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PreCollege 2019 San Francisco Art Institute JUNE 17–JULY 12

AGES 16–18

“It’s a magical feeling finding a place where you can be yourself unapologetically. —Fiona Williams, New York, NY

PreCollege students, Summer 2018. Photo by Danielle Melen.

About the Program

Above: Ileana Tejada and students show off their drawings, completed in the Three-Hour Portrait Friday workshop. Photo by Ileana Tejada. Right (opposite page): View of the Zellerbach Quad, SFAI—Chestnut Street Campus. Photo by Emily Shallman.

San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) PreCollege gives you a jump start on the college experience with a intensive and transformative program in the arts. This four-week, four-college-credit program combines in-depth study and practice with SFAI’s renowned faculty to help you build foundational skills, develop a portfolio, experiment with new media, and collaborate with like-minded peers who are driven to create. Visits to local museums and exhibition opportunities enhance this immersive experience. PreCollege takes place on SFAI’s legendary campus at 800 Chestnut Street in the heart of San Francisco’s historic Russian Hill neighborhood. Inspiring views of the Bay, a monumental Diego Rivera fresco, and a constant stream of visiting artists and visionaries are part of daily life at SFAI. For students who have completed the tenth grade, but haven’t yet started college.


“SFAI has pushed me into getting more

personal and meaningful with my work, trying out things that I was terrified of doing, thinking out of the box, and stepping out of my boundaries. Really, art is a lifestyle— and life itself—which is what makes it so captivating.

—Paula Nyangabyaki, Kampala, East Africa


A Week in the Life of a PreCollege Student M







9:00–9:30am | Breakfast in the Café, overlooking the bay

9:30am–12:30pm | AM Studio Course

9:30am– 12:30pm Friday Workshop

12:30–1:30pm | Lunch at SFAI Café

1:30–4:30pm | PM Studio Course

4:30– 6:30pm Studio Hours

10pm | Curfew

1:30– 4:30pm Art in Context

4:30– 6:30pm Studio Hours

Midnight | Curfew

10pm Curfew

Free Time / Housing Programs / Extracurricular Activities / Exploring San Francisco

Student Campus Schedule

Monday, Wednesday, Friday | 9:30am–4:30pm Tuesday and Thursday | 9:30am–6:30pm

“The freedom that was given to us here at PreCollege has allowed my creativity to expand. I experimented with new media and learned more about the conceptual side of art. During these four weeks, I was surrounded by so many creative people and got to make friends that I will never forget.

—Thalia Maklouf, Millbrae, CA 6

Silkscreen Printmaking (M–Th) This week we embark on a self-directed project while also utilizing three-color registration to make an edition of 5 prints. We will experiment on alternate print surfaces, including plexiglas and fabric.

Experimental Cinema (M–Th) This week we learn to shoot on the Bolex camera using 8mm or 16mm film while also learning to edit and convert developed film into digital files.

Friday Workshop: The Three-Hour Portrait Using graphite and charcoal, this threehour workshop will focus on completing a large-scale portrait with technical precision. Demonstrations and human anatomy will enhance the finished drawing.

Plus... Monday | 7pm

Empanada + arepa-making workshop at the residence hall

Tuesday | 8pm

Downtown San Francisco photo shoot

Wednesday | 7pm

Grocery shopping trip

Wednesday | 8pm

LGBTQ+ discussion group

Friday | 7pm

First Friday field trip + food trucks in Oakland

Saturday | 12–4pm

Scavenger hunt + eating dumplings in Chinatown

Sunday | 10am

SF Pride Festival

Top to bottom: (1) Mookie Margolis at work in Screenprinting class. Photo by Marco David. (2) Karan working with the Bolex Camera. Photo by Marco David. (3) Eli Cather works on a drawing in the Three Hour Portrait Friday workshop. Photo by Ileana Tejada.



Above: Maya Fielding snaps a picture of Malia Thibault as Faculty Alice Shaw adjusts the light. Photo by Marco David.

With an innovative curriculum and a commitment to hands-on learning and active dialogue, SFAI fosters an authentic artistic community engaged in interdisciplinary thinking and contemporary studio practice. PreCollege offers a diverse and introductory course of study comparable to that of a first-year BFA student. Students pick two different courses (morning and afternoon) that meet Monday through Thursday. Friday academic activities, studio hours, and exploratory workshops enhance the studio curriculum.

