7 Painting Classes in San Francisco
If you’re going to be spending some time in San Francisco, you should realize that a trip isn’t complete without taking a local art class. Natives know that the cultural center of the West Coast (and best coast) is home to a thriving independent art scene where people can tap into their own creativity. If you’re looking to get artsy, be sure to try one of these SF painting classes.

An artist workshop that doubles as a spiritual awakening.

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Workshops are a rite of passage for any “struggling and starving” artist looking to fine tune their skills. Whether you’re an amateur artist or just looking to tap into your creative spirit once more, this 5.5 hour class will help you explore how to be present and live within the moment. Part spiritual awakening, part art class, this is a must for any San Franciscans or venturesome visitors.

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Pursuing harmony through oil, acrylic and watercolor.

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Every person needs to be able to express themselves; why not learn to do so with oil, acrylic and water colors? Taught by a professional painter in a 2-hour session, you’ll learn how to use a variety of paints as well as the key principles of color theory, perspective, harmony and contrast. By the end of the class, you’ll have the opportunity to unleash your artistic spirit and create your very own masterpiece.

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A boozy bourgeois art class in Japantown.

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There’s a reason creatives are known for their booze—it brings out your uninhibited side! If you’re looking to get creative and a little tipsy, then you must attend this relaxing art class at one of Japantown’s best bars. You can practice your brushstrokes or paint something unique while chatting with friends over a round of drinks. Once finished, you’ll have created your very own original—as well as many memories of laughing and making art with friends.

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Painting your face with makeup counts, right?

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Applying makeup is just like painting a masterpiece, only the stakes are higher because your face is the canvas. If you’re looking to improve your cosmetic repertoire in a more in-depth way than just by watching a YouTube video, Makeup Gourmet is here to teach you how to apply makeup to compliment your unique, beautiful features. Plus, you’ll receive up to 15% off their products when you book an appointment with one of their expert instructors.

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Get your furniture-painting fix.

Refinishing vintage furniture is very on trend these days. It’s also an affordable and fun option for young homeowners or decor divas. This hands-on workshop will give you the skills to use a variety of paints and finishes on your gently-loved furniture. The studio also provides snacks to munch on while you make a mess with the art supplies available on-location. The perfect way to spend a Sunday!

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Get outside and take in that city view.

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What better way is there to experience art in the city than by spending several hours painting the sights in the sunshine? Head over to Bay Bridge where you can join experienced painters who will take you through the art of scenery painting. Capture your favorite city landmark in a souvenir you can take home or try to spy Treasure Island, Rincon Park and Angel Island from the shoreline. With options at Sausalito and Crissy Field, you have several choices for an afternoon of fun in the sun.

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Make connections at a community painting class

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Looking for an affordable and social way to get those creative juices flowing? Why not try this community painting class? Facilitated by a professional instructor, this 2-hour class encourages teens and adults to explore their creative side while supporting and encouraging each other to express themselves. Spend a Saturday afternoon making new friends and destressing from the hectic work week—no experience necessary.

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