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Discover a wide range of art classes in San Francisco and unleash your creativity. From painting and drawing to photography and ceramics, learn new skills and techniques while gaining confidence and inspiration.

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Flower Design Star: 1 Week Comprehensive

American School of Flower Design @ 668 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA

Discover the secrets of flower design and become a skilled designer in just one week. Join renowned floral expert Michael at the American School of Flower Design and unlock your creativity with 24 design styles. From beginner to pro, this intensive course will equip you with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to create stunning floral arrangements for any occasion.

(117) Beginner 18 and older
$1,850

6 sessions

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Oil & Acrylic Painting

Art School of SF Bay @ 1601 Irving St, San Francisco, CA

Unlock your artistic potential and master the techniques of oil and acrylic painting at the renowned Art School of SF Bay. Explore the beauty of nature through landscapes, learn to capture emotions in portraits, and develop your unique style. With high-quality art materials provided, embark on a transformative artistic journey.

(5) All levels 18 and older
$560

15 sessions

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Portrait Workshop

Art School of SF Bay @ 1601 Irving St, San Francisco, CA

Develop your portrait painting skills under the guidance of experienced instructors and immerse yourself in a hands-on workshop that will explore the challenge of bringing faces to life on canvas.

(5) All levels 18 and older
$320

5 sessions

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Independent Study in Ceramics

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

Refine your ceramic expertise through an independent study tailored to your artistic vision. With guidance from the instructor, advanced students delve into self-directed projects, honing techniques and exploring new avenues of expression. Embrace the freedom to focus on your chosen project or technique, elevating your craftsmanship to new heights within a supportive studio environment.

(13) Advanced 18 and older
$320

7 sessions

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Oil Painting, Old Masters Technique

Art School of SF Bay @ 1601 Irving St, San Francisco, CA

Master the art of creating glowing skin, soft shadows, silky hair, and unforgettable eyes using a traditional oil painting technique from the XVII century. Unleash your creativity and learn to transform your work from a grisaille underpainting to mesmerizing glazes. Join us at the Art School of SF Bay and discover the secrets of the Old Masters.

(5) All levels 13 and older
$350

8 sessions

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Figure Drawing

Art School of SF Bay @ 1601 Irving St, San Francisco, CA

Refine your figure drawing skills and elevate your artistry with a comprehensive workshop at the Art School of SF Bay. Gain in-depth knowledge of human proportions, anatomy, and detailed studies of the head, hands, and feet. Explore various sketching techniques and create a well-rendered drawing under the guidance of experienced instructors.

(5) All levels 13 and older
$375

6 sessions

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Manga for Adults

Art School of SF Bay @ 1601 Irving St, San Francisco, CA

Embark on a journey to master the art of manga with professional manga artist Austin Bath at the Art School of SF Bay. Unleash your creativity as you learn the characteristics, drawing techniques, and proportions of manga style. Join us in person at our San Francisco studio for an immersive experience in the world of manga.

(5) All levels 18 and older
$450

15 sessions

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Summer Portfolio Workshop: Live Model Portrait (Ages 14-18)

Art School of SF Bay @ 1601 Irving St, San Francisco, CA

Unleash your artistic potential this summer with a dynamic workshop focusing on live model portrait techniques. From mastering head anatomy to capturing likeness in charcoal and paint, elevate your skills under expert guidance. Dive into a comprehensive exploration of portraiture tools and mediums, igniting your creativity in every stroke.

(5) All levels 14 - 18 years old
$550

5 sessions

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Key Elements of Fine Arts

Art School of SF Bay @ 1601 Irving St, San Francisco, CA

Discover the secrets to drawing and painting like a pro. This course at the Art School of SF Bay will teach you the fundamentals of art, from color mixing to composition. By the end, you'll be able to create stunning portraits and captivating compositions.

(5) Beginner 18 and older
$400

14 sessions

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Summer Portfolio Workshop: Live Model Figure (Ages 14-18)

Art School of SF Bay @ 1601 Irving St, San Francisco, CA

Unleash your artistic potential this summer with an intensive workshop focused on capturing the human form through live model sketches and detailed drawings. Delve into figure anatomy, master charcoal techniques, and bring your vision to life with a final project under expert guidance.

