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The Sharon Art Studio is located at 300 Bowling Green Drive in beautiful Golden Gate Park by the Children's Playground and Carousel.
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SPECIAL NEWS/IMPORTANT PROGRAM UPDATE:
SPECIAL SURVEY PROJECT:
Your responses are confidential and the survey will be open through November 30, 2017. We thank you in advance. Please click on the live link below:
WINTER 2018 Session Dates: Jan 2-Mar 12
Winter Membership Priority Registration opened Dec 9th at 10am
Winter General Registration opened Dec 16th at 10am
WINTER CATALOG PDF AVAILABLE NOW! Download/view PDF version here.
Physical copies of the Winter catalog expected at the studio in late November, approximately one week before priority registration.
Please note the following: Winter member priority registration opens 12/9 at 10am, and general registration opens 12/16 at 10am.
Attention ceramic students: We are no longer selling tool kits at the studio. We have adult tools for the new students to use when in class before they buy their own tools. Please ask your instructor if you have any questions.
COMMUNITY: ATTENTION: PARKING IMPACT SUNDAY 9/17 UPDATED 9/13
Attention staff and students with classes this weekend! This Sunday is SF’s annual free comedy festival in the park which all takes place at the newly-renamed Robin Williams Meadow (formerly “Sharon Meadow”) – for a day of free comedy under the sun from the Bay’s top comics. Please plan accordingly if you have class that day, as parking will be impacted.
COMMUNITY: UPDATED 9/5/17
Adelbart (Bert) Banks, dedicated student, former studio assistant and FOSAS Board Member passed away on Saturday night, August 26th. According to his wife, Dale Rabinov, there will be a Service and Celebration Circle to honor him.
Donations: If you wish to make a donation in Bert’s honor, some of his favorite organizations are: Rocket Dog Rescue, Wounded Warriors and the SF-Marin Food Bank.
The FOSAS office will be including a special article about Bert in our next FOSAS newsletter.
PROGRAM: UPDATED 8/30/17
FALL Session begins September 10th!
Some class news:
Karen Bash will NOT be accepting any drop-in students for the following classes:
All About Composition
Everyone Can Draw, Advanced
From Photo to Art: Images
Karen Bash will accept drop-in students for these classes:
Plein Air Landscapes in Acrylic (off site)
Ink & Watercolor
Sketching the deYoung Museum (off site)
The drop-in fee is $23. If you wish to attend one of the classes accepting drop-ins, please read the class description and materials list (Sharon Art Studio website http://www.sharonartstudio.org ) for information about where and when to meet, and what you will need to bring.
For those curious about Winter programming dates--here they are!
WINTER 2018 Session Dates: Jan 2-Mar 12
Winter Membership Priority Registration opened Dec 2nd at 10am
Winter General Registration opened Dec 9th at 10am
WINTER CATALOG INFORMATION COMING SOON!
Don't forget, Priority Registration for FOSAS members is THIS Saturday July 29th at 10am.
FOSAS MEMBERS: Please refer to the studio's helpful hints here for more information on registering online.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING
July 29/WEEKEND PARKING:
The Festival of Chariots will be taking place on July 30 in Sharon Meadow, with set-up scheduled for July 29 (SATURDAY! ) - therefore parking WILL BE AFFECTED. We highly recommend students register on-line or via their devices. We will have minimal staffing at the studio on Saturday morning and coming to the studio for assistance in registration will not be advantageous. Again, although we will offer on-site registration at 10am at the studio for members, parking and limited staffing will make registering at home more convenient. We feel it is important to manage member expectations.
Copies of the FALL Course Catalog are now available at the studio!!
The Fall 2017 Sharon Art Studio Course Catalog is available to view/download here.
You may log into your ActiveNet account and begin perusing classes and adding classes you are interested in to your wish list!
