Public Education Courses

Summer Early-Bird Registration

Public Education is now offering early-bird registration! Students who register between April 1-April 15 for summer 2020 can now get $50 off tuition by using the following code on Evenrbrite: sfaiearlybird

The discount is eligible for classes that meet for 6 sessions or more. Discount requests after the deadline will be denied.

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 Apr 1, 2020
Courses run Jun–Aug

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

Late Spring + Summer 2020 Course Schedule

Allegory and Still Life Painting
September 23- December 9 (No class October 14 + November 11)
Mondays Ben Cornish A technical and conceptual study of traditional still life painting and allegory. Why do objects mean something to us? How can we arrange and paint still lives to reflect and even elevate that meaning? The instructor will lead discussions of the potent symbols in art history as well as making idiosyncratic tableaus and facilitate group discussions, peer critique, painting time, and one on one guidance. $480 Painting Closed
Institutional Garbage: At Work in the Archive
March 24- April 28
Tuesdays 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. $295 Artist-Driven Experience Register
Women’s Work Revisited: Feminist Art and a Politic of Labor
March 11-April 15
Wednesdays Jordan Taylor Holms When we think about art and labor, and art about labor, we often think of Richard Serra’s massive steel edifices, or even Mike Kelley’s hand sewn quilts made of discarded stuffed animals. But what about the women artists who have spent decades manifesting an alternative rhetoric around the value of labor? Through a series of lectures, discussions, and readings this course will examine feminist art and its relationship to labor practices, politics, and aesthetics. $295 Artist-Driven Experience Register
Video Art
March 25- May 13
Wednesdays Lindsay Tully Let's make videos! Learn how to shoot and edit as we take a deep dive into video art history, including documentary, performance and experimental film. $385 New Genres Register
Welding 101: Trusting Your Hands
February 5- April 22
Wednesdays Tim Kopra Explore MIG welding technology, cold working techniques and more in this introduction to working with mild steel. Class will begin with an in-depth training of the metal shop, leading to an introductory project, followed by a personal intensive final project. $530 Sculpture Register
Painting Heroes and Heroines
February 15- April 4
Saturdays Laura Pacchini Immerse yourself into the lives of heroes and heroines! Working from an individual’s perspective, this class will examine the role of the hero in the historical canon of painting as well as present day use. $385 Painting Register
Imaginary Worlds
March 10- April 28
Tuesdays Ben Cornish Broaden and deepen your ability to create and compose drawings from scratch while investigating the imaginary world. $385 Drawing Register
Large-Scale Ink Drawing on Paper
March 21-May 9
Saturdays Alice Gould Work gesturally and experimentally as we explore the use of ink and mixed media on large-scale paper. $385 Drawing Register
Custom Collage Paintings
February 1- March 7
Saturdays Alice Gould Experiment with ink and water using various brushes and tools applied to large-format rag paper. $295 Drawing, Painting Register
Arrangements: Cabinets, Boxes + Tableaux
March 25-May 13
Wednesdays Joanne Easton Create sculptures and make arrangements to explore objects’ interrelationships as you are inspired by the work of David Ireland, Joseph Beuys, Stephanie Syjuco, Lindsey White, and more. $385 Sculpture Register
Soundscape and Landscape
March 21- April 25
Saturdays Hugh Livingston Explore sound and music as elements for creating personal and shared space in the environment, through off-site field trips and collaborative projects. You will be introduced to soundscape creation, using easily accessible tools, for mobile devices and outdoor spaces. $295 New Genres Register
Improvisational Sculpture Workshop
April 18 + 19
Saturday + Sunday Lia Sutton Build a series of original sculptures, using found materials, cardboard, paper, wood, cloth, and natural materials--all in a supportive environment. $165 Sculpture Register
Improvisational Drawing Workshop
April 25 +26
Saturday + Sunday Lia Sutton Strengthen your creative voice, access the foundation of innovation, and build a series of original drawings, all in a supportive environment. $165 Drawing Register
Personal Projects in Photography
February 25- March 24
Tuesdays Victoria Mara Heilweil Take the next step in the development of your work. Whether this is the first time you are creating a personal project, or you are stuck in your process and would like some feedback to help refine and complete an existing series, this class is for you. $245 Photography Register
Head Shoulders Knees and Toes
March 3- April 28
7:30 -10:30pm
