Whether you are a first-time artist, a budding Picasso or just looking to have a laugh there is an art class for you somewhere around the city. Check out our list of best beginner art classes in and around Manchester for artists of all ages and abilities.

BeeCreative Studio Life Drawing

A local studio which hosts classes across various City centre venues, BeeCreative offers life drawing sessions for artists of all abilities and levels of experience. With a diverse array of models these sessions are open to all and aim to share the mindfulness and calming nature of life drawing with all. For those looking to learn a bit more, or to use it as a team-building exercise, private sessions are also available which include tutoring and all materials provided for your group.

7 Collier St, Manchester M3 4NA
Cork & Canvas

With sessions across a variety of bars and restaurants, Cork & Canvas offer casual classes for those looking to have a laugh and create a great piece of canvas art to take home at the end. Starting with a short demonstration from the teacher you are then guided through your painting, with adjustments available for those of differing abilities. All materials are provided, from easels to acrylics and beginners are welcome.

Various venues
Lindsey’s Art Classes

Specifically designed for kids, these classes, led by local artist Lindsey Baldwin, are perfect for introducing young creatives to different types of art and new techniques. These sessions encourage your kids to get messy and have fun with different styles whilst learning about art history and creating works inspired by all their favourite things, from books to flowers to animals. Special holiday clubs are available during school holidays and online sessions for the whole family are also offered if you are looking to get crafty at home.

Bramhall Air Scouts, Benja Fold, Bramhall SK7 2BX
Northern Realist Painting & Drawing

Dedicated to creating a hub for like-minded local artists Northern Realists offer a varied selection of classes, including life drawing and portrait sessions out of AWOL Studios in Ancoats, Manchester. There are also Plein Air and cityscape sessions for those looking to get a little closer to nature whilst they work. The classes range from closely tutored sessions, led by award-winning artist Christopher Clements, to open sessions in which artists can come and develop work in a professional studio with occasional guidance.

Hope Mill, Pollard Street, Manchester M4 7JA
Sunita Asal Art

Local artist Sunita Asal offers Sip and Paint classes—perfect for the beginner these casual sessions include teaching and guidance from Sunita and plenty of drinks, making this a great option for a birthday, hen do or…any other time really. Based out of Arthur House there are public and private classes available, both of which offer all art materials needed so all you need to do is book in, turn up and have fun!

Arthur House, Chorlton Street, Manchester M1 3FH
Bookshop Lifedrawing

Set up by two friends, Bookshop Lifedrawing’s art classes have been designed as a neurodivergent-friendly environment that celebrates the beauty of the human form. Set in the gorgeous Anywhere Out of the World bookshop on Tib Street, low-level music provides a relaxing atmosphere, with sessions open to all levels of experience.

Mon 11 Apr
Estelle Ball
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Thu 23 May 2024