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Unleash your inner artist with a wide range of oil painting classes in NYC! Learn foundational techniques, express your creativity, and create stunning works of art that will leave you feeling accomplished and inspired.

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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.

(1088) Beginner 18 and older
$440

7 sessions

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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.

(1088) Intermediate 18 and older
$795

14 sessions

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Dare to Oil Paint: Beginners Oil Painting

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

Unleash your creativity with expert guidance in the vibrant world of oil painting. Join a supportive community of learners and discover the joy of expressing yourself through art. Experience the thrill of mastering essential techniques while creating pieces to adorn your home.

(639) Beginner 18 and older
$99

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Beginner Oil Painting for Adults

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.

(185) Beginner 18 and older
$80
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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.

(1088) Beginner 18 and older
$215

4 sessions

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Beginner Oil Painting for Teens (Ages 12-17)

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.

(185) Beginner 12 - 17 years old
$80
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Oil Painting (Beginner/Intermediate)

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

Discover the enchanting world of oil painting as you learn to mix colors, create depth, and add luminosity to your artwork. Unleash your creativity and explore different textures and surfaces in this captivating course at 92nd Street Y. Prerequisite: Oil Painting for Absolute Beginners.

(1088) Intermediate 18 and older
$320

7 sessions

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Dare to Paint: Oil or Acrylic Painting Class for All Levels

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

Unleash your creativity and explore the world of oil and acrylic painting with expert guidance Join us for an immersive experience that will ignite your passion for painting.

(639) All levels 18 and older
$19
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Dare to Paint: Intermediate Oil/Acrylic

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

Unleash your creativity and explore the world of oil and acrylic painting in this fear-free art class. Receive personalized instruction from expert artists as you learn techniques, experiment with color, and create stunning works of art. Join us online from the comfort of your own home and discover the joy of artistic expression with The Art Studio NY.

(639) Intermediate 18 and older
$79

2 sessions

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Beginner Oil Painting for Adults

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

Unleash your creativity and learn to express yourself through oil painting in this intensive art class. Explore a range of techniques and create your masterpiece on canvas with professional tips and guidance. Suitable for total beginners or intermediate students, this course is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant world of oil painting.

(185) Beginner 17 and older
$299

4 sessions

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Oil Painting II: Taking it to the Next Level

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

Take your oil painting skills to new heights with Oil Painting II at Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo. Learn how to add depth and clarity to your artwork, choose the right palette and style, and explore nontraditional angles and views. Get inspired by master artists and create fully realized oil paintings that you can proudly display or gift to loved ones.

(185) Intermediate 18 and older
$80
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Beginner Oil Painting for Teens (Ages 12-17)

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

Unlock your creativity with an introductory class in oil painting at the renowned Creatively Wild Art Studio. Discover the secrets of this rich medium and learn professional techniques, from color mixing to creating rich textures. Perfect for teens looking to explore a career in the visual arts or build their portfolio.

(185) Beginner 12 - 17 years old
$375

5 sessions

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Oil Painting II: Taking it to the Next Level

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

Elevate your oil painting skills in Oil Painting II: Taking it to the Next Level. Delve into advanced techniques to add depth and clarity, while exploring personal subject matter for a unique touch. From mastering brushstroke applications to capturing mood and emotion, embark on a journey of artistic growth and expression.

(185) Intermediate 18 and older
$299

4 sessions

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Intuitive Color

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

Using visualizations and intuition, we find a color palette to create a few paintings in either oil or acrylic. Through a series of class exercises, we color based on each student’s own style or focus. Oil and acrylic painters welcome. Oil and Acrylic painters welcomed Supply List: Three canvas or canvas boards 12 x 12 inches or larger Brushes suggested Brushes: #12 flat/ any other brushes you desire in this shape, #6 filbert/any other...

