Welcome to the Athenaeum's School of the Arts


The Athenaeum School of the Arts has two locations: the La Jolla Studio and the Athenaeum Art Center. The La Jolla Studio is considered part of the Athenaeum’s “home base,” in use since 1986, while the Athenaeum Art Center in Logan Heights opened in 2015, housed within the Bread & Salt building. Our teaching faculty is made up of experienced artists who exhibit locally and nationally; they teach classes in painting, drawing, watercolor, mixed media, sculpture, photography and print making. Classes and workshops are offered quarterly during the fall, winter, spring, and summer sessions. For more information, please see our class schedule online or in our printed brochure.


If you register for an art class online, note that you will be ordering “tickets,” as our class registration system is in transition. 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.


If you purchased your class through CourseHorse, then our Refund & Cancellation policy applies to your purchase. If you are entitled to a refund, or have any questions, please visit the CourseHorse site and contact their customer service team.


Enrollment: Art studio classes are limited to approximately 18-20 students for adult classes and 12-15 students for children’s classes. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Early enrollment is encouraged. Enroll by telephone, in person or by mail. Registrations will be taken on or after the registration date. The school sends registration confirmations.


Tuition Payment: Tuition must be paid in full to ensure a place in a class, workshop, tour or concert. Tuition must be paid in full by the beginning of the first class meeting. Please, no visitors. If you wish to sit in on a class, you must enroll.


School Refund Policy: In line with other art schools, a full refund will only be given only if a class, workshop or tour is cancelled, filled prior to receipt of your registration, or if a student is not accepted into a class. A partial refund will be given only within 2 days (48 hours) following the first class meeting for classes that meet once a week. Students will be charged for classes attended. A credit for another class in the next Art School season will be extended to students who are unable to attend and have notified the Athenaeum’s Art School five business days before the beginning of class. Sorry, no exceptions.


Cancellations: The Athenaeum reserves the right to cancel classes and workshops prior to or at the beginning of the first class meeting. A full refund will be given automatically or tuition may be applied to another course during the current session depending on availability.


We reserved the right to refuse service to anybody.


No dogs allowed in classes, except certified service dogs with valid certificate.


Online Ticket Purchases: Tickets purchased online are subject to fees and delivery charges.


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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 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. 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 classes at two studio locations: La Jolla (1008 Wall Street) and at the Athenaeum Art Center at Bread & Salt (1955 Julian Avenue). Courses include drawing, painting, (oil, watercolor, acrylic, encaustic), sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, letterpress, book arts, photography, mixed media, assemblage, floral design, and new media. 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.