Public Education Courses

Public Education Course Details and FAQs

Public Education is now offering our summer + fall course schedule online. Please read additional details below regarding our summer offerings. 

We will keep students informed as soon as we know more.

  • Public Education courses will be taking place online. All course times are PST. 
  • Instructors and students will have the flexibility to make any necessary adjustments to meeting times.
  • Class hours include studio hours and the instructor’s office hours. This will be discussed in more detail at your first course meeting.

Deepen your practice through course instruction that complements and enhances skills, knowledge, and concept.

View our current course offerings below. Our course table is sortable by medium, price, day of the week, faculty name, and course title to help you find what you are looking for. Trying to locate a specific class? Use the search bar below to type in keywords.

Courses fill on a first-come, first-serve basis. Early registration is recommended.

Course schedules are posted a month prior to the registration start date.

SPRING 2019 
Registration opens Dec 1, 2019
Courses run late Jan–Apr

Registration opens May 1, 2020
Courses run Jun–Aug

FALL 2020
Registration opens Aug 1, 2020
Courses run late Sep–early Dec

Late Summer + Fall 2020 Course Schedule

Portrait Painting (Online)
July 2- August 20
Thursdays Ingrid V. Wells Develop a series of three portraits using your own source material while at home, tailored to the specific needs of participating students through an individual tutorial approach. $385 Painting Register
Strike While the Ink is Hot: Political Printmaking
July 22- August 19
Thursdays Kate Laster This online lecture class dive into the radical history of political printmaking focusing on artists of color, womxn and queer activists. $245 Printmaking Register
Expanded Collage (Online)
July 22 -August 12
Wednesdays Connie Zheng Challenge yourself to experiment with scale and a variety of materials in this experimental collage class. $195 Drawing, Painting Register
Personal Mythology in the Age of Social Distancing (Online)
July 1- August 5
Wednesday Mara Ramiriez Investigate your own personal mythology in an unprecedented time through self-portraiture, visual journaling, and storytelling. $295 Drawing Register
Introduction to Drawing (Online)
October 19- December 7
Mondays Emily McPeek This class will provide a comprehensive understanding of various techniques in drawing as well as methods on how to conceptually approach it. $385 Drawing Register
Notebook as Studio (Online)
October 21- November 18 (No class November 11)
Wednesdays Kate Laster In this workshop we will explore the many modes of image making through keeping a sketchbook. Students will work in dry and wet medium, acquiring skills to draw from life and imagination. $195 Drawing Register
Contemporary Plein Air Painting
July 18- August 8
Saturdays Lauren Jade Szabo Take your painting practice outside and investigate today's natural, urban, and hybridized landscape within approaches of contemporary painting from observation. $385 Painting Register
Soft Sculptures and Creatures (Online)
September 15 -October 27
Wednesdays Cristina Velázquez Engage your creative side in 3D object making and immerse yourself in creating amorphous shapes and objects made of stuffed fabric material. $225 Sculpture Register
Online High School Expressive Figure Drawing (Non-Credit)
June 29- July 22
Monday + Wednesday Felicita Norris Learn to tell stories, communicate visually, and imagine new worlds through large- and small-scale drawings working from models and beyond. This course has been adapted to be delivered online. $385 Drawing Register
Online High School Painting + Permutations (Non-credit)
June 30- July 23
Tuesday + Thursday Katie Curry Emphasize originality and craftsmanship in your painting as you bring your ideas to light. This course has been modified to be delivered online. $385 Painting Register
Modern Art History: Women and POC (Online)
July 1- August 5
Wednesdays Liesa Lietzke This course attempts to restore the legacy of overlooked nonwhite artists and female artists of the 20th Century in Europe and America. $295 Artist-Driven Experience Register
Introduction to DIY Filmmaking (Online)
July 29- August 19
Wednesdays Tessa Siddle Immerse yourself in this introductory course to DIY video and filmmaking practices. $195 Film, New Genres Register
Introduction to San Francisco’s Contemporary Art Scene
Please see description for specific dates
Selected Thursdays + Saturdays Katherine Vetne A beginner’s guide to the people and organizations that make up contemporary art in San Francisco. Meet artists, dealers, curators, and more! $210 Artist-Driven Experience Register
Digital Media Compositions (Online)
July 21 - August 11
Tuesdays Nancy Jones Create visual representations of moods and learn visual literacy with media imagery. $$195 Artist-Driven Experience, Photography Register
Chance Drawing + Sculpture: The Cracks and the Dice (Online)
September 3 - October 8
Tuesdays Joanne Easton Through drawing and sculpture, explore methods of chance, randomness, and indeterminacy as a means of discovery. $195 Drawing, Sculpture Register
Online Writing for Artists (Online)
November 2- December 7
