About Us

A Public Art Center

Our Story

The Sharon Art Stu­dio is San Francisco’s largest pub­lic com­mu­nity cen­ter for the arts. Housed in the land­mark Sharon Build­ing in Golden Gate Park near the Children’s Play­ground, the Sharon Art Stu­dio was estab­lished in 1968.  In 1974, a fire gut­ted the build­ing and the pro­gram was relo­cated to the old Fleishacker Pool Build­ing near the San Fran­cisco Zoo. In 1980, the pro­gram was moved again...

The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department administers more than 220 parks, playgrounds, and open spaces, including two outside the city limits-- Camp Mather in Yosemite Valley and Sharp Park in Pacifica, Calif. Our park system includes 25 recreation centers, nine swimming pools, five golf courses and numerous tennis courts, ball diamonds, soccer fields and other sports venues. Included in the department’s responsibilities is the Sharon Art Studio. The SFRPD has partnered for over 30 years with the non-profit organization, Friends of Sharon Art Studio to run the programs.

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Meet The Team

Our Instructors

Sharon Art Studio has over approximately 45 teachers in ceramics, jewelry, stained glass, fine arts, mixed media, and summer youth art intensives. Friends of Sharon Art Studio employs over 30 of the studio teachers. We are proud of our high level teaching staff. Instructors here excel at sparking curiosity, creativity, and confidence in students. They are an integral part of the culture of the studio.