(1088) All levels 18 and older
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$360

3 sessions

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Painting the Model in Costume

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

Learn oil painting techniques while working from a costumed model present for every class. Study how to paint both the form of the model and clothing while developing a narrative. Explore techniques on how to render fabric as it drapes and conforms to the body, along with texture, light and shadow. For the Supply List, please CLICK HERE

(1088) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$505

11 sessions

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Oil Painting Intensive Seminar

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

Learn the fundamentals of oil painting in this intensive course for beginner/intermediate students who are looking to build foundational painting skills. Learn how to render light, shadow, and shapes though simple objects, and then move onto painting a live model with an emphasis on portraiture. Students will leave with technical skills and confidence. Supply List: Basic supply – Pencils Pencil set (6B, 4B, 2B, B, HB, H, 2H are recommended)...

(1088) Beginner 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$230

6 sessions

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Introduction to Oil Painting Intensive

92nd Street Y

Explore the sumptuous, magical medium of oil. Learn the basics of how to work with oil paint, mix colors, set up a palette and paint what you see. Work from the still life and the figure, and paint in a supportive environment. One semester of Drawing is highly recommended.

(1088) Beginner 18 and older
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Dare to Oil Paint: Level II

The Art Studio NY @ 145 W 96th St, New York, NY

Oil paints are sumptuous, exciting, and one of the most popular mediums used by painting artists throughout the world. This oil painting class is perfect for those who have taken an art class (or many art classes) already and are excited to master even more. In this next level oil painting class, YOU will: • Learn new techniques to explore and incorporate into your paintings • Master artistic techniques that will deepen your painting experience...

(639) Intermediate 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$299

6 sessions

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Jennifer Gennari: Oil Painting workshop

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

Discover the secrets of oil painting in this immersive workshop led by renowned artist Jennifer Gennari. Unleash your creativity as you learn the traditional techniques and stages of oil painting, and capture the essence of your subject with expert precision. Bring your own portrait images and prepare to elevate your painting skills to new heights.

(709) All levels 16 and older
No upcoming schedules
$565

2 sessions

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Painting Animals

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

Immortalize your furry friend by creating a unique custom painting. Working from photos and images of your favorite animals, learn how to use acrylic or oil paint to capture hair, fur, feathers, scales and more. In this class you have the choice of Oil or Acrylic Painting. Feel free to bring images of animals- you can work from photos or images on your Ipad. The painting medium Gamsol will be provided by the Art Center. The cost of it is included...

(1088) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$228

6 sessions

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Reviews for Oil Painting Classes in NYC

Oil Painting Classes in NYC are rated 4.5 stars based on 2,621 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Getting Started with Oil Painting

    Reviewed by Barbara A. on 4/3/2024
    Great class, excellent i struction
  • Beginner Oil Painting for Adults

    Reviewed by Anna Z. on 2/6/2024
    Leysan is a wonderful, attentive instructor who made sure we had a great experience painting in oils for the first time!
  • Oil Painting for Absolute Beginners

    Anonymous review on 12/17/2023
    I loved the class, the teacher Andl keeps the class interesting and she doesn't push students to do her way, because she wants to see how much we know, our preferences, then later on she gives some advices how to improve our paintings.
  • Getting Started with Oil Painting

    Anonymous review on 12/6/2023
    Great beginner class- both fun and educational. The instructor was excellent.
  • Beginner Oil Painting for Adults

    Reviewed by Voula S. on 5/23/2023
    Loved everything about this! I dropped in for one class towards the end of the series. The direction was great, space was calm and inviting, and I left feeling relaxed. Exactly what I wanted, will be returning in the future!
  • Beginner Oil Painting for Adults

    Reviewed by Michelle F. on 7/11/2022
    This class was a great way to learn about drawing. The instructor was very friendly and helpful. I developed new skills in just one class. Would highly recommend
  • Beginner Oil Painting for Adults

    Reviewed by Samantha T. on 6/30/2022
    This class was a great way to get painting done in a motivating and friendly environment. All levels welcome. I was happy with the end result.
  • Beginner Oil Painting for Adults

