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Unleash your artistic side and master the art of drawing with a wide range of classes available in NYC. Whether you're a beginner or looking to refine your skills, these courses offer expert instruction, helping you tap into your creativity and create stunning visual masterpieces.

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Drawing for Beginners

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Discover the art of drawing with pencil, eraser, and paper in this introductory course at 92nd Street Y. Expert teachers will guide you through the fundamentals of art, including line, shape, shadow, and perspective. Perfect for aspiring artists looking to build a solid foundation in drawing.

(1074) Beginner 18 and older
$355

6 sessions

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Long Pose Figure Drawing & Painting

Chelsea Classical Studio @ 526 W 26th St, New York, NY

Learn the art of composition, proportions, and color in this figure drawing and painting class. Working from a live model, students will develop their skills in a direct alla-prima approach, focusing on draftsmanship, values, and color mixing. All levels are welcome to join this hands-on and immersive experience.

(265) All levels 16 and older
$40
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Fundamentals of Drawing & Painting

Chelsea Drawing & Painting Workshops @ 321 W 24th St , New York, NY

Discover the timeless art of charcoal and pastel at Chelsea Drawing & Painting Workshops. Unleash your inner artist as you learn about the elements of visual language and how to analyze paintings for composition, value, and color.

(222) All levels 18 and older
$210

3 sessions

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Weeknight Figure Drawing

Drawing New York @ 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY

Join us for an immersive figure drawing experience designed to help you create more completed drawings. With short warm-up poses followed by longer poses, you'll have ample time to refine your techniques. All levels are welcome.

(706) All levels 16 and older
$30
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Fundamentals of Drawing & Painting (For Two)

Chelsea Drawing & Painting Workshops @ 321 W 24th St , New York, NY

Discover the timeless art of charcoal and pastel at Chelsea Drawing & Painting Workshops. Unleash your inner artist as you learn about the elements of visual language and how to analyze paintings for composition, value, and color. 

(222) All levels 18 and older
$390

3 sessions

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Drawing 1.01 Drawing Basics

ArtClassBklyn.com @ 98 Sterling St, Brooklyn, NY

Learn the ACB Method of drawing from the basics to portraiture in a low-key, individualized setting. Explore contour and gesture drawing to create life-like renditions of the human figure without any pressure or grading. Join us at ArtClassBklyn.com for this immersive 12-class course.

(14) Beginner 18 and older
$597

12 sessions

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The Meditative Still Life

Chelsea Drawing & Painting Workshops @ 321 W 24th St , New York, NY

Discover the transformative power of art as a meditative activity in this beginner-friendly course. Explore the captivating world of still-life drawing and unlock the secrets of composition and design principles. Immerse yourself in the rich history of art and leave with a stunning masterpiece you'll be proud to display or gift.

(222) All levels 16 and older
$210

3 sessions

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Learning Art through Creating Art

Chelsea Drawing & Painting Workshops @ 321 W 24th St , New York, NY

Unleash your creativity and explore the world of art through hands-on creation. Develop your artistic skills and techniques in a supportive environment with expert guidance.

(222) Beginner 16 and older
$210

3 sessions

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Instructed Figure Drawing

Drawing New York @ 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY

Learn the art of figure drawing and explore various drawing techniques in this engaging class at Drawing New York. With a live model for each session, all levels are welcome to join and enhance their drawing skills. Discover different approaches to drawing and bring your own pad, pencils, and eraser for an immersive experience.

(706) All levels 16 and older
$40
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Weekend Figure Drawing

Drawing New York @ 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY

Join us for an immersive figure-drawing experience, where you can unleash your creativity and refine your skills. Discover the joy of capturing the human form through a series of short poses and longer sessions with our talented models. Don't miss out on this opportunity to connect with fellow artists and enhance your artistic journey.

