Discover Classes. Earn Rewards.

Painting Classes NYC

Unleash your inner artist with a wide range of painting classes in NYC. Whether you are a beginner or experienced artist, discover new techniques, explore different mediums, and create beautiful works of art that will inspire and delight.

127 classes have spots left

Oil Painting for Absolute Beginners

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

Embark on a journey into the enchanting world of oil painting. Unleash your creativity and learn the fundamental techniques of oil painting at the prestigious 92nd Street Y. Discover the magic of this sumptuous medium and unleash your artistic potential in a supportive and inspiring environment.

Monday, Apr 1st, 6:30–9pm Eastern Time

 (8 sessions)

$355

8 sessions

Gift it!

Paint and Sip Workshop: Chelsea (BYOB)

Special School Offer!
5% Off Painting Lounge Gift Cards! Learn More >

Painting Lounge @ 39 W 14th St, New York, NY

Unleash your creativity in a relaxed and social setting, as an experienced artist guides you step-by-step through replicating a beautiful work of art. Bring your favorite beverages and enjoy a fun and stress-free painting experience with friends or colleagues at the Painting Lounge. Perfect for events, parties, or team-building workshops.

Thursday, Feb 29th, 7–9pm Eastern Time

Painting Workshop: Williamsburg

Special School Offer!
5% Off Painting Lounge Gift Cards! Learn More >

Painting Lounge @ 309 Roebling St, Brooklyn, NY

Unleash your creativity and enjoy a stress-free painting experience at a relaxed and social workshop in Williamsburg. No previous experience is needed - our experienced artist will guide you step-by-step through creating a beautiful work of art. Bring your friends and coworkers, or enjoy a unique date night and have fun in a fun and creative atmosphere.

Thursday, Feb 29th, 7:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

Discover Classes. Earn Rewards.

Painting Classes Gift Card

Thousands of classes & experiences. No expiration. Gift an experience this holiday season and make it a memorable one.

Buy a Gift Card

Explore Art Private Group Events

Explore private group events and team building activities ranging from cooking to art, escape rooms, trivia, and more

Explore Art Private Group Events
Animated gif slider: slide 1: a person in a meditative pose with paint on their apron; slide 2: person making a pizza; slide 3: 3 people drinking wine and smiling; slide 4: two people competing in a sack race while others look on

Painting Workshop: Harlem

Special School Offer!
5% Off Painting Lounge Gift Cards! Learn More >

Painting Lounge @ 15 W 116th St, New York, NY

Unleash your creativity in a relaxed and social environment at Painting Lounge's upcoming workshop. Join an experienced artist as they guide you step-by-step through replicating a beautiful painting. BYOB and enjoy a fun-filled evening of music, conversation, and creativity!

Thursday, Feb 29th, 7:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

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 at Chelsea Classical Studio. 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.

Tuesday, Feb 27th, 2–5pm Eastern Time

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. Plus, save $30 when you bring a friend along to join in on the creative journey.

Wednesday, Feb 28th, 6–8:30pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)

$210

3 sessions

Gift it!

Oil Painting (Intermediate/Advanced)

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

Take your oil painting skills to the next level at 92Y's painting studios. Challenge yourself with advanced techniques and concepts as you create captivating works of art. Elevate your artistic voice and expand your repertoire in this intermediate/advanced class.

Monday, Apr 1st, 10am–12:30pm Eastern Time

 (14 sessions)

$595

14 sessions

Gift it!

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. Join with a friend to save $30!

Wednesday, Feb 28th, 6–8:30pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)

$210

3 sessions

Gift it!

Beginner Oil Painting for Adults (Single Session)

Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo @ 98 Water St, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the joy of oil painting as you unleash your creativity on canvas. Join us at the renowned Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo for an intensive course that will equip you with the essential techniques and skills needed to create stunning oil paintings. Whether you're a total beginner or an intermediate artist, this class offers a supportive environment for all levels.

Wednesday, Feb 28th, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern Time

Japanese Ink Painting (Sumi-e)

RESOBOX @ 91 East 3rd St, New York, NY

Discover the tranquility and simplicity of Sumi-e, the ancient East Asian art of ink wash-painting, at RESOBOX. Explore the essence of objects through the fewest possible strokes and let your personality shine through in your work. Join us for a contemplative experience that will transport you to a world of beauty and self-expression.

Wednesday, Mar 6th, 7:30–8:35pm Eastern Time

Beginner’s Guide to Painting for Teens: Acrylic, Watercolor + Oils (Single Session)

Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo @ 98 Water St, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the potential of acrylics, watercolors, and oils in this inspiring art course. Learn to match your subject matter to the media and explore different results with each painting medium. Focus on color, light, and composition as you develop your own unique style. Suitable for beginners or intermediate students looking for inspiration.