    Reviewed by Ina W. on 4/22/2020
    Great guidance!
  • Oil Painting (Beginner/Intermediate)

    Reviewed by Vivian L. on 10/1/2019
    It was the best class ever. I received a lot of one to one attention. I was able to rent a locker to keep my supplies. The class (mates) were supportive. I learned a lot of new skills. The location was easily accessible to public transportation. Although you can choose what you want to paint, the teacher provided other exercises if you choose (Like still life, etc.) .
  • Intuitive Color

    Reviewed by sheng tzu t. on 7/17/2019
    Melissa is super gentle and patient! So glad to be in her class!

Discover the Best Oil Painting Classes in NYC

The use of oil colors has been traced back to the 7th century CE to a cave in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. In 11th-century Europe, people began painting with oil colors. It was not until the 15th century, however, that easel painting with oil colors emerged. Over time, the practice of oil painting was refined by various artists. Paints and solvents were improved, and styles were developed. 

Oil painting is one of the most respected painting processes in the fine arts and has become incredibly popular. Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night, and Grant Wood’s American Gothic are all well-known and well-loved oil paintings. Oil paintings are notoriously long-lasting, fading much slower than other artworks. This, along with their prestigious place in history, makes them highly sought after by collectors. 

Oil painting is characterized by its long drying time and the versatility of the oil paints used in the process. The paints themselves are a mixture of powdered pigment and drying oil. The oil acts as a binder and affects the color of the paint. Linseed oil is the most popular oil used, however, there are a variety of choices, all of which will impact the consistency of the paint. Oil paints are thicker and heavier than other types of paint such as watercolor. 

Why You Should Learn Oil Painting in NYC

Oil painting is a great painting process to learn for both experienced painters and beginners. The use of oil paints can seem intimidating with no prior experience but is actually an easier painting method for beginners compared to others like acrylic or watercolor. This is because of its characteristically slow drying time and opacity. These features make it easier to correct your mistakes as you work. 

The process of oil painting involves layering the oil paint repeatedly. When using a layered painting technique, you need to ensure that the previous layer is dry enough before adding the next layer. This will ensure that the previous layer does not dissolve. A great deal of patience is thus required when working with oil paints, making this a great hobby for anyone looking to work on their patience or partake in a very focused art activity. 

Painting is a great activity to work on regulating your emotions. Whether used specifically as a therapeutic hobby or not, painting has been found to help alleviate depression, stress, and anxiety. Additionally, working toward creating your own finished art piece helps boost confidence and self-esteem. Oil painting is also great for exercising your imagination and creativity, as you decide what your project will look like and work on correctly determining the color mixtures that should be used for your piece. 

Oil painting is a highly rewarding activity. It is a highly respected painting process by those in the fine arts and even has gained an appreciation among those outside of the arts thanks to the well-known oil paintings that have been created and lauded throughout history. If you have developed an interest in oil painting and are concerned with the preservation of these timeless pieces, consider looking into Oil Painters of America, an organization dedicated to the preservation of representational art. 

In-Person Oil Painting Classes & Schools in NYC

In-person oil painting classes are offered across New York City and surrounding areas. In-person classes are taught by expert instructors who can give you individualized feedback and offer detailed demonstrations. Taking an in-person oil painting class in NYC is a great way to learn the basics of oil painting, including safely working with materials like solvents and oils. 

Creatively Wild Art Studio in Brooklyn offers a beginner class in oil painting for adults. In this class, Oil Painting I, you will learn the basics of working with oil paints. Your instructor will walk you through the process of creating an original finished oil painting. If you decide you would like to work on smaller pieces in this class, you have the opportunity of finishing multiple paintings. Oil paint is notoriously slow drying but thankfully this studio will allow you to leave your work there until the course has ended. 

