ANY Painting!)

Museica's Art Studio @ 2052 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL

Indulge in an evening of creativity and relaxation with our inclusive painting experience. Choose from a variety of paintings to create your own masterpiece on a canvas to take home, all while enjoying a laid-back atmosphere and the option to bring your own beverages and snacks. No experience required – just bring your imagination!

(1) All levels 16 and older
$44.97
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+450 pts
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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.

(84) All levels 16 and older
$270

6 sessions

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Plein Air in the City

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Experience the vibrant cityscape like never before as you immerse yourself in the art of capturing urban beauty en plein air. Explore lush gardens and architectural wonders, refining your skills in drawing and painting amidst the dynamic energy of Chicago's iconic locations. Master the techniques of composition, color, and rapid sketching under the guidance of seasoned instructors.

(84) All levels 18 and older
$120
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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
$75.56
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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
$91.84
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Methods of Successful Drawing

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Discover the secrets of successful drawing as you learn various techniques and materials at the prestigious Evanston Art Center. Unleash your creativity and develop essential skills in composition, value patterns, and still-life drawing using charcoal, graphite, and micro pens.

(84) All levels 18 and older
$270

6 sessions

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Casting a Mood: Color Theory

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Embark on a colorful journey to master the art of mood-setting through hues! This course offers a dynamic blend of traditional color theory and innovative techniques, guiding you through exercises inspired by Josef Albers and culminating in a mesmerizing painting experience using a limited palette. Perfect for artists of all levels, delve into the expressive potential of color and discover how to evoke emotions through your artwork.

(84) All levels 16 and older
$270

6 sessions

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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!

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

6 sessions

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Abstract Painting Studio

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Unleash your creativity in our Abstract Painting Studio, where you'll delve into the world of abstraction and personal expression. Work in series to evolve your style while learning methods to enrich your paintings with newfound skills. Gain confidence and coherence in your artwork, developing an exciting body of work guided by professional expertise.

(84) Intermediate 18 and older
$270

6 sessions

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Chiaroscuro Techniques in Charcoal

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Unleash the dramatic allure of light and shadow in your artwork! Explore the captivating world of Chiaroscuro techniques using charcoal, delving into centuries-old methods that infuse emotion and dynamism into your compositions. From still life to figure drawing, experience the evolution of darkness firsthand, culminating in a candlelit finale reminiscent of Carravaggio's mastery. Perfect for artists seeking to elevate their craft with vivacious intensity.

(84) Intermediate 18 and older
$295

6 sessions

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+2950 pts
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Smell the Roses: A Weekly Still Life Class

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Immerse yourself in the art of still life, where each week features new floral arrangements to inspire your creativity. Work in your preferred medium (excluding oil) and receive personalized feedback in a serene and stimulating environment. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned artist, this class offers a perfect opportunity to enhance your perceptual skills and artistic technique.

(84) All levels 18 and older
$140

6 sessions

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+1400 pts
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Pen & Ink & Plein Air

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature with Pen & Ink Plein Air. Explore outdoor settings, capturing landscapes and architectural details with micron pens, brush pens, and more. Let your creativity flourish as you sketch and paint en plein air, transforming scenes into stunning works of art.

(84) Intermediate 16 and older
$240

5 sessions

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+2400 pts
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Outdoor Sketching and Perspective

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Unleash your creativity and hone your drawing skills in the great outdoors with an immersive observational drawing class. Join us in and around Evanston as we explore the urban landscape, mastering the elements of linear perspective, observational drawing, and color.

(84) All levels 16 and older
$190

6 sessions

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+1900 pts
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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.

(129) Intermediate 18 and older
$374

6 sessions

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+3740 pts
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Painting Colorful Flowers En Plein Air

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, 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.

(129) All levels 18 and older
$362

4 sessions

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+3620 pts
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Reviews for Art Classes in Chicago

Art Classes in Chicago are rated 4.4 stars based on 616 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • BYOB Sip & Paint Open Class (Pick ANY Painting!)

    Reviewed by Melanie V. on 5/27/2024
    Owners were so sweet, welcoming, and helping alongside while painting. Such a cool experience with the dimmed lighting and music.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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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