(5) All levels 14 - 18 years old
$550

5 sessions

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Secret Quilts

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

Discover the art of quilting with hidden messages in our engaging, intergenerational course. Create a throw pillow-sized quilt by hand, embedding poetry that empowers, comforts, or heals. Materials are provided, with options for personalized embellishments. Ideal for beginners aged 14 and up, this workshop blends creativity with thoughtful textile art.

(13) Beginner 14 and older
$100
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Fundamentals of Oil Painting

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

Master the art of oil painting with our comprehensive course covering techniques, materials, and composition. Explore still life painting while delving into value, brush handling, and color theory. Whether you're a beginner or seeking to refine your skills, this class offers a rich learning experience tailored to your artistic journey.

(13) All levels 18 and older
$250

5 sessions

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+2500 pts
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Urban Nature Journaling

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

Embark on an immersive journey into urban nature! Learn to observe, document, and appreciate the wildlife around you through drawing and writing. Unleash your inner naturalist in this hands-on outdoor exploration of the natural world.

(13) All levels 18 and older
$150

4 sessions

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Academic Drawing

Art School of SF Bay @ 1601 Irving St, San Francisco, CA

The atelier approach strengthens the emerging artists technical ability. Learn to draw what you see while learning the same academic method that the old masters learned. This ongoing program works with each individual's desired pace. A project that takes 1 student 1 week can take another 3 weeks which is wonderful for people of all types of learning styles. Detailed Schedule 1st project: Simple Bargue using sight size This project will teach...

(5) Intermediate 18 and older
$450

15 sessions

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+4500 pts
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Colorful Seasons A fun Painting Event

Painting & Vino @ 1201 Orlando Ave, Roseville, CA

Join us for a delightful paint-and-sip experience that blends artistry and relaxation. Guided by our skilled artist, you'll create a beautiful masterpiece while enjoying fine wines and great company. Whether you're a seasoned painter or a beginner, this event promises fun, laughter, and lasting memories in a laid-back setting.

(11) Beginner 13 and older
$45
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+450 pts
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Paint and Sip: This Floating Lanterns Beauty

Painting & Vino @ 6200 Stanford Ranch Rd, Rocklin, CA

Unlock your creativity in this enchanting paint and sip experience featuring "Floating Lanterns Beauty". With expert guidance and a vibrant atmosphere, unleash your inner artist while enjoying great company and delicious drinks. No experience needed – just come ready to paint, sip, and create unforgettable memories!

(11) Beginner 13 and older
$45
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+450 pts
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Sip and Paint Sparrow Sky Masterpiece

Painting & Vino @ 9050 Fairway Dr , Roseville, CA

Unleash your inner artist at a fun and relaxing Paint and Sip event! Guided by our expert instructor, you'll create a beautiful Sparrow Sky masterpiece with acrylics on canvas. Enjoy great drinks and delicious food as you paint, whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just enjoying a creative night out. No experience needed!

(11) Beginner 21 and older
$45
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+450 pts
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Succulent Wreath Making Workshop

luludi living art @ 346 N Ellsworth Ave, San Mateo, CA

Unleash your creativity and build stronger connections with our wreath-making workshop where you'll learn the art of crafting seasonal grapevine wreaths. With the guidance of our skilled instructor, you'll leave with a stunning wreath that embodies the spirit of the seasons and serves as a beautiful adornment for your home or a heartfelt gift for a loved one.

(32) All levels 18 and older
$105
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+1050 pts
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Wire Wrapping Briolettes

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

Discover the art of wire wrapping gemstone briolettes into stunning jewelry. With all materials provided, you'll learn to create beautiful earrings, necklaces, or bracelets using sterling silver or 14k gold fill. Perfect for beginners, this hands-on class welcomes students aged 14 and up. Unleash your creativity and craft your own unique piece!

(13) All levels 14 and older
$140

2 sessions

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+1400 pts
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Impressionist Painting

Art School of SF Bay @ 1601 Irving St, San Francisco, CA

Discover the essence of impressionism in our immersive painting course at Art School of SF Bay. Delve into the vibrant world of expressive brushwork, captivating colors, and dynamic composition inspired by the masters. Unleash your creativity and learn to evoke the spirit of impressionism in your own unique style.

(5) All levels 18 and older
$300

6 sessions

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+3000 pts
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Discover the 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.

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