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Drawing & Painting Classes Chicago

Learn the fundamentals of drawing and painting in Chicago with classes that cover everything from figure drawing to watercolor techniques. Gain the skills and confidence to create stunning artwork in various mediums.

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Spinning Paint Experience

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.

Wednesday, Feb 21st, 3–3:45pm Central Time

Shooting and Spinning Painting Experience

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 LLC.

Wednesday, Feb 21st, 3–3:45pm Central Time

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.

Saturday, Feb 24th, 2–4pm Central Time

 (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.

Saturday, Feb 24th, 2–4pm Central Time

 (4 sessions)

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.

Saturday, Feb 24th, 2–4pm Central Time

 (4 sessions)

Painting I: Acrylics & Oils

Aartwerk Studio @ 1141 W Granville Ave, Chicago, IL

Painting I, Acrylic is the introduction to the fundamentals of painting. We warmly recommend taking this course prior to any other painting course, even if your ultimate medium of choice is oil. Acrylics are fast drying, water-based paints, and will allow for quicker exploration of various approaches to painting.  Because of this, technical rules and planning process are (unlike with oils) virtually nonexistent in this course. This said,...

Sunday, Mar 24th, 10:30am–12:50pm Central Time

 (7 sessions)

High School: College Portfolio

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

This week is ideal for advanced students aiming to create a portfolio for college or contemplating pursuing art after high school. Students will gain confidence in their ability to render objects and the human form using both dry and wet media. This week is perfect for students looking to build a unified body of work and gain insights into cultivating an artistic mindset. What To Bring: Bring a completed emergency contact form for...

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

 (5 sessions)

Drawing I

Aartwerk Studio @ 1141 W Granville Ave, Chicago, IL

Our introductory course is designed for absolute beginners. In this course students will acquire an understanding of basic concepts and begin to develop their drawing skills. We shall start at the rudimentary level by understanding the potential of the materials we’ll use, namely pencil and charcoal. We shall further study elements and principles of design and other crucial concepts through various exercises; these include: Point, line,...

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

 (7 sessions)

Theatrical Orchids in Colored Pencil

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

Unleash your creativity in this whimsical celebration of the Orchid Show of Wonders. Discover the theatrical qualities of orchids and learn how to accurately depict them with non-traditional compositions and vibrant colored pencils. Immerse yourself in the world of theatrical orchids at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Friday, Feb 23rd, 9am–4pm Central Time

 (3 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)

Unusual and Rare Plants in Watercolor

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

Discover the enchanting world of exotic flora as you master the art of watercolor painting. Immerse yourself in the rich textures and vibrant colors of ferns, cacti, succulents, orchids, and more, as you learn to capture their unique beauty in stunning detail. Unleash your creativity and bring these extraordinary plants to life on paper.

Wednesday, Feb 28th, 9am–12:30pm Central Time

 (3 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)

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)

Adult WaterColors

The Paintbrush @ 2446 N Clark St, Chicago, IL

Discover the beauty and versatility of watercolor painting in this exclusive adults-only class. Enhance your skills or start from scratch as you immerse yourself in the vibrant world of watercolors. Join us at The Paintbrush and unleash your creativity with our expert guidance and provided materials.

Monday, Mar 4th, 7:15–8:45pm Central Time

 (7 sessions)

Demonstration: Conveying Depth in the Landscape

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

In this workshop, you will learn about atmosphere, color theory and composition. Participants will learn how to do compositional studies and thumbnail sketches with drawing media. Supplies: small sketchbook graphite pencils blue colored pencil

Sunday, Feb 25th, 1–3pm Central Time

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)

The Art of the 5 x 7 Sketch

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

Learn the secrets of capturing the essence of landscapes with freehand sketches in this garden design class. Discover the art of creating conceptual sketches that convey character and clarity, while adding a splash of color for added impact. Join us for an immersive course on landscape drawing and unlock your artistic potential.

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

 (3 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)

Little Art Explorers

The Paintbrush @ 2446 N Clark St, Chicago, IL

Unleash your child's creativity and imagination through an exciting journey into the world of art at The Paintbrush. Join our Little Art Explorers class and watch as your child develops important skills, learns about colors and shapes, and discovers the joy of self-expression. Don't miss out on this enriching experience for both child and caregiver.

Saturday, Mar 9th, 9–9:50am Central Time

 (7 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

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