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Unleash your creative potential with a variety of painting classes in Washington, D.C.. Learn different techniques, explore various styles, and express yourself through art, all while gaining inspiration and confidence in your artistic abilities.

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Dupont Studio Night | Yayoi Kusama

ArtsClub @ 1506 19th St NW, Washington, DC

Experience the iconic polka dot art of Yayoi Kusama and create a vibrant pumpkin masterpiece. Discover the artistic journey of this internationally renowned artist and delve into her unique style characterized by organic forms and optical illusions. Join us for an unforgettable evening of creativity and inspiration.

Friday, Mar 8th, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern Time

Dupont Studio Night | Helen Frankenthaler

ArtsClub @ 1506 19th St NW, Washington, DC

Discover the innovative painting techniques of Helen Frankenthaler and create your own serene soak stain masterpieces at this exclusive studio night. Unleash your creativity as you learn about this influential American Abstract Expressionist painter and immerse yourself in a world of vibrant, liquid-like colors. All art materials and protective wear are provided.

Saturday, Mar 2nd, 5–7pm Eastern Time

Dupont Studio Night | Georgia O’Keeffe

ArtsClub @ 1506 19th St NW, Washington, DC

Discover the artistry of Georgia O'Keeffe as you create stunning autumnal flower paintings in her signature style. Immerse yourself in her journey from the Midwest to New Mexico and unleash your creativity in this inspiring studio night at ArtsClub. All art materials and an art history lesson are included.

Friday, Mar 15th, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern Time

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Dupont Studio Night | Frida Kahlo

ArtsClub @ 1506 19th St NW, Washington, DC

Unleash your inner artist and immerse yourself in the world of Frida Kahlo at a unique studio experience. Dive into the mesmerizing world of Surrealism and Magical Realism, and create a stunning self-portrait inspired by Frida's iconic style. Join us for a night of creativity, guided by our expert staff and surrounded by the vibrant energy of ArtsClub.

Saturday, Mar 23rd, 5–7pm Eastern Time

Dupont Studio Night | Joan Mitchell

ArtsClub @ 1506 19th St NW, Washington, DC

Discover the emotional intensity and gestural brushwork of Abstract Expressionist painter Joan Mitchell in this immersive art experience. Learn about her artistic journey and create your own artwork using the same materials and techniques she used. Unleash your creativity and connect with Mitchell's expressive style.

Friday, Mar 29th, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern Time

Dupont Studio Night | Robert Rauschenberg

ArtsClub @ 1506 19th St NW, Washington, DC

Join us for a transformative evening where you will explore the art of Robert Rauschenberg, a pioneering artist known for his powerful and socially conscious works. Discover how to create your own sculptural painting using collage materials in a hands-on workshop that reflects the vibrant energy of the city. Don't miss this opportunity to engage with art as a catalyst for change.

Friday, Apr 5th, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern Time

Dupont Studio Night | Damien Hirst

ArtsClub @ 1506 19th St NW, Washington, DC

Get ready to channel your inner Damien Hirst at this exclusive event, where you'll have the chance to create your own unique masterpieces using a custom spin painting machine and other supplies. Emulate Hirst's iconic dot and spin paintings and leave with a one-of-a-kind artwork of your own.

Saturday, Apr 13th, 5–7pm Eastern Time

Dupont Studio Night | Cy Twombly

ArtsClub @ 1506 19th St NW, Washington, DC

Unleash your inner artist and explore the expressive world of free-scribbled art with the influence of Cy Twombly at ArtsClub's upcoming studio night. Discover how to incorporate poetry, myth, and symbolism into your own unique masterpiece, while immersing yourself in the techniques of this influential artist. All art materials and a canvas will be provided for you to unleash your creativity!

Friday, Apr 19th, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern Time

Dupont Studio Night | Alma Thomas

ArtsClub @ 1506 19th St NW, Washington, DC

Discover the bold and vibrant style of artist Alma Thomas as you create your abstract paintings inspired by her unique mark-making technique. Embrace the beauty of flowers and the natural world in this immersive art experience at ArtsClub's exclusive studio night. Unleash your creativity and leave with a masterpiece of your own.

Thursday, Apr 25th, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern Time

Dupont Studio Night | Hilma af Klint

ArtsClub @ 1506 19th St NW, Washington, DC

Unleash your inner abstract artist and dive into the mesmerizing world of Hilma af Klint. Discover the secrets behind her futuristic and psychedelic paintings inspired by science and mysticism. Join us for an immersive art experience that will transport you to a world of vibrant colors and mind-bending creativity.

Friday, May 10th, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern Time

Dupont Studio Night | Keith Haring

ArtsClub @ 1506 19th St NW, Washington, DC

Unleash your inner artist and explore the vibrant world of Keith Haring's iconic street art. Create your own masterpiece in Haring's signature style using acrylic paint and paint markers, while incorporating symbols and motifs that hold personal meaning. Join us for an unforgettable night of creativity and self-expression.

Friday, Jun 14th, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern Time

Dupont Studio Night | Women of Abstract Expressionism

ArtsClub @ 1506 19th St NW, Washington, DC

Unveil the fascinating world of bold and innovative female artists who defied traditional artistic norms and redefined abstract expressionism. Elevate your understanding of abstract art through the lens of their visionary creations.

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

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Dupont Studio Night | Jackson Pollock Valentines Day

ArtsClub @ 1506 19th St NW, Washington, DC

Indulge in an evening of art-making as we delve into the captivating world of Jackson Pollock. Join us for an immersive experience where creativity knows no bounds, and you can harness the essence of Pollock's iconic style. Let your imagination run wild and leave with a masterpiece of your very own.

