How do you meet people and learn something new while you are studying English in San Francisco? Take a fun course!

Yi Yan

If you have ever wanted to learn how to paint, SF’s Yi Yan Art Academy is a great place to start. Yi Yan Art Academy provides painting classes for beginners. The owner, Yi Yan, relocated to the Bay Area after running a successful art school in Chicago. She has won numerous awards for her paintings over the years, and is not just a  talented artist but also an excellent teacher.

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The class concept is simple: check the calendar and decide which style of painting you would like to make, reserve the course online, and then . . . buy some wine! Yi Yan’s classes are BYOW (“Bring Your Own Wine”). Perhaps this makes the painting better? Or maybe worse? Either way, it makes it fun!


Some of Yi Yan’s beautiful paintings.

For more information, visit Yi Yan’s website or Facebook page. If you would like to hear from some people who have taken classes with Yi Yan, check out the school’s Yelp page.

Yi Yan Art Academy
Mission District
2192 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94110
between 18th St & 17th St 
All photos are from the Yi Yan Facebook page.