The best painting classes in NYC

At painting classes in NYC, learn how to be an artist worthy of NYC’s best galleries. Or just sip wine while you work.
Bay Ridge Art Space
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By John Marshall |
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At painting classes in NYC, wannabe NYC artists can try their hand at making a masterpiece. Whether you want to actually learn techniques of famous artists or just sip as you swipe your brush around, this is where you should go. We’ve assembled a list of the painting classes in New York where you can produce the best paintings worth hanging in your home.

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Best painting classes in NYC

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Painting Longe
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Art, Contemporary art

Painting Lounge

icon-location-pin Flatiron

For $50, you can get schooled on how to paint and take your creation home with you for DIY home decor. The fee covers everything you’ll need—except booze. Yes, you can BYOB to classes, and yes, you probably should.

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 The Art Studio NY
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Art

The Art Studio NY

icon-location-pin Upper West Side

If you want to host a worthwhile party or office gathering, this is the place to do it. You can book a private session and celebrate in style—whether that style is impressionism or Dadaism is up to you.

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Brooklyn Art Space
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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Brooklyn Art Space

icon-location-pin Gowanus

This studio is affiliated with Trestle Gallery, an exhibition space that also provides figure drawing sessions, critiques, screenings, performance art events and technique-focused art classes.

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Unarthodox
Photograph: Courtesy Alvaro Montagna
Things to do, Classes and workshops

Unarthodox

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This space offers many classes, including Brushless Watercolor so you can familiarize yourself with that medium without the constrictions of hand-to-brush dexterity. Remember how liberating finger painting was? That kid-style fun is exactly what you’ll rediscover here.

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Pinot’s Palette Park Slope
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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Pinot’s Palette Park Slope

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Hit up this locale for painting classes led by local artists, who will guide you step-by-step while you down some wine. A couple glasses and you’ll feel like van Gogh in no time.

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Art Lab
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Things to do, Schools and universities

Art Lab

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Located in the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, the Art Lab offers four semesters of classes and workshops throughout the year—for every age and skill level.

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Michiyo Art Studio
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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Michiyo Art Studio

icon-location-pin Chinatown

If you want to get serious about watercolors, then the guys here can help. Michiyo offers weeklong courses at the New York Academy of Art for $425 if you’re ready to really commit to being a starving artist.

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Bay Ridge Art Space
Photograph: Courtesy Bay Ridge Art Space
Art, Arts centers

Bay Ridge Art Space

icon-location-pin Bay Ridge

This location offers both private and group lessons, so you can get into painting one-on-one or get down with some friends on a double date. From charcoal to oil paint, the artists here are experts in it all.

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