Fall 2017 Dates:
Fall session will run 9/10-12/9
Fall member Priority Registration opens 7/29 at 10am
Fall General Registration opens 8/5 at 10am
Tickets for our Drink & Draw this Thursday are SOLD OUT! Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket--see you this Thursday!
SUMMER 2017 starts 6/11 and ends 8/13
UPDATED on 5/24/17
The Harriet J Stix Encouragement Scholarship (available to those 18Y & up that can be used towards classes AND open studios) form is now available to download! See further detials in the Scholarship section of this website or view the form here.
Tickets are on sale NOW for the next Drink & Draw! Purchase tickets here. Tickets are selling fast!
Annoncement: A special pop-up artist talk for FOSAS members!
Artist Talk & Slide Show Presentation by visiting artist, Esther Shimazu.
Mon 5/1 | 1:30-3pm in the Carousel Room
*FREE for interested FOSAS members*
Please Note: Space is not guaranteed and priority is given to registrants students of upcoming ceramics classes and FOSAS members.
Note: Esther Shimazu is this session’s visiting artist for the ceramics Master Series, course #9200 at the Rochambeau Center 5/2-5/5.
Visit sharonartstudio.org for latest news, membership info & other announcements
ATTENTION JEWELRY STUDENTS:
A new Jewelry Open Studio Session for Spring Session has been added!
Saturdays, 5/6-5/27, 4:30-7:30pm in the Jewelry Studio
Registration open NOW! See details and register here: sfrecpark.org/register
SPRING STUDENT SALE- SELLER PACKETS NOW AVAILABLE:
The annual Spring Student Sale is on May 7, 2017. The mission of the Sharon Art Studio Sale is to continue the education of the artist student by hosting a learning sale event.
THE SALE GOALS:
- help students learn the procedures and needs surrounding a sales endeavor
- provide opportunity for students to interact with members of the public in relation to their artwork
- a learning experience vs. a professional art sale/private studio event
WHO MAY SELL:
- Currently enrolled SAS adult (18+) students or Studio Assistants may be sellers, as well as students from Summer 2016, Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 sessions.
- Sellers may only sell their own work made at the studio
Seller Packets with sale information are now available at the front desk at the studio, along with a sign-up binder. Students from all departments are encouraged and welcome to sign-up by Wednesday, May 3, noon.
Once interested individuals have officially signed–up, a special communication will be arranged for participants.
UPDATED on 4/6/17
Information about Fall Session and events coming soon!
Fall session will run 8/21-12/23
Fall member Priority Registration opens 7/29 at 10am
Fall General Registration opens 8/5 at 10am
The Sharon Art Studio's SUMMER 2017 Catalog is coming soon to the studio! Physical copies should arrive in late April.
You can begin viewing summer courses on this site as well as the registration site NOW!
Download a PDF copy of the Summer 2017 course catalog here.
SUMMER 2017 Session Dates: June 11-Aug 13
Summer Membership Priority Registration opens May 6th at 10am
Summer General Registration opens May 13th at 10am
Carlo Grunfeld's Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor #9503 (Fridays in the Carousel Room, 6:30-9:30pm, 3/31-5/12 ) class is now accepting drop-ins!
Drop in fee: $40
Checks or cash only (Checks should be made out to "FOSAS") and provided to the instructor. Students should not phone the studio/FOSAS office or call the registration desk to register/reserve a space. Space is limited and is first come first serve.
Prerequisite: Students must have basic painting experience - this is not a workshop for beginners. Students are encouraged to bring any watercolor material of their choosing. Instructor will present specific exercises for painting the figure in watercolor at each meeting.
NATURE in WATERCOLOR w/Karen Bash 9198 10a-12:30pm IS running on THURSDAYS (there was an error in the studio brochure). If you go to register for this class, the correct day of the week will be reflected in the registration system. Just a courtesy
CAUTION: Expressive Brushstokes (Tuesday 10a-12pm) is not running for Spring 2017. If you see this class/activity on the registration system as an option to put in your wish list, please be aware it will not be running. We may do a version of this class in a future session.
