School-Year Program

YAP offers Saturday courses for high school students that combine studio art instruction methods, critique, and contemporary art history as a means of preparing Bay Area youth for a lifetime in the arts. 

Practicing artists work to develop each student’s artistic skills and enhance their visual literacy. These non-credit weekend courses are a great supplement to a high school curriculum and are suitable for beginners, students who want to build a portfolio for college, or students seeking advanced art studies in high school. Past Young Artist Program students have gone on to be admitted to top art programs across the nation including SFAI, Cooper Union, and UCLA.

Spring 2017

Registration opens December 1, 2016

Tom Colcord
6 sessions >> Saturdays, February 4–March 11
11 am–2 pm | Studio 115 | $275

No prerequisite

Materials List

This course provides a thorough understanding of acrylic painting materials and techniques for beginning painters. You will learn all aspects of making a painting from supports, grounds, mediums, and color mixing to inspiration and idea generation and studio safety. Assignments will allow you to develop your ideas through discussions of source material, art history, aesthetics, and criticism.

Tom Colcord was born on May 15, 1990 in Indianapolis Indiana. After completing his BFA in Painting from Indiana University Bloomington he studied  abroad in Florence Italy. Inspired by works from the old masters he set out to become a full  time artist and  moved to San Francisco where he is currently pursuing a  Masters of Fine Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute. Tom considers his art practice primarily related to painting but heavily reliant on drawing, collage, sculpture, and digital art as well.