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Expressive Art in 2D – 6-week class with printmaker Alyssa Aviles

April 2 @ 6:00 pm - May 7 @ 8:00 pm

In this 6-week online class with included materials, learn how to make 2D art – drawing, painting, and blockprinting – with Alyssa Aviles.

This class will meet online on Fridays from 6pm-8pm for 6 weeks, from April 2-May 7, 2021.

Youth Art Exchange has offered arts programs to San Francisco public high school artists for over 20 years. Starting in 2021 we are offering paid art classes so that we can continue offering free programs for youth. By participating in this class you will be learning how to make 2D Media art while supporting youth artists! No experience necessary, and all materials are included.

Sign up by March 22!

Click here to see what our Fall 2020 2D Media youth class made in their program.

Class schedule:

Week 1: Drawing fundamentals

Week 2: Perspective and anatomy

Week 3: Color theory and practice

Week 4: Developing painting techniques

Week 5: Carving and plate preparation

Week 6: Exploration of printing techniques

Included materials: Print Kit (includes all materials for block printing), printing paper, kneaded eraser, HB drawing pencil, 2B drawing pencil, 4B drawing pencil, watercolor and brush set

Cost of class:

  • $540 including materials and shipping, OR
  • $525 including materials for local pickup at space arts hub (5137 Mission Street, SF CA 94112) on Wednesday, March 24 from 3-6pm

Alyssa Aviles is Youth Art Exchange (YAX)’s faculty printmaking artist. She teaches 2D Media after school and in school at Leadership High School.

Alyssa is a Xicana artist and arts educator in San Francisco, California. She was born and raised in the city’s Mission District, a place whose spiritual geography has influenced much of her work and career. Alyssa received a BFA in Printmaking from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Alyssa began a women’s printmaking collective by the name of Suavecita Press. In this collective, women are invited to learn and collaborate as printmakers. This collective currently operates out of the Mission Gráfica printmaking studio of the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, where Alyssa also gives silkscreening classes and assists as a studio manager. Aside from teaching, Alyssa also works as a freelance artist and operates the line of merchandise that Suavecita Press currently offers.


April 2 @ 6:00 pm
May 7 @ 8:00 pm
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