SPRING CATALOGS HAVE ARRIVED
The Spring 2017 catalogs have arrived at the studio! Pick up a copy today or view courses online at sharonartstudio.org! Priority Registration for Friends of Sharon Art Studio members opens this Saturday, Feb 25th, at 10am, and General Registration opens next Saturday, Mar 4th, at 10am. Log into your account and start adding classes to your wish list today at sfrecpark.org/register.
Click here to view/download the catalog as a PDF!
MAILING LIST VERSUS THE NEWSLETTER/E-NEWS
REMINDER ABOUT MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS:
FOSAS memberships are now renewed on-line. Practice logging-on to your ActiveNet registration account and check your membership and renew if necessary. (See sample screen below) Please do not mail-in checks to the studio with an old membership application form from a previous brochure. Memberships are now processed through Active Net (just like class registrations). Your FOSAS membership status is instantaniously updated once you complete the on-line renewal/purchase. Remember you are able to check your membership status/expiration at anytime on-line, proactively.
The FOSAS office will still mail you a special thank-you letter with your new FOSAS member card, but these items are not required to register for activities and we send these items approximately two weeks after your on-line renewal/purchase.
HELPFUL HINTS FOR SPRING PRIORITY REGISTRATION!
SUGGESTED CHECK-LIST PRE-SATURDAY:
6) IMPORTANT: WAITING LIST INSTRUCTIONS:
If you are placed on the waiting list automatically because the class is already full, you still need to proceed to checkout to complete the waiting list transaction.
CLARIFICATION/REMINDERS FOR PRIORITY REGISTRATION:
- The registration website is live all the time now (there is not a “registration preparation down time”) so clients can log-on any time. But the Registration Desk wouldn’t advise you logging-on until about 10 minutes before the start of 10am Priority Registration. As with any internet site, if a site is idle for a long period of time, it sometimes needs to be refreshed from your end. Sometimes people can get logged-out if they are idle for too long.
- Seconds before 10am, if a client is viewing their Wish List, they should see a countdown till exactly 10am and be able to see the “wish list” button magically turn into an Add to Cart button. If at 10am they don’t see this, they should refresh their screen (CTRL + F5) (Command + R for Mac users).
- It is recommended/definitely encouraged for students to register from home or from their mobile device if they want a better chance to get into a high-demand class. If you come to the studio to register on Saturday, remember the studio uses DSL internet, which is slower. We would recommend student register from home/device.
WITH FOLLOW-UP INFORMATION/ADVICE FROM OUR SFRPD REGISTRATION DESK:
1. Q. When looking for an activity to register – and one is signed-in…why is it necessary to reconfirm “who you are?"
2. Q. I had a Wish-List scenario that puzzled me: a class that had been on my Wish List evaporated from my Cart and was replaced with an “incomplete entry” message...even though I’d entered everything correctly.
3. Q. Let's say I have a first choice and it's full at the time I try to register for it. Is it better for me to take the time to "wait list" this class and then try my second choice or go try my second choice, etc.?
A. If an activity is full, we would go to our second choice first before doing waiting list option.
4. Q. A spinning icon appears after I have clicked "payment." What should I do?
A. Let it spin; it may be that the credit card transaction is taking a few seconds. If it seems stuck, refresh screen and see if you can try to make payment.
5. I've been asked to verify my credit card on file. Why does this happen and it seems some customers are asked to do so and others are not?
It shouldn’t be an issue because if they are at that point of payment, the spot is held for them. Once they add a class to their shopping cart, it’s held for at least 10 minutes.
6. I have a FOSAS FAMILY membership and myself and another person want to register for the same class. If it's a high-demand class, is it better to have each of us sign-on to register on our own at the same time, vs. having one person try to register for both people?
