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Stimulate your senses with art classes. We offer a variety of art classes for all ages and interests. Work with an array of mediums while you explore your creative side and discover new talents.

 


  • kids playing with paint and creating art

    Most preschoolers engage in activities that enhance their gross motor skills. Art is especially important in building fine motor skills along with confidence and imagination to assist in getting school ready. In our art classes, all students are taught hot to hold a pencil, draw shapes, and learn how to cut. In our clay classes all pieces are fired and glazed in our kiln.

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    Fun with Clay

    Ages 3-8

    Use slabs, coils and pinch pots to create fun and functional items. All pieces fired and glazed.

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    Clay & Swim

    Ages 3 to 6

    Come to the Art Studio to enjoy an hour of clay. All pieces are fired and glazed. Y staff will transfer you to the pool and help with the changing of clothes; no adults needed.

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    Lil' Bit of Everything

    Ages 5-9

    Explore art, both 2D and 3D by building sculptures, painting pictures, or rolling out a print.

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    Preschool Art

    Ages 3 to 6

    If the week is too busy for you, enroll your child in a Sunday art class to explore drawing, painting and creating. *No class on 3/21, 5/9.

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  • Youth creating art

    YOUTH ART PROGRAMS

    Our Youth classes range from K through High School. In all of our Art classes, students experience activities that foster self-expression, self-esteem, develop imagination, critical thinking and valuable social skills. Various mediums are introduced and used in all of our youth art classes while exploring new mediums in the field as well.

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    Advanced Drawing & Painting

    Grades 4- 8

    Enhance your art skills by learning the rules of drawing while exploring the various methods of painting.

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    Adventures In Art

    Grades 2-5

    This very popular class is child driven and encourages imagination, creativity and spatial awareness through many 3D projects.

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    Ceramics & Sculpture

    Grade K-4

    Continue the fun with this ceramic class. Students will learn new hand building techniques and create more intricate pieces. All clay pieces are fired and glazed in our kiln.

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    NEW! Committed Artists

    Grades 1-4

    For those serious artists who don’t want to make the commute downtown to the Art Institute. *No class 3/21, 5/9.

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    Drawing & Painting

    Grades K-4

    Learn to draw or continue perfecting your drawing skills in this engaging class. You’ll learn the basic rules and principles of art using pencil, marker, paint, ink, and more!

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    NEW! Fun with Clay

    Ages 3-8

    Tactile projects are fun for everyone, and what better way to create them than out of clay, plaster, or other mediums? All clay pieces are fired and glazed in our kiln.

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    NEW! Lil' Bit of Everything

    Ages 3-9

    Explore art, both 2D and 3D by building sculptures, painting pictures, or rolling out a print.

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    Advanced Ceramics & Sculpture

    Grades 5-12

    If you enjoy working with clay come create more intricate pieces and learn new decorative techniques. All clay pieces are fired and glazed in our kiln.

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    Advanced Drawing & Painting

    Grades 5-12

    Enhance your art skills by learning the rules of drawing while exploring the various methods of painting.

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    Art Ability

    Grades 6-12

    For those who need more one-on-one help when exploring art and enjoy a smaller classroom setting.

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    NEW! Art Upped

    Grades 5-12

    This class is student driven with cutting edge projects that develop imagination, creativity, and spatial awareness through many 3D & 2D projects.

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    NEW! Digital Art Foundation

    Grade 5-12

    Use a Wacom drawing pad just like the professionals in a fun and digitally creative way to see if you’d like to be a graphic designer or illustrator. Taught by a professional Graphic Designer

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    NEW! Digital Character Creations

    Grade 5-12

    Love gaming but have your own fabulous ideas for characters. Learn how to draw your own digital creations.

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    NEW! Open Art Night

    Grade 5 - 12

    Have you wanted to do a project but you don’t have the space? Or needed guidance to create it? Join us in the art studio to work on that independent project. You can bring your own materials or use what we have. An instructor will be there to guide you to your finished piece..

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    NEW! The Art of Painting

    Grade 5 - 12

    Explore the world of painting with acrylics, oils, watercolors, etc. Learn the techniques and brushstrokes that make a painting pop.

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  • Adults in watercolor creating paintings with Fran

    ADULT ART CLASSES

    Express your creativity. Take a minute to unwind. Art isn't just for kids, you deserve some fun too! What are you waiting for? Learn how to paint a beautiful watercolor, whip up a beautiful piece of jewelry, knit yourself a hat and mittens, create a mixed media piece for your enjoyment or take a ceramics class where all of our pieces are fired and glazed. The best part, meet other adults who enjoy the arts as well!

