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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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    Art Exploration (NEW FALL 2019)

    5-9 years

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

    Clay & Swim

    3 to 6 Yrs

    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. Adults need not be present to transfer your child.

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    3 to 6 Yrs

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

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    Morning of Art

    3 to 6 Yrs

    This class is a must for every preschool child! Enjoy clay, then learn how to draw shapes to make drawing less intimidating. This is a great way to prepare for kindergarten and improve fine motor skills for writing. Don't forget to bring a snack to enjoy between classes.

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    Preschool Art

    3 to 6 Yrs

    If the week is too busy for you, enroll your child in a Sunday art class where they‘ll explore drawing, painting, and creating.

    Scribble Into Drawing

    3-6 yrs

    A must for every preschool child. This class makes drawing less intimidating as kids start by learning to draw basic shapes. It's also a great way to prepare for kindergarten and improve fine motor skill for writing.

  • Youth creating art


    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 Art

    5- 8th Grade

    Learn how to use artistic principles to express your personality and create your own style of art. Realism and abstract art will be explored using pencils, pastels, paint, ink, and recyclables.

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    Adventures In Art 101

    2nd-5th grade

    This very popular class is child driven and encourages imagination and creativity while working on many 3D projects.

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    Adventures in Art 102

    5-8th Grade

    Like 101, this very popular class continues to be driven by the students. They suggest ideas we tweak and develop, opening up imagination, creativity, and spatial awareness. Most of the projects are 3D.

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    Art Ability

    6-12th Grade

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

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    Art Exploration

    5-9 years

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

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    Committed Artists NEW

    2- 6th Grade

    Is your child serious about learning art, but you’d rather not commute to the Art Institute? This is the perfect class for you! Projects are designed to incorporate art principles such as line, shading, pattern, perspective, color, etc. *No class on 3/8

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    Ceramics & Sculpture 101

    K-3rd Grade

    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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    Ceramics & Sculpture 201

    4-8th Grade

    Continue the fun with this advanced ceramic class. Learn how to create more intricate pieces along with decorative techniques as well. All clay pieces are fired and glazed in our kiln.

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    Digital Character Creations

    K-3rd Grade

    Do you love gaming and have your own fabulous ideas for characters? Learn how to draw your own digital creations.

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    Drawing & Painting

    K-3rd Grade

    This class is a great way either to learn how to draw or to continue honing your drawing skills. Students will learn basic art principles.

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    Jewelry & More

    3rd-8th grade

    Learn the basics of jewelry with wire working and metal stamping. Then continue the fun by creating your own clay beads, paper jewelry and more!

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    Grades 4-8

    Welcome to the complex but rewarding world of watercolors! Come learn the techniques and brush strokes to create beautiful watercolor pieces. All supplies provided.

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    Advanced Drawing & Painting

    3- 7th Grade

    Enhance your drawing and painting skills by learning the rules of drawing such as depth, perspective, etc. all while exploring how to paint and the various methods of painting..

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    The Art of Painting

    7- 12th Grade

    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


    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!

    Intro to Mixed Media

    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! Jewelry Circle - 16 years and up

    If you know how to design jewelry but want a circle to engage with while making jewelry, come join our circle! Please bring ring your own materials and beads. Plymouth Yarn Company.

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    Watercolors with Fran Vail

    Would you like to explore the subtle complexity and delicate beauty of watercolors? Join our esteemed teacher, Fran Vail, to learn how to layer watercolors in a casual, supportive class setting. A minimal supply list will be given to you at the first class. Watercolor class begins 9/5. Fran also teaches the Adult Drawing class on Thursdsay mornings, for those who would like to fine-tune their drawing skills. *No class on 2/6. .

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    NEW! Jewelry Design and Circle -16 years and up

    Learn the basics of jewelry with wire working and metal stamping. Then continue the fun by creating your own clay beads, paper jewelry and more!

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  • Maker Space is now at the NSYMCA

    Studio MakerSpace

    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.


    5th-12th grades

    Tuesday From 6:30-8:00pm

  • 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..

  • 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.