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We teach art fundamentals in a modern way

1601 & 1603 Irving Street, San Francisco CA 94122

Creative thinking, watercolor, acrylic and oil painting, form analysis, figure drawing, portraits, landscapes, composition, art history, manga, art school portfolio prep.

Draw exactly what you want, the way you want it

Learn to fluently draw any subject from real life or your imagination using any art medium available to you. Learn to take your work from sketch to the final product through a sequence of creative choices. That creative thinking can be applied in other areas of your life.

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Create your own original art

Apply art fundamentals you learn with us to your own original ideas without copying the work made by someone else. It will help you to develop a better connection with yourself, know what you want, and how to reach your goals.

Students stay with us for years

We are proud of amazing young artists, designers, and creative thinkers, raised in our studios. Check out the portfolio of Maria Teplova, our dedicated student from age 7 to 18, accepted into the top art colleges of the US.

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Evening Camp: Live Portrait

14 - 18 yrs

MV 6/10-14

SJ 7/8-12

SR 7/15-19

SF 7/15-19




Sketches, drawings, and paintings of a head of a live model, necessary for an art college portfolio.

Dinosaur Camp

6 - 10 yrs

SF 8/12-16

SJ 7/15-19






Learn to draw, sculpt and paint dinosaurs and also learn to paint prehistoric landscapes.

Portrait

12 - 18 yrs

SF 7/15-19

MV 7/8-12

SJ 7/15-19





Learn to paint and draw portraits alike! Live models, pencil, charcoal, watercolor and oil.

Evening Camp: Live Figure

14 - 18 yrs

MV 6/17-21

SJ 7/22-26

SF 7/22-26

SR 7/22-26




Live sketches and detailed drawings of live models are produced at these workshop, exactly the way art college portfolios require them.

Arts & Crafts of Summer

6 - 10 yrs

SF 6/17-21

SF 8/5-9

MV 7/15-19

SJ 6/24-28

SJ 7/22-26

SR 7/22-26


Paint summer scenery and try a variety of art mediums: mosaics, printmaking, stained glass painting, sculpting and collage.

Digital Painting

10 - 16 yrs

SF 6/10-14

MV 6/17-21

SJ 6/3-7

SJ 7/8-12




Intro to digital drawing and painting. Practice drawing objects, landscapes, and character design.

Charcoal

12 - 18 yrs

SF 8/12-16

SJ 7/8-12






Master the most soft and flexible art material - charcoal, create several portfolio-grade pieces.

Sculpt & Draw Animals

6 - 10 yrs

MV 6/10-14

SF 7/1-3

SJ 7/1-3 

MV 7/1-3

SR 8/12-16



 

Study animal anatomy, proportions, technics for creating textures specific for different animals.

Watercolor 101

10 - 16 yrs

SR 7/8-12

SF 7/22-26

MV 7/29-8/2

SJ 8/5-9

Online 7/8-12



Learn Eastern & European watercolor techniques: wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, use reserves and underpainting.

Around the World in 5 Days

6 - 10 yrs

SF 7/8-12

MV 8/5-9

SJ 8/12-16





Join us for the educational art journey across the globe, and bring souvenirs made by their own hands.

Introduction to Design

12 - 18 yrs

SF 7/15-19

MV 6/24-28

SJ 7/29 - 8/2





Create a fashion collection, design a logo, webpage, mock up a building and a movie or a game character.

World of Illustration

8 - 12 yrs

MV 6/3-7

SJ 6/10-14

SF 6/24-28

SR 6/24-28

MV 7/15-19

Online 7/29 - 8/2


Master art fundamentals and learn to compose an image that tells a compelling tale.

San Francisco teachers:
Gary Laib
Gary Laib
Luka Fernandez
Luka Fernandez
Hugo Kobayashi
Hugo Kobayashi
Jason Goodwin
Jason Goodwin
Hana Buechel
Hana Buechel
Ekaterina Goncharova
Ekaterina Goncharova
Austin Bath
Austin Bath

San Francisco Studio Schedule - Summer 2024:

Day & Time
Class Name
Register
Class Teacher
Room
July 22-26, 2024. Mon-Fri, 4-8 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM -12:30 PM

TBD

1601
Friday 3:30 - 6:00 PM

TBD

1601
Monday 6:20 - 8:20 PM
1603
Monday 6:20-8:20 PM
1603
Monday 6:40 - 8:40 PM

Animal Drawing Course

1601
Tuesday 4:00 - 6:00 PM
1601
Tuesday 6:20 - 8:20 PM
1601
Wednesday 6:20 - 8:20 PM
1601
Thursday 4:15 - 6:15 PM
1601
Thursday 6:20 - 8:20 PM
1603
Thursday 6:30 - 8:30 PM
1601
Friday 6:00 - 8:00 PM
1601
Saturday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
1603
Saturday 10:00 - 10:50 AM
1603
Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1601
Saturday 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
1603
Saturday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
1601
Sunday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
1601
Sunday 3:30 - 5:30 PM
1601
Sunday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
1601
Sunday 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Figure Drawing / Portrait

1603
July 15-19, 2024. Mon-Fri, 4-8 PM
1603

Classes we offer:

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ages 4-12

Kids

Our classes for kids combine fine art and creative exploration. The curriculum is designed to broaden horizons and nurture essential artistic skills. Early instruction provides a solid foundation for self-expression. From mastering silhouettes with Greek vase designs to finding compositional inspiration in abstract art, our students immerse themselves in exciting challenges that ignite their creativity. 

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ages 13-18

Teens

Art classes designed exclusively for teens.

Master the art of drawing and painting and create remarkable pieces that will make your portfolio stand out.

