ABOUT SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
Welcome to the Athenaeum's School of the Arts
Welcome to Winter 2019! This winter we are introducing several new faculty along with new classes and workshops in a multitude of contemporary art practices. In addition to our ongoing classes in painting and drawing, you will be able to explore mixed media, ceramics, cyanotype and Van Dyke printmaking, holiday card-making, book arts, and self-portrait drawing. Some of our new faculty are: Alejandro Martinez Padillaii, Beliz Iristay, and Frol Boundin.
The tribute exhibition for Pam Whidden that was on view in the Rotunda Gallery at the Athenaeum will be traveling to our Athenaeum Art Center (AAC) in Logan Heights. You can see it on view in the art studio, where she monitored many a life drawing class. Come see our students’, teachers’, and other artists’ paintings and drawings of Pam until February 1, 2019.
We will see you at the School of the Arts!
School of the Arts Director
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. Our mission at the school is to provide educational arts programs which offer meaningful art experiences for all ages and to fulfill the library’s goal of having a depth and accessibility of resources and programs found nowhere else in the region. The School offers classes at two locations: La Jolla (1008 Wall Street) and at the Athenaeum Art Center at Bread & Salt (1955 Julian Ave, San Diego, California). Athenaeum students learn the history, traditions, and principles of the fine arts. School faculty are experienced artists as well as outstanding educators, dedicated to inspiring students of all backgrounds. The School provides the opportunity for individualized instruction in its intimate class sizes, allowing students to develop their own styles and artistic identities. Appropriate for the full range of student abilities and ages - 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 weekly classes and weekend workshops during fall, winter, and spring sessions. Summer classes are typically scheduled in one-week blocks. Courses include drawing, painting, (oil, watercolor, acrylic, encaustic), sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, letterpress, book arts, photography, mixed media, floral design, and new media. The School publishes a quarterly brochure, listing scheduled classes, workshops, and other Athenaeum events. The class schedule is also listed online.
For more information, please see our class schedule online or in our printed brochure.
If you register for an art class online, note that our class registration system will list the class as “tickets.” Please feel free to call us and order over the phone if you have any concerns.
For information regarding the Athenaeum School of the Art's policies regarding enrollment, payment, refunds, cancellations, art supplies, referrals, and scholarships please see our Policy section. 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.
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DONATE TO SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Have you ever had the joy of helping another student pursue their dream to create art? If you would like to support a student scholarship, please contact Dia Bassett at firstname.lastname@example.org or (858) 454-5872. Scholarships funded by a private donor have most recently helped two emerging artists at the Athenaeum.
“Nostalgic Still Life class has helped me gain more painting skills and the confidence that I need in order to continue my journey in becoming a successful artist. It was an honor being part of the class.”
–Desiree Lawrence, scholarship recipient
“Nostalgic Still Life painting class was a rewarding experience. The class covered more than just the basics of painting and of a successful composition. We had art talks discussing art as a business and tips on how to go out into the art world and sell. A very rewarding moment from class was the one-on-one talk with the instructor discussing goals with our artwork.”
–Karina Velasco, scholarship recipient