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Online Painting

New York School of the Arts @ Online Classroom

We are going to transcribe one small painting per class of an image by a master artist that you feel a connection too. The reason for doing this is to experience from the inside the issues And problems that they experienced and resolved in the process of making. It could be light, color, form, structure, space or something else that inspires you, but by doing this, making this for ourselves, we will grapple with those issues and in doing so make...

Wednesday Jun 7th, 1–4pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

Abstract Painting

Richmond Art Center

Hay instrucción está disponible en Español. Explore abstract painting through your original vision! Students may bring painting materials they are comfortable with. If using oils, please use solvent-free alternatives for in-class sessions. This class is not eligible for an Art Boost! Scholarship.

Wednesday Jun 7th, 6:30–8:30pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

Painting with Gouache: Online

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

 The Chicago Botanic Garden’s online botanical art class is a virtual experience you can take anywhere! Gouache is a kind of opaque watercolor that has a flat, graphic quality that gives it a modern look. Compared to watercolor, it kicks the color intensity up a notch. Henri Matisse used gouache to create his brightly colored papercut art: first painting the paper, then cutting out shapes. In this class, you will use gouache to create stylized...

Thursday Jul 13th, 1–3:30pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Painting Portraits in Watercolor

92nd Street Y

Learn how to achieve a likeness in painting a portrait with this challenging medium. Each week you’ll work directly from a live model or from your own reference photographs to learn how to capture the character and depth of each subject. Click here for the supply list

Thursday Jul 13th, 10am–12:30pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Painting in Watercolor - Level 2

Santa Monica College

Join a class designed for those who wish to improve and guide their watercolor techniques toward a more personal and creative direction. In a supportive, constructive, and stress-free environment, learn how to achieve desired effects that will enhance previous painting attempts, and find out about effective methods for attaining more satisfying results with new projects. For class supplies please click here

Sunday Jun 25th, 2–5pm Pacific Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

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Contemporary Figure Painting

New York School of the Arts @ Online Classroom

Learn to create unique and personal paintings while working from a live model. This class engages students in a studio practice that explores the technical and theoretical creation of works of art. There will be a mixed focus on portraiture and nude figure painting throughout the semester. Students will be encouraged to utilize composition, color, representational space, historical reference, and context to develop their own visual language in their...

Friday Jun 9th, 9:30am–12:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

Portrait Painting

92nd Street Y

Develop your ability to capture the model’s features and personality by learning anatomy, proportion, and color-mixing. Lessons and demonstrations will include how to interrupt proportions and views of the head such as how to paint a frontal portrait as well as a three quarter and a profile. Study from live models in real time via online video conferencing. Click here for the supply list

Wednesday Jul 12th, 10am–12:30pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Painting Seascapes with Watercolor

92nd Street Y

Get swept away to the beach in this course that will teach you how to paint beautiful seascapes using watercolor paint. Working from photographs, learn methods of paint application, color formation and visual representation. From peaceful vistas to crashing surf, you’ll learn how to transform this aqueous medium into painterly scenes of the ocean. Participate in group discussions, observe demonstrations, and get feedback on your progress in real...

Tuesday Jul 25th, 4–6:30pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Model Painting with Live Model

The Gallery Girls

Draw or Paint a beautiful model in a 3-hour pose. This is a great way to stay social with friends & artists while staying home. Note: Once paid we will send you the Link & Passcode to join Join in on Download the Free ZOOM App We request that the artist please provide their own art supplies.

Wednesday Jun 14th, 6:15–9:15pm Pacific Time

Drawing & Painting (Intermediate/Advanced)

92nd Street Y

Develop your creative drawing and painting practice from the comfort of your own home! Learn new techniques and discover the work of master artists through lectures, demonstrations, and lively class discussions in this intermediate/advanced level course.  Develop your observational drawing and painting skills though group and individual assignments and feedback. For the Supply List, please CLICK HERE

Thursday Jul 13th, 10am–12:30pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Watercolor Painting: Focus on Landscapes

92nd Street Y

Join teacher Zach Seeger for a deeper dive into landscape painting. Students will learn advanced techniques on layering and depth, utilizing the visceral and rich medium of watercolor to paint reflections in water, dense forests, and vibrant skies. Click below for the supply list: Supply List

Tuesday Jul 11th, 7–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Oil Painting Discussion and Critique

Evanston Art Center

You’re invited to discuss ideas and concerns you are grappling with in your oil painting practice. Share your works in progress, and engage with your fellow students in constructive feedback. Questions and lively discussion are encouraged. Skill Level: All Levels Important Notes: This interactive online class is presented via Zoom. Please download Zoom prior to your first class. You will be emailed Zoom meeting instructions, including a...

