Find a painting class in Chicago, IL

Find painting classes in Chicago, IL

Find painting classes in Chicago, IL

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Top 10 painting classes in Chicago, IL

Students agree: these Chicago painting classes are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Chicago Fine Art Salon

Chicago Fine Art Salon

Offers online services
5+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Mabel C. says, "I was very pleased with my initial consultation with the talented instructor, Joe Sikora. I have been painting for many years and was looking for something like this, where I can improve my skills in a quiet environment. The hours are flexible, which I need, since I work full-time. The fees are also very reasonable, and I look forward to signing up for classes and to continue learning from someone with so much experience. " Read more
Molly Cranch, Artist

Molly Cranch, Artist

New on Lessons
Offers online services
2 hires on Lessons
Serves Chicago, IL
I am both a professional artist and an educator with over 20 years experience of teaching and exhibiting my paintings. I received my BFA in painting from Washington University and my certification in art education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I have taught art in a wide variety of settings including public and private schools, museums and art centers. I have taught a wide range of ages and abilities. This experience allows me to assess each individual and provide effective and innovative instruction. As a painting instructor, my goal is to provide sequential lessons which build knowledge and skills. Students will develop...


New on Lessons
Serves Chicago, IL
I am passionate about teaching others how to achieve their 'personal best' in painting, and it is a thrill for me to see my students enter national competitions and get accepted. I have been selected as one of Chicago's BEST painting and drawing teachers for 2017 by EXPERTISE. As a former teacher and Reading Specialist, I can now apply those 'teaching skills' to what I enjoy most.....PAINTING and creating! I love to help students solve their problems with composition, design, color mixing, and other painting challenges that tend to appear during a painting class. It challenges me to push them further to become pleased with their creations a...

Your Painting Lessons questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Lessons.

How much do painting classes cost?

Painting classes cost $200 to $500 for a 5- to 10-week course, or $20 to $80 per person for a single session. Local, city-sponsored classes typically cost less than private lessons or college courses. Some painting classes offer discounts for friends, children, or other groups.

Some instructors include all materials in their prices, while others require that you buy some or all of them yourself. Online painting classes can be done anywhere and can be paused as needed without slowing anyone else down.

How long are painting classes?

Painting classes usually last 1 to 3 hours¸ depending on the age group, experience level, and location. Kids' classes are shorter than adult or college-level classes and are sometimes only available during certain hours of the day.

What kind of painting class is best for beginners?

Acrylic paint is best for beginners because it is easy to work with, easy to clean up, and dries quickly. Watercolor paint is also convenient and easy to clean up, but it is harder to work with and correct mistakes. Oil paints are best for beginner or intermediate painters with some experience.

Where can I take painting classes?

You can take painting classes from local rec centers, colleges, private instructors, and paint-and-sip shops. Paint-and-sip businesses provide materials and instructions for students to complete while socializing and drinking or eating.

What do I bring to painting classes?

Some classes provide all of the paint and supplies. Others do not, and you will have to buy your own. This may include any of the following:

  • Paints
  • Brushes
  • Easel
  • Canvas
  • Apron

How do I hire a painting instructor?

Search our list of instructors, then:

  • Compare 3+ free estimates.
  • Explore reviews on Lessons and Google.
  • Choose an experienced instructor.
  • Make sure there are enough openings for you and any friends or family members you bring.
  • Make sure you have the right supplies if applicable.
  • Avoid making large payments up front.

What questions should I ask painting instructors?

When looking for local painting classes, ask the following questions:

  • How long have you been painting?
  • Do you allow walk-ins?
  • What type of paint would you recommend for my experience level?
  • What's your cancellation policy?
  • Do you have an age requirement?
  • How long are your classes?
  • Can I take my work home after class, or does it need to stay here to dry?
  • Will you give me an estimate and contract in writing?

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