(706) All levels 16 and older
$35
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Fear-Free Beginners Drawing

The Art Studio NY @ 243 W 72nd St , New York, NY

Unlock your inner artist in this inspiring, judgment-free drawing class Discover the joy of drawing as you learn a variety of beginner techniques and express yourself through various subjects like still life, realism, and portraiture. All levels are welcome to join this fear-free artistic journey.

(635) Beginner 18 and older
$179

4 sessions

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Long Pose Figure Drawing

Drawing New York @ 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY

Refine your figure drawing skills and immerse yourself in the artistry of capturing a single pose throughout this dynamic session offered by Drawing New York. Learn from experienced artists, bring your own drawing pad and preferred tools, and get ready for a unique opportunity to enhance your artistic abilities. Register now and let your creativity soar!

(706) All levels 16 and older
$35
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Portrait Drawing Class (6 Sessions)

Manhattan Art @ 115 West 30th St, New York, NY

Embark on an enriching journey of portraiture with this engaging classes. Delve into the art of capturing emotion and expression guided by experienced instructors. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned artist, explore facial anatomy, light, and shadow to bring your portraits to life.

All levels 12 and older
$780

6 sessions

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Fear-Free Drawing Class in Central Park

The Art Studio NY @ NYC Central Park, New York, NY

Unleash your creativity in the heart of New York City's parks with expert guidance and personalized instruction. Dive into the world of drawing inspired by nature and landscapes, surrounded by the beauty of Central Park. Embrace the joy of expressing your unique artistic style in a supportive and inspiring outdoor environment.

(635) Beginner 18 and older
$129

3 sessions

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Drawing Meditation 101: 1 Hour Beginners Drawing Meditation

The Art Studio NY @ 243 W 72nd St , New York, NY

Immerse yourself in a creative and meditative drawing class designed to relieve stress and enhance fulfillment. In a supportive, non-judgmental environment, explore mindfulness through drawing, guided by expert instruction. Experience the therapeutic benefits of art as you experiment with various techniques and create meaningful pieces, cultivating calm and focus.

(635) All levels 18 and older
$29
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+290 pts
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Total Beginners Watercolor Painting in Central Park

The Art Studio NY @ Central Park, New York, NY

Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of Central Park while learning the art of watercolor painting. Guided by an expert instructor, you'll explore fundamental techniques, tap into your creativity, and create nature-inspired masterpieces. Whether you're a total beginner or seeking to refine your skills, this outdoor class offers a relaxing and inspiring artistic experience.

(635) Beginner 18 and older
$49
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+490 pts
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Portraiture - Drawing Faces

ArtClassBklyn.com @ 98 Sterling St, Brooklyn, NY

Learn the art of drawing faces in an individualized setting at ArtClassBklyn.com. Discover step-by-step techniques for drawing the human head in proportion using traditional and Loomis methods. With live and video demonstrations, this course provides the tools and resources to continue practicing at home.

(14) All levels 18 and older
$299

6 sessions

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Beginners Drawing Class at The MET: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Art Studio NY @ 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY

Escape the everyday and discover your inner artist at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in this inspiring beginners drawing class. Guided by a professional NYC artist, you'll learn essential techniques such as composition, shading, and line quality, using the MET's stunning sculptures, paintings, and architecture as your muse. Enjoy personalized instruction, develop your unique style, and deepen your appreciation for the world’s greatest artworks in this enriching weekly escape.

(635) Beginner 18 and older
$199

4 sessions

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Instructed Drawing: Elements of Drawing

Drawing New York @ 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY

Embark on a creative journey with Simon Levenson in our Instructed Drawing Class at Drawing New York. Delve into the intricacies of drawing techniques through captivating still lives, exploring composition, line weight, shading, and more. Be inspired by renowned artists, engage in hands-on sessions, and witness your artistic prowess unfold in a collaborative environment. Unleash your creativity with us!

