San Francisco Art Institute


San Francisco Art Institute was formed in 1871. It is one of the US's oldest schools for art and located in the heart of San Francisco, California. The institute teaches contemporary art, art history, art renovation techniques, and much more. Programs allow students to explore their creativity and critical thinking to become the best artists possible.

By the 1930s SFAI was renowned. In fact several visitors like Diego Rivera and William Gerstle were at the university. Rivera was paid to create a mural at the new campus. The institute turned to abstract art in the 1940s with Clyfford Still, Ad Reinhard and others teaching students. Music, poetry, and art were joined at the institute by the 1950s allowing music artists to learn talents through a number of well known musicians. Now the facility teaches a variety of media including cinematography, graphic arts, and more.

The main campus is the Russian Hill location. They also have places at North Beach, Telegraph Hill, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, SoMA, Mission District, and the Castro. Hayes Valley, the Civic Center, Haight Ashbury, and Golden Gate Park are other venues used from time to time for art and artistic learning based on early art left for enjoyment.

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