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Unlock your artistic potential with drawing classes in Washington, D.C.. From beginner-friendly workshops to advanced masterclasses, discover new techniques, develop your style, and create stunning works of art with the guidance of skilled instructors.

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Online Drawing with Graphite 101

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Discover the beauty of graphite drawing in this engaging course that teaches the fundamentals of measuring, shading, and creating dimensions. Perfect for beginners and those returning to art, students will develop their skills while honing their hand-to-eye coordination. Unleash your creativity and bring your drawings to life in this unique online class.

(20) Beginner 7 and older
$160

4 sessions

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Online Drawing with Charcoal 101

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Master the traditional classical medium of drawing with charcoal in this online course at Pastimes for a Lifetime. Learn the fundamentals of sketching and creating illustrations with incredible depth and tone, with valuable tips and tricks from the instructor. Perfect for aspiring fine artists and commercial or book illustrators.

(20) Beginner 7 and older
$160

4 sessions

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Online Pen and Ink 101

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Discover the power of the pen as you delve into the intricate art of Pen and Ink. Unlock your creativity and learn the techniques needed to create stunning black-and-white illustrations. Perfect for aspiring illustrators and those seeking to enhance their artistic skills.

(20) Beginner 7 and older
$160

4 sessions

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Online Drawing with Graphite 102

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Take your drawing skills to the next level with an intermediate online drawing class at Pastimes for a Lifetime. Develop your measuring, sketching, and shading skills with challenging subject matter. Explore still-life set-ups, tinted paper, and larger formats for a more advanced drawing experience.

(20) Intermediate 7 and older
$160

4 sessions

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Online Gray Colored Pencil 101

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Learn to create stunning gray-scale works of art using colored pencils in this unique course. Explore the three Gray Families - Cool, Warm, and French - and discover techniques for achieving rich tonal values and depth. Perfect for colored pencil enthusiasts who prefer working in tone rather than color.

(20) Intermediate 7 and older
$160

4 sessions

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Essential Drawing Course for Beginners

Prima Materia Institute @ Virtual Classroom

Discover the essential drawing techniques that will help you create realistic and convincing artwork. Join the live online classes every Tuesday and learn how to draw portraits, still lifes, landscapes, and more using various mediums. Develop your skills and receive expert feedback for a well-rounded beginner artist experience.

(3) Beginner 15 and older
$525

12 sessions

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Caricature Drawing Class

BrushCapades - Virtually Online

Unleash your creativity and master the art of caricature drawing with just a pen and paper! Join us and learn how to bring out the unique features of your subjects in a fun and engaging way. No experience required, just bring your imagination and a highlighter if you're feeling fancy!

(10) All levels 21 and older
$35
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Fear-Free Beginners Drawing 101

The Art Studio NY @ Online Classroom

Unlock your inner artist and discover the joy of drawing in this inspiring and non-judgmental beginner drawing class. Learn a variety of techniques, from charcoal and pencil use to shading and composition, as you create and finish many drawings to feel proud of. Join our supportive art community and experience the lasting health benefits of drawing!

(639) All levels 18 and older
$69

2 sessions

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Cartooning and Illustration for Beginners

92nd Street Y @ Live Interactive Online Classroom

Unlock your creativity and learn the art of cartoon design and graphic novels. From mastering anatomy to applying ink, this course will guide you through the essentials of cartooning, helping you bring your imagination to life on the page. Don't miss the chance to build your vocabulary as a cartoonist.

(1087) Beginner 18 and older
$310

6 sessions

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Fear-Free Beginners Drawing: All Levels

The Art Studio NY @ Online Classroom

Unlock your inner artist in this inspiring drawing class at The Art Studio NY. Learn to express yourself through drawing in a fear-free and non-judgmental environment, guided by expert instructors. No experience is necessary - all levels are welcome!

