City Studio at Root Division


Artwork curation—What does that even mean?! In this one-week class we will learn about choosing and grouping art works for exhibition or for portfolios, we will learn how to think about art works as “neighbors” that talk to one another, and we will organize and curate the City Studio exhibition in the famous Diego Rivera Gallery at the end of the class! No previous experience required!

Instructor: Sherwin Rio, MFA/MA
Grades: students entering grades 7-12
Dates: 5 classes / Mon-Fri / August 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Time:  1:00-5:00 pm 
Tuition: $300 (scholarships available)


City Studio at Root Division

From A-Zines: A DIY Zine Making Workshop

What’s a zine?! Short for magazine or fanzine, a zine is a homemade publication that is all about self-expression and creativity. In this class, you’ll learn the ABC’s of zine production. In addition to learning several techniques for binding and folding paper into small books, we will briefly discuss the origins of zines and complete two projects, one as a group and one individually. The first is a collaborative zine based on a theme you will choose as a group. The second project will be an individual zine we will reproduce so you can trade with all your new friends. By the end of the course, you will get to take home a zine from everyone in the class starting your very own zine collection. No previous experience required!

Instructor: Rebecca Kaufman, MFA
Grades: students entering grades 6-8
Dates: 5 classes / Mon- -Fri / August 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Time:  2:00-5:00 pm
Tuition: $250 (scholarships available)



Tenderloin Boys and Girls Club

3-5 pm   (Thursdays)

115 Jones Street
Teaching Artist KATE LASTER

Collaborative Printmaking

The class will have two modes of making: collaborative and individual. Collaborative exercises comprise of group drawing and printing and will involve building a collective piece among a cohort of students, who will ask one another for permission to add content to the collaborative work. Individually, students will create their own body of work and catalog print blocks to use for solo work or larger projects. Students will monoprint, carve linoleum blocks, handprint their blocks, stitch books and make drawings. Both modes of making allow for an active space where students feel comfortable making and creating together and individually.

Each class will start with a collaborative drawing exercise to help build focus and stretch drawing muscles. Afterward, students will work on individual projects, usually working on a larger scale piece as a collective at the end of each session. Starting with simple monoprints as an introduction to printmaking, students will build their relief printing and carving skills.


Columbia Park Boys and Girls Club

3-5 pm Wednesdays

450 Guerrero St.
Teaching Artist  KATHY SIROCO

Concrete/Abstract Techniques in Drawing and Painting
The aim of this course is to use the media of drawing and painting to connect young artists with their self-identity using various strategies in drawing, painting, and writing. Processes used will relate to improvisation, still life, memory, music, poetry, movement, and self-reflection. We also will focus on a different art movements in order to gain a richer understanding of both the history and potential of image creation.


(on hiatus summer 2019-see you in the fall!)
4:30 – 6:30 pm  Fridays 

934 Brannan Street

Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture – Creating with Clay
This class will focus on different hand building techniques such as pinch, coil and slab construction, as well as some wheel throwing to create sculptures. Students will also learn how to treat the surface of their ceramics with stains, glazes, and various texture techniques. Beware-working with clay can be addicting!

Community Partners

City Studio is honored to currently work with A Better Chance and Julio Martinez, partner and creative director of studio1500 and professor ar San Jose State for an annual Graphic Arts Workshop (this year’s workshop was a huge success!)  Of course City Studio also works very closely with SFAI’s Young Artist Program and PreCollege program, offering scholarships to deserving City Studio students to these intensive and enriching environments.

Past partners have included Adobe Books, Galeria de la Raza, Excelsior Boys and Girls Club, Willie Mays Boys and Girls Club, Mission Boys and Girls Club, East Bay Asian Youth Center, Root Division, BAVC, SCRAP, Horizons Unlimited, John O’Connell High School, Balboa High School, Opportunities West, the Bayview Opera House, Sanchez Elementary School, Downtown High School, The Lab and a number of special projects.

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