Summer Program

Registration is Still Open. July 27–August 14, 2020

Limited Capacity


Thank You for Sticking With Us

Your commitment to SFAI demonstrates your belief in our mission of providing outstanding youth arts education to our community. We hear you and look forward to offering our YAP summer program when many of our children and families need us most.

YAP Online Classes
We appreciate your patience as we developed a summer program that served the needs of our students and families while also adhering to the guidelines from the city health officials in San Francisco. After much consideration, SFAI has decided to move forward with offering remote learning for our students this summer. The decision was not easy, but considering the circumstances and uncertainty, we feel it's the most prudent way to go. In the coming weeks, we will be developing a family and student orientation, finalizing the summer course schedule, and sending welcome emails to all enrolled students. In the meantime, please note some highlights below that detail out some program changes for this summer.

The 2020 Summer YAP program includes the following:

  • *Reduced the tuition rate to reflect 1.5 hours of remote online learning per class
  • An online course resources folders that include readings, assignments, and a message board for each class
  • Optional material kits for sale and delivery for drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture classes. Each kit costs $100 per class, and is in addition to the tuition costs. Families can opt in or out of purchasing the kits when they fill out the Form for Participation. Students who do not wish to purchase the kits and would rather secure the materials on their own will receive a materials list
  • Access to the YAP Summer 2020 Instagram where families can follow along with classes
  • Ongoing weekly communication with families regarding program updates
  • Optional 30 minute workshops for students during the lunch hour that will include topics such as digital animation 101, found -object sculpture, "plein-air" window drawing, and others
  • Opportunities for social-engagement and interactions the lunch hour

**Specifically for courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture.

Thank you for your ongoing support. We are excited for this summer and look forward to making this experience worthwhile and memorable.

YAP is the perfect place to express yourself while diving deep into technique, concept, medium exploration, and experimentation.

Led by dedicated artists and teachers, courses take place during morning 10:00am-11:30pm) and afternoon (1:30-3:00pm). 

Registration opens March 1, 2020

For young artists ages 13-15


$450 Full-Day
(taking both a morning and afternoon course)

$250 Half-Day
(taking either a morning or afternoon course)

Space is limited. Early registration is recommended. Full tuition is due at time of registration and can be paid by credit card using our secure online registration system. To pay by check or money order, call 415.351.3538.

Student Work + Experience


View the 2020 brochure online.

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YAP courses run for the entire three-weeks. Students choose one morning and/or one afternoon course to take for the whole program.

Materials lists for the following classes can be purchased from our partners at Arch by clicking on the following links! 

AM- Expressive Painting 
PM- Expressive Painting
AM- Line to Life Drawing
PM- Line to Life Drawing

All other materials lists can be downloaded here: 

AM- Screenprinting 
PM- Video Art
PM- Sculptural Forms 

Registration opens March 1, 2020

Morning |10:00am–11:30pm Afternoon | 1:30–3:00pm
Digital Animation Expressive Painting
Expressive Painting Line to Life Drawing
Line to Life Drawing Digital Photography
Screenprinting Video Art
  Sculptural Forms

Friday Workshops

In addition to studying in a traditional studio environment, students participate in online collaborative projects on Fridays. These sessions take place between classes from 12:00–1:00pm and include technical workshops and conceptual exercises geared for student engagement. 

Final Exhibition

To be determined