Painting Classes Washington, D.C.

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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6 classes in-person in Washington, D.C. have spots left, and 9 classes live online are available.

Dupont Studio Night | Yayoi Kusama

ArtsClub @ 1506 19th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036

Create polka dotted pumpkin art in the style of Yayoi Kusama!  Yayoi Kusama is one of the world’s most widely recognized and commercially successful living artists, most famous for her paintings and sculptures of pumpkins. Her style is characterized by polka dots, organic forms, and optical illusions. Learn about Kusama's artistic journey -- from her career as a young artist in Japan to international artistic stardom -- and create your own...

Thursday Oct 5th, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern Time

Story-Telling at the Nat’l Museum of American History

Washington Photo Safari @ 5114 Ritchie Rd #644, Bealeton, VA , USA, Bealeton, VA 22712

Smartphone Photography: Story-Telling at the National Museum of American History This safari is especially designed for smartphone users! Her face says it all: “You can make me sit in a segregated part of this train, but you can’t break my spirit.” Her face is proud, resolute, her chin is held high, her lips are tight, her hands firmly clasped in her lap, as if to say: “Someday, one day, we will be able to sit anywhere we want. I might...

Saturday Dec 16th, 2–4pm Eastern Time

iPhone Photography - Getting Started

Capital Photography Center @ 4th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565

Learn to use the iPhone camera and go beyond taking a simple snapshot to creating a photograph that’s an artistic expression unique to your vision. Join us at the National Gallery of Art and tap into your creative side through mobile photography. Using our iPhone cameras, we’ll explore the Museum's offerings from abstract sculptures, colorful paintings and wall hangings, to the architecture of the building as well. We’ll find endless photographic...

Saturday Oct 21st, 10:30am–2:30pm Eastern Time

Mural Art in The Shaw Neighborhood

Washington Photo Safari @ 800 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Guided by DC resident and WPS director E. David Luria, we will begin our photo Safari at 8th Street and Florida Avenue Northwest and make our way slowly through the streets, photographing all of the colorful mural art that greets us along the way. We will find, for example, a memorial to Duke Ellington, the famous jazz pianist who was born in a house in Shaw, we will find colorful swaths of paint on many of the building walls and alleys. Many of...

Sunday Oct 1st, 10am–12pm Eastern Time

Street and Mural Art in The Shaw Neighborhood

Washington Photo Safari @ 5114 Ritchie Rd #644, Bealeton, VA , USA, Bealeton, VA 22712

Take a trek with WPS through the Shaw Neighborhood, the epicenter of mural art in Washington, DC! Guided by DC resident and WPS director E. David Luria, we will begin our photo Safari at 8th Street and Florida Avenue Northwest and make our way slowly through the streets, photographing all of the colorful mural art that greets us along the way. We will find, for example, a memorial to Duke Ellington, the famous jazz pianist who was born in a house...

Sunday Oct 1st, 10am–12pm Eastern Time

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Digital Photography Live In-the-Field@US Botanic Garden

Digital Photo Academy @ 100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20002

Our DPA instructor presented us with the challenge of editing dozens of his spectacular images of the property and the selection we made does not do justice to the wonder and splendor of Washington DC’s Botanic Gardens with an overwhelming array of floral, tree and plant subject matter in the various gardens, each peppered with charming winding pathways to add to your portfolio worthy images. On top of those photo ops you have architectural scenes...

Saturday Nov 18th, 11:30am–2:30pm Eastern Time

Acrylics Painting

BrushCapades @ Online Classroom

The artist will provide the expertise and fun as you enjoy the process of painting your very own masterpiece. This class includes an instructor-led, step-by-step guide to a new painting every week and different techniques used by professional artists! Custom materials kit includes:  wooden easel two 8x10 canvases 5 brushes 12 colors and a wooden palette What to bring Contact us for a materials list if you want to bring your own!

Tuesday Oct 3rd, 7–8:30pm Central Time

Online Painting with Acrylics 301

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

This class is available online and safe in-studio - Click here for the in-studio class Brighten up your world with amazing acrylics! This medium offers the flexibility of oils with a faster drying time and less hassles. In this class, students will learn techniques of the 20th century masters, including how to mix colors, prepare canvas, and execute styles including impressionism, contemporary realism, color block and abstract. Linda’s curriculum...

Saturday Sep 30th, 11:30am–12:30pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

Beginners Acrylic Painting

The Art Studio NY @ Online Classroom

Painting is sumptuous, relaxing, and inspiring. In this fear-free, encouraging and expressive painting class for all levels, you will: Learn the artistic techniques of painting and self-expression. Receive one-on-one expert art instruction as you enjoy our nurturing and non-judgmental art studio. Practice painting techniques, such as: color mixing, tone, value, brushwork, texture, composition, palette knife use, emotional/personal expression,...

Sunday Oct 1st, 2–3pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)


4 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 Oct 4th, 6:15–9:15pm Pacific Time

Dare to Paint: Advanced Oil & Acrylic Painting

The Art Studio NY @ Online Classroom

Express yourself through painting, develop your artistic style, and deepen your artistic journey in this inspiring online painting class. Artistic expression in the form of a painting class is fulfilling, relaxing and incredibly freeing! Continue to deepen, practice and discover artistic techniques while exploring subject matter that inspires you. This online painting class provides expert art instruction, exposure to advanced level painting techniques,...

Wednesday Nov 8th, 11am–1pm Eastern Time

 (7 sessions)


7 sessions

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

Painting with Gouache II

92nd Street Y

Expand your color range, knowledge of surfaces and brushes, and ability to represent depth and atmosphere, texture and skin tones. Demonstrations help you see and simply more complex compositions with value shapes and warm and cool relationships that work in still life, landscape and figure compositions. Pre-requisite: Painting with Gouache I or the equivalent experience. Supply List

Thursday Nov 2nd, 4–6:30pm Eastern Time

 (7 sessions)


7 sessions

Abstraction for Drawing and Painting

92nd Street Y

Through a series of easy to follow, step-by-step instructions and carefully structured assignments and practical projects, we’ll create a series of abstract paintings and drawings together. We will explore how to use traditions and contemporary approaches to create a more effective and memorable experience for the viewer while also embracing the experimental. First, we'll discuss some fundamental concepts in the art historical context, and then...

Tuesday Nov 7th, 10am–12:30pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Online Painting: A Weekend with Stewart Cubley

Institute for Art and Living

Online Painting is a way to sustain a home painting practice with the support of a virtual community of process painters from around the world.  Join a growing community of painters who value the powerful practice of process painting as a tool for their ongoing creative development and personal growth. You'll receive personal attention from Stewart Cubley or another Painting Experience facilitator. Magic happens at a Painting Experience workshop...

Saturday Sep 30th, 9am–12pm Pacific Time

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

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.