(639) All levels 18 and older
$125

4 sessions

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Colored Pencils for Beginners

92nd Street Y @ Live Interactive Online Classroom

Discover the surprising versatility of colored pencils in this beginner-friendly course at 92nd Street Y. Learn how to create vibrant drawings from life with nuance, depth, and expression using basic techniques for blending and shading. Unleash your artistic potential with this perfect medium for the home studio.

(1087) Beginner 18 and older
$415

7 sessions

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Drawing with Pastel

92nd Street Y @ Live Interactive Online Classroom

Unlock the vibrant world of soft pastels in this online course. Discover color theory and enhance your drawing skills as you explore classic still-lifes, figures, and photographs. Receive individual feedback and guidance from instructor Eva Nikolova along the way.

(1087) Beginner 18 and older
$355

7 sessions

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Figure and Portrait Drawing Combined

92nd Street Y @ Live Interactive Online Classroom

Explore the art of capturing the human form and face with precision and depth in this immersive drawing course. Master the intricacies of anatomy and bring your figures and portraits to life using a variety of drawing mediums. Join a community of artists online as you work with live models and engage in class discussions and demonstrations.

(1087) All levels 18 and older
$435

7 sessions

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Colored Pencils (Intermediate/Advanced)

92nd Street Y @ Live Interactive Online Classroom

Take your colored pencil skills to new heights and create dimensional drawings that come to life! Refine your technique and artistic voice in this intermediate/advanced course at the esteemed 92nd Street Y. Prerequisite: Colored Pencil for Beginners. A supplies list will be available.

(1087) Intermediate 18 and older
$415

7 sessions

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Drawing & Painting (Intermediate/Advanced)

92nd Street Y @ Live Interactive Online Classroom

Take your drawing and painting skills to the next level with this intermediate/advanced level course. Learn new techniques, explore the work of master artists, and receive individual feedback to enhance your creative practice. Join from the comfort of your own home and develop your observational skills in a supportive and engaging environment.

(1087) Intermediate 18 and older
$355

7 sessions

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Drawing for Beginners

92nd Street Y @ Live Interactive Online Classroom

Discover the art of drawing with expert guidance at 92nd Street Y. This course provides a solid foundation in the basics of drawing, from lines and shapes to shadow and perspective. Perfect for beginners and intermediate-level students seeking to develop their drawing skills.

(1087) Beginner 18 and older
$330

7 sessions

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+3300 pts
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Personal Projects

Prima Materia Institute @ Virtual Classroom

Join our unique feedback session designed to refine and reflect on your creative works, regardless of their origin. Enhance your skills and receive constructive guidance in a supportive environment over two days. Drop-ins welcome, offering flexibility to tailor your experience to your needs.

(3) Beginner 13 and older
$200

2 sessions

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+2000 pts
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Portrait and Figure Painting (All Levels)

92nd Street Y @ Live Interactive Online Classroom

Develop your skills in figure and portrait painting from observation of live models. Learn color mixing, structure, proportion, and light and shadow theory in gouache and oil mediums. Capture the model's gesture, likeness, and expression in this comprehensive course.

(1087) All levels 18 and older
$435

7 sessions

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Portrait Drawing: Black & White to Color Pencil

92nd Street Y @ Live Interactive Online Classroom

Unleash your artistic expression and master the human form with this dynamic online course that takes you from graphite to vibrant colored pencils. Join us for an immersive experience in portrait drawing that will sharpen your skills in capturing the essence of the human face.

(1087) All levels 18 and older
$375

7 sessions

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+3750 pts
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Fear-Free Drawing: Beginner's Portrait & Figure Drawing

The Art Studio NY @ Online Classroom

Unlock your artistic potential with an online art class. Join our skilled instructors as they guide you through the basics of portrait and figure drawing, helping you conquer your fears and create stunning art from the comfort of your own home. Materials not included.

(639) Beginner 18 and older
$114

3 sessions

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+1140 pts
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Reviews for Drawing Classes in Washington, D.C.