(706) All levels 16 and older
$45
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Drawing and Painting Techniques: Charcoal

Chelsea Drawing & Painting Workshops @ 321 W 24th St , New York, NY

Discover the ancient beauty of charcoal drawing and painting at Chelsea Drawing & Painting Workshops. This beginner-friendly class will teach you the elements of the Visual Language and how to analyze and appreciate paintings in museums.

(222) All levels 18 and older
$210

3 sessions

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+2100 pts
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Reviews for Drawing Classes in NYC

Drawing Classes in NYC are rated 4.6 stars based on 2,916 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Instructed Figure Drawing

    Reviewed by Nicole C. on 6/5/2024
    Great instructor and model! Would 100% recommend.
  • Long Pose Figure Drawing

    Anonymous review on 5/23/2024
    The class was great. It was my first time and I am planning on coming again next week. The atmosphere was really pleasant and the model great.
  • Instructed Figure Drawing

    Anonymous review on 5/23/2024
    Absolutely amazing class for those new to drawing and those with a bit more experience. I will be returning for sure.
  • Long Pose Figure Drawing

    Reviewed by Kellie P. on 4/15/2024
    This event was great! Lovely location! Quiet. Small group size so everyone gets a good view of the model. Recommend for all skill levels.
  • Weekend Figure Drawing

    Reviewed by gloria m. on 4/14/2024
    It was a nice environment and people working in the school. The building is gorgeous. The classroom was lit and well organized, there was good ventilation as well.
  • Drawing for Beginners

    Anonymous review on 4/6/2024
    Really enjoyed this class! The instructor was great and I enjoyed it a lot. Only wish there were more classes (especially for the price)
  • Fundamentals of Drawing & Painting

    Reviewed by Naomi B. on 3/14/2024
    Very relaxing introduction to drawing! The instructor is also very knowledgeable as well!
  • Instructed Drawing: Elements of Drawing

    Reviewed by Arkanath P. on 3/9/2024
    Fun class, relaxing environment, instructor Simon keeps the students engaged
  • Instructed Drawing: Elements of Drawing

    Anonymous review on 3/8/2024
    The teacher was patient and it was good practice after not drawing for a while I will probably sign up again
  • Instructed Figure Drawing

    Reviewed by Jessica S. on 2/3/2024
    Very straightforward , which is great. You got an instructer that knows their stuff, some delicious cookies, and an environment where the primary topic is just art. What could be better?

Best Drawing Classes in NYC

Drawing is the art of creating beautiful pictures by hand or digitally. Physical drawing includes pencils, pens, erasers, and paper, while digital art uses design software to produce intricate styles. Learning how to draw in New York City can provide you with many benefits, including a new and exciting career. Thankfully, NYC drawing classes can help you master these skills to produce engaging and attractive artwork for yourself or your employer.

Why You Should Learn Drawing in NYC

Taking drawing classes in NYC can improve your life by helping you master a new and exciting skill. It’s not only potentially profitable but physically and mentally rewarding. For example, drawing can relieve anxiety by creating artwork that vents your frustrations. Studies show that creative arts relieve emotional troubles while improving a person’s hand-eye coordination. 

Even better, you can make money as an artist by selling your drawings or starting a new design career. These jobs include designing advertisements, creating new company logos, painting new billboard signs, producing website layouts, and animating cartoons. These fields let you create engaging artwork and provide ample compensation for your hard work. 

In-Person Drawing Classes & Schools in NYC

In-person drawing courses and schools in New York City provide beginner-friendly training and education for more advanced techniques. They include subjects like drawing lines and shapes, as well as shading and coloring your artwork. Each program includes small class sizes and hands-on support from a skilled professor who can provide personalized educational help. 

Furthermore, classes cover diverse subjects that focus on different aspects of drawing. For example, some teach realistic landscape drawing, while others focus on cartoon or manga artwork. In this way, you can choose an option that works the best for your needs. The following courses are some of the best in-person drawing classes and schools in NYC.

