Public Education Program


Get over drawing a blank; design prototypes for mass production; explore (and eat) food as a theme in art; optimize your hand-eye-coordination in a drawing Olympiad; meditate and paint; take to the street to photograph; discover the possibilities of intaglio printmaking; and make your mark in the renowned studio environment of the San Francisco Art Institute.

SFAI’s Public Education program offers areas of study that span the breadth of contemporary art, including traditional techniques in drawing, painting, photography, film, printmaking, and sculpture, as well as radical experiences, off-kilter journeys, collaborative public projects, and educational experiments.

Ages 17+. All skill levels. Unrivaled experiences.

Fall 2014 registration opens Tuesday, July 1.

View the fall course schedule by day of the week.


Build Drawing and Painting Skills
Beginning Drawing: Drawing a Blank

Thursdays, October 16–November 20
7:30–10:30 pm 

Lisa Crallé  Build a solid foundation in drawing as you explore a variety of media to render the figure, landscapes, and still life. 
Introduction to Life Drawing

Wednesdays, September 10–December 3
7:30–10:30 pm 

Michelle Ramin Gain a heightened understanding of the body through focused observation while growing your studio practice.

Portrait Painting with Oils

Thursdays, September 11–December 4
7:30–10:30 pm

Robert Burden Enhance technical skills in oil painting through an exploration of portraiture.
Mark-Making and Mixed Media

Tuesdays, September 9–November 25
7:30–10:30 pm

Sarah Stolar  Develop mark-making techniques and expand your visual language in a variety of media.
Further Adventures in Drawing and Painting
Intermediate and Advanced Painting

Wednesdays, September 10–December 3
7:30–10:30 pm  

Glenn Hirsch  Advance technical facility and overcome roadblocks that hinder the completion of paintings.

Finding Your Own Voice in a Sea of Abstraction

Tuesdays, September 16–December 2
7:30–10:30 pm 

Kimberly Rowe  Strengthen abstract painting skills and define your own aesthetic. 
Painting as Mindfulness Practice

Mondays, September 8–November 24
7:30–10:30 pm

Michal Wisniowski  Paint mindfully and meditate creatively.
Drawing Olympiad

Tuesdays, September 9–November 25
7:30–10:30 pm 

Carmen Lang Train your hand and eye like an Olympian as you translate drawing into sculpture.
Expanded Painting

Saturdays, September 13–October 18
1–4 pm

Danielle Lawrence   Transform the medium of painting into an interdisciplinary practice.
Image-Making Skills and Concepts
Photography as Daily Practice

Thursdays, September 11–December 4
7:30–10:30 pm

Nando Alvarez-Perez  Learn basic skills and hone your photographic eye through daily photography practice.
The Magic of Line and Texture in Intaglio Printmaking

Saturdays, September 13–December 6
10 am–1 pm 

Golbanou Moghaddas Create textured and diverse prints through the practice of intaglio printmaking.
Mastering the Fine Art Digital Print

Mondays, September 8–December 1
7:30–10:30 pm 

Chris Grunder Demystify the process of fine art printing as you explore advanced software tools to create the “perfect print.”
New Directions in Film and Photography
Daily Explorers: An Introduction to Digital Video Art

Tuesdays, September 9–November 25
7:30–10:30 pm 

Renée Rhodes Embark on daily explorations to create observational video projects.
Digital Street Photography

Wednesdays, October 1–November 5
7:30–10:30 pm 

Sanaz Mazinani Document the city streets while learning about the history of the genre.
Exploring Space

Thursdays, October 9–November 6
7:30–10 pm

Sunday, October 26
Trip to Headlands Center for the Arts
2:30–5 pm

Victoria Mara Heilweil Explore intimate, political, personal, and outdoor space through the lens of a camera.
History of Photographic Concepts and Photo Critique Seminar

Wednesdays, September 10–December 3
7:30–10:30 pm 

Jamil Hellu Develop an individual photographic project among a community of interested peers. 
Constructing Objects
Mold-Making and Casting in Ceramics

Mondays, September 8–November 24
7:30–10:30 pm 

Cathy Lu Learn the basics of ceramics fabrication and working in multiples.
New Practices in Fiber Arts

Saturdays, October 18–November 15
10 am–1 pm

Laura Wright Unravel new trends in fiber arts, including incorporating technology and new media into fiber-based works.
Artist-Driven Experiences
Food and Art

Saturdays, October 25–November 8
11 am–2 pm

Mie Hørlyk Mogensen  Sample the critical and passionate interplay between food and art.