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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.


Creativity and a variety of sensory rich mediums combine in this fun hands-on exploration that builds confidence, creativity, and self expression. Young artists will be exposed to beginning visual art concepts and vocabulary while developing essential life skills, discovering and sharing their world.

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Through art classes, participants experience activities that foster self-expression and build self-esteem, develop imagination, critical thinking and valuable social skills. Our instructors will encourage your child to explore different mediums such as ceramic, clay, paints and pencils.

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Express your creativity. Make a masterpiece. Take a minute to unwind. Art at the NSYMCA art isn't just for kids, you deserve some fun too! What are you waiting for? Paint a beautiful watercolor work of art with the talented Fran Veil. Feel your creativity take shape as you craft a pot with your very own hands, or if crafting is your thing, we have something for you too!

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Join us once a month at the Northbrook or Glenview libraries for a FREE art classes. Please contact the libraries to reserve your spot.




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 NSYMCA Strong Kids Financial Assistance fund. The Strong Kids Financial Assistance Fund offers families and individuals in our community, that may be facing financial hardships, the opportunity to participate in life changing programs.

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