Our programs include: art fundamentals, Manga, design, illustration, portrait and human figure drawing, painting, and sculpture.

We honor each student’s artistic identity and offer individual support throughout their creative journey. 

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18 +

Adults

We have created art program that is both highly effective and accessible for busy professionals. Whether you’re a complete beginner or looking to enhance your skills, our courses will teach you how to paint captivating portraits and create compositions. Dive into our workshops dedicated to oil, acrylics, pastels, and watercolor, where you’ll master these artistic mediums and take your skills to to the next level!

Address: 

1601 & 1603 Irving Street, San Francisco CA 94122

Testimonials:

My daughter has been taking classes here for 7 years. She has loved many of her teachers especially Teacher John. The Art School has been flexible and allowed her to try different art mediums and has helped develop her love for art and she is continuing this at her high school. Her decision to pursue art in college is in part due to the last 7 years spent at Art School of SF Bay. We would highly recommend this school.

Helen Joo

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I've been loving the adult beginner art classes with Hugo Kobayashi! He's been very encouraging and given a great introduction to a bunch of fundamental tools and techniques for drawing and painting. I definitely recommend the class!

Max Lesser

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We have recently had a teen birthday party for our daughter at the Art School of the Bay, and were very pleased with it. We worked with teacher Maria to communicate regarding the event organization. Maria was very kind to accommodate our needs of party of 10. We chose a Studio Ghibli/Miayazaki animation theme for the party, and kids sketched and drew under Maria's attentive and gentle guidance. We also used the studio's backyard where we arranged snacks, refreshments and a birthday cake. The studio has a small kitchen and a fridge. Maria also kindly provided folding tables and chairs, which was very convenient.

Alisa Sedneva

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I took adult art class for beginners with Hannah this year - it’s been an amazing experience and I have learned so much! Hannah is a great teacher and provided excellent guidance..I definitely recommend!

Maire Quinn

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I had an amazing experience taking a beginner/intermediate adult acrylic/oil painting class at the Art School of SF Bay. I've attended both Hugo and Cody's classes, who are both great artists and instructors. However, I cannot sing higher praises for Hannah Wynkoop, who is not only a talented artist but also a skilled instructor. As a complete beginner to acrylic and oil painting, I felt extremely intimidated when starting out the class as many other students are more intermediate. Hannah was able to break down complex concepts into simple explanations/analogies and personalize her teaching based on each student's needs and challenges. She is a master at making artistic skills relatable to each student and she is extremely patient, especially with a beginner like me. She even offers make-up classes on Sundays by coming into the studio a couple of hours early.  I have gained lots of new skills and improved tremendously through the 12 week class. I'd 100% take another art class with Hannah at the Art School of SF Bay and recommend anyone at any level to consider a class there!

Jing Wang

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Hannah is a wonderful instructor who effectively conveys color theory with clarity. The class encourages thinking outside the box, nurturing creativity, and, above all, truly embracing the joy of life.

Colin Zhao

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I've been taking adult drawing and painting classes at the Art School of SF Bay San Francisco for almost a year now, running the gamut from watercolor to acrylic to oil painting to manga drawing to figure drawing. My time here has been nothing short of incredible (and I still plan to take more classes as there's always so much more to learn); in every course I've taken, I've been guided by friendly and passionate teachers who genuinely care about their students and helping them to improve, and who have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with everyone every class. Austin, Cody, Hana, Hannah, and Katerina are all amazing and I've learned so much from all of them. However, I want to give an especial shout-out to Austin for really helping me to grow creatively; every manga art class, he brings an extraordinary love for the craft and even art as a lifestyle that has been absolutely invaluable in guiding me on my artistic journey, and through him I've been exposed to many amazing artists I didn't know of before (like Yoh Yoshinari, Joe Mad, Tsutomu Nihei, and Kim Jung Gi, among many many others). His passion for art reminds me of why I draw and inspires me to keep going, and I owe so much to him and his teaching.  I do also want to mention that the space itself is clean and well outfitted, equipped, and decorated, so it's a very cozy and comfortable place. The school provides any needed supplies, like watercolor palettes, oil and acrylic paints, canvases, and bristol paper, which is very convenient for anyone just getting off of work for an evening class. I absolutely love this place and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone looking to improve their art skills or to just have fun making art.

A. Chen

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tl;dr: Excellent course on digital painting, fantastic tutors  I found the Art School of SF Bay while looking for one-day workshops. I had a short trip to San Francisco and was trying to cram in some art classes during the weekends. This was one of the few art schools that had a digital painting course and I emailed them asking if they had any one-day workshops I could join. Maria reached out to me within a few hours and suggested a few options for a private workshop. I was thrilled to see the teacher for the Digital painting class was available and signed up for it right away.  I've signed up for private workshops in other schools during my previous trips and have usually left most of them feeling like I haven't learnt a lot. There's only so much you can do in 2-3 hours. But in this case, I got so much from the first session, I signed up for another session the same day.  Jeongwoo, who teaches the Digital Painting course, is an amazing artist and a fantastic teacher; a combination hard to come by. In the first few minutes of the class, it was evident he's a pro on Photoshop. I have been trying to self-learn for a while but I learned more about Photoshop in the first 30 minutes of the class than I have watching hours of videos.  What I really liked about his sessions is that he works along with you, so you can see what a professional level piece looks like. I was also impressed by the amount of time and effort he put in to plan the sessions. For the second session he suggested that we spend some time on traditional drawing before going digital and I'm glad we did. I felt like I got a master class on Portrait drawing and there was a significant improvement in my piece compared to the first session.  All in all, I've found a new favorite Art school and know where I'll be spending my weekends during my future trips!

Pooja Shrinivas

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