A City Studio class at the Bayview Opera House, with teaching artist Ben Bamgartner. Photo by JD Beltran. 

City Studio

The San Francisco Art Institute’s award-winning City Studio program offers underserved youth high-quality arts education in their own neighborhoods.

City Studio enlists youth in a long-term program to gain passion for and skills in the fine arts, and assists them in developing a portfolio to apply for higher education or for a professional career in the arts. Taught by professional, practicing artists, the free after-school courses are held at community and arts centers throughout the Bay Area. Course offerings include photography, filmmaking and video, electronic music and sound composition, graphic arts and design, sculpture and installation, ceramics, and authoring video games. In Fall 2011, City Studio partnered with the Bay Area Video Coalition and SOMArts to establish a neighborhood news studio production facility and teach a course in youth journalism, with television newscasts to be broadcast via Public Access channels.

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City Studio Spring 2013 Class Schedule

MONDAYS

Printmaking with Silkscreen
TENDERLOIN BOYS & GIRLS CLUB (TENDERLOIN neighborhood)
4:30 – 6:30 pm
115 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Teaching Artist: Chris McNevin

Students will learn the art and versatility of the process of silkscreen, and complete personal projects with their newfound skills. They will research the historical and social context of the silkscreen tradition in San Francisco while learning silkscreen techniques, composition, and the art of collaboration. Classes begin January 14.

Sound and Light As Music
EAST BAY ASIAN YOUTH CENTER (2025 East 12 th St. Oakland, California 94606)
4:00 – 6:30 pm  
2025 East 12 th St. Oakland, California 94606
Teaching Artist: Erik Wilson

The gap between sound and video art is more slender than ever with new developments in multimedia software. Once familiar with the sonic end of the spectrum, students will use similar editing and collage strategies with video to create installation, performance, and screen-based work. Classes begin January 14.

Creating Community through Mixed-Media Art Practices
EXCELSIOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUB (Excelsior neighborhood)
4:30-6:30 pm
163 London Street  San Francisco, CA 94112
Teaching Artist: Natasha Loewy

This class will serve as in introduction to 2-D and 3-D art processes, as well as community driven public art practices. Throughout the class, students will learn technique such as mixed-media painting, sculptural assemblage, airbrushing, and stencil making. Assignments will encourage students to investigate individual culture and identity to create meaning in works of art. Throughout the class, students will explore methods for interacting with the community through art objects such as clothing and murals. Classes begin on March 4.

TUESDAYS

Youth Graphic Media Design Lab
GALERIA DE LA RAZA (MISSION neighborhood)
4:30 – 7:00 pm
2857 24th Street, San Francisco, CA  94110
Teaching Artist: Erik Wilson

Graphic design is the creative planning and execution of visual communication. Students will employ both analog media (drawing with pencil and paper) and digital media--using up-to-date computer tools like graphics hardware and software, for drawing, painting, layout, typography, scanning, and photography. Classes begin January 15.

WEDNESDAYS

Sound and Light As Music
SOMARTS (SOMA neighborhood)
4:30 – 7:00 pm  
934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, 94103
Teaching Artist: Erik Wilson

The gap between sound and video art is more slender than ever with new developments in multimedia software. Once familiar with the sonic end of the spectrum, students will use similar editing and collage strategies with video to create installation, performance, and screen-based work. Classes begin on January 16.

Drawing, Painting, and Collage
COLUMBIA PARK BOYS & GIRLS CLUB (MISSION neighborhood)
4:00-6:30 pm
450 Guerrero Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Teaching Artist: Kady Monroe Tracey

In this course, students will hone their skills and creativity in drawing, painting, and collage while exploring forms of self portraiture and storytelling. Classes begin January 16.

THURSDAYS

3-D Collage: Sculpture as Mash-up
SCRAP (BAYVIEW neighborhood)
4:00 – 5:30 pm / 4:00-5:00 pm (Meets 1st, 2nd, and 4th Thursdays of the month from 4:00 – 5:30 pm, and several Fridays from 4:00-5:00 pm. One Saturday class; date to be announced.)
801 Toland Street, San Francisco, CA 94124
Teaching Artist: Natasha Loewy

This course offers students the opportunity to create sculpture from reused materials gathered from SCRAP. Students will learn a variety of approaches to creating artwork from found objects and materials and in the process will learn to think critically about reuse. Classes begin on January 24.

FRIDAYS

Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture: Creating with Clay
SOMARTS (SOMA neighborhood)
4:00 – 6:00 pm
934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Teaching Artist: Cathy Lu

Students will develop the skills needed to work with clay and the use of clay in fine art vs. high craft. This class will incorporate several different beginning hand building techniques such as: pinch, coil and slab construction. Students will also learn how to use glazes and mold making, and how to treat the surface of the clay (color, texture, and functionality). Classes begin on January 18.

WORKSHOP

American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Workshop
SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE (Russian Hill neighborhood) 
800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, 94133

In this one-day workshop in May, students will create a personalized graphic design for their own use. May 2013; specific date to be announced.