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This course introduces you to the key concepts of fine art, see the video description above. Each lesson starts with explanation and examples from the art history.​ Even a complete begeinner 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.

Key Elements of Fine Arts

$300, 12 classes + $25 demo /$460 for a couple

In a pre-COVID era, we used to teach this course only in SAN FRANCISCO (map), SAN JOSE (map), and MOUNTAIN VIEW (map).


Starting March 2020, Art School of SF Bay has switched all adult classes to the online format. We worked hard to adjust our art program to the new way of learning, and with great success. The instructional methods used in our studios proved to work in the online environment and even benefit from it. Students can join the course from anywhere,  and receive exactly the same instruction and feedback they would have received in the studio. ​​

Our live online art classes are being taught via Zoom. Students will need access to a computer / tablet / phone with internet connection and, a working camera and a microphone. Teacher starts a class with the lecture and demonstration (some lectures can be pre-recorded). Students start working and show their works to the teacher upon request (every 7-10 minutes). Teacher checks and corrects the digital image of a student's work, explaining what works in a particular case and what does not, and why. 

Registration open now for the following sessions:

Wednesdays 6:30pm-8:30pm: 

starting on April 28, 2021, demo on April 21, 2021.

Interested in the in-studio classes?

Please let us know! We will re-open adult in-studio classes once we see enough interest in them.

Materials you will need: basic set of acrylic paints, acrylic brushes, 2 small canvases, printer paper, pencils, erasers, construction paper.

Sample set on Amazon (there are others similar)


* Automated demo registration is currently unavailable due to the maintenance of our registration system. We apologize for the inconvenience! Please let us know if you would like to join the demo class.

If you purchase the course before the demo class happens, the demo class will be free for you, but please still attend it. We made it possible to purchase the demo class for students that are not sure if the course is a good fit for them, and want to try it first.

For the missed classes, make ups are available upon request.


DEMO. The Cezanne lesson.

Obtaining desired color by mixing.



1. The Silhouette lesson. 

Learning to assess proportions, adjust the drawing to the paper size, and develop eye-hand coordination.


2. The Escher lesson.

Learning to shade 3 basic shapes of 3D world: sphere, cylinder and block. 



3. The Durer lesson. 

Understanding Isometric, Reverse and Renaissance perspectives. Practical outdoor studues.


4. The Degas lesson. 

Lecture on evolution of 3-dimensional space on 2-dimensional surface throughout the history art, general compositional rules and schemes, practical studies.



5. The Miro lesson. 

Learning the key concepts of composition, such as line, shape, weight, movement, and the relationship of objects within the picture. A short lecture on history of abstract art opens this lesson.



6. The Chardin lesson-1. Learning to compose and paint a complicated still life.

7. The Chardin lesson-2. Developing and finishing the still life, learning to make final touches.



8. The Michelangelo lesson. 

Learning human proportions and some aspects of human anatomy. This lessons ends up with series of sketches of wooden and live figures.



9. The Holbein lesson. 

Learning proportions of human head, and drawing an alabaster head.



10. The Serov lesson. 

Painting a portrait from a live model.



11, 12. The Gaugin lesson.  Creating a composition with one or several human figures from start to successful finish.​

This lesson sums up everything learned during the course.

All artworks presented are made by Adult Art Course students.

If you purchase the course before the demo class happens, the demo class will be free for you, but please still attend it. We made it possible to purchase the demo class for students that are not sure if the course is a good fit for them, and want to try it first.

Our calendar for the 2020-2021 school year:

First day of classes - Monday 8/31/20
Labor Day weekend - NO CLASSES - Saturday 9/5/20 - Monday 9/7/20
Thanksgiving break - NO CLASSES - Monday 11/23/20 - Sunday 11/29/20
Christmas break - NO CLASSES - Monday 12/21/20 - Sunday 1/3/21
Last day of classes - Friday 5/28/21

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