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Unlock your inner artist and explore the world of painting with a diverse range of classes in Chicago. From beginner to advanced, discover new techniques, develop your skills, and gain the confidence to create beautiful works of art.

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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.

(283) 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.

(283) All levels 16 and older
$110

4 sessions

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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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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.

(83) All levels 16 and older
$270

6 sessions

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Painting the Portrait in Oils

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Unlock the secrets of capturing the essence of a person through the medium of oils in this engaging course. Discover techniques to create lifelike portraits that convey emotion and personality.

(83) All levels 16 and older
$585

12 sessions

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The Night Watch: Painting with Oils

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Master the art of oil painting under the guidance of skilled instructors. Dive into the world of expressive brushstrokes and rich colors to create captivating artworks.

(83) All levels 16 and older
$520

12 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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Going Abstract

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

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.

(83) All levels 16 and older
$520

12 sessions

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Painting the Still Life in Oil

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Experience the beauty of oil painting as you master the art of capturing still life compositions. Explore step-by-step techniques, honing your skills in drawing accuracy and delving into color theory and composition. Join us to unlock the secrets of creating depth and dimension on canvas under expert guidance.

(83) All levels 16 and older
$520

12 sessions

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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
$165

5 sessions

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Painting Studio

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Unleash your creativity and explore the world of color and expression in a dynamic and supportive environment. Dive into an immersive artistic experience where you can hone your painting skills and develop your unique style under the guidance of experienced instructors. Join a vibrant community of artists and discover the joy of bringing your imagination to life on canvas.

(83) Intermediate 18 and older
$435

10 sessions

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High School: College Portfolio

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Explore 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.

(83) All levels 14 - 18 years old
$370

5 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.

(83) Intermediate 18 and older
$240

5 sessions

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+2400 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.

(83) Intermediate 16 and older
$240

5 sessions

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Beginning and Intermediate Oil Painting

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Unleash your creativity on canvas and explore the vibrant world of oil painting. Dive into the dynamic techniques and rich textures that bring your artwork to life. Elevate your artistic skills under the guidance of experienced instructors.

(83) All levels 16 and older
$270

6 sessions

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+2700 pts
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Digital Painting

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Embark on a transformative journey into the realm of digital artistry with our dynamic painting class. Perfect for beginners and intermediate artists alike, explore the endless possibilities of Adobe Fresco and Procreate to bring your creative visions to life. From captivating portraits to fantastical landscapes, unlock your potential to craft stunning digital masterpieces that resonate with your unique style and imagination.

(83) Beginner 18 and older
$260

12 sessions

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+2600 pts
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Little Art Explorers (Ages 1-2)

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.

(4) Beginner 1 - 2 years old
$165

5 sessions

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+1650 pts
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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.

(83) All levels 18 and older
$120
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+1200 pts
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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.

(83) All levels 16 and older
$270

6 sessions

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+2700 pts
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Wednesday Watercolor Painting

Muze Arts @ 1624 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL

Unleash your creativity with our guided adult class, where you'll delve into the basics of watercolor painting. Join us in Chicago for a relaxing session, connect with fellow painters, and let your artistic talents flourish. All materials provided, just bring your favorite reference photo!

All levels 18 and older
$220

6 sessions

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+2200 pts
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Reviews for Painting Classes in Chicago

Painting Classes in Chicago are rated 4.3 stars based on 371 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.

Discover the Best Painting Classes in Chicago

Do you live in Chicago? Are you looking for a new hobby that will allow you to express yourself? It might be a good idea to try painting. This method of artistic expression–in which paint, pigment, color, or another medium is applied to a solid surface–dates back to prehistory, when nomadic people created paintings on rocky walls using charcoal. The oldest paintings discovered to date were found in Spain, and they are thought to be over 42,000 years old. The most commonly used tool to apply paint is a brush, but other tools, such as knives, spatulas, sponges, and airbrushes can be used alone or in combination with brushes. Any person of any age or ability level can learn to paint.

Why You Should Learn Painting in Chicago

Learning painting in Chicago can be a great way to relieve the stress of everyday life, especially if you like to do things with your hands during your free time. You may also like the aspect of painting that can be related to doing things for other people. This can come in many forms, such as creating a special gift in the form of a painting that they can hang in their home. This could be a painting of them, their pet, a landscape, or a special memory that is meaningful to them.