Tuesdays Sarah Ammons Through a series of concentrated exercises, develop a series of work that isolates the body and focuses on investigating body proportion, gesture, movement, light and expression. $435 Drawing Register
Narrative Drawing- Telling Stories with our Bodies
March 2- March 25
Monday + Wednesdays Mara Ramiriez Where does memory live? In our bodies? In our brains? We will examine intimate visual narratives as you make drawings centered on how human experience is remembered and transformed through meditative observational drawings and spontaneous image making. $385 Drawing Register
Handbuilt Ceramics: Treasure Boxes
April 18 -May 2,
Saturdays Liesa Lietzke We’ll use pinch and slab building methods and various means of surface decoration to create charming lidded boxes for your tiny (or not-so-tiny) treasures or to give as gifts. $240 Ceramics Register
Printmaking With Botanicals: Layered Compositions
March 7- April 18 (No class April 11)
Saturdays Rebecca Rippon Use plants directly in the process of building an image in multiple printmaking disciplines including etching, and monotypes in this course emphasizing experimentation. $295 Printmaking Register
Darkroom Film Photography
January 29- April 15
Wednesdays Dana Morrison Learn the wonders of black and white darkroom photography in SFAI’s iconic photography department. This course is for beginners to intermediate students to learn the basics of traditional film photography and darkroom printing. $530 Photography Register
Painting in the Age of Photography
February 5- March 25
Wednesdays Lauren Jade Szabo Through hands on demonstrations, studio practice, and one-on-one tutoring, students will investigate the relationships between photography and painting within approaches of contemporary painting. $385 Painting Register
The Handmade Photobook
February 25- April 14
Tuesdays Ward Long Make a photobook by hand that deepens the experience of engaging with your pictures, as you learn more about editing, sequencing, storytelling, and various binding techniques. $385 Artist-Driven Experience Register
Fundamentals of Drawing (Online)
March 27- May 15
Online Xiao Wang This online introductory class will cover key areas in the foundations of drawing that will include video demonstrations, online discussions/critiques, and a final project. Weekly participation is required. $385 Drawing Register
Art Appreciation Class (Online)
March 27- May 15
Online Rick Love Skip the textbook. This online art history course includes the type of creative assignments that the San Francisco Art Institute is known for. $385 Artist-Driven Experience Register
Artist Talk as Creative Practice
July 8- August 12
Wednesdays Leila Weefur Refine your public speaking skills as an artist while exploring different presentation formats and lecture delivery styles. This course is for those who wish to enhance their critical approach to delivering an artist talk. $295 Artist-Driven Experience Register
Expanded Collage
June 10-July 15
Wednesdays Connie Zheng Challenge yourself to experiment with scale and a variety of materials in this experimental collage class. $295 Drawing, Painting Register
Experimenting with Noise: Developing a Sonic Studio Practice
June 18- August 6
Thursdays Marc Manning Immerse yourself in a sound studio practice that derives inspiration from meditation. $385 New Genres Register
All This. And Nothing
June 18- July 23
Thursdays Jaimie Healy This course is for students wishing to explore their practice through a variety of experimental forms. The class will include group discussions, field trips, performances, and a final project. $295 New Genres Register
Reality TV is My Family
June 2- July 7
Tuesdays Jordan Holms Through discussions, lectures, readings, and “viewing parties” we will unpack the allure of reality television and theorize about the role it might play in today’s zeitgeist. $295 Artist-Driven Experience Register
Impossible Vessel
June 17-July 22
6:30- 9:30pm
Wednesday Paige Valentine We will question the impossible and use ceramics to defy the expectations of what a pot or vessel can be or do. $295 Ceramics Register
Graphic Ceramics
June 19-28
10:00am -1:00pm
Friday - Sunday Alyssa Block Investigate the relationship between form, narrative, and design as you create a three-item collection of three-dimensional ceramic forms. Group discussions and demonstrations will support students in their exploration and contemporary application of the materials. $295 Ceramics Register
Personal Mythology
July 10- August 14
Fridays Mara Ramiriez Investigate your own personal mythology through self-portraiture, expressive figure drawing, visual journaling, and comics. $295 Drawing Register
Contemplative Drawing
June 9- August 11
Tuesdays Sarah Ammons Sync your hand with your eye and practice contemplative drawing in this course focused on working from life, pattern, figure, and concept. $480 Drawing Register
Introduction to Drawing
June 6- August 1 No class 4th of July
Saturdays 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
Everything and Anything: Experimental Drawing
July 11- August 8
Saturdays Kevin Valor Embrace the non-traditional approach to drawing and challenge yourself to create work without fear or hesitation.10 $245 Drawing Register
Notebook as Studio
June 17- July 8
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
Elemental Sculpture
June 19-21
Friday- Sunday Raheleh Minoosh Zomorodinia This 3-session course explores natural materials and its use in contemporary art, looking at land art and earth art movements as inspiration. $295 New Genres Register
Contemporary Plein Air Painting
June 20- August 1 No class July 4th
Saturdays Lauren Jade Szabo Take your painting outside and investigate today's natural, urban and hybridized landscape within approaches of contemporary painting from observation. $530 Painting Register
The Painter’s Studio
June 11- August 13
Thursdays Ingrid V. Wells The Painter’s Studio is a drop-in style course for the busy artist in need of space to make the work they would most like to pursue. Oil and acrylic mediums are both welcome, intermediate level experience with painting recommended. $480 Painting Register
Inhabited Spaces: Abstraction and the Built Environment
June 8- July 27
6:00- 9:00pm
Mondays Jordan Holms This course will grapple with our fraught relationship to the built environment through painting. Employing abstraction as a primary methodology, we will examine how different spaces are materialized, organized, and made to mean. $385 Painting Register
Realism in Oil Painting
June 6- August 15 No Class July 4
Saturdays Emily McPeek Study and practice master level techniques in oil painting. This course will present a comprehensive understanding of the medium, along with lectures and discussions of realism in painting from classical to modern art. $480 Painting Register
Owning the Digital Image
June 9- July 28
6:00- 9:00pm,
Tuesdays Dana Morrison Learn how to get the most out of your digital camera. This course will cover how to use your camera and basic editing skills in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. $385 Photography Register
Darkroom Film Photography
June 10- August 12
Wednesdays Alex Peterson Learn the wonders of black and white darkroom photography in SFAI’s iconic photography department. This course is for beginners to intermediate students to learn the basics of traditional film photography and darkroom printing. $480 Photography Register
Simplified Metalworking for Sculpture
June 24- August 12
Wednesdays Marshall Elliott Explore the qualities of metal as a medium for constructing sculptural objects and expand on the possibilities of creative freedom with this material. $385 Sculpture Register
Intro to Sculpture: Found Object Sculpture
June 4 - July 23
6:30 - 9:30pm
Thursdays Sherwin Rio This course will provide students the foundational knowledge, historical study, technical skills, and building experience to create found object sculpture, assemblages, readymades, and sculpture that includes altered objects. $385 Sculpture Register
Soft Sculptures and Creatures
June 3- August 5
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. $480 Sculpture Register
Online Writing for Artists (Online)
June 15- August 3
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. $385 Artist-Driven Experience Register
Going Digital: An Online Course for Residency Applicants
June 8-July 27
Mondays Christopher Squier This course aims to provide a toolkit for emerging or established artists who are preparing to submit residency applications in the near future, although anyone curious about the process is welcome to participate. $295 Artist-Driven Experience Register
Digital Media Compositions
June 2 - 23
Tuesdays Nancy Jones Create visual representations of moods and learn visual literacy with media imagery. $195 Artist-Driven Experience Register
Introduction to DIY Filmmaking
June 10- August 12
Wednesdays Tessa Siddle Immerse yourself in this introductory course to DIY video and filmmaking practices. $480 Film Register
Horizons of the Metaverse
August 15-16
Saturday + Sunday Judit Navratil + Beatriz Escobar Experiment with working in a VR space and combining multiple media to push the boundaries of embodied practices and digital art. $195 Art & Technology Register
Contemporary Photography: Intersections in Landscape (Two-Day Intensive)
Section 1- June 6-7 Section 2- July 18-19
Saturday + Sunday Beth Davila Waldman This course will empower artists to take the leap in making connections to landscapes of past and present while taking into consideration the effects of politics, the economy, and culture. $195 Photography Register
‘Modular Imprints’ Mono-printmaking Assemblages
July 20- 24
Monday- Friday Tobias Fifield Challenge yourself in this 5-day intensive and build an installation around the given theme of new mono-printmaking. $245 Printmaking Register
Narrative Painting
June 11- August 6 (No class July 16)
Thursdays Felicita Norris Examine intimate visual narratives as you make paintings centered on how human experience is remembered and transformed in this intermediate/advanced course for water-based painters. $385 Painting Register