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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.

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ART for Tots/Preschoolers (Ages 2-5)

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
$155

5 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.

(287) Beginner 16 and older
$110

4 sessions

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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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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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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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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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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
$255

8 sessions

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Drawing the Landscape in Charcoal

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

Immerse yourself in the beauty of garden landscapes while learning the art of charcoal drawing. Explore additive and reductive techniques, master value and atmospheric perspective, and organize your composition into large masses. Ideal for those with basic drawing experience, this workshop will deepen your understanding and skill in landscape art.

(129) Intermediate 18 and older
$249

3 sessions

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Outdoor Sketching

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

(129) All levels 18 and older
$374

6 sessions

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Online Drawing with Graphite 101

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Discover the beauty of graphite drawing in this engaging course that teaches the fundamentals of measuring, shading, and creating dimensions. Perfect for beginners and those returning to art, students will develop their skills while honing their hand-to-eye coordination. Unleash your creativity and bring your drawings to life in this unique online class.

(20) Beginner 7 and older
$160

4 sessions

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Online Drawing with Charcoal 101

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Master the traditional classical medium of drawing with charcoal in this online course at Pastimes for a Lifetime. Learn the fundamentals of sketching and creating illustrations with incredible depth and tone, with valuable tips and tricks from the instructor. Perfect for aspiring fine artists and commercial or book illustrators.

(20) Beginner 7 and older
$160

4 sessions

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Online Drawing with Graphite 102

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Take your drawing skills to the next level with an intermediate online drawing class at Pastimes for a Lifetime. Develop your measuring, sketching, and shading skills with challenging subject matter. Explore still-life set-ups, tinted paper, and larger formats for a more advanced drawing experience.

(20) Intermediate 7 and older
$160

4 sessions

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Online Gray Colored Pencil 101

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Learn to create stunning gray-scale works of art using colored pencils in this unique course. Explore the three Gray Families - Cool, Warm, and French - and discover techniques for achieving rich tonal values and depth. Perfect for colored pencil enthusiasts who prefer working in tone rather than color.

(20) Intermediate 7 and older
$160

4 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 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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Online Pen and Ink 101

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Discover the power of the pen as you delve into the intricate art of Pen and Ink. Unlock your creativity and learn the techniques needed to create stunning black-and-white illustrations. Perfect for aspiring illustrators and those seeking to enhance their artistic skills.

(20) Beginner 7 and older
$160

4 sessions

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Fear-Free Beginners Drawing: All Levels

The Art Studio NY @ Online Classroom

Unlock your inner artist in this inspiring drawing class at The Art Studio NY. Learn to express yourself through drawing in a fear-free and non-judgmental environment, guided by expert instructors. No experience is necessary - all levels are welcome!

(638) All levels 18 and older
$55

2 sessions

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+550 pts
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Caricature Drawing Class

BrushCapades - Virtually Online

Unleash your creativity and master the art of caricature drawing with just a pen and paper! Join us 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!

(10) All levels 21 and older
$35
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+350 pts
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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. 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!

(638) All levels 18 and older
$129

4 sessions

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+1290 pts
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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.

(1084) Beginner 18 and older
$415

7 sessions

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+4150 pts
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Cartooning and Illustration for Beginners

92nd Street Y @ Live Interactive Online Classroom

Unlock your creativity and learn the art of cartoon design and graphic novels. From mastering anatomy to applying ink, this course will guide you through the essentials of cartooning, helping you bring your imagination to life on the page. Don't miss the chance to build your vocabulary as a cartoonist.

(1084) Beginner 18 and older
$310

6 sessions

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+3100 pts
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Reviews for Drawing Classes in Chicago

Drawing Classes in Chicago are rated 4.4 stars based on 2,259 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Caricature Drawing Class

    Reviewed by Stacey C. on 6/5/2024
    The instructor was wonderful! I learned a lot in a fun and engaging atmosphere! I would definitely recommend this class!!
  • 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.
  • Cartooning and Illustration for Beginners

    Reviewed by Rachel H. on 8/23/2021
    Josh is an incredibly skilled and supportive instructor. Would take another class with him in a heartbeat!
  • Cartooning and Illustration for Beginners

    Reviewed by Mabel A. on 8/31/2020
    I had a great experience. I thought that Josh did a wonderful job with a limited amount of time. I learned so much in just a few weeks. He inspired me to continue engaging in illustration.
  • Fear-Free Beginners Drawing 101

    Anonymous review on 7/25/2020
    Very good class!
  • Fear-Free Beginners Drawing 101

    Anonymous review on 7/25/2020
    Great instructor, Great class!
  • Cartooning and Illustration for Beginners

    Anonymous review on 7/18/2020
    Josh's class contains a good mix of lecture and hands-on time (even over Zoom) and is welcoming to people of different artistic skill levels. I'm a complete beginner--I learned a lot in this class and am encouraged to keep going.

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. 

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