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 by the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department in 1968. In partnership with the non-profit, Friends of Sharon Art Studio (FOSAS), we offer over 200 classes each year. We believe that art education is an essential component of a healthy community. Our vision is an affordable, high-quality, non-competitive learning environment where everyone can find joy in self-expression through fine arts, jewelry & metal arts, glass, and ceramics.
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.
Meet The Team
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.