School-Year Program

YAP offers Saturday courses for high school students that combine studio art instruction methods, critique, and contemporary art history as a means of preparing Bay Area youth for a lifetime in the arts. 

Practicing artists work to develop each student’s artistic skills and enhance their visual literacy. These non-credit weekend courses are a great supplement to a high school curriculum and are suitable for beginners, students who want to build a portfolio for college, or students seeking advanced art studies in high school. Past Young Artist Program students have gone on to be admitted to top art programs across the nation including SFAI, Cooper Union, and UCLA.

FALL 2017

Registration opens August 15

Instructor to be announced
6 sessions >> Saturdays, September 30–November 4
11 am–2 pm | Studio 13 | $275

No prerequisite

This course will cover basic techniques, materials, theory, vocabulary, and overall practice of observational drawing. We will investigate composition, spatial relationships, and the importance of light as it relates to the illusion of three-dimensional space. You will complete several drawings from life, including still life’s, self-portraits, and more, with special attention to helping you develop your unique vision. These drawings will be executed using a variety of traditional drawing materials such as charcoal, pastel, conté, and pencil. With these materials, you will develop an understanding of technical variety in mark-making using perspective, proportion, scale, volume, texture, contrast, value, line, and shading. Discussions of contemporary artists, critique, and individualized feedback from the instructor will compliment your studio time.