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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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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.

Tuesday, Feb 27th, 6–8pm Central Time

 (4 sessions)

Beginning Drawing with Vivian Zapata

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

This introductory drawing class emphasizes representational drawing of still life arrangements and other subjects. Students will learn about fundamental drawing concepts: line, shape, form, value, proportion, and perspective. Students will also utilize graphite and charcoal. Short presentations and demonstrations will introduce students to concepts, application techniques, and drawing examples. Click here for the instructor's recommended...

Wednesday, Mar 27th, 6:30–9:30pm Central Time

 (10 sessions)

$435

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Introduction to Perspective Drawing

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Unlock the secrets of drawing realistic space in this comprehensive course at Evanston Art Center. Discover the principles of linear perspective and develop the skills to create accurate visualizations of three-dimensional spaces. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced artist, this course offers valuable techniques and exercises to enhance your drawing abilities.

Friday, Mar 29th, 10am–12pm Central Time

 (5 sessions)

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Drawing and Painting The Nude: The Long Pose

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Unleash your creativity as you delve into the art of capturing the human form through drawing and painting. Explore the nuances of the long pose and develop your artistic skills under the guidance of experienced instructors. Immerse yourself in a transformative artistic journey at a renowned art institution.

Monday, Mar 25th, 1–4pm Central Time

 (9 sessions)

Introduction to Figure Drawing

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Unleash your creativity and master the art of capturing the human form with precision and style. Learn essential techniques and develop your skills in figure drawing under the guidance of experienced instructors. Elevate your artistic abilities and bring your drawings to life with this comprehensive course.

Tuesday, Mar 26th, 6:30–9pm Central Time

 (10 sessions)

$415

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Anatomy and Drawing the Figure in Three Color Chalk

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Learn the art of depicting the human form convincingly in portraiture and figurative paintings at the Evanston Art Center. This course will teach you anatomical subtleties and how to interpret them from life using charcoal, red, and white chalk. Explore the function and form of bones, muscles, and tendons to enhance your artistic skills.

Wednesday, Mar 27th, 6:30–9:30pm Central Time

 (10 sessions)

$490

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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.

Thursday, Mar 28th, 6:30–8:30pm Central Time

 (10 sessions)

$300

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Going Abstract (Ages 16+)

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Unleash your creativity and explore the world of abstraction in art with this dynamic course. Dive into the principles of abstraction and discover innovative techniques to create captivating and thought-provoking artworks. Elevate your artistic skills and bring a fresh perspective to your creations.

Wednesday, Apr 3rd, 9:30am–12:30pm Central Time

 (10 sessions)

$435

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Drawing I

Aartwerk Studio @ 1141 W Granville Ave, Chicago, IL

Unleash your creativity and hone your artistic skills with our comprehensive drawing course. Learn fundamental techniques, explore various mediums, and develop your unique artistic style under the guidance of experienced instructors at Aartwerk Studio. Join us on a creative journey where your passion for drawing will flourish.

Saturday, Mar 23rd, 10:30am–12:30pm Central Time

 (7 sessions)

Introduction to Observational Drawing

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Introduction to the fundamentals of observational drawing. Begin drawing basic geometric forms and gradually advance to more complex subject matter. Using black & white media such as graphite (pencil), conte crayon and ink, you will apply a variety of drawing techniques to produce light and shadow, contrast, depth, and perspective to make drawings that offer a realistic yet artistic image. Perfect for new students and a good refresher for the...

Friday, Mar 29th, 1–3pm Central Time

 (10 sessions)

$295

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Drawing Fundamentals

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Unleash your creativity and enhance your artistic skills with a comprehensive course that covers the essential techniques and principles of drawing. Dive into the world of lines, shapes, shading, and perspective to bring your imagination to life on paper. Elevate your artistic abilities and explore the fundamental aspects of creating captivating drawings.

Monday, Apr 1st, 9:30am–12:30pm Central Time

 (9 sessions)

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!

Tuesday, Mar 5th, 4:25–5:25pm Central Time

 (7 sessions)

Open Figure Studio

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Unleash your creativity in a dynamic studio environment dedicated to exploring the human form through various artistic mediums. Join a community of like-minded individuals passionate about honing their skills and unleashing their artistic potential in a supportive and inspiring setting. Dive into the world of figure drawing and sculpture as you develop your artistic voice and expand your creative horizons.

Tuesday, Apr 2nd, 9:30am–12:30pm Central Time

 (8 sessions)

Mushrooms and Fungi in Colored Pencil

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

Explore the intricate world of fungi through colored pencil art at the renowned Chicago Botanic Garden. Learn how to capture the unique forms and vibrant colors of mushrooms using various techniques such as layering and burnishing. Develop your composition skills and create stunning finished works that showcase the beauty of these fascinating organisms.

Tuesday, Apr 2nd, 6–9pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)

Working Large Scale with Charcoal

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

Discover the art of creating stunning large-scale charcoal drawings at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Explore the versatility of charcoal and learn the techniques needed to work with both vine charcoal and charcoal pencils. Unleash your creativity and master the art of luscious darks in this immersive course.

Sunday, Apr 7th, 9:30am–12:30pm Central Time

 (4 sessions)

High School: College Portfolio

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Unleash your creativity and develop a standout portfolio that showcases your skills and passion for the arts. Explore various 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.

Monday, Jun 10th, 12:30–3:30pm Central Time

 (5 sessions)

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!

Tuesday, Mar 5th, 7:15–8:15pm Central Time

 (7 sessions)

Garden Design: Art of the 5 x 7 Sketch

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

Learn the art of creating conceptual sketches for garden designs with the Garden Design: Art of the 5 x 7 Sketch course at Chicago Botanic Garden. Discover fundamental tricks and techniques to capture landscape elements freehand in a casual spirit, perfect for impressing clients and adding a touch of creativity to your designs.

Monday, Apr 8th, 6–8:30pm Central Time

 (3 sessions)

Finding the Elusive Morel (Onsite)

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

Embark on an adventure to uncover the secrets of the elusive morel mushroom in this immersive course. Learn the early indicators, habitat clues, and precise timing to successfully locate the treasure trove of this cherished spring fungi.

Wednesday, Apr 10th, 6:30–8:30pm Central Time

SketchUp Level 1 - Essentials

ONLC Training Centers @ 1320 Tower Rd, Chicago, IL

Learn the essential SketchUp skills for general modeling, layout, and architecture in this comprehensive three-day course. Perfect for beginners with little or no three-dimensional drawing experience, this class provides a complete overview of SketchUp's features and hands-on practice. Discover the easiest way to create stunning three-dimensional models with SketchUp.

Monday, Mar 25th, 9am–3:45pm Central Time

 (3 sessions)

$1,195

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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. 

CourseHorse also provides other benefits that make them a great booking platform. These include quick confirmation, adjustable class sizes, multiple supported platforms, large groups, and no booking costs. This last advantage sets them apart from other booking platforms that typically charge multiple hidden fees. As a result, budgeting for CourseHorse should be easy.

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