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Drawing & Painting Classes San Francisco

Learn the techniques of drawing and painting in various mediums in San Francisco's vibrant art scene.

8 classes in-person in San Francisco have spots left, and 12 classes live online are available.

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.

Friday, Mar 1st, 6–8pm Pacific Time

 (14 sessions)

$560

14 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.

Thursday, Feb 22nd, 6:30–8:30pm Pacific Time

 (6 sessions)

Key Elements of Fine Arts

Art School of SF Bay @ 2424 Clement 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.

Monday, Apr 8th, 6:20–8:20pm Pacific Time

 (14 sessions)

$400

14 sessions

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Outdoor Sketching

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

Explore the world through art with Outdoor Sketching at the Art School of SF Bay. Enhance your technical drawing skills while immersing yourself in the beauty of your surroundings. Discover the joy of capturing nature and urban environments in your sketches.

Saturday, Mar 9th, 10am–2pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)

Atelier Program

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

Strengthen your technical abilities as an emerging artist at the renowned Art School of SF Bay. Discover the academic methods of the old masters and learn to draw what you see with precision and skill. Tailored to your unique learning style, this ongoing program will help you unlock your artistic potential.

Saturday, Mar 23rd, 4–7pm Pacific Time

 (9 sessions)

Portrait Workshop

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

Improve your portraiture skills! Students will complete numerous head studies and improve their knowledge of proper head construction. The second half of the workshop will allow students to focus on a project of their choice in whatever medium they choose. We will discuss how to create and/or select an appropriate reference photograph during class. Detailed Schedule Week 1: Introduction + Basic Form of Head Introduction to drawing materials,...

Sunday, Mar 31st, 6–8pm Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)

Color Theory

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

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...

Sunday, May 5th, 6–8pm Pacific Time

 (7 sessions)

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.

Saturday, Mar 2nd, 6–8pm Pacific Time

 (15 sessions)

$450

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Online Painting with Acrylics 301

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Unleash your creativity and learn the techniques of 20th-century masters with the Online Painting with Acrylics 301 course. Discover how to mix colors, prepare the canvas, and execute styles such as impressionism, contemporary realism, color block, and abstract. Take your painting skills to the next level with this flexible and vibrant medium.

Saturday, Feb 24th, 11:30am–12:30pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)

Online Drawing with Graphite 101

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Discover the beauty of graphite drawing in this engaging course that teaches the fundamentals of measuring, shading, and creating dimensions. Perfect for beginners and those returning to art, students will develop their skills while honing their hand-to-eye coordination. Unleash your creativity and bring your drawings to life in this unique online class.

Saturday, Feb 24th, 11:30am–12:30pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)

Online Oil Pastel 101

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Discover the world of oil pastels with this online art course. Unleash your creativity as you learn color theory, blending techniques, and how to create stunning works of art that resemble oil paintings. Perfect for beginners looking for a mess-free and vibrant medium.

Saturday, Feb 24th, 11:30am–12:30pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)

Online Pen and Ink 101

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Discover the power of the pen as you delve into the intricate art of Pen and Ink. Unlock your creativity and learn the techniques needed to create stunning black-and-white illustrations. Perfect for aspiring illustrators and those seeking to enhance their artistic skills.

Saturday, Feb 24th, 11:30am–12:30pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)

Online Drawing with Charcoal 101

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Master the traditional classical medium of drawing with charcoal in this online course at Pastimes for a Lifetime. Learn the fundamentals of sketching and creating illustrations with incredible depth and tone, with valuable tips and tricks from the instructor. Perfect for aspiring fine artists and commercial or book illustrators.

Saturday, Feb 24th, 11:30am–12:30pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)

Online Watercolor 201 - Beginner

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Discover the beauty of watercolor painting with Online Watercolor 201. Learn essential techniques, color mixing, and brushstrokes to create stunning works of art. Perfect for aspiring fine artists, illustrators, and designers.

Saturday, Feb 24th, 11:30am–12:30pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)

Online Water - Soluble Oils 401

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Discover the eco-friendly joy of oil painting with water-soluble oils. Learn the techniques of mixing colors and brushwork while creating stunning traditional and contemporary pieces. Say yes to this delicious and non-toxic medium at Pastimes for a Lifetime.

Saturday, Feb 24th, 11:30am–12:30pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)

Online Drawing with Graphite 102

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Take your drawing skills to the next level with an intermediate online drawing class at Pastimes for a Lifetime. Develop your measuring, sketching, and shading skills with challenging subject matter. Explore still-life set-ups, tinted paper, and larger formats for a more advanced drawing experience.

Saturday, Feb 24th, 11:30am–12:30pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)

Online Watercolor 202 - Intermediate

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Take your watercolor skills to the next level with this intermediate class at Pastimes for a Lifetime. Learn advanced techniques for texture, tone, and color layering, and discover how to create deeper, richer colors in your paintings. Perfect for artists interested in fine art or illustration.

Saturday, Feb 24th, 11:30am–12:30pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)

Online Gray Colored Pencil 101

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Learn to create stunning gray-scale works of art using colored pencils in this unique course. Explore the three Gray Families - Cool, Warm, and French - and discover techniques for achieving rich tonal values and depth. Perfect for colored pencil enthusiasts who prefer working in tone rather than color.

Saturday, Feb 24th, 11:30am–12:30pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)

Figure and Portrait Drawing Combined

92nd Street Y

Explore the art of capturing the human form and face with precision and depth in this immersive drawing course. Master the intricacies of anatomy and bring your figures and portraits to life using a variety of drawing mediums. Join a community of artists online as you work with live models and engage in class discussions and demonstrations.

Monday, Feb 26th, 10am–12:30pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)

Colored Pencils for Beginners

92nd Street Y

Discover the surprising versatility of colored pencils in this beginner-friendly course at 92nd Street Y. Learn how to create vibrant drawings from life with nuance, depth, and expression using basic techniques for blending and shading. Unleash your artistic potential with this perfect medium for the home studio.

Monday, Feb 26th, 1–3:30pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)

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