9 San Francisco Art Classes Under $75
Starving artist? Or just flat baroque (art puns for the win!)? You don’t need to be a millionaire to join San Francisco’s thriving art scene. If you’re looking to stay in touch with your creative spirit without breaking the bank, check out these picks for SF art classes under $75.

Soap making for the environmentally conscious

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All natural is all the rage in San Francisco. You may know where to shop for your organic produce and clothes, but what about the things you use to clean your body? For those looking to go all in on all natural products, you need to take this soap making class. Using only vegetable oil, lye and essential oil and botanicals for scent, you’ll learn to create beautiful, creamy lathering soaps that are good for your skin and body. Not only are these soaps great for everyday use, they also make great gifts.

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Origami—without the 1000 paper cranes

There’s a myth that states you cannot fold a piece of paper over more than seven times. Care to challenge that? In this class, you’ll learn how to explore the art of origami, which has roots in both Western and Eastern cultures. Study under an origami master to learn how to form delicate and beautiful single-piece sculptures, all while relaxing and easing your mind with this traditional technique.

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This ain’t Pottery Barn; it’s a pottery class

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You can’t reinvent the wheel, but you can try make one of your own. This pottery class welcomes amateurs and artists of all skill levels and talents to learn the fundamentals of a technique practiced for thousands of years. With instruction by an experienced and friendly artist, you’ll learn how to make beautiful, handcrafted pieces using an authentic pottery wheel in no time.

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Machine sewing? Sew fun!

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Are you a secret fashionista? Or a clueless want-to-be seamstress in need of careful guidance? Either way, you need to take this machine sewing class. The instructor will walk you through the machine’s various settings and functions, including machine threading, bobbin winding, tension setting, and maintenance, as well as sewing theory and knowledge. By the time you’re through, you might want to launch your own fashion line—or, just save some time and money and patch your old clothes yourself.

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Wax poetic with this candlemaking class

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Quit spending money on Yankee Candles or candles from a posh store downtown and learn how to make them yourself. From customizing your color, design, fragrance and wax to learning all about molds, wicks and scents—three components necessary in the process of candle creation—you'll master the art of candle making. Plus, you’ll return home with three unique designs you can use to spruce up your pad.

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Community painting for the soul

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The stresses of everyday life can sometimes leave you feeling void of creative juices. To get them flowing again, enter a class that encourages you to revive your artistic spirit with fellow “lost” souls. With handy help from an instructor who wants to see you succeed, this is the perfect art class for amateur artists who need a reprieve from the daily grind of grocery shopping and nine-to-five desk work.

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Sculpt your ceramics techniquec

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Sometimes you have to get your hands dirty; other times, you do it because you just really want to. In this pottery class, you’ll grab some clay and refine your skills to create clay-based sculptures. Unlike other classes, this workshop encourages you to follow your own creative instincts and design unique pieces. This means no run-of-the-mill pottery pieces—unless that’s what you promised your mom for her birthday!

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Pencil, charcoal & conte drawing class

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Which is mightier: the pen, the pencil or the drawing? While you ruminate on that, why not stretch your creative drawing muscles in this laidback studio class? Under the guidance of a professional artist, you’ll work with pencil, charcoal and conte to better understand the artistic elements, all while drawing real life models (both animate and inanimate). Maybe the better question becomes, which is mightier: the pencil, charcoal or conte?

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Paint the day away

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There are few things in life as inspirational as spending a whole day being creative, uninhibited and in the moment. Painting is the perfect way to unwind and unleash at all the same time. This workshop features both a morning and afternoon session where you’ll dive right into the art form, using materials provided for you by the studio. Through the therapeutic art of painting, settle everyday stress and come away with something beautiful—both spiritually and on your canvas.

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