    NEW! Continuing Watercolors

    Adult

    Continue the fun of watercolors in a casual, supportive class setting. You’ll also explore ways to enhance your watercolor pieces with different mediums. A minimal supply list will be emailed to you upon registration. Taught by esteemed watercolorist, Fran Vail.

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    NEW! Exploring Art

    Adult

    Explore art and all its mediums from ceramics to painting to print making while enjoying the process and the company.

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    Intro to Mixed Media

    Adult

    Experiment with a variety of art techniques that will give you the courage and confidence to start creating on your own.

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    NEW! Open Art Night

    Age 18+

    Have you wanted to do a project but you don’t have the space? Or needed guidance to create it? Join us in the art studio to work on that independent project. You can bring your own materials or use what we have. An instructor will be there to guide you to your finished piece.

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  • Maker Space is now at the NSYMCA

    Virtual Art

    Are you a free-spirited artist who just wants to do your own thing? Come with an idea, use our studio supplies like clay, wood, wire, paint and more to see your idea come to life! Makerspace isn't a class. It's a supervised environment. Come as often as you can with a MakerSpace Registration.

    New! Artstanding

    Grade k-5

    Everyone is an outstanding artist in this class with the emphasis on the process and not the project.

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    Explore Alcohol Inks

    Adult

    Explore the brilliance of alcohol inks with no drawing skills needed. We’ll work on shiny Yupo paper, white tiles and other materials which you can turn into cards, coasters or framed art. *Supplies needed: alcohol inks, brush, rubbing alcohol, Yupo paper, several white tiles. Class runs 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4

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    One on One with Art

    Any Age

    Whether you want to improve a skill or just enjoy new projects and mediums, one on one can be best. Taught by Ms. Cathie.

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    One on One with Clay

    Any Age

    Whether you want to improve your clay skills or just enjoy new projects and glazing techniques, a one on one can be best. Once you’ve completed a piece, you will drop it off at the Y to be fired. Taught by Ms. Vicki.

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    Clay & Glaze

    Any Age

    If you want to do your own thing, come grab a slab of clay and glazes. Create your piece, glaze it then bring it to the Y for firing. Wet glazes provided in red, yellow, blue & green. *Not responsible for breakages/blowups to pieces.

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  • Free Classes at the public library

     

    Art should be available to everyone, which is why we have partnered with both the Northbrook and Glenview Public libraries to offer a FREE art program for preschool and grade school children. Please call the libraries for dates and to register.

    Glenview Public Library - 847.279.7500

    Northbrook Public Library - 847.272.6224

  • Private Swim

    NSYMCA Community Art Gallery

    Each month the NSYMCA hosts a community art gallery. Local artists showcase inspiring and creative pieces throughout the Y. High quality art is for sale at all price levels, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the our Community Outreach programs.

     

    Check out our upcoming Artists being displayed at the NSYMCA!

     

  • Art Workshops

    During the Fall and Winter sessions, the Visual Arts department holds Art workshops for all ages. In the workshop you are able to experience new techniques, new program offerings or just something that is unique in the art world! To check upcoming art workshops, please view the calendar below.

  • For All Ages

    If you prefer one-one art lessons, we can do that too! Email Visual Arts Director Cathie Winnie to find a date and time that works with your schedule. (Discounts and specials do not apply to this class. )

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  • Scouts Badge Program

    Our Scouts Badge Program is designed to help our local Boy and Girl Scouts to gather and complete their badges.

    Complete your Girl Scout badges by learning the Digital Arts, Arts in the Outdoors, Artist, Craft, creative Play, storytelling and more!

    Complete your Boy Scouts Badges by learning Art, basketry, carpentry, graphic arts, inventing, leatherwork, painting, photography, pottery, pulp & paper, sculpture, textile, wood carving, woodwork and more!

    For more information or to set up a workshop for your scouts, please contact Visual Arts Director, Cathie Winnie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or our Program Coordinator, Nicole Hatfield at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Want to be a part of the community gallery?

    We are looking for artists (2D or 3D) who would like to exhibit and sell their works in our Galleries. We are seeking local artists who make ceramics, jewelry, or other handcrafts to display and sell at our pop up galleries in the lobby.

     

    Are you a Junior Artist?

    Are you a Junior High or High School artist looking for a place to showcase and sell your work? Sell your artistic art pieces such as stationary bags, paintings, photos and more! We now have a display case to highlight our local young talent.To display in either gallery, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Visual Arts Director for an artist application.

     

    Want to sell your craft?

    We host monthly Pop Up Art shows for those looking to sell their artwork or pieces to our members. For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Visual Arts Director for an artist application.