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 2020

Drawing the Human Figure 
Oscar Lopez Guerrero

8 sessions >> Saturdays, February 8- March 28
10:00am-1:00pm, Studio 14, $385
Some drawing experience recommended. Models in the Young Artist Program are clothed or in bathing suit attire.

This introductory class to drawing the figure will cover working with a variety of media including charcoal, graphite, conte, watercolor, and gouache. Working from live models, students will begin by immersing themselves in basic gesture drawing techniques focusing on anatomical structures, balance, proportion, and drawing the flesh. The class will then explore composition, lighting, mood, and concept through in-class assignments, hands-on demonstrations, information critique sessions, and discussions that will examine contemporary and historical artists working with the figure.

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Fall 2019

Krista Wright 

10 Sessions, Saturdays October 5- December 14
(No Class November 30th)
10:00am-1:00pm, Studio 13, $480
No prerequisite. Models in the Young Artist Program are clothed or in bathing suit attire.

Refine your fundamentals of drawing and painting, working from the still life, live models, landscape, and imagination. Through creative assignments, this course will teach traditional and nontraditional techniques of drawing and painting, using materials such as graphite, charcoal, pastel, ink, watercolor, gouache, and acrylic paint. In addition to material investigation, you will train your eye to see like an artist. We will explore composition, concept, and mood through in-class assignments, hands-on demonstrations, informal critique sessions, and thematic discussions that will provide both an art historical and contemporary context of the medium. You will gain confidence through practice and experimentation as you work towards developing your own style in the mediums of your choice.