Get Creative: The Best Art & Wine Classes In San Francisco

Photo of Megan McDermott
11 December 2015

The San Francisco art scene is prominent and thriving. From graffiti-covered buildings to art galleries, it’s easy to feel full from the whirlwind of artists that paint this city. The same goes for wineries. In a place that is constantly the hub of a creative frenzy, find your inner artist and inner wine connoisseur. These are the best places to take art and wine classes in San Francisco.

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Beyond Canvas

A place where rule breaking is encouraged, Beyond Canvas is a creative center for various art forms. It values the creative freedom to express yourself in any way you please. Located in the bustling Mission District, the teaching methods are easy for any level of artist to follow. Try a ‘Paint and Wine’ class, where you can let the wine guide your paintbrush. For the more adventurous, try ‘Paint Dome,’ a unique experience to say the least: equipped with suits, goggles, and a Super Soaker filled with paint, participants create an abstract masterpiece inside a dome littered with blank canvases. Beyond Canvas allows your creativity to soar.


Named short for the first amendment, 1AM allows you to craft art through different types of contemporary urban art exhibitions and classes. Given its name to represent freedom of speech, it cultivates the artistic process in the same manner. 1AM promotes freedom of expression through graffiti and street art culture, while creating a community of artists, fans, and like-minded organizations.


Interested in creating and learning about almost anything? Verlocal is most definitely the place for you. Verlocal is a marketplace that allows you to browse a diverse collections of unique experiences, whether its learning how to make homemade ramen or constructing a wooden six pack. Looking to wake up and dive right into a pottery class? Verlocal offers a pottery class called ‘Morning Clay and Coffee.’ It begins with a cup of coffee and a ball of clay. The instructor teaches the art of pottery-making in two hours, allowing students to create works of art while jittery from the caffeine. There’s an array of unique classes for all art forms.

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The Cheese School of San Francisco

Who doesn’t love cheese? With the philosophy that ‘eating is learning,’ The Cheese School of San Francisco is the only independent institution of its kind in the nation. Devoted to pleasing the masses of cheese and wine enthusiasts, The Cheese School of San Francisco offers a variety of classes from ‘The Best Cheese and Wine of 2015’ to ‘Beer vs. Wine,’ a class in which you will be able to sample eight cheeses with eight beverages – four wines and four beers. Put your diet on hold for one day and try this tasty experience.

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Grape Experience Wine & Spirit School

Knowledge of a favorite bottle of red or white is important for any wine connoisseur. