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Digital Art 101

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA 94804

Want to get started with digital art but don't know where to begin? This class will help you learn all the essentials of digital art, from different coloring techniques, to layering, to adding the finishing touches to any digital art piece. We will make characters and backgrounds to create beautiful illustrations. iPads with Procreate required, bring your own or RAC will lend iPads with styluses during class.

Wednesday Jul 12th, 6–8pm Pacific Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Key Elements of Fine Arts

Art School of SF Bay @ 1603 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

This course introduces you to the key concepts of fine art. Each lesson starts with explanation and examples from the art history.​ Even a complete beginner by the end of this course will be able to paint a portrait and create a composition with one or several human figures from scratch.  Recommended for beginners and for art lovers who'd like to refresh and pull their skills together. All materials provided.

Tuesday Jun 20th, 4–6pm Pacific Time

 (13 sessions)


13 sessions

The World of Metal Arts

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA 94804

In this class we explore the foundational techniques of metal arts. Student will develop foundational metalsmithing skills and apply them to create a metal object with the support of the instructor.  Students gain technical knowledge working with metals through the fabrication processes and professional tools involved with the wild and formulaic world of metal.  Additional Fee: $10 Materials Fee Covers: project materials and consumables...

Wednesday Jun 14th, 12–3pm Pacific Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Summer Camp: Art Around the World

Dragonfly Designs @ 2040 Pioneer Ct, San Mateo, CA 94403

Get your passports ready! Campers will take a tour around the world to study and create different styles of art. Asia, Africa, North America, and Central and South America are on the itinerary for this fantastic artistic adventure.

Monday Jun 12th, 9am–3pm Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

Play, Explore, Trust Yourself: Abstract Art Course

Living Your Wild Creativity @ 4404 Ross Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95407

This Class will ground you with good fundamentals for creating your own Abstract Art Practice. We will also spend the time establishing trust in your own tuititive process for expressing your heart’s desire. This is a classroom settting with talks, slide shows, videos and exercises to build a great foundation. All levels welcome and especially good for anyone new to Abstract Art.  We will cover: Understanding Abstract Art and what an artist...

Saturday Jun 10th, 10:45am–12pm Pacific Time

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Advanced Manga Art Camp (Ages 10-16)

Art School of SF Bay @ 1603 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

Do you often find yourself doodling characters in different positions, but always alone on a page, willing to move further? Are you a fan of comic art and animation, and would like to try your hand at it? Or, maybe, you draw comic books, and would like professional advice? We have a camp for you! It's dedicated to visual storytelling. Bring your sketchbooks or drawing tablets, instruction will be provided for both digital and traditional media!...

Monday Jun 12th, 9am–3:30pm Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

Impressionist Painting

Art School of SF Bay @ 1603 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

Master vibrant colors, vivid brushstrokes, and immersive composition you adore in the works of impressionist artists! Besides the practical studies, learn about the history of the most beloved art movement, and the art styles that grew out of it!

Friday Jun 30th, 6–8pm Pacific Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Oil & Acrylic Painting

Art School of SF Bay @ 1603 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

This course will help art lovers master various methods of oil and acrylic painting, and develop a personal unique style! We will work on painting nature: landscape composition, clouds, waves, waterfalls, trees, sun spots; learn to represent texture of various objects; we will practice expressing character and emotions in portraits, set up the mood of the painting, and deliver the right artistic message through it.  High-quality art materials...

Sunday Jul 23rd, 3:30–5:30pm Pacific Time

 (15 sessions)


15 sessions

Color Theory

Art School of SF Bay @ 1603 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

This workshop will help art lovers master their ability to see and understand color as well as light. Learn about the science behind color, color mixing, how to organize a palette and effortlessly pick colors that work well together. Detailed Schedule Day 1: Introduction and overview of color and course: hue, value, saturation, analogous, triadic etc. Moods and emotion in color. Project: create your own munsell color system using paint...

Monday Oct 16th, 4:20–6:20pm Pacific Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Shibori Level 2

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA 94804

Learn advanced techniques of Shibori, a Japanese dyeing technique using indigo. Create fabric designs using intricate Itajime folding techniques, and make beautiful patterns with Arashi, Sekka, Kiko and Asanoha. Suggested to take level 1, but new learners are welcome. NOTE: This class is not eligible for an Art Boost! Scholarship or any discount code. What To Bring: Small projects made of natural fibers like cotton, linen, silk, rayon. Students...

