Ceramics at SOMARTS

934 Brannan St. (between 8th and 9th) – Fridays from 4:30-6:30

Lead artist: Steph Kudisch

Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture –Creating with Clay
Our class at SOMArts explores the ceramic process, including hand building and wheel-throwing techniques and glaze application. They also employ pinch, coil and slab construction to create sculptures. Students are typically self-driven and pursue work on their own terms.  We have many return students in this workshop and we hope they continue to stay connected with City Studio and continue their relationship with clay!

Printmaking in the Tenderloin

115 Jones Street – Thurdays from 5-7

Lead artist: Kate Laster

Collaborative Printmaking

The class has two modes of making: collaborative and individual. Collaborative exercises comprise of group drawing and printing and involve building a collective piece among a cohort of students, who ask one another for permission to add content to the collaborative work. Students 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. Their effort is a work of printmaking that is an immersive sculpture as well as a marker of their collaboration.  

Each class starts with a collaborative drawing exercise to help build, focus and stretch drawing muscles. Afterward, students 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.

Painting and Drawing at Columbia Park

450 Guerrero Street – Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30

Lead artist: Tom Colcord

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.

Animation at Excelsior Boys and Girls Club

163 London Street – Mondays from 4-6

Lead artist: Yiling Zeng

The animation class is about exploring the mysterious genre. With props that could be found in daily life, the students tried out different kinds of animation—from flip book to hand-painted film, from paper cut-out animation to claymation. Color sharpies could even be their camera and captured their imaginations on clear film strips. The young animators created individually. They also collaborated on shooting and sound recording as a film crew. The art practice helped them gain a deeper understanding of the potential of animation.

New this year!

Portfolio mentorship for middle schoolers at all Boys and Girls Club locations with City Studio alum and SOTA graduate Glory Rubio.