Student Campus Schedule

Monday, Wednesday, Friday | 9:30am–4:30pm Tuesday and Thursday | 9:30am–6:30pm

Evening Studio

Tuesdays and Thursdays | 4:30–6:30pm Commitment to the creative process is integral at PreCollege. The required Evening Studio allows you to practice making work independently and is a fruitful time for collaboration and peer support. Studios, equipment, and campus resources are available throughout the week, and students should expect to commit approximately ten hours per week—including the required studio hours—to thoroughly develop and complete projects.


Monday–Thursday | 9:30am–12:30pm • • • • • • •


Expressive Figure Drawing Video Art Painting + Permutations Black-and-White Photography Lighting + Portrait Photography Silkscreen Printmaking Ceramics + Moldmaking

Monday–Thursday | 1:30–4:30pm • Expanded Line Drawing • Collage • Experimental Cinema • Narrative + Identity in Painting • Contemporary Photographic Practices • The Constructed Photograph • Sculpture as Installation

Below: Final photography project by Veronica Habacker.

Courses | In Brief



Above: All student field trip to SFMOMA.

Fridays in Focus An exciting range of workshops and activities fill Fridays at PreCollege. Meet new people, work with faculty, and explore the Bay Area. Friday morning and afternoon activities are required for PreCollege students—you wouldn’t want to miss them anyway—in addition to classes and studio time. Friday Workshops

Workshop topics may include:

Art in Context


June 21 + 28 | 9:30am–12:30pm Friday Workshops introduce new mediums and methods of creativity. These three-hour intensives allow you to interact with SFAI faculty and discover new ideas and practices to enhance your own work. • • • • • • •

Making Artists' Books Portfolio Development (led by SFAI Admissions team) Darkroom Film Processing Screenprinting T-shirts The Three-Hour Portrait Creating Moving Images from Digital Photography Sunprint Cyanotypes

Friday, June 21 + 28 | 1:30–4:30pm Friday afternoons at PreCollege are all about engaging with the local art community and your peers. See what the Bay Area’s museums have to offer and find new artists to inspire your practice.

Friday, June 21

Visit the largest contemporary art museum in San Francisco, SFMOMA, home to groundbreaking special exhibitions, as well as a world-renowned collection of celebrated artists from the past century.

Friday, June 28

Visit the progressive and multidisciplinary Oakland Museum of California, which houses almost 2 million objects including seminal art works, historical artifacts, ethnographic objects, natural specimens, and photographs—that have shaped California’s character and identity.

Final Exhibition Friday, July 12 You will meet with your studio courses on Friday, July 12 for exhibition preparations and final critique. Then, show off all the work you’ve produced in PreCollege and share your accomplishments with friends, family, and the public in a culminating campus-wide final exhibition. For families and friends, we’ll kick things off at 3:30pm with a screening of projects from the Video Art and Experimental Cinema courses, followed by a campus-wide exhibition from 4:30­–6:30pm. Left (opposite page): PreCollege students visit SFMOMA. Right: Samuel PraterBellver, Chloe Gonzales, and Julia Rossel pose in the Diego Rivera Gallery at the 2018 PreCollege Exhibition.

Attendance in all Friday sessions is mandatory. If you choose to withdraw from PreCollege early without attending the final exhibition you will not receive program credit.

View the complete PreCollege calendar online with updated schedule information:


Courses | In Full “SFAI PreCollege has

helped push my ability to create meaningful art, as well as to dig deeper into what drives me as an artist.

—Maya Gee-Lim, San Francisco, CA


Drawing Right: Students Julia Rossel and Chloe Gonzlez working in Collage class. Left (opposite page): Student Adriana Hernandez works on a drawing.

Expressive Figure Drawing

Learn to tell stories, communicate visually, and imagine new worlds through large- and small-scale drawings working from models and beyond, using a range of 2D media including charcoal, ink, graphite, gouache, and collage. By paying close attention to composition, line, value, and scale as related to the figure you will enhance your technical abilities in drawing observationally. The second half of the class you will dive into completing a personal final project which may incorporate drawing from imagination, photographic references, collage, and more. Models in this classes are nude.

