Welcome to the Athenaeum's School of the Arts


Art classes are offered currently at our La Jolla home and will begin hosting classes at our new facility, the Athenaeum Art Center, at Bread & Salt in Logan Heights in September. Our experienced instructors are all exhibiting artists themselves; they teach classes in painting, drawing, watercolor, mixed media, sculpture, photography and print making. Several classes can be taken for credit through UCSD Extension. Classes are offered on a quarterly schedule and students can find out about the class schedule either online or from our quarterly school brochure.


We are making adjustments to our class registration system online. When ordering your class through the website it will read as "tickets". Please feel free to call us and order over the phone if you have any concerns. 


For further information, to register, and/or recieve a copy of our current brochure, please call 858.454.5872.

Financial support is provided in part by the City of San Diego Commission for the Arts and Culture.



Athenaeum's School of the Arts

Since its inception in 1986 as part of the long-established Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, the School of the Arts has grown to reflect the artistic spirit of the San Diego art community. The School offers students a classical education in the history, traditions, and principles of the fine arts. Its faculty are accomplished and established artists as well as outstanding educators dedicated to providing a stimulating and encouraging classroom environment. By limiting class sizes, the School provides the opportunity for individualized instruction, allowing students to develop their own styles and artistic identities. Appropriate for the full range of student abilities - beginner, intermediate, and professional artist - the School's curriculum includes courses that focus on helping students to develop technical skills, creativity, critical thinking, respect for diverse aesthetic and intellectual views, and the pursuit of excellence.   

The School of the Arts currently offers classes at two studio locations: La Jolla (1008 Wall Street) and at the Athenaeum Art Center at Bread & Salt in September. Courses include drawing, painting, (oil, watercolor, acrylic, encaustic), sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, letterpress, book arts, photography, mixed media, assemblage, floral design, and computer graphics. Classes for adults and children are taught in eight-week sessions during the fall, winter, and spring. During the summer, classes are generally one- and two-week intensive workshops as well as eight-week courses. The School also sponsors special workshops conducted by nationally known artists and organizes tours to regional art centers and museums. The School publishes a quarterly brochure listing course schedules and descriptions, workshops, and tours as well as events offered by the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library.