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10 Art Classes You Can Take This Summer That Are Very San Francisco

Learn how to laser a design into chocolate.

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1. Ombre Watercolor & Letterpress Workshop

You'll create a set of 10 assorted greeting cards using letterpress and watercolors.

Price: $65

Start date: Wednesday, June 10

Duration: 2 hours

Location: Western Editions

Sign up here.

Note: This workshop takes place in Emeryville.

2. Laser Cutting and Etching

Learn the basics of laser cutting. You'll emerge with a custom dog tag.

Price: $80

Start date: Saturday, June 20

Duration: 2 hours

Location: TechShop San Francisco, SoMa

Sign up here.


3. Introduction to Brush Lettering

Learn from the sign painters at New Bohemia Signs and go home with your own quirky sign!

Price: $300

Start date: Saturday, July 25

Duration: 2 sessions, 7 hours each

Location: New Bohemia Signs, SOMA

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4. Machine Knitting Workshop

"Learn to knit a variety of stitch structures and create samples in the form of swatches: stripes, simple pointelle/lace stitches, hems and welts, basic cables. As a final project, students may choose to knit a simple top, for which the instructor will provide a demonstration and instructions."

Price: $310

Start date: Saturday, July 18

Duration: 3 sessions, 8 hours each

Location: CCA, Potrero Hill

More information here.


5. EL Wire Workshop

Maybe you won't make something like the above, but you can try. "Add shimmer and sparkle to sculpture, interiors and wearable art with electroluminescent (EL) wire, a decorative, flexible wire that glows very much like neon," aka, learn how to make outfits for Burning Man.

Price: $220 for non-members

Start date: Saturday, August 25

Duration: 4 hours

Location: The Crucible

More information here.

Note: This workshop takes place in Oakland.

6. Night Photography—Postcards from SF: Chinatown

Learn how to take great nighttime photographs, maybe go to Z & Y after.

Price: $75

Start date: Wednesday, August 12

Duration: 3 hours

Location: Harvey Milk Photo Center, Duboce Triangle

Pre-requisite: Must have DSLR or Film SLR camera, tripod and remote control or cable release.

More information here.

7. Screen Printing For Newbies

"You will have the knowledge to print at home, at Workshop for additional screen printing classes, or other printing spaces in the city. We supply several cool papers, patches and have some fun things for sale that you can print on (such as tees, totes and koozies)."

Price: $45

Start date: Saturday, July 18

Duration: 3 hours

Location: Workshop SF, NoPa

More information here.


8. Printmaking Workshop

A five week workshop on printmaking.

Price: $205

Start date: Tuesday, June 9

Duration: 5 sessions, 4 hours each

Location: City College of San Francisco, Fort Mason

More information here.

9. Calligraphy Essentials: Big Brush Techniques

"You will come away with a hand made tool that produces a new kind of stroke. In this way of writing you expand the radius of control over markmaking, and encounter a fully engaged means of writing that is social and active. It is a gentle performance art that serves to expand one's understanding of letters, words, and action."

Price: $170

Start date: Wednesday, July 15

Duration: 8 hours

Location: San Francisco Center for the Book, Potrero Hill

More information here.

10. Working with LEDs

The website asks: "Have you ever wanted to add colorful blinky lights to your art project but had no idea where to begin?" Yes.

Price: $125 for non-members

Start date: Monday, June 22

Duration: 3 hours

Location: TechShop San Francisco, SoMa

Pre-requisite: You must have passed EEE 100: Soldering and Basic Electronics prior to taking this workshop.

More information here.