This studio also offers an introductory oil painting class for teenagers, aged 12 through 17. The instructor will teach them the basics of color mixing and the techniques used to apply oil paints to canvas. Like participants in the adult introductory oil painting class, teens in this class will work on a piece of their choosing. 

Paint Makers Notes in Long Island City, New York also offers a basic class in oil painting. Oil Paint Making - Basics teaches you how to create your own oil paint. This is a great course if you’re interested in color theory and the process of working with raw materials. You’ll leave this class with 5 tubes of your own custom handmade paint. 

Nearby One River School, in Englewood, New Jersey, offers a close look at master oil painting techniques in their Adult Focus on Painting class. A professional artist will serve as your instructor, providing you with one-on-one instruction in underpainting, glazing, chiaroscuro, palette knife painting, and action painting. This interactive class allows you to work on a subject of your choice, including a portrait or landscape. 

Virtual Oil Painting Classes & Schools

Virtual classes are a great way to receive expert instruction in oil painting if in-person classes are not accessible for you. Online oil painting classes are taught by studios and schools around the US. They focus on different oil painting techniques and styles while allowing you to work on a variety of projects, from abstract to realism art. The online delivery of the course eliminates the commute that would be necessary to take an in-person class, allowing you to take the course from anywhere. 

All oil painting classes require materials like paint and canvas. In-person classes will typically provide most materials, but virtual classes do not. A detailed supply list will be provided by your instructor before your session. These items may be purchased from a local art or craft store. If any items are difficult to find, consider looking for a specialty shop in your area or look for an online storefront. 

There are a few online oil painting classes available for students to take from the comfort of their own home studios. Pastimes for Life offers several painting classes focused on different mediums. These beginner and intermediate-level classes allow you to learn the basics of oil painting and watercolor. The oil painting-focused class teaches participants the basics of color theory, an important aspect to working on an oil painting. A water-soluble oil painting class is also available where you can learn how to create your own non-toxic water-soluble paint. 

If you’re interested in taking a multi-medium painting class and are at the intermediate level, Abstract Painting is offered by the Richmond Art Center. You will learn how to create your own abstract painting using the paint tupe you would prefer to use, including oil paint. 

The Art Studio NY hosts Dare to Paint, an advanced-level class where you can explore using acrylic and oil paint for advanced painting techniques. Your instructor will guide you through your exploration of paint application, texture, and depth. This class allows you to choose your own subject, whether it is still life or abstract. Close one-on-one instruction and individualized real-time feedback are available to you in this remote class.

Private Group Oil Painting Classes in NYC

Is your group of friends looking for a fun weekend activity? Or is your business or organization looking to schedule an oil painting class as a team-building event? Whatever your group’s needs are, CourseHorse offers online painting classes for private groups in NYC that they can deliver to you. 

There are several virtual watercolor courses available for your group to take. One in particular, the Virtual Watercolor Workshop, focuses on teaching your group the techniques of modernist painter Georgia O’Keeffe. These techniques will be useful in creating your own landscape piece inspired by O’Keeffe’s famous work. 

In the interactive watercolor workshops that CourseHorse offers, you and your group will learn the basics of watercolor painting. Your group can count on it being a relaxing learning experience as you create watercolors on the subject of your group’s choosing. If your group would prefer to learn the basics of painting with acrylics, a private Virtual Acrylic Painting class is also available through CourseHorse. If your group is looking to take a class that uses oil colors, you can reach out to CourseHorse through the contact form on their website to learn about oil painting classes. 

Each online class requires materials like paint, brushes, and paper or canvas. CourseHorse supplies participants with all these items ahead of your class. CourseHorse can accommodate a large number of people in each class, but if you’re not sure of your exact group size, you can update your headcount up to a week before your class. There are no booking fees with CourseHorse and they allow free cancellations up to two weeks before your class. 

CourseHorse recommends using Zoom, but they can also accommodate other platforms like Google Meets, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx. 

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