Art Supplies

San Francisco

General Supplies

ARCH Supplies
99 Missouri Street
Arch Supplies stocks over 20,000 items, including drafting and graphic supplies and fine art supplies.

Artist & Craftman Supply
555 Pacific Avenue
Artist & Craftsman Supply offers value in oil paints, brushes, drafting supplies, acrylics, gouache, watercolors, and more. In addition to stretched canvas and boards, they supply wooden painting panels, an extensive selection of fabric dyes and paints, gilders supplies, and printmaking and silkscreen supplies. This is the closest store to the Russian Hill campus. You get a 10% discount with SFAI Student ID.

BLICK Art Materials
979 Market Street
Blick Art Materials remains the premier art supply source for professional artists, students, and teachers, and continues to be a family-owned business.

FLAX art & design
1699 Market Street
Flax carries over 40,000 items and has a courteous and knowledgeable staff to guide you through it all. As one customer said, they are a “candy store for the creative.” You get a 10% discount with SFAI Student ID.

149 New Montgomery Street
Utrecht offers an extensive assortment of fine art materials and supplies from the leading national brands available today.


Adolf Gasser
181 2nd Street
Adolph Gasser is a camera store, audio/video store, photo lab, and rental house. It has been a staple among professionals and hobbyists for sales and rental of still and video cameras, lighting, and motion picture equipment.

Calumet Photo
2001 Bryant Street
Photography supply and services

Light Waves Imaging
130 Russ Street
Light Waves Imaging is a full service lab, including Pro Color, Color 2000, Custom Process and Robyn Color. Products include color photographic prints, film processing, scanning, photo imaging, and printing.

428 3rd Street
Photography supplies, service, workshops, gallery, and rentals


Discount Fabrics
201 11th Street
Discount Fabrics provides the San Francisco Bay Area with a large selection of fabrics including upholstery and drapery fabrics, velvets, silks, cottons, flannel, leather hides, fur, velvet and a full selection of notions and costuming (including boas and trims)

Fabric Outlet
2109 Mission St
Fabric Outlet offers over 11,000 square feet of affordably priced fabrics, trims, notions, patterns, and more. The majority of their fabrics are discounted between 25% and 75% off every day.

Alternative Materials

801 Toland Street
SCRAP’s mission is to stimulate creativity and environmental awareness in children and adults through promoting the creative reuse of materials that traditionally have been discarded as waste. It is a great place to find miscellaneous materials such as glasses, used magazines, giant cardboard tubes, trinkets, etc. at very low cost.

Discount Builders Supply
1695 Mission Street
Discount Builders' Supply is San Francisco’s largest locally owned and operated one-stop store for hardware, home improvement, lumber, and building materials. The store is conveniently located in the SOMA near Civic Center with free parking.

TAP Plastics
154 South Van Ness Avenue
TAP Plastics has been the place to go for unique plastic products for 60 years. TAP carries many hard to find industrial plastics, and cuts acrylic sheets to custom sizes and shapes.



Looking Glass Photo

2848 Telegraph Avenue
Looking Glass is a source for Nikon, Canon, Leica, Fuji, Olympus, and Casio digital cameras, as well as digital media, inkjet supplies, printers, scanners and photographic accessories.  They offer a nice selection of cameras and other photographic equipment and even a B&W darkroom available for rent. They also carry almost every kind of film available, a full line of photo paper, darkroom chemicals, and supplies for mounting, storage, and display, plus have lots of used camera equipment available for purchase.