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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

    PRE-K ART CLASSES

    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

    5-9 years

    Explore 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; no adults needed.

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    Claymates

    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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    Preschool Art

    3 to 6 Yrs

    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 11/22, 12/20.

    NEW! Jazzed for Visual Art 101

    1-4th Grade

    Join us virtually for fun art projects from 3D projects to painting - All supplies included when you do a curbside pickup.

    NEW! Jazzed for Visual Art 201

    5th-12th Grade

    Join us virtually for cutting edge art projects from 3D projects to painting - all supplies included when you do a curbside pickup.

    Virtual Fundamentals of Drawings

    14 years & up

    Join us virtually for lessons in how to draw what you see andnot what you think you see. All supplies included when you do acurbside pickup.

    NEW! Family Art

    3 yrs & Up

    Come spend quality family time. The class will have 3 stations, each with a different project. Every 15 minutes families will rotate so all 3 projects can be completed within one class. An adult is required. *No class on 11/22, 12/20.

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    NEW! Ceramics & Sculpture 101

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

  • 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

    4- 8th Grade

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

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    Advanced Art

    6- 12th Grade

    Find fresh ways to express yourself as you learn new art principles and techniques and incorporate them into your own artistic style.

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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 201

    5-12th Grade

    If you liked 101, continue the fun with this very popular student driven class. Together we decide on projects, then tweak them to develop imagination, creativity, and spatial awareness through many 3D & 2D projects.

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    Art Ability

    5-12th Grade

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

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    NEW! Art In A Bag

    5-12th Grade

    Art in a Bag is a great way to engage your kids in a fun, creative, out of a bag way - buy Art in a Bag. $40/Bag for Y members, $50/ NY members for 4 projects and supplies. The bags come in Preschool, Grades 1st-4th, and Grades 5-12th. Curbside pickup required.

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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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    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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    Ceramics & Sculpture 301

    5-12 th Grade

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

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    NEW! Digital Character Creations

    6-12th 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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    NEW! Digital Art Foundation

    6-12 th Grade

    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 Illustration & Beyond

    6-12 th Grade

    Use a Wacom drawing pad just like the professionals to learn how to illustrate with your inner designer & artist in mind. Explore basic tools, logo creation, animated GIFS and more. Taught by a professional Graphic Illustrator.

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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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    NEW! Modern Masters

    3- 6th Grade

    Is it art or is it not? You decide. All art projects will be based around modern art.

    NEW! 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

    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!

    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. No class 11/25

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    Continuing Watercolors

    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 given to you at the first class. Taught by esteemed watercolorist, Fran Vail. Starts 9/16.

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    NEW! Date Night

    Bring your own beverage and a date night! Looking for something new to do? Create mixed media projects with your date like resin trays, etched beer mugs, etc. Everyone over the age of 21 welcome. All supplies included.

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    Fundamentals of Watercolors

    If you’ve never tried watercolors but have always wanted to, try it now! We supply everything for this 1 night class. You’ll learn the difference between brushes, the types of brush strokes to use and how to mix paints. If you enjoy the class, sign up for our Continuing Watercolors class that starts the following week. Class on 9/9.

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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.

    STUDIO MAKERSPACE

    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.