Mondays Kathy Sirico Writing for Artists will help you develop confidence in your writing skills. This course will focus on improving your technical and professional skill sets, while also considering writing as a process for idea development. $295 Artist-Driven Experience Register
Modern Art History: Women and PoC (Online)
September 24-October 29
Thursdays Liesa Lietzke This course attempts to restore the legacy of overlooked nonwhite artist and female artist of the 20th Century in Europe and America. $200 Artist-Driven Experience Register
How to Be Online: Professional Practice for Visual Artists
October 5- October 26
Mondays Ward Long Making art is hard enough, but sharing and promoting it online requires a totally different set of skills. This course covers the practical basics of web-site building, online promotion, social media, and drawing healthy digital boundaries. $100 Artist-Driven Experience, Photography Register
Human Expression - Online
September 29- November 17
Tuesdays Emily McPeek Investigate human expression. This course will examine the human face structurally and will give students a comprehensive understanding of how to draw and paint faces. $385 Drawing Register
Intermediate Oil Painting Techniques (Online)
October 1- December 10 No class November 26
Thursdays Ingrid V. Wells Develop a series of three oil paintings using your own source material while at home, tailored to the specific needs of participating students through an individual tutorial approach. $480 Painting Register
Contemporary Landscape Painting (Online)
September 26 - November 21 No class October 31
Saturdays Lauren Jade Szabo Through demonstrations, studio practice, and one-on-one tutoring, students will investigate the natural, urban, and hybridized landscape within approaches of contemporary painting. Individual portfolio progress will be emphasized. $385 Painting Register
Ex-Voto: Your Story in a Painting (Online)
September 9 - October 7
7:00- 9:00pm
Wednesdays Raphael Noz The ex-voto is a living, narrative painting tradition in Mexico, done out of gratitude. Everyone has a story to share- what’s yours? $295 Painting Register
Making Monsters (Online)
October 10- December 19
Saturdays Scott Isenbarger Make paintings that explore the depths of their imaginations and examine the correlations between mark making, color choice, and subject matter through the lens of the “monstrous.” *This class presumes one has some knowledge of art history and the processes of painting and drawing, although it is not necessary. $480 Painting Register
Storytelling: Photographing with Meaning (Online Intensive)
September 26-27 and October 3-4
Saturday-Sunday Ellen Jacob Dive into this two-weekend intensive and learn to visually tell your story and explore the strategies necessary to create compelling imagery. $130 Photography Register
Visual Narratives (Online)
October 15 - November 19
Thursdays Cecilia Borgenstam Designed for beginner and intermediate photographers who are interested in developing their personal artistic voice and create a cohesive body of work. $180 Photography Register
Considering The Anthropocene thru Photography (Online Intensive)
October 3-October 10
Saturday + Sunday Beth Davila Waldman This is a photography studio intensive exploring how to create work that addresses the impact of humans through our natural environment- known in our current epoch as The Anthropocene. $195 Photography Register
Reading Images: A Guide to Visual Literacy (Online)
September 9- September 30
Wednesdays Nancy Jones Develop your visual literacy skills in reading images as well and practice creating meaning. $130 Art & Technology, Artist-Driven Experience Register
Printmaking Without a Studio: Screenprint & Cyanotype (Online)
October 6 - December 1 (No class November 3. Go Vote!)
Tuesdays Steph Kudisch This course will provide an introduction to at-home screenprinting & cyanotype techniques, focusing on methods of printing that enable artists to flourish without access to a full studio. $260 Printmaking Register
Block Printing (Online)
October 28- December 9 No class November 11
Wednesdays Rebecca Rippon Learn to design and create block prints at home while discovering this medium’s fascinating past and political role in history. $295 Printmaking Register
Animated GIF as a Medium (Online)
November 18- December 9
Wednesdays Tessa Siddle Learn to make animated GIFs and learn to use them to make web-based art installations. $195 New Genres Register
Introduction to Sound Art (Online)
October 29-December 10 No class November 26
Thursdays Marc Manning This course will provide students with an overview of sound art. The focus will be on the history of the medium through listening and discussion of important pieces. $195 New Genres Register
Sculpture Inside Out (Online)
November 5-December 10 No class November 26
Thursdays Liesa Lietzke This course proposes a series of experiments in embodied sculpture, inspired by historical and contemporary artistic practices that stretch beyond the pedestal: sculptures that are worn, inhabited, performed, or that otherwise exist in a nontraditional relationship with their creators and audience. $165 Sculpture Register
Creating Miniature Spaces (Online)
November 7 - December 5 No class on November 28
Saturdays Amy M. Ho This course introduces students to the use of miniature models and spaces in art. Students will experiment working in miniature and create their own diorama or miniature space. $195 Sculpture Register
The Body in Performance (Online)
