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A Queer History of Visual Art

92nd Street Y

This seminar course celebrates the achievements of LGBTQ+ individuals in the visual arts, from Renaissance to contemporary. Through weekly image presentations, readings, and films, students gain a broad understanding of how LGBTQ+ identity—both hidden and “out”—has shaped aesthetic experiences. Readings include Susan Sontag’s “Notes on Camp” and “Post Cards from America: X-Rays from Hell” by David Wojnarowicz. Please note, course...

Monday Nov 6th, 7–9pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Beginners Art Journaling

The Art Studio NY @ Online Classroom

Unlock your creative expression in this fear-free, relaxing and self-expressive live and online art journaling class for all levels, total beginners included! Art journaling provides a stress-relieving, inspiring and safe space to experiment, explore and express your inner-world through a variety of materials, colors, layers, and subject matter. Learn how to tap into meditative states through authentic art-making, and practice creative mindfulness...

Wednesday Nov 8th, 7–8:30pm Eastern Time

 (7 sessions)


7 sessions

Exploring Abstract Art For New Artists

Living Your Wild Creativity @ Virtual Classroom

Participants will gain a strong foundation, good habits and develop intuitive skills for creating abstract art. Great for anyone who is curious and wants to learn and create making abstract art. Each meeting is run as a classroom and not as time for actual painting. A topic is discussed with slide shows AND videos demonstrations. Exercises will be assigned. Students will ask questions and post their work on a Facebook page where I will check in frequently...

Thursday Oct 5th, 3–4:15pm Pacific Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Holiday Botanical Art in Colored Pencil

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s online botanical art in colored pencil course is a virtual experience you can take anywhere! Get inspired by winter and the festive holidays to represent this special time in your botanical artwork. From evergreens to holly to amaryllis, you will choose the subject that is memorable to you. You will work in both colored pencils and watercolor pencils to develop a finished artwork on paper or film. Create next year’s...

Thursday Nov 30th, 6–9pm Central Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Intermediate Painting, Collage and Mixed Media Art

The Art Studio NY @ Online Classroom

Deepen your creative expression in this relaxing, encouraging and instructive intermediate level collage, painting and mixed-media art class with NYC's #1-rated art studio, The Art Studio NY! Take your artwork to the next level as you continue to experiment and learn about a wide variety of art materials, fundamental art techniques and personal style. Express your unique, creative point of view through a combination of papers, textures, paint,...

Tuesday Nov 7th, 11am–12:30pm Eastern Time

 (8 sessions)


8 sessions

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Fear-Free Beginner Painting, Collage & Mixed Media Art

The Art Studio NY @ Online Classroom

This is an Online Art Class. Our instructors will work with you over high-quality live video and teach you to make art from the comfort of your home. The Art Studio NY conducts classes from New York City, United States (Eastern US Time Zone) Unlock your creative fulfillment in this relaxing, encouraging and self-expressive collage, painting and mixed-media art class with NYC's #1-rated art studio, The Art Studio NY! Explore a wide variety of...

Sunday Oct 1st, 7:30–8:45pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Cabaret History and Great Performances

92nd Street Y

Award Winning Cabaret Performer and member of the 92Y Music Faculty, Michael Kirk Lane will lead this lecture series about the art form of cabaret. Using video and audio recordings of influential performers throughout the decades, the series will explore the history of the art form and where it is headed into the future.

Tuesday Nov 7th, 7–8:15pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

Cabaret Conversations

92nd Street Y

Award-winning cabaret performer and member of the 92NY School of Music Faculty Michael Kirk Lane curates a series of conversations about the art form of cabaret in New York City. Welcoming performers, directors, and journalists, these conversations will delve into the history and current state of this unique performance style. Each conversation will also include a Q&A session for the participants. These conversations may be purchased individually,...

Monday Oct 23rd, 7–8:30pm Eastern Time

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 Sep 27th, 6:15–9:15pm Pacific Time

Mindful Doodling

BrushCapades @ Online Classroom

Discover the transformative power of creativity and mindfulness in our Mindful Doodling Class! In this unique and engaging workshop, we invite you to unleash your imagination and explore the art of doodling as a tool for relaxation, self-expression, and personal growth. More info All you need is pen and paper. What to bring Something to draw with and a desire for mindfulness!

Monday Oct 9th, 6–7:30pm Central Time

Painting with Gouache I

92nd Street Y

An introduction to gouache as fine art painting medium. Gouache is a water-based, opaque medium loved by artists for its high pigment load, portability and ability to layer light over dark. This course is a thorough introduction to materials, properties, basic color mixing and structuring simple, small still life and landscape paintings from start to finish. Please note: This course requires the purchase of materials. More information will be...

Wednesday Nov 1st, 4–6:30pm Eastern Time

 (7 sessions)


7 sessions

Drawing with Colored Pencils

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s online botanical art class is a virtual experience you can take anywhere! Learn to create glowing colored pencil drawings! You will learn the “heightened drawing” technique as you draw on toned paper, adding highlights to achieve luminous, vivid color. Draw textures in natural objects and create vibrant landscapes as you learn techniques for clouds, water, and foliage. Beginners and experienced students are welcome....

Thursday Nov 2nd, 9:30am–12pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Mixed Media Cityscape

92nd Street Y

Join artist Susan Cottle to mix drawing, painting and collage to create lively cityscapes. Get inspiration from provided New York photo sources, or from your own international city views of piazzas, parks, people and towers. Susan will guide you through composing dynamic and unified deep space compositions with effective shapes and scale relationships while addressing atmospheric perspective, time of day and subtractive and additive approaches. All...

