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.


Registration opens December 1

Kathy Sirico

8 sessions » Saturdays, February 24–April 14
(Offsite field trip March 10)
10am–1pm, Studio 14 | $385
No prerequisite. Models in the Young Artist Program are clothed or in bathing suit attire.

Materials List

Refine your fundamentals of drawing and painting, working from the still life, live models, landscape, and imagination. Through creative assignments, this course will teach traditional and nontraditional techniques of drawing and painting, using materials such as graphite, charcoal, pastel, ink, watercolor, gouache, and acrylic paint. In addition to material investigation, you will train your eye to see like an artist. We will explore composition, concept, and mood through in-class assignments, hands-on demonstrations, informal critique sessions, and thematic discussions that will provide both an art historical and contemporary context of the medium. You will gain confidence through practice and experimentation as you work towards developing your own style in the mediums of your choice.



Kathy Sirico is a San Francisco-based artist working at the intersection of painting, sculpture, installation, and textiles. Her work examines the effects of global climate change and post-climate futures. Kathy holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Bachelor of Science from Skidmore College. She was a 2016 Artist-In-Residence at Recology and a 2017 Artist-In-Residence at the Lucid Art Foundation. Her work has been exhibited throughout California, New York, and Chicago.