Detroit is the proud home of many fine artists, especially with the downtown and midtown areas brimming with young and talented painters, sculptors, and other fine craftspeople. But if you’re already an adult, you may think that your shot at learning how to paint are well behind you. Well, you’re wrong, because the Motor City is home to many fine painting classes and lessons for adults of all ages. Whether it’s a class you want to take with friends just for fun, or something you’d like to do alone and in a more serious manner, there’s plenty of options available. Here are some of the Metro area’s best adult painting classes and lessons.

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Paint Party Of Royal Oak
2554 Crooks Road
Royal Oak, MI 48073
(248) 259-6405

For starters, if you’re looking for a more serious painting class that is oriented around lessons that will help to educate you in learning the skills to become a better painter, then the Paint Party of Royal Oak is likely the best option for you to consider. Paint Party is less about wine and more about the painting. Not that there’s anything wrong with the wine and painting classes, but if you want to focus on adult painting lessons, here’s where you want to focus. Just $40 provides students with canvas to paint upon, brushes, and of course, paint and evening and regular classes are available all the time! Check out their website for more info on classes.

Painting Sensations 
45653 Hayes Road
Shelby Charter Township, MI 48315
(586) 580-3968

Painting Sensations in Shelby Charter Township is one of the only painting class providers that offers a one-time total fee of $25 for their well-loved “Painting Party”. They also offer a convenient reservation system so that those interested can fit the classes that they want into their own busy schedule. Each $25 Painting Party comes with everything that you will need per person for a two-hour painting lesson. For a three-hour session, the cost is only $35 per person. Private parties are available for those who wish to make an event out of it, as well, or hold their next corporate retreat there!

Detroit Institute Of Arts Painting Classes
5200 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 833-7900

Where better for an inspiring adult artist to look for instruction and inspiration in the Motor City than at the Detroit Institute of Arts itself? The DIA, along with providing some of the country’s best art and paintings for visitors, also provides interested locals with the opportunity to sign up and register for one of their many painting classes right on site at the DIA Studio! No prior experience is required, and all are welcome to join.

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Painting With A Twist
1420 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 221-5966

Painting With A Twist now has plenty of locations open throughout the Metro Detroit area, from Ferndale, all the way to Ann Arbor, and even a very popular location right in downtown Detroit! Join alone or with a group of friends and watch as master artists create great paintings and teach you how to follow along. The emphasis at Painting With A Twist is one of fun and relaxation, so if you’re just looking to cut loose and try out your skills on the canvas, then Painting With A Twist is perfect for you.

Creative Arts Studio – Royal Oak
114 W. 4th St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 544-2234

For those looking for a locale with a wide range of different art projects that they can choose from, the Creative Arts Studio in Royal Oak is a perfect option. Offering plenty of different adult (and children) art projects to select from, there’s never any shortage of interesting classes with which to engage yourself One of their most popular is the Canvas Painting Class for adults, which offers to teach a class of adult students the basics of canvas painting for a very reasonable fee. Classes can be between four to seven people ($35 per person), or eight or more ($30), and new couples classes for just two individuals are also available ($55 per person). Classes are available to book online.

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Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in Ypsilanti Township. Additional writing can be found at