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12 Online Art Classes and Free Drawing Lessons for Kids

12 Online Art Classes and Free Drawing Lessons for Kids

Your kids can learn to draw their favorite animated characters from movies like Frozen and Harry Potter and pick up many other artistic skills with these 13 virtual art classes and drawing lessons.

While you might be tired of hearing how now is a perfect time to pick up a new skill or work on improving an old one, your kids might be itching to. With the absence of creative activities in school like arts and music classes and after school in extracurriculars, online art classes are becoming the normal-for-now and can teach the same skills in person art classes can. Take advantage of the many businesses in the New York metro area that are offering online art classes and lessons. Your kids can also learn to draw their favorite animated characters from movies like Frozen and Cars or from books like Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Harry Potter with these free online drawing lessons.

Online Art Classes for Kids

The Art Studio NY

This studio is offering online art classes for ages 2-102, utilizing Zoom. Kids' classes include comics, cartooning, drawing, painting, fashion design, and step-by-step drawing. 

Kids at Art

Classes are going online—Zoom into its online studio for some creative fun! You can find a list of supplies, many of which you probably already have at home, on the website.  

Creatively Wild Art Studio 

All of its programs—art classes for toddlers, kids, teens and adults—are online. It’s offering online camps (morning and afternoon) for kids or teens on Memorial Day, May 25. Summer classes start June 1 and are booking now. Plus, starting June 8 it will offer both online art camps for kids and teens (morning or afternoons), along with in-studio camps with safety measures strictly in place. Note: June 8 is a tentative date to open the studio for camps; changes to schedule will be announced. For more info, email [email protected]

Private Picassos 

They launched Online Art Classes to bring the art experience virtually to your home. Each lesson will follow a specific lesson plan, designed by trained art educators. Activities include observational drawing, self portraiture, relief printmaking, bookmaking, clay modeling, acrylic on canvas, watercolor exploration, and assemblages.

Abrakadoodle Art Studio 

Offering online art classes and sell art supply kits. Kits are $49 (includes art classes). Online classes are $14. Registration required for all programs on our website.

Key to My Art

 Offering online art classes and events online daily, several times a day—and anyone can participate! Key to My Art offers fun, educational online art classes that are LIVE classrooms with other kids and professional teachers! It also hosts virtual birthday parties using whatever supplies you have in the house—teaching kids to be resourceful and that they can make art out of anything.


Offering a variety of children's online art classes and family workshops including drawing, collage, sculpture, painting, printmaking, puppet making, and cursive writing. Visit the 92Y website for more information.

Michaels Community Classroom

Offering classes from your favorite brands and craft influencers for free every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday at noon. Learn more and RSVP on the Michaels website.

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Online Drawing Lessons for Kids

Learn to Draw Characters from Mo Willems' Books

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems teaches you how to draw the fun characters from Mo Willems' books, like Cat the Cat, the Pigeon, and Elephant, and teaches you all about his studio. All 15 episodes have been uploaded to The Kennedy Center's Youtube channel and you can access step by step worksheets on the Kennedy Center website.  


Learn to Draw Snoopy and the Peanuts

Follow step-by-step lessons to learn to draw Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the rest of their friends through video tutorials and downloadable PDFs. You can share your artwork with the museum by using the hashtags #DrawSnoopy, #DrawCharlieBrown, and #DrawWoodstock and by tagging #schulzmuseum.


Learn to Draw Disney Characters

One of the many fun ways #DisneyMagicMoments is bringing magic into your home during this tough time is by offering online drawing lessons for some of your favorite Disney characters. Learn to draw Buzz Lightyear, Lightning McQueen, Duke Caboom, and so many more beloved Pixar characters with Draw with Pixar and learn to draw Olaf, Sven, Elsa, Ariel, and more with Draw with Disney Animation


Learn to Draw Harry Potter Characters

One aspect of JK Rowling and The Wizarding World's new Harry Potter at Home Portal is the collection of DIY drawing lessons on the Wizarding World's Youtube Channel. Learn to draw an Occamy, magical calligraphy, how to draw a Niffler, and more.

Tons of other fun learn to draw lessons are available on YouTube and YouTube Kids. One of our favorites is the Art for Kids Hub, a YouTube channel with over 1,500 videos how to draw videos ranging from how to draw a realistic ladybug and how to draw a postal worker to how to draw Minecraft and how to draw Sonic the Hedgehog.

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Author: Melissa Wickes is a graduate of Binghamton University and the NYU Summer Publishing Institute. She's written hundreds of articles to help New York parents make better decisions for their families. When she's not writing, you can find her eating pasta, playing guitar, or watching reality TV. See More

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