Sunday, Mar 3rd, 11:15am–1:15pm Eastern Time

Acrylic Painting for Absolute Beginners

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

Discover the beauty and versatility of acrylic paint in this personalized course offered by 92nd Street Y. Expert teaching artists will guide absolute beginners in rendering still-lifes and live models while exploring textures and surfaces, perspective, value, and color theory. Unleash your creativity and learn to create depth and luminosity in your artwork.

Wednesday, Apr 3rd, 10am–12:30pm Eastern Time

 (7 sessions)

$355

7 sessions

Gift it!

Combined Media: Painting, Drawing, Collage (Single Session)

Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo @ 98 Water St, Brooklyn, NY

Unleash your creativity and explore the world of mixed-media expression at Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo. Dive into non-traditional materials and found objects to create textured pieces with depth and individuality. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced artist, this adventurous class will take you on a journey of exploration and discovery.

Saturday, Mar 2nd, 11:15am–1:15pm Eastern Time

Getting Started with Oil Painting

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

Discover the world of oil painting in a supportive and educational environment. Dip your toe into this complex medium and decide if it's the right fit for you. All supplies are provided at no additional cost.

Tuesday, Mar 5th, 4–6:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$195

4 sessions

Gift it!

Painting for the First Time: Acrylics (Single Session)

Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo @ 98 Water St, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the joy of painting with acrylics in a supportive and nurturing environment at Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo. Overcome your fears and gain confidence as you learn the fundamentals of painting, including choosing subjects, working on a canvas, and mastering color mixing. Join us and leave with new skills and beautiful canvas creations!

Friday, Mar 1st, 11:45am–1:45pm Eastern Time

Creative Well-Being through Painting for Adults (Single Session)

Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo @ 98 Water St, Brooklyn, NY

Unlock your creative potential and explore the fascinating world of expressionistic art in this unique painting class at Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo. Learn to paint what you feel rather than what you see, using abstract and expressionist techniques to create surprising and unexpected results. Perfect for beginners and intermediate artists looking for fresh ideas!

Tuesday, Mar 5th, 6:45–8:45pm Eastern Time

Beginner Intuitive Painting: The Vedic Art Method

NYC School of Creativity @ 131 E 10th St, New York, NY

Unleash your creativity and trust your artistic instincts in a safe and non-judgmental space. Learn the principles of Vedic Art, a hands-on method that allows you to create art from your heart. All levels are welcome!

Friday, Mar 1st, 12–2pm Eastern Time

Beginner Oil Painting for Teens (Single Session)

Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo @ 98 Water St, Brooklyn, NY

Unlock your creativity and explore the world of oil painting in this introductory class for teens. Learn professional techniques, color mixing, and application methods to create stunning and unique artwork. Whether you're a beginner or have some painting experience, this course is perfect for aspiring artists looking to develop their skills and express their artistic vision.

Thursday, Feb 29th, 4:15–6:15pm Eastern Time

Beginner Watercolor Painting: With Natural + Urban Subject Matter (Single Session)

Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo @ 98 Water St, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the versatility of watercolor painting as you learn fundamental techniques and practical approaches in capturing natural and urban subject matter. Unleash your creativity and evoke tone and emotion through color palettes, brushstrokes, and professional applications. All levels are welcome in this course held at Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo.

Thursday, Feb 29th, 6:45–8:45pm Eastern Time

Reset all filters.

No results found

Try removing some filters.

Painting Classes in NYC are rated 4.6 stars based on 2,934 verified reviews from purchasers.

Discover the Best Painting Classes in NYC

Do you live in New York City? Are you thinking about learning to paint? Painting is a method of artistic expression in which paint, pigment, color, or another medium is applied to a solid surface. This unique form of self-expression dates back to prehistory, when nomadic people created paintings on rocky walls using charcoal. The oldest paintings in the world were recently found in Spain, and experts believe them to be over 42,000 years old. Most often a brush is used to apply paint, but other tools, such as knives, spatulas, sponges, and airbrushes can be used alone or in combination with brushes. “Painting” is an interesting word, since it is used to describe the action that creates the end product (both are referred to as “painting”). Any person can learn to paint, regardless of their background.

Why You Should Learn Painting in NYC

Learning painting in New York City can be a great hobby that will help you relieve stress, or simply give you something to do when you have free time. You might find that you enjoy the part of painting that allows you to create something for another person as well. Your next painting could wind up being a special gift that a loved one can hang in their home. It is the perfect way to show you care about them on their next birthday, or just in general. The best part is, your painting could be of anything that you believe is special to the person in question.

There is a large community of painting lovers in New York City that is accessible both in-person and online. These can be people who use painting as a hobby, or even people who paint professionally. Once you have a basic understanding of how to paint, you may want to research local clubs, groups, events, or organizations where you can meet other people who like painting. Groups like this can offer you the opportunity to create a new social circle.

