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One Week, All-Day June Programs

Last updated on May 02, 2022

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Summer 2023

Location: San Francisco

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuition: $500 (includes all art supplies and lab fees)

Students select one class to focus on for the week. You may register for one, two, or all three weeks. Studio offerings will be confirmed in fall 2022.

  • Week one: June 5 - 9
    • Studio #1: Character Design & Hand Lettering
    • Studio #2: Building into Drawing
    • Studio #3: Explorations in Painting & Drawing
  • Week two: June 12 - 16
    • Studio #1: Drawing Animals
    • Studio #2: Comics
    • Studio #3: Fashion Design
  • Week three: June 19-23
    • Studio #1: Illustration
    • Studio #2: Interior Design
    • Studio #3: Explorations in Painting & Drawing

Daily Class time/Break time Schedule*
8:10-8:25 am / drop off

8:30-10:00 am / 1 hour and 30 minute class time

10:00-10:15 am / 15 minute break

10:15-11:30 am / l hour and 15 minute class time

11:30 am 12:15 pm / lunch break (45 minutes)

12:15-2:15 pm/  2-hour class time

2:15-2:30 pm / 15 minute break

2:30-4:30 pm / 2-hour class time

4:35-4:50 pm / pick up

* Please note that in the event that COVID-19 restrictions require us to make adjustments we will do so. We will follow the rules in place at the time of your student's program to keep your student and the entire CCA community (staff, faculty) safe.

COVID-19 Protocols

Students will need to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols we establish closer to the start of each program. We will email families a COVID agreement that they, and their student, will need to agree to, in writing, and return to us three weeks prior to the start of their student's program in order for their student to be able to participate.

Building into Drawing


In this studio, students explore drawing beyond the frame. Particular emphasis during the morning session is given to drawing as discovery, experimenting with line, tone, texture, scale and composition, and developing a range of new skills by working with different subjects. Students are introduced to alternative methods of drawing, alongside experimenting with charcoal and graphite, pastels, ink and mixed media.

During the afternoon session the work is transformed by altering the drawings, using media such as plaster, wax, latex, and found objects, for an outcome that is both experimental and sculptural.

Character Design & Hand Lettering


In this studio, create your own personalized artwork using a combination of hand-drawn characters and hand-lettering.

By simplifying or exaggerating facial and/or other physical features, participants learn how to invest a character or object with a distinctive, striking personality, while creating a strong, potentially comic or grotesque, drawing that can communicate a particular emotion. The incorporation of hand-lettering provides the opportunity for deeper levels of context and storytelling in the final drawing.



POW! ZIF! BAM! Cartoon drawing students learn the language of comics in this exciting studio, exploring everything from superheroes and manga to the Sunday funnies.

Students flex their creative muscles, learning how to design memorable iconic characters, cinematic composition, and advanced comic storytelling techniques

Drawing Animals


Dynamic and engaging, animals compel us with their otherness: the soulful gaze of a dog, the soft fur of a rabbit, the sharp claws and wings of a bird of prey. 

With family pets, our connection can be deep and emotionally rewarding. This studio focuses on drawing animals, working from images, imagination, and life. Participants create a large drawing of their favorite animal based on a smaller picture, using the grid system employed by artists for centuries; delve into their imaginations; and draw from animal taxidermy models -- as well as live animals that provide the challenge of capturing something that may not sit still!

Explorations in Painting & Drawing


In the morning, students explore the rich materials, concepts, and techniques of drawing.

In the afternoon session participants experiment with composition, content, color, and scale, while learning the technical aspects of using acrylic paint.

The focus on this studio is developing the ability to see and then translate visual experience, through investigations of both traditional and nontraditional approaches to various subjects, including nature, architecture, abstraction, and the figure.

Fashion Design


Think like a fashion designer. Focusing on drawing and design thinking in equal measure, students explore what it means to be a fashion designer, learning how to communicate their ideas while designing their own fashion collection.

Working with drawing, collage, textile design, and basic draping techniques, students investigate how to express color, pattern and movement through fashion.

Students also learn about fashion trends and how fashion designers get inspiration for their designs.



Illustrators are the visual storytellers of our time. From children’s books to magazine covers, movie storyboards, web images, posters, and pattern design, the world sees the art of an illustrator everywhere.

Students explore the art of illustration working with both dry and wet media to convey their ideas. Discussions of different illustrators and techniques will further their understanding of the different paths an illustrator can take.

Interior Design


This studio allows participants to explore the world of interior design. The class begins with looking at a variety of interior designs for inspiration, learning how to take measurements within the classroom, and considering some of the issues around creating a built space for people.

Participants then embark on designing their own floor plan of an imagined cafe/gallery, retail, or play space in Downtown Oakland. Students create a materials, fabric, furniture, color board to accompany their floor plan. They also do a little bit of role playing to see what it is like to be a client or to work for a client.

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