There is a large community of people who enjoy painting, both as a hobby and as a profession. Once you have mastered the basics of painting, you might want to research local clubs, groups, events, or organizations where you can meet other people who like painting. These groups could be in-person, but they could also be online, and pretty soon you may find yourself with a brand new social circle.

Lastly, learning painting is a marketable skill that you may be able to turn into a side hustle or even a new job altogether. You could easily begin selling your paintings through an online marketplace, or in person at a craft fair close to where you live. You may even be able to start taking commissions, where you create custom paintings based on the requests of your customers.

In-Person Painting Classes & Schools in Chicago

If you want to learn painting in an in-person environment, CourseHorse can connect you with classes in Chicago. For example, Intro to Painting I & II takes place at the Discovery Center in Irving Park. This beginner-level class allows you to express your own unique style through painting while you learn the fundamentals of color blending and balance. Taught in four sessions, this class utilizes water-based paints, and you get to select the style in which you paint. Another Discovery Center offering is Mixed Media Art, which is also four sessions. In this class, you will learn how to create dynamic, multi-layered compositions using watercolors, acrylic inks, pastels, images, found objects, and more. Techniques explored include but are not limited to painting, drawing, collage, printing, photo transferring, and assemblage. 

Painting with Gelli Plates is held at Evanston Art Center and is a unique class that utilizes Gelli Plate monotypes to add an exciting twist to painting. You will work in layers and create one-of-a-kind paintings on paper while also learning how to use mark-making, stencils, and masking. Painting with Acrylics is also offered at the Evanston Art Center and gives you a strong introduction to painting in which you will learn about color mixing, painting techniques, and composition. You will receive one-on-one instruction and be encouraged to develop personal themes.

Painting the Stages of Growth in Nature is offered by the Chicago Botanic Garden, and aims to explore growth and change from a new perspective. You will paint both en plein air and in the studio over the course of four sessions, with each painting you create gaining inspiration from plant life or butterflies.

Beginning/Intermediate Oil Painting is another Evanston Art Center course that takes place over six sessions. This multi-level painting class will teach you the basics techniques of oils. You will explore color theory, mixing, multiple mediums, and various applications in several fun exercises.

Virtual Painting Classes & Schools

While you might be intimidated by the idea of taking an online painting class at first, they have their pros and cons just like in-person painting classes. Something good about taking a virtual painting class is that you can attend the class from anywhere. Feel free to work on your painting project at home, in your backyard, or even in a public space like a park. You also do not have to commute to a classroom when you take an online painting class, which saves you both money and time. The biggest con about taking an online painting class is that you generally have to supply your own materials and equipment.

If you are interested in online painting classes, CourseHorse has options that will work for you. For example, Beginner’s Intro to Watercolor Painting: Single Session is a class that explores the colorful world of watercolor painting. You will experience learning and fun in this relaxed group atmosphere while you discover your unique form of self-expression. Beginner Watercolor Online is a six-session course focused on botanicals, and you will learn to paint with luminous, sparkling watercolors. Enjoy acquiring new techniques and learning through fun activities that transition into studies and landscapes. Online Painting With Acrylics 301 is a virtual class for all levels in which you will learn the techniques of 20th-century painting masters. These include mixing colors and preparing your canvas for your work.

Private Group Painting Classes in Chicago

Do you live or work in Chicago? Are you interested in scheduling a painting class as a fun team-building event for your business or organization? CourseHorse offers painting classes for private groups in Chicago that they can deliver to you. Virtual Watercolor Workshop (Materials Included) takes up to 225 participants at a time, and all materials are provided for the class. You and your coworkers will have fun learning new techniques to create an abstract painting in a relaxing and creative atmosphere. Virtual Acrylic Painting (Materials Included) will take up to 500 participants per course and all materials are included. This class will teach those in your group how to create a painting together on canvas. While you will all be working on the same painting, the end products will be unique to each artist. Virtual Watercolor Georgia O’Keeffe (Materials Included) is another workshop that takes up to 225 people and includes all the materials you need to learn. This unique class will teach your group about legendary watercolor artist Georgia O’Keeffe, and in the process of painting, you will learn her techniques.

If you do not see a group class that interests you listed publicly on their website, CourseHorse can provide a different class for your group. Reach out through the contact form on their website to learn about all available options. And remember that when you book with CourseHorse, you get a multitude of benefits, including the ability to change your group size after booking if necessary. You will also receive a confirmation within 24 hours of your booking, and there are no extra booking fees. Finally, CourseHorse private group classes are supported on multiple platforms, so everyone can join in on the fun no matter where they are.

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