Wednesday Jan 3rd, 10am–12:30pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Online Gray Colored Pencil 101

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

This class is available online and safe in-studio - Click here for the in-studio class Explore the three Gray Families – Cool, Warm and French – in this unique course. Students start off with good colored pencil basics that apply to all projects. Techniques for achieving rich tonal values and depth are taught in an easy to follow gradient. Ideal for the student who loves colored pencils but prefers working in tone rather than color. Students...

Wednesday Sep 27th, 1–2pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

Introduction to Handmade Books


Dive into the world of handmade books and learn how to create a unique and tangible object for your photographs. This introductory workshop will cover basic bookbinding formats that you can use to make handmade photo and art books. Students will learn to use the basic tools and materials to create a variety of bookbinding structures, including one-sheet books, pamphlet binding, accordion books, drum leaf binding, a hardcover accordion, and a flag...

Saturday Oct 28th, 11am–1pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

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Discover the Best Art Classes Online

Art includes various styles, techniques, and mediums and can affect and change how individuals see the world. It is an essential skill and a productive hobby. Taking an art class is one of the best ways to learn art, including drawing, painting, clay molding, soap making, flower arranging, and more. 

Why You Should Learn Art Online

There are many benefits to learning art online. By taking an online art class, you can relieve stress and enjoy a productive hobby during your free time. In addition, once you’ve mastered the skill, you can create art projects as a side job, start a full-time business, or create handmade gifts for friends and family. 

Art classes also connect you to a larger community. When you take a class online, you can make friends across the country and connect with people with different life experiences. As a result, you can join clubs, groups, and events with other like-minded people. 

Virtual Art Classes 

Virtual art classes provide students with flexibility and options. Rather than driving to meet with an in-person class, you can take the art course from the comfort of your home. In addition, there are often more class options when you take the class online. The downside of online courses is that the teacher doesn’t always provide the class materials. When booking a class through CourseHorse, you can check the class description to see whether the materials are provided. 

CourseHorse offers many great online art classes. No matter your interests, you should be able to find a course that teaches the skills you’re interested in learning. For example, CourseHorse offers a Painting Seascapes with Watercolor class for $335 that starts on April 21st. The course spans six two-and-a-half-hour sessions and teaches students how to capture the beauty of the ocean in watercolor. 

For just $25, you can take a one-hour Virtual Melt & Pour Soap-Making Workshop on May 13th. You will need to prepare your materials beforehand, and the teacher will walk you through how to make candles in the comfort of your home.

Starting on May 17th, you can take a Painting the Natural World class that includes six sessions that meet for two and a half hours each. Although the course is remote, it takes place in the Chicago Botanic Garden, so students will overlook the beautiful greenery of the well-known garden. The class costs $349. 

CourseHorse’s Color Mixing class costs $374 and focuses on teaching students color theory. Over six sessions, students will learn to mix color, create color wheels, mimic shadows, and paint from live garden specimens. The class starts on June 4th. 

On July 17th, CourseHorse’s Portrait Beginners' Guide class begins. It includes three two-hour classes that teach students the basics of portrait art. Another fun class option is PHONE-ography 101, which includes two sessions for $115 and teaches students how to capture professional-level photos using nothing but a smartphone. This class begins on May 1st. 

Private Online Group Art Classes

Businesses and organizations can schedule private online group art classes. These classes will help the team bond and relax as they immerse themselves in a new skill. Some employees might find new hobbies and interests after the class as well. CourseHorse’s private online group art classes for businesses don’t have booking fees and have flexible group sizes that can even be changed after the booking. Once you schedule your class, you will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours. 

CourseHorse offers a wide range of classes, ranging from fun art games to instructive art classes. For example, you can book a Virtual Cartooning & Doodling Workshop for up to 250 people. Participants only need paper, a pen or pencil, and an eraser to participate fully. The class will teach the group how to create a cartoon style and become familiar with drawing unique characters. 

CourseHorse’s Virtual Macrame Workshop will teach participants how to create plant hangers using knot patterns. Students will learn unique knots to create beautiful knotted patterned textiles. The class includes all materials, and everything will be shipped to the participants before the beginning of the course.

Online vs. In-Person Art Classes

When looking for an art class, you can choose between online and in-person courses. Both offer 1-on-1 instruction, personalized feedback, and unique opportunities to connect with classmates. Three things you should consider when deciding between online and in-person art classes include the following. 

  • Ability to travel: If you prefer not to travel, online art classes are the best option.
  • Materials: Online art classes don’t always include materials. So, if you’re unsure how to find art materials, in-person classes might be more convenient. 
  • Proximity to classmates: Bonding with classmates is a fun part of taking art classes. Although you can make friends in an online class, getting to know your classmates in an in-person course is easier.

If you plan to take multiple classes, feel free to try out both formats. CourseHorse offers a wide range of courses for beginners, intermediate learners, and experts to ensure you’re always getting the instruction you need. 

Can I Learn Art for Free Online?

Learning art online for free is simple. You can find thousands of resources on YouTube and other media-sharing platforms. These offer amazing opportunities to master skills, learn new techniques, or gather art ideas from other art experts. The only downside is that you won’t get personalized feedback with a driven art course. By taking an art class instead, you will learn faster and have a more thorough experience.