Accelerated Introduction to Drawing 

Accelerated Introduction to Drawing is a course by The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. It focuses on teaching you to draw quickly by utilizing a small class size. Typically, it tops out at about five people, giving you lots of personal time with the teacher.

During the course, you’ll learn how to draw straight lines, craft shapes, produce attractive designs, and shade your artwork. It’s designed as a sampler for the school and gives you an immersive experience over a two-hour study period. 

Students from 16 and up are welcome to attend this course. You’ll need to bring a sketchbook, pencils, and erasers, though the school may have some available at a low price. It’s a one-time session, meaning you’ll quickly learn art skills you can apply in other classes at the school.

Accelerated Portraiture Drawing 

Accelerated Portraiture Drawing by The Decorus Atelier of Figurative Art includes a fast-paced environment similar to all introductory courses by this school. This session focuses specifically on creating portraits, including self-portraits. 

Subjects include constructing the face, proper facial proportions, bone identification, skull planes, and facial features. You’ll learn how to sketch and shade each of these sections to create an accurate portrait with depth and feeling.

This course works well for beginner, intermediate, and advanced artists because the professor adjusts their lessons based on your abilities and understanding. Class size is around five students, meaning you’ll get more than enough time to interact with the professor. 

Adult Focus on Drawing

Adult Focus on Drawing by One River School provides beginning and advanced drawing students an immersive educational experience. You’ll learn about line, tone, texture, composition, depth, perspective, and light in a hands-on environment. 

During each session, the skilled teacher provides tips and feedback to improve your artwork. They’ll teach you proper drawing form and discuss techniques that can enhance your work, such as cross-shading and using color to produce depth.

Class costs include all materials, including pencil, oil pastels, chalk pastels, ink, and colored pencils. You also take home any art you create, meaning you can either hang it in your home or sell it to others.

Teen Art Focus: Drawing (Grades 6-12)

Teen Art Focus: Drawing (Grades 6-12) by One River School gives students between 11-18 an immersive four-session experience. It accepts all skill levels, including advanced artists looking to improve their techniques with more advanced concepts. 

During each class, you’ll focus on technical skills, like drawing straight lines, creating detailed shapes, and texturing your artwork. Mediums like graphite, charcoal, oil pastels, chalk pastels, and ink are all allowed.

Other subjects include light, tone, composition, spatial depth, and perspective. Learning these subjects will improve your art by giving it more detail. Between each session, you receive teacher feedback on previous work to better utilize each artistic technique they teach.

Adult: Drawing From the Right Side of the Brain 

Adult: Drawing From the Right Side of the Brain is a Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo course that focuses on tapping into your creative mind. It’s unique among NYC drawing classes because it highlights both artistic techniques and their scientific nature. 

For example, you’ll learn about perceptual skills that help you break down a subject by lines, shapes, colors, and textures. The goal of these lessons is to teach you how to perceive the world like an artist and capture it on paper more effectively.

You’ll also learn important drawing skills, such as sketching, coloring, shading, and texturing your work. All course materials are included in your fee, such as paper, charcoal, pastels, pencils, and pens. Each student must complete a class waiver form before attending.

Long Pose Figure Drawing 

Long Pose Figure Drawing is a Drawing New York class without an instructor. Instead, you work alongside up to 24 other students drawing a live model. During your session, the model lays flat, allowing you to sketch their body and its many contours. 

You’ll take a five-minute break every 20 minutes, during which you can talk to other artists and make new friends. The course costs includes a drawing pad and pencils and charcoal, though they accommodate small watercolor sets. Pastels, open ink, and other paints are not allowed. 

This class works best if you have previous drawing experience and don’t need help with basic skills. It’ll take place over three hours, meaning you should have more than enough time to sketch out the model and create a unique piece of art. 

Weeknight Figure Drawing 

Weeknight Figure Drawing is a Drawing New York course that includes a live model taking short and long poses. Short poses last 20 minutes, while long poses are 40. During each pose, music quietly plays to help you concentrate on your art. 