Drawing Classes in Washington, D.C. are rated 4.5 stars based on 1,759 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Caricature Drawing Class

    Reviewed by Stacey C. on 6/5/2024
    The instructor was wonderful! I learned a lot in a fun and engaging atmosphere! I would definitely recommend this class!!
  • Colored Pencils for Beginners

    Anonymous review on 2/13/2024
    Loved the class! This was my first colored pencil class so I really wasn’t familiar with how to approach making an image using colored pencils. I learned a lot about layering colors, blending, and about color theory. It was great!
  • Fear-Free Beginners Drawing 101

    Reviewed by Patricia W. on 2/11/2024
    Love the teacher. Great explanations of basics.
  • Fear-Free Beginners Drawing 101

    Reviewed by Romain G. on 11/22/2023
    Very useful class for someone with no experience like me. The teacher was really nice and patient!
  • Fear-Free Beginners Drawing 101

    Anonymous review on 6/25/2023
    Terrific teacher! Fun and interesting.
  • Cartooning and Illustration for Beginners

    Reviewed by Rachel H. on 8/23/2021
    Josh is an incredibly skilled and supportive instructor. Would take another class with him in a heartbeat!
  • Drawing with Pastel

    Reviewed by Aldona J. on 5/12/2021
    I learned so much in this class. Melanie is terrific.
  • Drawing with Pastel

    Reviewed by Carmela M. on 5/12/2021
    What a great class with a wonderful talented and supportive instructor!
  • Drawing with Pastel

    Reviewed by Linda K. on 3/7/2021
    Great teacher
  • Drawing & Painting (Intermediate/Advanced)

    Anonymous review on 12/21/2020
    Vic was a great instructor. He was very knowledgeable, generous and gave good, insightful critique. I appreciated the opportunity to practice and to receive feedback from someone with so much experience.

Discover the Best Drawing Classes in Washington, D.C.

Drawing is one of the most versatile skills in the world and provides both personal enjoyment and economic benefits. Thankfully, you can learn to draw in using in-person or online courses, depending on class availability. These programs provide many unique benefits and cover multiple subjects, such as specific art styles. Knowing what classes are available can help you make an informed and intelligent learning decision.

Why You Should Learn Drawing in

is a uniquely engaging city with a large art scene that includes painters, sculptors, and illustrators. As a result, learning to draw may help you join this community and make new friends. Even better, learning to create art can be good for your mental health. Multiple studies find that arts and crafts can reduce anxiety and depression symptoms.

Furthermore, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that artists can make about $24.02 per hour on average. Though this rate is well below the average salary, it may work well as a side hustle. For instance, you create and sell art in your freetime to make a little extra money. Or you could simply give your art away as gifts to your loved ones.

In-Person Drawing Classes in

Learning to draw in by attending in-person classes can provide many unique benefits. For instance, you’ll get hands-on support from a live professor who can walk you through your lessons. They’ll assess your art, identify things you do well, help you figure out where you’re struggling, and improve your skills and techniques. 

Thankfully, there are many in-person drawing classes in you can attend. Many include your materials in your course cost, which ensures you have all you need to complete engaging and attractive art. The following classes cover multiple subjects and can give you the unique support you need to become a better artist. 

Drawing

Drawing is a Stone Branch School of Art program on Rockville Pike that covers basic drawing techniques. You’ll learn about sighting, shading, measuring, and composing your artwork, as well as simple sketching techniques. Drawing accepts students of all skill levels and provides materials like paper and pens to ensure you can create attractive artwork.

Drawing With the Figure 

Drawing With the Figure is a McLean Community Center course on Chain Bridge Road that Figure Drawing is a Washington Studio School program on South Street that works best for people with intermediate drawing skills. It includes a live model who takes multiple poses to help you master techniques like perspective, structure, movement, and expressive qualities. Your teacher will help you develop a more personalized drawing approach. 