October 6- December 1 No class November 3. Please vote!
Tuesdays Dana Morrison Learn the historical and contemporary use of the body in performance art. This online class will utilize documenting assignments to share and critique together, along with conceptual readings, discussions and viewing the work of poignant artists in the field. $195 New Genres Register
Photographic and Image Based Directed Study + Tutorial (Online)
September 15 - November 24 No class November 3. Go Vote!
5:00- 6:30pm
Tuesdays Daniel Melo Morales Designed for students of all levels, this course is for those working in photography or video who want to strengthen the core of their practice in an independent study setting. $250 Photography Register
Contemporary Photography: Intersections in Landscape (Online)
October 19- October 23
Monday–Friday Beth Davila Waldman Using image, material and landscape, this photography studio intensive will guide you through a series of daily projects engaging in a socio-economic dialogue with place, exploring the politics, economy and culture of your chosen landscape setting with your camera. $245 Photography Register
Institutional Garbage: At Work in the Archive (Online)
October 7- November 18
Wednesday, Sean Dickerson Waste away with art practices that have exploited or engaged in archival excess, cults of the ephemeral, trash as resource, or dustbin histories. $200 Artist-Driven Experience Register
Drawing: Personal Mythology (High School Non-credit)
October 17- December 5
Saturdays Mara Ramiriez Investigate your own personal mythology through visual journaling, ethical storytelling, and meditative drawing. $200 Drawing, Painting Register
Exploring Installation Art (High School Non-credit)
September 12 - October 17
Saturdays Amy M. Ho In this course students will be introduced to a variety of installation artists that address the surrounding environment in the design and creation of their work. Students will be asked to complete two installation art assignments and develop one final project. $$295 New Genres Register
Experimental Large-Scale Drawing (Online)
September 19- October 3
Saturdays Connie Zheng Explore diverse methods of working gesturally on a variety of large-scale surfaces. $195 Drawing, Painting Register
Critique Class (Online)
October 7-December 16 (No class November 11)
Wednesdays J. John Priola Refine your work in this instructor-led critique group. $$350 Artist-Driven Experience Register
Introduction to Oil Painting (Online)
October 6- December 1 (No class November 3. Go Vote!)
Tuesdays Robert Xavier Burden Oil painting fundamentals, such as drawing, brushwork, color theory, and the technical manipulation of paint will further your skills along with demOil painting fundamentals, such as drawing, brushwork, color theory, and the technical manipulation of paint will further your skills along with demonstrations and exercises designed to encourage new ideas in a positive atmosphere as you complete a number of paintings during the course. $385 Painting Register
Feminist Art and Culture (Online)
October 6- December 15
Tuesdays Joyce Burstein Students will be exposed to a broad cross section of Feminist Art through viewing and dialogue with the goal of engaging a feminist gaze on art and culture. There will be nudity, irreverence, anger and glee. $350 Artist-Driven Experience Register
Sculpture in Place: Making Objects When you can’t go Anywhere” (Online)
September 2- October 7
Wednesdays Marshall Elliott Explore new routes of opening up our relationship to our surroundings and work with tangible objects that redefine our relationship to touch and spatial orientation. $195 Sculpture Register
Performance and Video Art (High School Non-credit)
October 10- November 21 (No class October 31)
Saturdays Sang Chi Liu The course examines how one’s body connects to the contemporary world and gets into the radical history of artists who utilize their own bodies as material. $295 New Genres Register
Horizons of the Metaverse (Online)
October 7 - October 28
Wednesdays Judit Navratil + Beatriz Escobar Experiment with working with a VR space and combining multiple media to push the boundaries of embodied practices and digital art. $195 Art & Technology Register
Working from Your Surroundings: Ideation Through Attention (Online)
September 19 - October 24
Saturdays Tim Kopra This class develops an approach to creating work through daily surroundings and natural $195 Sculpture Register
Adobe Lightroom: Taking Your Photos to the Next Level (Online)
October 14 - November 18
Wednesdays Victoria Mara Heilweil Learn the building blocks of Adobe Lightroom to gain the skills and confidence to realize your photographic vision. $195 Photography Register
Photographic Design and Composition (Online)
August 26 - September 30
Wednesdays Victoria Mara Heilweil Learn how photographic design and composition strategies can be used successfully to strengthen the visual impact, originality and narrative in your photographs. $195 Photography Register
Meditative Drawing (Online)
October 17- December 5 No class October 31+ November 28
Saturdays Emily Peck A drawing course that frames observational drawing as an act of mindfulness. $295 Drawing Register
Contemporary Photographic Practices (Online High-School Non-Credit)

October 3- November 14
Saturdays Zachary Sumner Schomp Dive into the world of digital photography through exercises, tutorials and professional practices. $200 Photography Register