Thursday Jun 15th, 10am–12pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Figure and Nature Drawing/Painting

Evanston Art Center

Practice drawing techniques via lectures, warm-up drawings, and longer finished poses. Techniques may include gesture and organizational line, contour line, shape-plane-volume-modeling, value, foreshortening, and anatomical studies. We will work from a clothed model and have critiques to provide a supportive class response. Choose to work in drawing and/or painting mediums. This interactive online class is presented via Zoom. Please...

Monday Jun 12th, 9:30am–12:30pm Central Time

 (12 sessions)


12 sessions

Ceramic Llama Painting

Food Craft @ Live Online

Easy ceramic painting with virtual llama meeting No drama for our Llamas! Fulfill your dream of painting a ceramic Llama, while (virtually) meeting real Llamas! This event will be unforgettable and Ll-amazing. Paint your own ceramic Llama pottery with your desired color palette and get to visit fantastic Llama royalties you'll never meet anywhere else! Guests will discover the easy techniques for painting a colorful ceramic Llama, and meet star...

Monday Jun 19th, 9am–11pm Eastern Time

Acrylic Painting for Absolute Beginners

92nd Street Y

This class provides personalized instruction from expert teaching artists in the beautiful and flexible medium of acrylic paint. Working from direct observation, you’ll learn to render what’s in front of you and create depth and luminosity as you explore the use of textures and different surfaces. Beginning with basic forms, the class progresses from still-lifes to the live model and covers perspective, value and tone as well as the basics of...

Monday Jul 17th, 7–9pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

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Best Painting Classes Online

Have you ever wanted to learn painting, but you did not know where to begin? Any person of any age or ability level can learn to paint. The term “painting” is used to describe the action that creates the end product–both are referred to as “painting”. It dates back to prehistoric times, when nomadic people created paintings on rocky walls using charcoal. The oldest paintings discovered to date were recently unearthed in Spain, and are thought to be over 42,000 years old. Today, we define painting as a method of artistic expression in which paint, pigment, color, or another medium is applied to a solid surface. A brush is most commonly used to apply paint, but other tools, such as knives, spatulas, sponges, and airbrushes can be used alone or in combination with brushes.

Why You Should Learn Painting Online

Painting is an excellent hobby if you are looking for a way to relieve stress or want something to do during your free time. You may enjoy the part of painting that allows you to create something for another person as well. A special gift in the form of a painting that a loved one can hang in their home, for example, is the perfect way to show you care. It could be a painting of another loved one, or simply something that is meaningful to the person who will receive it.

You may not realize it now, but there is a large community of people who enjoy painting both casually and 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 be in-person as well as online and offer you the opportunity to create a new social circle.

Looking for your new side hustle? Painting is a marketable skill that you can turn into a part-time job, or even a new job entirely. Selling your paintings through an online marketplace, or in-person at a craft fair near where you live, are both options for spreading your creative joy around. You could even begin taking commissions, where you create custom paintings based upon the requests of your customers. 

Virtual Painting Classes 

The idea of taking an online painting class might be intimidating, but much like in-person painting classes, they have their pros and cons. One good thing about taking a virtual painting class is that you can attend the class from anywhere. This means you can work on your painting project at home, in your backyard, or even in a public space like a park. There is also no commute, so you save some time and money. The biggest con about taking an online painting class is that you generally have to supply your own materials and equipment.

Interested in online painting classes? CourseHorse has many options to choose from, so it should be easy to find something 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.

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 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.

Color Mixing is a six-session class in which you will discover how to mix colors that accurately represent the world around you. You will make charts for permanent reference and then apply this knowledge as you paint flowers and leaves from live specimens.

Private Online Group Painting Classes

Thinking about scheduling a painting class as a fun team-building event for your business, or maybe as an outing for friends? CourseHorse offers painting classes for private groups online that they can deliver to you in a live online format. 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.

Online vs. In-Person Painting Classes

Learning painting online is a great way to get started with painting, especially if there are not any in-person painting classes in your area. You should gain the same knowledge of painting in an online class 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.

Can I Learn Painting for Free Online?

While formal training from an expert will help most people learn painting more efficiently, the short answer is yes, you can get started on your painting journey with online tutorials and videos, such as those found on YouTube. At the end of the day, though, if you want real-time feedback and a creative atmosphere in which to learn, you should enroll in a formal class.