Yes, it might be faster. That is your choice. Each person should have their own login and own password and can sign up for their class individually. Even though they share a family FOSAS membership and are on one “family” account, they have individual customer accounts.
7. My membership does not need to be renewed for awhile. When does a reminder email get sent to me and what is the email address it comes from so I can look for it?
UPDATED on 1/19/17:
UPDATED on 1/19/17:
VESTA KIRBY MEMORIAL EVENT:
The FOSAS office has organized with the family of Vesta Kirby a special January 21, 2017 memorial and creative service at the Sharon Art studio.
DATE: Saturday, January 21, 2017
TIME: 6-7:30pm (Formal introduction and special readings will begin at 6:30pm)
Order of Service
6-6:30 Informal mingle and memories
(Participants are encouraged to visit with each other and reflect on Vesta's work on display)
6:30 Introduction to the family
6:40 Special Reading: Born to Eternal Life by Vesta Kirby
6:45 Special Reading: taken from Georgia O'Keefe's 1943 exhibition
6:50 Special Reading: an inspirational quote by Martha Graham
7:00 Shell Ceremony
Participants are invited to take a few shells with them to leave in a special place of nature- inspired by Vesta's own words:
"...returning to tell the loved ones where they had gone."
SPECIAL NOTES: RSVPs are not required to attend the event.
Light refreshments will be provided.
UPDATED on 1/19/17
ADDITIONAL KAREN BASH "off-site" FINE ART CLASS:
An additional offsite course "Museum Sketching : deYoung Museum" is now available to register.
This additional course will run on Friday afternoons (2pm-5pm) for 5 sessions from 2/10-3/10. This class is held offsite at the de Young. For more information here is the link to the course #9653
Instructor will contact registered students prior to first session by email to confirm details. Thank you so much for your enthusiasm for the upcoming session!
Beginning Watercolor #7453 Mon ,10am-1pm 1/9-3/6 will be taught by Carlo Grunfeld
Drawing and Painting In Pastels #7466 Sat, 10am-1pm will be taught by Carlo Grunfeld
Expressive Brushstrokes #7471 Wed, 10am-1pm, 1/4-3/8 has been cancelled for Winter session.
Chinese Brush Painting #7458 Tues, 10am-12pm 1/3-3/7 has been cancelled for Winter session.
Still Life in Gouache #7603 Mon, 6:30-9:30 1/9-3/6 has been cancelled and will not run this Winter semester. We hope to run a version of this class in a future session.
The Sharon Art Studio has been given a makeover: the studio now has a new roof, and the sky light has been replaced!
Also, finally the studio's building sign includes the address! Now the studio should be easier for visitors and new students to find.
We now have two brand new gas kilns to fire pieces at cone 10! Woo-hoo!
HOW CAN I HELP SUPPORT THE STUDIO?
Annually, the Sharon Art Studio serves over 3,000 children, teens, adults and seniors. You can be a part of the Sharon Art Studio and the invaluable role it plays in enriching the lives of Bay Area residents in delivering inspired arts and crafts classes for all. You could help the Studio increase the quality, breadth and diversity of its offerings by:
Becoming a member of Friends of Sharon Art Studio
Spreading the word about the Studio, taking classes, attending events
Volunteering at the Studio to help with projects and special events
Suggesting ideas for the Studio’s programming and operations
Shopping at community partners or on AmazonSmile and selecting "Friends of Sharon Art Studio" as the non profit that you wish to make a donation to
Making a tax-deductible donation by mail to:
Friends of Sharon Art Studio
1032 Irving Street #520
San Francisco, CA 94122
About the Studio: Sharon Art Studio is jointly operated by the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department (SFRPD) and the Friends of Sharon Art Studio (FOSAS), a non-profit public benefit organization dedicated to advancing the Studio’s goal to promote art as way of exploring our selves and our place within the community. FOSAS believes that art education is an essential component to a healthy community and strives to ensure that quality, non-competitive art programs are affordable and accessible to all. While the facility is managed and maintained with city funds, FOSAS works in cooperation with SFRPD by augmenting and adding breadth to the Studio’s program, and through raising funds for equipment, supplies and free after school and mentoring programs for youth. Sharon Art Studio could not offer the variety of classes and free community programs without the support of our donors.
Contributions support our free programs, including quarterly scheduled free art days, community events, and our youth mentorship program. Additionally, donations fund our supplementary scholarship program which is available to everyone, studio equipment and supply purchases, equipment maintenance and repair, and a small administrative staff.
You can make a donation to FOSAS using your credit card or PayPal account!
Just click the button below and you will be taken to a secure FOSAS PayPal page where you can make a donation. You will receive an email receipt from PayPal, and a donation receipt from FOSAS will be sent via US Post.
Your donation is tax deductible! Give today to receive "I Heart SAS" sticker and our many thanks!
The Friends of Sharon Art Studio (FOSAS) is a public benefit 509(a)(2) non-profit 501©(3) organization. We accept cash, in-kind and donated items as needed for use at the Studio. Your donations are fully tax deductible to the extent of the law. Tax ID #94–3143513
In addition to making a cash or in-kind donation, there are a variety of other ways you can support FOSAS financially at no cost to you! You can donate to FOSAS just by shopping!
Shop at AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to the non-profit of your choice at no extra cost to you! So now you can help support FOSAS by shopping!
AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you are familiar with (same products, prices, and service). Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/20-3131948 or click here to get started. Make sure to log in to Amazon at Smile.Amazon.com and select “Friends Of The Sharon Art Studio” as the non-profit that you wish to donate to!
The following local Community Partners will donate a percentage of your purchases when you mention the Friends of Sharon Art Studio:
Donate used clothing, furniture, electronics, and other items to Community Thrift at 623 Valencia St (across from the Police Station) and tell them that you want your donation to benefit FOSAS. A portion of the proceeds on all sales then comes back to FOSAS quarterly!
Do you shop at Lucky grocery store? If so, pick up a Lucky S.H.A.R.E.S. Card in the kitchen, or upstairs office of the Sharon Art Studio. Simply give it to the cashier every time you check out at Lucky and a portion of your purchases go to benefit FOSAS, at no cost to you.
You can benefit FOSAS with a portion of your credit card purchases at hundreds of local and online businesses at no cost to you. Visit www.escrip.com to learn more.
Cole Hardware Stores
For April, Cole Hardware Spare Change collection will benefit Friends of Sharon Art Youth Program Support. Please drop your spare change in the jar and help support the arts! www.colehardware.com
Studio Wish List
FOSAS can accept equipment and materials on behalf of the Studio and you can receive a tax deduction for your donation. Please speak to a studio staff member to see if you have something we need.
Finally, whether or not you can make a cash donation, you can support us by volunteering.
Stay tuned for news about upcoming events!
Mark your calendar for the following:
Feb 2 Valentine's Make & Take
Town Hall Meeting TBA
Mar 18 Retired Teachers' Sale
May 6 Spring Studio Sale
More events TBA!
The Friends of Sharon Art Studio presents:
Valentine Collage Make & Take
Group ctivity guided by: Jeannie Ichimura & Cassandra Sechler
When: Friday, Februry 2nd, 2018
Where: in the Jewelry Studio at Sharon Art Studio
Price: $6 members, $12 for non-members
This is a ticketed event, you must purchase your ticket ahead of time, as space is very limited.
Online service fee is included in the cost of the ticket!
*Tickets availble here!
You are invited to a special Valentine Make & Take, hosted by the Friends of Sharon Art Studio.Come create a unique and personal Valentine for someone special in a valentine-making group activity guided by: Olivia Competente, Jeannie Ichimura & Cassandra Sechler, focusing on recycled paper art, collage, and traditional valentine making fun!
Specialty cocktails, coffee, sweets, and materials provided.