Drawing Fundamentals

Drawing Fundamentals is a McLean Community Center class on Chain Bridge Road that’s designed for students between 8-12 years old. It accepts all skill levels, including more advanced or naturally skilled artists. This program covers important fundamental drawing skills, such as composition, proportion, perspective, volume, and observation. 

Figure Drawing

Figure Drawing is a Washington Studio School class on South Street that features a live model. This model takes multiple poses to help you capture the human body in more depth and detail. In this course, you’ll learn how to draw gestures, contours, and values, as well as use drawing tools like pencils, erasers, and even charcoal. 

Drawing: Portrait 

Drawing: Portrait is a Stone Branch School of Art learning program on Rockville Pike that teaches you how to draw gorgeous portraits. You’ll learn how to use charcoal and pencil to sketch, texture, and shade your artwork. Each class includes a live model and a professor who can help you master your drawing techniques.

Basic Drawing

Basic Drawing is a course by The Art League on North Union Street in Alexandria, Virginia that teaches fundamental art techniques for true beginners. You’ll learn about using lines, values, gestures, and perspectives, as well as crafting shapes and texturing your work. Subjects include landscapes, still lifes, and occasionally live models. 

Figure Drawing 

Figure Drawing is a class provided by The Art League on North Union Street in Alexandria, Virginia, not far from DC. In this program, you’ll work with male or female models and master techniques like measuring, webbing, foreshortening, and gesturing. Each week focuses on learning to draw different sections of the body using inexpensive materials like pencils and sketch pads.

Virtual Drawing Classes 

If none of the classes we reviewed above interest you, online drawing courses may be a great alternative. They provide many benefits, including the ability to learn wherever you want. For instance, you can practice drawing while at home or even on vacation. Even better, you can take classes held in far-off places like Chicago, Los Angeles, or Houston.

However, it’s important to recognize that virtual courses have some limitations. For instance, you will typically have to pay for your materials, such as pencils, sketch pads, and erasers. Furthermore, you’ll get less personal time with your professor, which may not work well for people who need more guidance while learning.

That said, online drawing classes provide far more benefits than they do downsides. That makes them an excellent option if you want to learn drawing but would rather not go to an in-person classroom. Here are a few learning options you can consider that may work well for your experience level and artistic interests. 

Online Drawing 

Online Drawing is a New York School of the Arts class that teaches up to 10 people various drawing techniques. You’ll learn how to sketch, texture, and shade your work, as well as produce attractive landscapes and figures. This course’s live professor will create a program based on your environment and learning skills to ensure you’re comfortable.

Drawing for Beginners 

Drawing for Beginners is a 92nd Street Y program that helps up to 14 beginners learn the basics of drawing. You’ll use pencils, erasers, and sketch pads to practice drawing lines, shapes, shadows, tones, and perspectives. Even better, you’ll learn basic critiquing skills to ensure you can understand and improve your art more effectively.

Online Intro to Drawing Class 

Online Intro to Drawing Class is a Pastimes for a Lifetime course that covers basic drawing techniques in a fun and comfortable environment. Subjects include improving your hand-to-eye coordination, measuring for proportion, sketching, shading, and crafting 3D artwork on a two-dimensional plane. This course is designed for beginners and out-of-practice artists.

Private Group Drawing Classes in

Are you interested in drawing classes for private groups in for your next teamwork-building exercise? CourseHorse provides many unique class options that may work well for you. Benefits of working with them include carefully vetted programs, 24-hour confirmation, no booking fees, and adjustable class sizes up to the day it starts. 

For example, Virtual Group Drawing & Sketching teaches up to 255 people how to draw still life, landscapes, botanical art, and faces. This course includes support from a live online professor who can make your learning easier. Similarly, Virtual Pancake Art is a quirky, 100-person class that teaches your team how to draw while enjoying delicious handmade pancakes.

If you don’t see a class that interests you, reach out to CourseHorse to set up a private learning experience for your employees. They’ll sit down with you and discuss what kind of program you’d like to study. Then, they’ll provide in-depth planning to ensure you find the course that works the best for your team.

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