Expanded Line Drawing

Develop observational abilities and technical skills that are the foundational elements of drawing. The goal is to give you the necessary tools to understand how you see and perceive visual information in the world, and how to translate these experiences onto a two-dimensional format. While upholding traditional drawing methods, this class also looks to drawing as an experimental process and as a gateway to explore broader thematic and conceptual frameworks. During this course, there will be several extended drawing projects that provide opportunities for you to further investigate your creative responses to material, scale, and subject matter.


Explore the broad spectrum of practices collage encompasses and discover their formal and conceptual possibilities—moving drawing beyond the page. Juxtaposing images, materials and concepts, you will practice combining different materials to create something entirely different from the sum of its parts. There will be an emphasis on the use of found and reused materials such as paint, wood, glass, and fabric. You will complete an array of individual and group assignments focused on both formal and thematic subjects, ending with a final personal project. 13

“PreCollege let me find

like-minded people that I would probably never meet at my school. I also got to experiment with equipment and techniques that I wouldn’t have been able to. I was able to let my creativity be the limit, and not my resources.

—Devin Bhatt, Mill Valley, CA

Film Experimental Cinema

Enter the world of cinema as an expressive medium—not merely an instrument of narrative and illusion. In this course, there will be very few explosions, love scenes, or breathtaking chase sequences— instead you will capture concept, emotion, and intention. Experience alternative, avant-garde, and experimental cinema through screenings, discussions, and handson workshops. Starting with the technical, including Super 8, 8mm, and 16mm film, we will then move to concept-driven projects utilizing video, editing, audio, and installation with your culminating project to be screened and/or installed at the final exhibition.

Video Art

Make video-based art as you learn about a wide range of methods and styles, such as; documentary, performance, and experimental video. In-class demonstrations will focus on shooting with specialized cameras, capturing sound on microphones, using green-screen technology, and editing using software such as Adobe Premiere. Lectures, discussions,

Above: Student develops 16mm film in Studio X. Below: Guest views student work in Studio 8.

and screenings of historical and contemporary video-artists will inspire and ground your practice. Students enrolled in this course are expected to work both independently and collaboratively to define their own projects. The class will conclude with a presentation of your video through a screening, installation, and/or performance.



Above: Painting by Rand Said. Left: Students in afternoon Painting class. Photo by Danielle Melen.

Painting + Permutations

Emphasize originality and craftsmanship in your painting as you bring your ideas to light. Hands-on painting demonstrations focused on technique dovetail with critical discussions that cultivate a common art vocabulary. We will examine modern, postmodern, and contemporary art movements to contextualize studio work, pushing you to embrace experimentation and explore the conceptual possibilities of paint as you complete a series of personally-driven paintings.

Narrative + Identity in Painting

Explore ideas surrounding notions of identity, home, and family using psychology and emotion as impetus to create and resolve a series of paintings around those themes. Students are encouraged to reference photography and memory, paying particular attention to space, objects, and people that connect the artwork to the personal. Slide lectures and readings will provide contemporary and historical context for discussion of painting as a storytelling device. 15


Black-and-White Photography

Above: Photo by Kyrie Rogers.

Photography Requirements


Advance technical skills in the darkroom while honing your artistic voice. Starting with camera operations and moving through blackand-white darkroom processes of printing and shooting, you will gain skill in dodging, burning, cropping, and adjusting contrast and exposure. Field trips, extensive darkroom practice, gallery visits, and discussions will support you technically and conceptually. By the end of the course, you will have completed an individualized project.

Students must provide their own 35mm or digital SLR camera with manual camera operations. Additional photography equipment is available on loan.

Contemporary Photographic Practices

Dive into the world of digital photography through hands-on practice in the digital lab, lighting studio, and in the field. Learn to compose images and produce digital prints while learning advanced Adobe Photoshop features like selections, layers, masks, and channels. Group discussions on contemporary photography offer insight— and room for debate—on photographers, their artistic practice, strategies, and concepts. By the end of the course, you will have produced a cohesive body of photographs and broadened your expertise in digital photography and printing.