Saturday Jun 24th, 10:30am–2:30pm Pacific Time

Marks, Marks, Marks!

Living Your Wild Creativity @ 4404 Ross Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95407

Marks are the basis of all abstract art. This day long workshop is a great way to get in touch with your authentic marks and let go of inhibitions and control. Learn techniques to push your marks to make them exciting and dynamic!  Learn how to create paintings with your marks! This workshop will infuse new energy and life into your paintings with new fresh marks. You will try new mark making tools as well. Limited to 6 people. All Levels welcome....

Saturday Jul 15th, 10:30am–4pm Pacific Time

Gel Prints Into Journals

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA 94804

This is a two part colaborative workshop series where you will learn how to make and design your own booklet, cover to cover. On the first morning, create beautiful, multi-hued gel prints with delicate or bold images made with a multitude of textural objects.  On the second morning, we will create a book structure incorporating these gel prints as book covers and end papers to blank journals we will bind ourselves. Take home detailed instructions...

Saturday Jul 22nd, 10am–1pm Pacific Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

Manga for Adults

Art School of SF Bay @ 1603 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

This course is designed for adult manga lovers, who are eager to master their favorite art style. A professional manga artist Austin Bath will guide you through this journey. The class will be held IN-PERSON in our San Francisco Studio.  High-quality art materials are provided and included in the course price. Detailed Schedule: Day 1: Introduction: what is manga? Defining the characteristics of the manga style and how to begin...

Saturday Jun 24th, 6–8pm Pacific Time

 (16 sessions)


16 sessions

San Francisco Night Owls

Aperture Academy @ Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA 94129

Night Photography is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of digital photography. Join the award winning Aperture Academy team as we take you on a journey of San Francisco after dark...we'll shoot at fantastic locations such as Treasure Island, the Palace of Fine Arts, The Embarcadero and Lombard Street! One of the nicest aspects of night photography is that our images are not dependent on a "good sunset" or sky "conditions" in order to...

Saturday Aug 12th, 7–11:55pm Pacific Time

Japanese Brush Painting and Calligraphy

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA 94804

Gain creativity and daily peace of mind by learning Japanese ink brush painting and calligraphy, which are deeply related to Zen. While learning fundamental brush and ink handling and brush strokes, challenge yourself to create original works of art. Required supplies for this program: *For the first class:s some bamboo brushes (At least one large bamboo brush) craft felt (approximately 24""x30"") to place under the paper paper towels or...

Thursday Jul 13th, 4–6pm Pacific Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

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Best Art Classes in San Francisco

San Francisco is a center for art in Northern California. There are dozens of art museums, galleries, and art shows that showcase new and upcoming local artists. The San Francisco Art Institute also attracts thousands of promising artists and embodies the spirit of experimentation in art as well as innovation. 

San Francisco also has the San Francisco Museum of Art which includes works from Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. The museum holds unique architecture exhibits, famous modern and early art, and a photography collection. It’s no wonder that San Francisco is well-known for its artists and museums. 

Learning art in San Francisco is a great opportunity to learn about the artists who first flourished in the Bay Area. While taking art classes, you can learn from the artists who paved the path and take inspiration from their work. If you’re interested in taking an art class in SF, look through the classes and schools listed on CourseHorse’s website. 

Why You Should Learn Art in San Francisco

Since San Francisco is well-known for its art, learning art in the city is a great choice. You’ll find a number of talented artists and teachers in the area who are ready and excited to teach you everything from the basics techniques to advanced use of mediums. Learning art is also a great opportunity. 

First, learning art will expose you to new people and new opportunities. You’ll be able to network with local artists, attend clubs, meet new communities, and learn in unique situations. If you’re interested in meeting other artists in your local area, then taking an art class is one of the best ways to introduce yourself. 

Another great aspect of art is that it’s a relaxing and fulfilling hobby. By learning art in your free time, you’ll be able to ensure that you’re being productive. Art can be extremely fulfilling since it provides an outlet for your creativity. You’re able to learn how to express your inner thoughts and emotions through art. In art classes, you’ll also learn new and unique skills, like pottery, watercolor, acrylic, and oil painting. 

If you’re interested in beginning an art career, then art classes are a great way to start. You’ll learn the most important techniques and the history behind the art. After taking a few art classes, you may be qualified for several art jobs. 

