Sign up for a class at Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, TX

50-floor looms are housed at the SSA campus making it the largest teaching collection in the US. | 📸: @SATXtoday team

Last week, UTSA announced its intention to grow its community art programming, along with an open house for those interested in joining. This is in part due to the university’s merger with the Southwest School of Art. UTSA hopes to continue expanding these art education classes to residents all over the Alamo City. 

Editor Rossi here 👋 — I happened to take one of those classes over the summer and absolutely loved it. (You might remember me sharing my weaving + fiber arts journey through our Wrap section of the newsletter.)

Whether you want to learn a new skill or pick up an artistic hobby, we’re sharing what you need to know to register for a  class. 

🎨 Enroll

  • Registration will open for Friends of Southwest Community Art on Tues., Aug. 9 and general enrollment begins Tues., Aug. 16.
  • Sessions are available in the Fall, Spring, and Summer for adults ages 18+. 
  • Classes range from one to 10 sessions. Pro tip: tuition assistance is available for select courses

🎨 Adult classes offered

  • Books Arts & Papermaking | Learn the art of papermaking, bookbinding, decorative paper techniques, and letterpress printing.
  • Ceramics | The ceramics program offers classes on hand-building, wheel-throwing, raku, glazing, and digital embellishments. 
  • Drawing & Painting | Students will understand the basic foundations of drawing, painting + experimenting with style, form, and structure.
  • Fibers & Weaving | Jump into the world of textiles + fiber arts and learn weaving techniques, embroidery, and basic felt making.
  • Jewelry & Metals | Make your own jewelry by learning metal making skills, wax casting + enameling basics. 
  • Photography & Digital Media | Get creative with a camera and learn how to use software like Adobe, dark photography rooms, and cyanotype on fabric. 
    Printing & Mixed Media | Learn the basics of printmaking, letterpress skills + holiday cards. 
  • Sculpture & Other | Work with welding + learn the skills of stained glass. 

Bonus: If your children are interested in art, they can also sign up for one of the youth classes + events happening this fall. 

🎨 Youth classes offered

  • Youth & Teen Art Studios | Ages 8-18 can learn a variety of art forms that include art theory + ceramics. 
  • Teen Studio Intensive | This extended program is geared towards middle and high school students with a strong interest in visual arts to develop their skills and portfolio.
  • Saturday Morning Discovery | Check out a hands-on experience that introduces young artists to sculpture, drawing and painting, printmaking, and other media for free. 
  • Mobile Arts Program | Learn how to take art directly to the community by mobilizing art teachers + sending them to area schools, shelters, community centers, and libraries. 

If you’re interested in learning more about fall programming, check out the open house this Thurs., Aug. 11 at the Southwest Campus’ Santikos Building from 5-7 p.m.