If you are looking for your new side hustle, painting could be it. Being able to paint is a marketable skill that you can turn into a part-time job, or even a new job entirely. You have the option of selling your paintings through an online marketplace, or in-person at a craft fair near where you live. You could even begin taking commissions, where you create custom paintings based on the requests of your customers.

In-Person Painting Classes & Schools in NYC

If you live in New York City and you want to learn painting in-person, CourseHorse can connect you with classes in your area. For example, you can attend Painting Workshop: Harlem in the neighborhood of the same name at Painting Lounge. In this class, you will learn painting by replicating the featured painting of the evening with guidance from an experienced artist. This class is perfect for beginners, and you can even bring beer, wine, and food to enjoy while you paint. 

BYOB Painting: Santorini (UWS) takes place at The Paint Place on the Upper West Side, and it is a class for beginners. You will learn to create a one-of-a-kind painting masterpiece that you can take home the same night. 

Also at The Paint Place on the Upper West Side is BYOB Painting: Banksy Girl with Balloon (UWS). This beginner-level painting class will show you how to replicate this famous work by street artist Banksy, and you will be able to take your creation home with you at the end of the evening.

Another The Paint Place on the Upper West Side offering is Paint Your Pet (UWS). For this class, you send in a photograph of your pet that you would like to paint, and that photo is sketched onto your canvas as a guide for you to follow. Create your own masterpiece and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere.

Open BYOB Sip and Paint takes place at Painting Hangout in Midtown. Bring some drinks and your friends and enjoy making memories and masterpieces together. All art materials are provided, and you can release your stress with this simple and fun course.

Painting from Life: Alla Prima at Chelsea Classical Studio in Chelsea is a class where students work from a live model and learn the alla-prima approach to painting. You will also learn good draftsmanship, values, and color, which are all fundamentals for continuing your painting journey.

Grayscale Painting for Beginners is offered at Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo in Brooklyn and will teach you to create dynamic compositions using a sequence of tones from light to dark. You will create a monochrome image in this unique and challenging class for all levels.

Another Chelsea Classical Studio offering is Long Pose Figure Drawing & Painting. This class focuses on composition, proportions, gesture, values, color, and oil painting technique. You will work from a live model and learn a direct alla-prima approach that aims for good draftsmanship.

Painting in the Park is offered by ArtClassBrklyn.com at Prospect Park South. This weather-permitting in-person class includes a free half-hour set-up time and all of the necessary materials. You will paint a portrait of Prospect Park in a low-pressure setting.

Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo in Brooklyn offers Oil Painting I: Beginner Steps for Adults. This intensive oil painting class will equip beginners with the essential skills needed to express their own ideas on canvas. You will create an original finished work using oil paints.

Virtual Painting Classes & Schools

If you want to learn painting online, there are many virtual classes from which to choose. When you take an online painting class, you can gain the same knowledge of painting as you would at an in-person class, and if you take a live online class, you will still get the real-time feedback from your instructor that you would at an in-person class. This type of feedback is critical to learning painting in an easy and relaxing way. Just remember that if you choose to take an online painting class, you will most likely need to purchase your own materials, but your instructor should give you a list of what to buy.

Interested in online painting classes? CourseHorse has several options that you can pick from based on what type of painting you would like to master. 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.

Painting the Natural World is another watercolors class that is perfect for all skill levels. In this class, you will learn to make expressive marks, mix colors, and apply water mindfully. It is recommended that you have at least basic knowledge of painting and watercolors to take this class.

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.

Online Oil Pastel 101 is a virtual class that teaches you about the creamy, easy-to-mix medium that is oil pastels. You will learn the basics of color theory and create unique projects using smooth blends and subtle applications of color.

Private Group Painting Classes in NYC

Do you have a business or organization in New York City? Would you like to schedule a painting class as a fun team-building event? CourseHorse has painting classes for private groups in New York City that they can deliver to you. To give you an idea of what to expect from one of these courses, Virtual Watercolor Workshop (Materials Included) will take up to 225 participants and all materials are included in the cost of the class. Your group will learn techniques to create an abstract painting in a relaxing and creative atmosphere. Virtual Acrylic Painting (Materials Included) is designed for up to 500 participants per course and all materials are included. This class instructs your group on how to create a painting on canvas. While you will all be working on the same painting, the end products will be unique to each artist. And Virtual Watercolor Georgia O’Keeffe (Materials Included) takes up to 225 people at one time and includes all the materials you need to learn. This 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. When you book with CourseHorse, it is important to remember that 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.

CourseHorse Gift Cards

  • Creative & unique gift for any occasion
  • Choose from thousands of classes & experiences
  • No expiration date
  • Instant e-delivery (or choose a date)
  • Add a personalized message
Buy a Gift Card
gift card with the CourseHorse logo gift card with the CourseHorse logo
Loading...