The Constructed Photograph

We will examine what it means for the artist to work as director, whether it is staging people, objects, or materials in order to “construct” a photograph. Lectures on seminal photographers from the conceptual 1970s and into the contemporary realm will reveal the evolution of the field. This genre makes use of a vast range of techniques including lighting, staging, styling, directing, crafting, scripting, and more. Constructed images in this course can include many mediums and materials—from celluloid film, found or constructed objects, paintings, drawings, and prints to sculpture and installation—and is well-suited for photographers who want to push their practice in new directions.

Below: Maya Fielding, Kyrie Rogers, Thomasina Akamine, and Maya Gee-Lim pose in the Photography Studio. Photo by Elizabeth Bernstein.


“SFAI PreCollege has been

one of the most amazing experiences. Learning from the teachers and hearing the experiences from the TAs has been incredibly encouraging, and the community here is so inspiring. I have loved every moment of this program and will miss everyone here dearly.

—Jamie Wang, San Mateo, CA

Lighting + Portrait Photography

Above: Photo by student Veronica Habacker. Below: Black-and-White Photo class.


Discover creative techniques to change the mood of your photograph through the use of controlled lighting. Learn how to build lighting sets as used by commercial, fashion, and fine-art photographers. Examine the work of contemporary photographers and the use of light in their work and its relationship to portrait as subject. Technical demonstrations and hands-on collaborative projects will teach proper use of professional studio equipment and help achieve desired lighting.


Above: Screenprint by student Ella Kuckes. Left: Students in the Screenprinting Studio. Photo by Danielle Melen.

Silkscreen Printmaking

Learn to combine various forms of imagery such as drawing and digital photography through layering, playing with ink transparency, and printing on a wide range of surfaces. You will learn how to prepare your screen to print, including coating with light-sensitive emulsion, exposing your screen, as well as how to register multi-layered images and print on a variety of surfaces—from paper to plexiglass to fabric. Lectures, group discussion, and in-class demonstrations will give you a historical understanding of screenprinting as a printmaking art form as you work to complete a final personal project. 19


Sculpture as Installation

Above: Thalia working on a project. Below: Installation critique. Photo by Danielle Melen.

Blend construction methods, design, and functionality of contemporary sculptural installation as you explore processes, techniques, and concepts. Design and build structures using a variety of materials, from plaster casts to fabric. You will review site, place, juxtaposition of objects, meaning, and content to push your work to greater spatial heights. Class time may also include documentation of sculpture through video, photo, audio, and written formats as you consider moving your sculpture(s) into installation projects.

“I’ve become so much more comfortable

with failure and experimentation to expand my options and learn more about the kind of artist I am.

—Jackson Bein, Mandeville, LA


Above: Sculpture by PreCollege student, on display at the 2018 PreCollege Exhibition. Top right: Trixie Beglar at work in Ceramics. Photo by Marco David. Bottom right: Stephanie Wennerstrom at work in Ceramics. Photo by Danelle Melen.

Ceramics + Moldmaking

This course will examine clay as a sculptural material with special focus on hand building techniques. Coil building, slab construction, and slip casting will act as the primary approaches to making. Surface articulation, including glaze strategies and the incorporation of supplementary materials, will also be addressed. Project prompts will act as loose starting points to give students room to develop personal styles of making. The history of ceramic sculpture and contemporary ceramic practices will be introduced with a special attention to Bay Area ceramics. Students will complete the class with considerable knowledge of the ceramic process and fully realized projects. 21

Student Life San Francisco is thriving, and SFAI is your gateway to exploring it all. PreCollege organizes visits to museums such as SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Asian Art Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, de Young Museum, and Legion of Honor, as well as galleries, pop-up spaces, and site-specific happenings. Our ample green spaces, eclectic music venues, spirited technological innovations, and proximity to the Pacific Ocean are part of what makes the Bay Area such a vibrant and inclusive setting to practice any form of art.

“The reason I wanted to come to the

PreCollege program was because—even through the most difficult and darkest times in my life—making art was one of the only things that truly made me happy and motivated me to keep going. The idea of going to an art school surrounded by a community of supportive and creative artists was something I always dreamed of doing. And this program—though it’s only a month long—has given me a taste of what that will be like. It has given me a renewed sense of motivation to pursue my passion and to continue on this journey towards what I want to do for the rest of my life.

