Sat Feb 23
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
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FROM DRAWING TO PAINTINGLauren Szabo8 sessions >> Saturdays, February 23-April 27(No class April 6th or April 20)10am–1pm, Studio 14, $385No 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.
___Lauren Jade Szabo, b.1988, is a Los Angeles born artist and educator. She graduated with a BFA in Illustration from California College of the Arts with distinction in 2010, and received an MFA Fellowship from San Francisco Art Institute completed in 2018. Lauren has received support from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards, and recently completed an artist-in-residency program with Building 180. Szabo’s work has been featured in publications such as Fine Art Connoisseur, SF Weekly, and Creative Quarterly. Her work has been exhibited internationally; including a solo show at 111 Minna Gallery, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, and Transmission Gallery. Her work is in private collections in Europe and the United States. She currently lives and works in Oakland.

PLEASE NOTE: Public Education courses are held contingent on a minimum enrollment, which is determined  up to 24 hours in advance of the class start date. Public Education Staff will contact you ONLY if there is a course cancellation or change. 

Young Artist Program FAQs
What are my transport/parking options getting to San Francisco Art Institute?YAP courses meet at 800 Chestnut Street, between Jones and Leavenworth. You can find directions to campus on the SFAI website. SFAI is located in a residential neighborhood, and free two-hour parking is available on all of the streets immediately surrounding the school. 
SFAI is easily accessible via public transportation, with Muni bus lines #30 Stockton, and #47 Van Ness located within a few blocks of campus.
Are materials included in the cost of the course?Materials are not included in the cost of the course. We make every effort to keep materials costs low for participants. Please plan to budget $50-$150 for materials. Materials lists for each class will be distributed to students and parents/guardians via e-mail in advance of the course start date. Please contact Public Education staff if you are concerned about the cost of materials.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?SFAI Public Education Staff are always happy to answer any questions you may have about the Young Artist Program, or our courses. We are in the office Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Call us at: 415.749.4554 or e-mail: [email protected]
What is the refund policy?View the SFAI Public Education refund policy on the SFAI website here.


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