Have scraps of paper, magazines, of fabric you haven’t been able to figure out what to do with but haven’t tossed? Why not bring them to share & put to use! To further personalize your valentine, feel free to bring anything else you’d like to include, such as a photo, printed materials (like a poem special to you), fabric, or other items of special value to you.
Staff and volunteers will be available for guidance & suggestions in the activity; but instruction is limited. This event is intended for those who would like to come make recycled art, be social, and make a gift for someone (or yourself) at the end of the night.
Some materials will be provided: stencils, pens, heart shapes, stickers, various papers, doilies, lace, fabric, tissue, scissors, glue, feathers, glitter, magazine clippings, and more.
No experience necessary. All ages welcome.
A portion of the proceeds is donated to FOSAS and supports the studio!
You are invited to the Friends of Sharon Art Studio’s
ICE CREAM SOCIAL!
Sunday August 20th
Three Twins Ice Cream
Toy Boat Dessert Café
Destination Baking Company
Tartine Bakery & Café
Where: Sharon Art Studio, 300 Bowling Green Drive in Golden Gate Park (near the Children’s Playground)
Cost: FOSASMembers: FREE
Join the Sharon Art Studio Community for ice cream, pastries, root beer, and more as we celebrate the summer and the teachers, staff, volunteers and members who keep our program running!
The first 50 attendees will receive a ceramics bowl made here at the studio served with unlimited ice cream!
Cash or check only; all sales at the door.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Friends of Sharon Art Studio and go towards benefiting the Sharon Art Studio building and community.
Hope to see you there!
Come to the SPRING STUDIO SALE!
Sunday, May 7th, 2017
11am-5pm in the Glass Studio at Sharon Art Studio!
FOSAS Member’s Preview: 10am-11am
Come shop at the studio! Find stunning, original, affordable, handmade items crafted by the studio's instructors, staff, and students! Look for that perfect holiday gift for a friend or to yourself!
Choose from hundreds of unique and affordable items, all of which are hand-made at the Studio. Invite your friends!
300 Bowling Green Drive
San Francisco, CA 94117
in Golden Gate Park
You are invited to Sharon Art Studio’s Annual Town Hall Meeting
This is open to the public, and we welcome you to come!
date: Monday, January 23rd
location: Sharon Art Studio (in the Carousel Room)
300 Bowling Green Dr. | San Francisco, CA 94118
Join the FOSAS Board of Directors, FOSAS office staff, and the SFRPD Sharon Art Studio Coordinator with special guest AnneMarie Donnelly (Recreation Business Manager & ACTIVENet System Administrator) to learn about current events at the Sharon Art Studio.
The Sharon Art Studio's WINTER SALE will be Sunday, December 6th.
Please join us! 11am - 5pm (10am: Member's Preview)
300 Bowling Green Drive
San Francisco, CA 94117
in Golden Gate Park
Come shop for those perfect Holiday gifts at a great prices! Choose from hundreds of unique and affordable items, all of which are hand-made at the Studio. A portion of sales benefit Friends of Sharon Art Studio, working with SFRPD to help operate and enrich offerings at Sharon Art Studio.
Feel free to RSVP on Facebook, and feel free to invite your friends--the more the merrier!
The Friends of Sharon Art Studio Presents:
FALL 2015 SILENT AUCTION
Date: Saturday, November 7th
Where: The Sharon Art Studio | 300 Bowling Green Drive, San Francisco CA 94117
This event is FREE and open to the public.
Come enjoy a fun evening filled with great items to bid on, music, and complimentary refreshments and horsdouvres.
Funds raised will benefit the Friends of Sharon Art Studio and their mission to provide quality, non competitive art programs that are affordable and accessible to all. One goal is to double the FOSAS scholarship fund and offer free and lower priced teen programming.
Donated items will be revealed daily through the Facebook event page so make sure to RSVP to the Facebook event if you plan on attending! Hope to see you there!