—Eli Cather, San Diego, CA 22


Supervised housing provides PreCollege students with a convenient, affordable, and secure living environment that supports artistic growth. Professional housing staff and a team of enthusiastic full-time SFAI Resident Advisors live with PreCollege students, helping to familiarize them with the school and its surroundings.

Above: Typical room in the residence halls. Left (opposite page): Students James Veizades and Valentina Begun on the Zellerbach Quad.

You will live just steps away from Union Square. This bustling neighborhood is filled with galleries, alternative art spaces, shopping, restaurants, and other entertainment venues. Public transportation between the Residence Hall and SFAI campus is readily available within close walking distance. All students in housing receive transportation passes valid on the San Francisco MUNI system. Housing programs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays provide structured opportunities for you to explore the city, gain confidence in living away from home, and bond with other students. We encourage you to explore and immerse yourself in the vibrant Bay Area arts scene and community in groups of two or more.


Sunday, June 16 | 10am–3pm


Saturday, July 13 | 10am

Questions or concerns about SFAI Housing? Contact us: 415.351.3556 or 23

Residence Hall Amenities Community Kitchen

Residents enjoy mealtime in a community kitchen. The kitchen is equipped with everything you need to prepare food, including a fullsize oven, range, microwaves, toasters, pots, pans, and utensils.


Coin-operated washers and dryers are conveniently located in the residence halls. Use quarters to purchase wash cycles for $2.50 and dryer cycles for $2.00.

Internet Access + Computers

The residence hall is equipped with wireless Internet throughout the building and in the rooms. Residents also share use of community computers located in the building.

Cable TV

Each room is equipped with a television and basic cable.

Recreation Room

Residents relax and socialize in a fully furnished recreation room equipped with a pool table and foosball table, as well as a flat screen television. This popular community space is also used for residence hall programs and activities.

As safety is always a top priority, PreCollege students are required to abide by set evening curfew hours, as well as a zero-tolerance policy on drugs and alcohol, in addition to other special rules. All residence hall policies are outlined in the housing application, which students receive upon acceptance to the program.

Left: Students work together on an icebreaker puzzle during Orientation. Above (opposite page): View of Zellerbach Quad. Photo by Claudine Gossett.


Orientation For Students

Sunday, June 16 Students staying in housing will move-in on June 16 and then attend housing orientation from 3:30–5:30pm at the Residence Hall. We’ll begin getting to know each other, and review housing-specific policies. Following orientation, we will provide a first-night dinner for all students in residence from 6–8pm. Required for PreCollege students residing in student housing.

Monday, June 17 We will begin students’ welcome to campus with a continental breakfast reception at 9am at 800 Chestnut Street. Students will attend class, beginning at 9:30am. At 11:30am students will meet the faculty, tour campus, enjoy a communal lunch, and learn more about program policies. Required for all PreCollege students.

Parent/Family Orientation (Optional)

We invite parents and families to join us and students for the continental breakfast on Monday, June 17 at 9am. Once students go to class at 9:30am, we will have a special conversation from 9:45–11am with Program Staff to go over policies and answer any parent-specific questions you may have. 25

Meals All students are automatically enrolled in a $380 SFAI Café meal plan that provides weekday breakfasts and lunches. All food at the SFAI Cafè is made from ingredients that are organic, local, and seasonal. Breakfast offerings include juice, pastries, bagels, eggs, fresh fruit, and parfaits. Lunch includes salads, sandwiches, a hot entrée with a vegetarian option, and desserts. The café also serves organic fairtrade coffee, espresso, and organic teas. Students in housing enjoy the flexibility of selecting or preparing their own dinners and weekend meals. Helping students adjust to independent living, Resident Advisors plan at least one cookingoriented event per week, including shopping trips to local grocers.

Extracurricular Activities PreCollege offers numerous opportunities to relax and connect with friends at weekly events like dance parties, movie nights, community dinners, photo shoots, and more. Additional programs focus on building an understanding of your own identity, your role as a community member, being an artist in San Francisco, and supporting exhibition practices. A full schedule of events will be distributed during orientation and posted to our website calendar.