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Georgetown Landscape Workshop+Exhibition

Winter Palace Studio @ 1054 31st Street NW, Washington, DC

Take in the beauty of the unique Georgetown atmosphere and create a painting that shows your personal aesthetic vision of Georgetown. This time there is a twist: it's about Georgetown at night. We found a few fascinating images of nocturnal cityscapes, including paintings by Edouard Leon Cortes and Jeremy Mann. It is especially interesting to see how easily lights and reflections are translated into oil painting technique. Some of the rainy night...

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The Painting Experience with Stewart Cubley

Institute for Art and Living @ 155 Gibbs St, Washington, DC

Process Painting Workshop & Retreat with Stewart Cubley. In these process painting workshops, everyone is a beginner. The Painting Experience is about creativity and free expression, rather than technique, training, or expertise. Discover a creative voice that is entirely your own   Learn to trust your intuitive perception Overcome creative blocks     Recognize process painting as a genuine path to spiritual awakening...

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Airbrush Essentials

Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing @ 1776 E Jefferson St, Rockville, MD

Learn the basics of operating an airbrush with basic airbrush techniques. Students will handle several types of airbrushes and discover the difference between single and double action. A combination of demonstrations and hands-on techniques will be used to teach color mixing, blending, mixed media, stenciling, and how to use different surfaces. All supplies provided.

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Mixed Media: Watermedia and Pastel

Washington Studio School @ 2129 S St NW, Washington, DC

Working with a variety of water based materials, including inks, watercolor and gouache, students will explore these fluid and versatile media and their potential for use singularly and in combination.  Transparency, opacity, surfaces to work on, and mixture with other dry drawing media (such as pastel) will be covered in traditional and more experimental ways.  Students will work from observation from a variety of subjects to develop their...

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Watermedia – Drawing into Painting

Washington Studio School @ 2129 S St NW, Washington, DC

Working with a variety of water based materials, including inks, watercolor and gouache, students will explore these fluid and versatile media and their potential for use singularly and in combination.  Transparency, opacity, surfaces to work on, and mixture with other dry drawing media will be covered in traditional and more experimental ways.  Starting with drawings and moving towards more developed paintings, students will work from...

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Mixed Watermedia

Washington Studio School @ 2129 S St NW, Washington, DC

Working with a variety of water based materials, including inks, watercolor and gouache, students will explore these fluid and versatile media and their potential for use singularly and in combination. Transparency, opacity, and mixture with other dry drawing media will be covered in traditional and more experimental ways. Students will work from observation using a variety of subjects both in the studio and in the landscape to develop their perceptual...

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Drawing into Painting: A Contemporary Dialogue

Washington Studio School @ 2129 S St NW, Washington, DC

Experienced painters in this workshop will explore the fertile territory and various possibilities that arise when you combine drawing and painting. Whether one goes into abstraction or further into realism it is necessary to understand the painting’s form, and that is what drawing and re-drawing with paint can do. Structure, figure/ground, line, edge, value, color, and experimental use of material will lead to discoveries in drawing, painting,...

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Live or work in ? Looking for a new hobby that will let you show off your creative side? Painting could be just what you have been looking for. Generally, painting is defined as the action of applying paint, pigment, color, or another medium to a solid surface, and 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. The history of painting is long, with some experts estimating that people have been painting in some form or another for over 30,000 years. Anyone can learn to paint, regardless of where they are in life.

Why You Should Learn Painting in

You can relieve a lot of stress when you learn to paint in , especially if you like to do things with your hands during your free time. Painting can be a great hobby if you are looking for stress relief or something to help you be productive 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. Maybe you could start selling your paintings online, or in person at a craft fair near you. 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 in

If you want to learn painting in-person in , CourseHorse can connect you with classes in your area. For example, Painting with Light is put on by the Capital Photography Center in nearby Alexandria, VA, and is a one session course that shows you the exciting world of painting with light. You will use darkness as a backdrop and use a flashlight to illuminate, highlight, and emphasize your subject. Painting from Life happens at the McLean Community Center and welcomes all skill levels to learn the fundamentals of painting. You will choose your own medium and explore color theory, value, composition, and more.

Painting Workshop is put on by the Stone Branch School of Art and takes place over five sessions. This course provides new and seasoned painters alike with theoretical and technical foundations for understanding painting. You will learn about color, composition, and perspective, as well as color mixing and paint handling from an experienced instructor.

Independent Painting is offered by The Art League in Alexandria, VA. This nine session course provides you with an outlet to develop your personal pictorial language, no matter your experience level. You will paint still life, the figure, landscape, abstraction, and much more, with instruction geared toward you.

Painting From Photos happens at Yellow Barn Studios, and this eight session class will show you how to use photographs to create beautiful and believable paintings. You will choose your subject matter while receiving instructions in painting techniques and advice on the challenges of working from photos.

Painting And Collage is another offering from The Art League that happens in Alexandria, VA. In this seven session course, students will learn to combine more traditional painting techniques with collage to produce pieces with texture and depth. You will add papers, acrylics, inks, and other materials to your pieces and experiment with a variety of styles.

Virtual Painting Classes 

If you decide to take an online painting class, you might be unsure of how much you will learn, but it is good to remember that 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

Are you interested in booking a private group painting class for your friends or colleagues in ? CourseHorse offers painting classes for private groups in 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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