Fort Mason Studio & Online Classes

Our Fort Mason studio programs are designed to encourage children to explore their creativity. Inspired by Reggio Emilia, children are able to explore the studio space and make creative choices with the guidance of our art teachers. Our online classes are designed to provide creative engagement via Zoom while nurturing personal connections between peers. 

Classes in our Fort Mason studio and online are fee-based and all proceeds from tuition are re-invested directly into SFCAC’s community programs. Scholarships are available.

Classes for Younger Children (22 Months to 5.5 Years)

Side-by-Side (22 – 36 mos with parent/caregiver)

SFCAC’s inquiry-based approach supports an exploratory process in this parent/child class. The teacher guides children, parents, and caregivers, offering insight into the developmental domains of art-making and how children engage with tactile materials. Each week our painting wall, drawing, and playdough tables are a welcoming entry into our studio.

Little Art Makers (2.5-3.5 years)

Tailored for children who are ready to make the transition into attending a class independently, Little Art Maker classes offer an organized open studio format. Our focus is on supporting a process-oriented, open-ended art experience. Revisiting familiar materials from week to week deepens learning by allowing children to make connections and master techniques.

Art Studio I & II

SFCAC’s Art Studio classes provide younger children with open-ended, process-oriented art experiences. 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional art activities will focus on problem-solving, critical thinking, and reflective dialogue between peers and our teaching artists.

  • Art Studio I is 90 minutes in duration for preschoolers ages 3-5
  • Art Studio II is 2 hours in duration and is for PreK and Kindergarten students ages 3.5-5.5

Classes for Older Children (Ages 6-10)

Drawing & Painting from Observation & Imagination (Grades 1-5) 

Connect your head, heart, and hands through drawing and painting. Through close examination of objects, we’ll learn how to see more deeply and capture what we observe. We’ll tap into our imaginations to draw and paint the things we wish to see in the world.

Sculpture: Creativity in 3 Dimensions (Grades 1-5)

Kids are like beavers … they are natural-born builders! We’ll explore a range of traditional, recycled, and repurposed materials including foamcore, wire, paper, and cardboard to construct 3-dimensional works of art that challenge the mind and super-charge the imagination.

Mixed Media Storytelling (Grades 1-5)

Characters, scenery, and events come to life as we explore the intersection of art and narrative storytelling.We’ll use a variety of art media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, digital photography, bookmaking, and puppet theatre to spark our creativity and share stories of personal importance.

ONLINE CLASS: Art Studio @ Home (Grades 1-5)

In this online class, we’ll explore a variety of art materials and techniques with drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture activities especially designed for virtual engagement. Classes have a maximum of 8 students for plenty of one-on-one attention from our teaching artists and include a kit of all materials needed to be delivered to your home.