YAP Summer Program: FAQs

Courses run for the entire three-weeks during the Young Artist Program. Students choose one morning and one afternoon course to take for the entire program. These three-weeks allows students to be immersed in the medium(s) of their choosing—while going into a greater depth of content—that is guided by a curriculum that builds on skills and knowledge each week. We strongly believe that a three-week structure more fully equips students to leave with a high level of knowledge, skill, interest, confidence, and personal artistic approach in their chosen area(s) of art-making.

We are so glad that you are interested in joining us, but we do not recommend missing more than three days of the program. A longer absence negatively impacts both the student experience and the instructor’s ability to teach all of the content. YAP courses are designed for three-weeks of engagement, and each week builds upon knowledge and skills learned in the previous week(s).

On average, 70 students participate annually in the summer Young Artist Program.

Digital Animation, Photography, Screenprinting, Video, and Ceramics are limited to 12 students. Drawing and Painting courses are limited to 15 students. The average class size is typically 10 students.

The program is relatively small, and students commute from a very wide array of locations, which can make arranging carpools challenging. We encourage you to enroll with a friend to help share transportation responsibilities if you are concerned about getting to and from campus. If you are interested in connecting with families from your community to arrange a carpool, we can check to see if other students might be commuting from a similar area, and send your contact information to those families so that they may begin the conversation. We will never release your contact information without your permission.

Yes, there is some information that we need from families before students can fully participate in the summer program. After registering for classes, Public Education staff will e-mail you with a link to the online forms. All forms are due by the first day of the program, July 24.

Materials are not included in the cost of the program. We make every effort to keep materials costs low for participants. Please plan to budget $50-$150 per course for materials. Materials lists for each class will be distributed to students and parents/guardians two weeks before the summer program begins. Please contact Public Education staff if you are concerned about the cost of materials.

Young Artist Program students enrolled full-time (taking both a morning and afternoon class) are required to participate in our lunch meal plan for $10 / day ($150 total) which covers a healthy lunch on campus every weekday, unless you have been provided an exemption by the Public Education staff. Part-time students are also encouraged to participate in the meal plan as a way to engage with other students in the program.

Please fill out the Meal Plan Waiver & Reduction Form (included in the registration packet) if you have a medical, religious, and/or financial hardship that you would like to claim.

Summer catering in the SFAI Café is provided by Darioush and food items include; a rotating daily special, salads, sandwiches, soup, fruit, yogurt, pastries, drinks (including tea, coffee, juice, soda, and espresso), and cookies available for purchase.

The Young Artist Program is specifically designed for students ages 13-15. We are so excited that you want to join us, but we do not make age exceptions. Please join us next year!

Yes, you can leave most materials on campus in a locker (or two)! Please bring a combination lock with you to store your materials during the program. Some larger items like drawing pads and canvases can be stored in the classroom. We recommend taking your DSLR or 35mm camera or camcorder/film equipment home with you instead of storing it on campus.

Contact us by phone, email, or in person. We are:

  • Emily Shallman, Director of Public Education
  • Liz Crawford, Public Education Coordinator

We are happy to answer any questions you may have!

Office Hours M-F 9 am-5 pm | 415.749.4554 | yap@sfai.edu