Best Painting &
Drawing Teachers in
San Francisco

Why These Painting & Drawing Teachers?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored painting & drawing teachers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best painting & drawing teachers in San Francisco, CA.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

23rd Street Studio

The 23rd Street Studio is one of the largest and oldest private drawing studios in the San Francisco Bay Area. The 23rd Street Studio has been in business for over 22 years. Specializing in figure drawing, the 23rd Street Studio offers classes using live models with instruction as well as non-instructional drawing groups. Each term is 22 weeks long.

San Francisco, CA(415) 824-3408


4th Street Fine Art

4th Street Fine Art is an artist-run collective in Berkeley. Opened in 2002, 4th Street Fine Art was created to offer a pleasant, creative and affordable atmosphere to create art, sell art, and network with other artists. Visitors are welcome to watch the artists at work, browse artwork for sale, or sign up for classes.

Berkeley, CA(510) 647-8136


Art Academia

Art Academia is a European-style art school for children and adults in San Francisco. Founded in 2004, Art Academia is dedicated to providing inspiration and guidance to all of the aspiring artists in the Bay Area. Influenced by the founder's curriculum in Moscow, the guiding philosophy at Art Academia is based on a classical style of instruction with emphasis on theory, observation, and hands-on execution. The school's classical methods of education provide a strong foundation for new beginners.

San Mateo, CA(650) 579-4456


Art School of San Fransisco Bay

The Art School of San Francisco Bay teaches representational drawing from nature to both children and adults. The teachers at The Art School of San Francisco Bay are skilled artists with fine arts degrees who believe that even sophisticated concepts of fine art can be taught to anybody, no matter how young or inexperienced. The Art School of San Francisco Bay emphasizes traditional disciplines, techniques, and tools necessary to encourage each student’s journey of self-expression.

San Francisco, CA


Asian Arts School

Asian Arts Studio in San Francisco offers a unique opportunity for children who are interested in Asian art, languages, and culture with its “Young Star” program for children from ages 5 to 18. The program provides weekly fine art classes specializing in Asian art. Asian Arts Studio also offers a summer camp, spring-break camp, and various day camps for children in kindergarten through 5th grade. The camp curriculum includes Mandarin course work, drawing, painting, singing, dancing, calligraphy, and arts and crafts. Special sessions are occasionally available for adults interested in painting, dancing, or Mandarin as well.

San Francisco, CA(415) 297-3072


Beyond Canvas Events

Beyond Canvas is an art studio in San Francisco. Beyond Canvas has a team of trained artists that host indoor (2 hours) and outdoor (3 hours) artistic workshops on various topics including painting, dyeing, abstraction, stenciling, and winepainting. At the end of each workshop, Beyond Canvas provides an additional 15-20 minutes so each new artist can add finishing touches and personalize his or her artwork.

San Francisco, CA(415) 286-5503


Brushstrokes Studio

Brushstrokes Studio is an art studio in Berkeley, California, that offers pottery painting, mosaics, glass fusing, and wet clay modeling. Brushstrokes Studio has served the Berkeley area since 1995. Artist Jessica Abbott Williams, a graduate of the Ceramics Department of the California College of the Arts, has owned Brushstrokes Studio since 1997. Brushstrokes Studio’s goal is to “create an atmosphere that is beautiful, inspiring, relaxing, and hospitable where visitors can express their creativity” and members of the community and friends can connect through making art together.

Berkeley, CA(510) 528-1360


Canvas & Cabernet

Canvas and Cabernet is an upscale painting studio in Walnut Creek. Even complete beginners are welcome at their events. An experienced artist offers step-by-step instructions to all of the participants to help them create their own personalized works of art while they socialize and sip wine. Canvas and Cabernet also offers special kids camps and corporate events as well as “night out” events.

Walnut Creek, CA(925) 287-1614


Earthfire Arts Studio

Earthfire Arts is a ceramic pottery painting and art lessons studio in San Francisco, California. Earthfire Arts offers classes in clay molding, drawing, and painting as well as a pottery painting area for artists at all levels. Earthfire Arts features a creative and comfortable environment for events or private parties. Earthfire Arts will even help you select themed arts and crafts to go with your event.

San Francisco, CA(415) 213-5579


Jean Henry School of Art

The Jean Henry School of Art is a small, private fine art school for adults in San Francisco. The Jean Henry School of Art, founded in 1962, offers oil painting classes year round for students at any level. Additional courses in drawing, watercolor, collage/mixed media, acrylic painting, gouache, iPad painting, and figure drawing are also offered at various times each year. The Jean Henry School of Art makes it their mission to “nurture creativity and develop technical skill in a supportive environment.”

San Francisco, CA(415) 664-2344


Little Tree Studios

Little Tree Studios a children’s art studio located in San Francisco in the heart of the Mission District. Lessons are available for children from 2.5 to 13 years of age. Lessons at Little Tree are offered throughout the year and focus on drawing, sculpture, painting, sewing, drama, and mixed media, as well as the lives and histories of some famous artists. Little Tree Studios also offers parties, group classes, and camps.

San Francisco, CA


Marin Art School

Marin Art School has been operating in Novato, California for more than eleven years. Marin Art School offers three-hour sessions in subjects such as drawing, painting, and landscapes year-round. Marin Art School’s goal is “to contribute to the process of developing strong artistic voices for the benefit of all, by teaching students to access the skills necessary to create completed works of art.” Classes are currently offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Novato, CA(415) 884-9795


Oakdale Painting Studio

Oakdale Painting Studio in San Francisco, California is the home of artist Larry Robinson. Larry earned his M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and creates unique works of his own from oil and sand on canvas. The Oakdale Painting Studio offers studio painting and figure painting for intermediate to advanced students. The Oakdale Painting Studio provides easels, palette stands, storage shelves, and a large painting rack for its students.

San Francisco, CA(415) 572-6110


Randall Sexton Fine Artist and Instructor

Randall Sexton is a California-based fine artist and instructor. Randall is nationally known for the use of color and expressive brushwork in his oil paintings of “everyday” scenes. Raised in rural Connecticut, Sexton moved to San Francisco, CA in 1980 after completing a BFA from the University of CT, Storrs. Randall teaches classes and workshops, often “en plein air,” to students all over the country and especially in the San Francisco area.

Crockett, CA


The Artist Center of San Francisco

The Artist Center of San Francisco offers courses to students of all ages in fine art, graphic art, abstract art, animation, and illustration design. The Artist Center aims to provide students with a foundation of problem-solving skills and emphasizes the fundamentals of drawing and painting. At The Artist Center, students can learn techniques that have value in many professions including fashion, animation, fine art, and illustration. The Artist Center offers customized classes for both children just beginning to learn as well as advanced artists.

Castro Valley, CA(510) 303-3494


Yi Yan Art Academy

Yi Yan Art Academy in San Francisco offers small group and private art classes as well as “bring your own wine” event nights. Established in 2000, the Yan family art school works with students of all ages to encourage them to help them learn the “language of art” and achieve a new method of self-expression. Yi Yan Art Academy teaches classes using paper, canvas, and digital media.

San Francisco, CA(415) 967-3729


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