Note that you must bring supplies to this class, including pencils, paper, erasers, and sketchboards. Watercolor paints are allowed, though acrylic and spray paints are not. When finished, you’ll take home several drawings to sell or display.

Like with the Figure Drawing class offered by Drawing New York, this course works best when you have previous art experience. That said, beginners may appreciate this fast-paced nature of this program.

Virtual Drawing Classes & Schools

While NYC has many high-quality in-person drawing classes, virtual courses may work better for many people. These programs include live, online training with an art professional who can work one-on-one with you or in a larger class-based setting. This approach provides many advantages and some downsides that make them worth considering.

Pros of Online Classes 

Virtual drawing classes provide many advantages that make them worth your time. Just a few reasons for you to try them include: 

  • Diverse Attendance Options: Do you travel a lot and worry about missing your in-person drawing classes? Virtual courses let you work anywhere you can find an internet connection. This benefit ensures you can attend classes while on vacation or a work trip.
  • Recorded Lectures: Most online drawing teachers record their lectures, meaning you can watch it later if you miss something. You can even watch them if you can’t attend for any reason. This benefit ensures you get the full value from the course.
  • Lower Cost: Virtual classes often cost less than in-person classes, which makes them perfect for anyone on a budget. Some even provide discounts when you schedule multiple people for the course, which can save you even more money.
  • Safer to Attend: New York City is safer than it was 30 years ago but the roads are even worse. If you feel unsafe fighting NYC traffic for an in-person drawing class, virtual courses will work well for you. You don’t even have to leave your apartment to attend.

Cons of Online Classes

Though virtual classes provide many advantages over in-person courses, there are some downsides. First, you’ll have to provide your own supplies, including pencils, paper, and erasers. You’ll also have limited socialization chances because you’ll likely be far from your professor and classmates. However, virtual courses still work well for those on a limited budget or who dislike NYC traffic. 

Online Classes You May Enjoy 

If you’re interested in online drawing classes, you can choose from one or more options on CourseHorse, including: 

  • Beginner’s Intro Art Journaling: Beginner’s Intro Art Journaling guides you through creating a personalized art journal with drawings and paintings. You’re encouraged to produce stylized artwork that reflects your emotional state and relieves your anxiety.
  • Botanical Drawing 1: Botanical Drawing 1 focuses on wildlife designs, including sketching and coloring seeds, fruit, and animals. Each class includes live lectures from a skilled artist who can fine-tune your abilities and help you produce better work.
  • For the Birds: For the Birds: Wildlife in Landscape Art teaches you how to draw and paint beautiful wildlife. You’ll work with watercolor paints via Zoom and get personalized help. You must take Botanical Drawing 1 or a similar course before attending this class.

Private Group Drawing Classes in NYC

Are you trying to schedule a team-building event for your company but everyone’s sick of kayaking, hiking, and trivia nights? Well, the best private group drawing classes for NYC provide a fun and creative way for your employees to bond. To meet your needs, CourseHorse hosts several private group drawing programs that cover multiple subjects. 

For example, Virtual Group Drawing & Sketching Class teaches up to 255 people about creating still life, landscape, facial, and botanical art using graphite. Your team can also learn basic watercolor painting in Virtual Watercolor Workshop, which covers landscape and portrait art. Lastly, Virtual Cartooning & Doodling Workshop highlights cartoon-related drawing skills.

If these classes don’t appeal to your team, CourseHorse has many more you may enjoy. Furthermore, they can create personalized programs specific to your team’s needs. Simply contact them using their online form to learn more. They’ll discuss things like class size, subjects, costs, and other important elements to streamline your experience. 

CourseHorse also provides many other benefits for your team, including 24-hour confirmation, no booking fees, adaptable class sizes, and multiple supported platforms. These benefits make them a good option for both in-person and virtual classes. For instance, CourseHorse’s programs should work for your remote team by easily adapting to their operating systems.

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