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.

Fall 2018

Megan Ramirez
6 sessions >> Saturdays, September 22–November 3
(no session October 20)
10am–1pm, Studio 14, $295


From cave painting to web comics, storytelling and picture‐making have been connected throughout human history. This class will give beginning and intermediate students alike the opportunity to explore narrative in their drawing practice through quick drawing warm-up prompts and more extended personal projects, like zines/comics, or sequenced drawings. The course will also explore formal drawing concepts, emphasizing the relationship between how a drawing is constructed and how meaning is made. In addition to studio-time and in-class demonstrations, you will also engage in historical and contemporary contextual discussion. Feedback on your work will be both through one‐on­-one discussion with the instructor, as well as group critiques at the conclusion of each project.