In-Person Art Classes in San Francisco

In-person art classes are the best way to learn art. These classes focus on teaching you the skills you will need to learn art quickly at a comfortable pace. CourseHorse lists several great schools and classes that teach various art skills. Keep reading to learn about some of the best art classes in San Francisco

If you’re interested in street art, consider taking Street Art 101 from the Richmond Art Center. This class includes three sessions and meets for two hours each time. The course will cover the history of street art, and you’ll learn how to create a moniker for yourself. Next, you’ll develop the necessary tools and techniques for its application and learn how to create street art. 

To fully participate in this class, plan on bringing the following materials: 

  • sketchbook
  • pen (not ballpoint)
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • a set of 8 or more markers (any marker brand is fine)
  • 1 chisel point marker (any color is fine)

Another great class to consider taking is Digital Art 101 from the Richmond Art Center. This class meets for six sessions for two hours each and is open to students ages 16 and older. The class starts by covering the basics of digital art, from different coloring techniques to layering, to adding the finishing touches to any digital art piece. 

During the class, you’ll learn how to make characters, create backgrounds, and draw beautiful illustrations. You will need to bring your own iPad with Procreate. 

The Art School of SF Bay offers Key Elements of Fine Arts, which meets for 14 sessions for two hours each. Because this class meets often, you can expect to graduate the class with a well-rounded knowledge of the fine arts. Each lesson starts with an explanation of the medium and examples from art history. The class description states, “Even a complete beginner by the end of this course will be able to paint a portrait and create a composition with one or several human figures from scratch.” 

The course is recommended for beginners to help you establish a strong foundation of fine art skills. However, you can also take this class if you’d like to refresh past skills and ensure that you have a good understanding of the founding principles of art. 

A unique art class you can take in SF is The World of Metal Arts from the Richmond Art Center. The class includes six sessions that meet for four hours each. During the class, you’ll explore the foundational techniques of metal arts, and you will create a metal object with the instructor's guidance and support. You will learn how to work with metals, starting at the ideation of the creation. 

This class will also teach you how to use the professional tools associated with metalworking. To participate safely, you should wear closed-toe shoes and natural fiber clothing. 

There are dozens of other great art classes that you can consider taking in San Francisco. Each class offers a unique experience from a professional instructor whose goal is to ensure that you’re in the best learning environment. You will walk away from each class with a better understanding of the topic. 

Virtual Art Classes 

Although in-person classes are often the best choice for learning art, you can also take online art classes. Virtual art classes offer many of the same benefits as in-person classes, but you can take them from the comfort of your home. You will still receive live demonstrations, ask live questions, and interact with your fellow classmates. 

To help you find the best art classes online, CourseHorse lists online art classes on their site. Feel free to browse the selection of classes and schools to find the best option for you. Here are some of the classes you might consider. 

One of the most popular online art classes is the Beginners Art Journaling from The Art Studio NY. The class includes four sessions that each last for one hour and 15 minutes. During the course, you’ll learn how to create and use an art journal to express your inner world through various materials, colors, layers, and subject matter. You will combine mediums, use unique techniques, and tap into your creativity to fill your journal with art pieces that speak to you. 

It’s a great class for those who want to unlock their creativity. The class description states, “This Fear-Free Beginners Art Journaling Class provides a safe, encouraging, and inspiring space to explore and express your feelings through color, texture, words, and art.” When you dive into this class, expect to feel comfortable, relaxed, and ready to learn. 

If you’re interested in beginning an art career, but you’re unsure which path to take, consider signing up for Intro to Art Professions from the Art School of SF Bay. This class includes five sessions that each lasts for six and a half hours. The class describes itself as a camp that looks into the most popular art professions of the 21st century. By the end of the class, you’ll have a good idea of what art jobs are available and which fits your style best. 

Private Group Art Classes in San Francisco

Are you look to schedule an art class for your business as a fun team-building event? Art classes provide easy instruction and can help your employees relax and have fun while they learn a new skill. The best way to book art classes for private groups in San Francisco is through CourseHorse. 

CourseHorse offers some of the best art classes for large groups. For example, consider taking CourseHorse’s Virtual Watercolor Workshop (Materials Included). During this class, your group will learn to apply the techniques of watercolor to create an abstract painting. It’s a fun, creative, and relaxing workshop that you can book for up to 255 people. The class lasts for 90 minutes and includes all of the watercolor materials that your group will need to participate fully. 

Browse through CourseHorse’s other great group classes to find the best fit for your business. You can also contact CourseHorse directly, and they will help you find classes that are perfect for your group.