Right: PreCollege students visit SFMOMA.


Expenses + Fees Due May 30

Residents: $5,150


Commuters: $3,450

• Tuition for two studio courses, including four units of college

credit, $380 meal plan, Friday Workshops, and Art In Context: $3,450 (includes $100 nonrefundable deposit)

• Residential Program, including supervised housing, housing programs, and San Francisco bus pass: $1,700 (includes $100 nonrefundable deposit)

Art Supplies

Students receive a supply list for each course prior to the program’s start date. You are expected to have all supplies at the start of PreCollege. Please note that supplies for most courses are approximately $75 to $250. If you have any questions about supplies, please get in touch with us at

Living Costs

Although every student budget is unique, all students will need some spending money for weekday dinners, weekend meals, snacks, and other miscellaneous items. On average, students spend approximately $180 per week, but could spend less if they are committed to cooking and grocery shopping.


Need-based scholarships are available to a limited number of students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Scholarships are reviewed using the Federal Methodology approved by Congress to estimate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Families with an EFC less than the cost of attendance will be considered for partial tuition scholarships. The number of students demonstrating need often outweighs our giving capacity. As a result, scholarship recipients receive partial tuition scholarship awards between $1,000–$3,000. We encourage you to apply for a scholarship with SFAI, but to also look into alternative scholarship opportunities (such as crowdfunding campaigns, local businesses, personal art sales, etc.). Your acceptance to the program is not affected in any way if you apply for a scholarship. Scholarship application forms are available online or upon request and must be received with your completed application materials to be considered.

Review will begin February 1, 2019.


Above: Student Natasha Velez-Sheldon works on a painting.

PreCollege Alum Merit Awards PreCollege students are incredibly driven and motivated, making them excellent candidates for SFAI’s degree programs. Upon successful completion of the PreCollege program, alums who are admitted and enroll in a BFA or BA program will be awarded a $2,000 PreCollege Scholarship for their first year. This award is in addition to other scholarships and grants that SFAI students may qualify for. The scholarship will be dispersed as $1,000 in the fall and $1,000 in the spring semester.

Rising Juniors


The recipient of this award will receive $1000 to enroll in SFAI’s PreCollege program again the following summer, and another $1,000 award for one of their friends who is new to PreCollege. Up to four top performing students may receive this award.

How To Apply Apply Online

Application Checklist • Completed and signed application form • Five to eight examples of work that reflect your imagination and originality. For students pursuing time-based mediums such as video or film, please submit five to ten minutes of work. • Artist statement (a one-page essay about your primary interests in making art) • Letter of recommendation from an art teacher or teacher who is familiar with your artistic interests • $65 application fee

International Applicants

Non-U.S. Citizens/Non-U.S. Permanent Residents are required to obtain F1 student visa authorization to participate. Please contact the Global Programs Office for assistance at or 415.749.4530. SFAI has authorization under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

Deadlines Apply beginning January 4, 2019. Priority and international student application deadline: April 1, 2019 Application deadline: May 1, 2019 Scholarship review begins: February 1, 2019 Deadlines reflect when materials must be received by SFAI. Due to our small program and course sizes, acceptance into the program and course selection is competitive. We recommend applying early by the priority application deadline of April 1, 2019. You will be notified of an admissions decision within five business days of receiving your completed application and materials. 29

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View from SFAI’s roof. Photo by Claudine Gossett.

“As an artist, I couldn’t have asked for

more a humbling experience spending time in this artistic haven in San Francisco and studying my passion. Art is the quintessence of life and SFAI is a place for students, teachers, and artists from all walks of life to gather. [This] is an extraordinary moment in time where artists collaborate through their own voice and mediums. For me, [PreCollege] has inspired me to dream big and continue my artistic endeavors.

—Kevin Huo, Foster City, CA


Cover Spread: Mixed media work by Jamie Wang.

Chestnut Street Campus 800 Chestnut Street San Francisco, CA 94133







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SFAI PreCollege Brochure // Summer 2019  

June 17–July 12 | Ages 16–18

SFAI PreCollege Brochure // Summer 2019  

June 17–July 12 | Ages 16–18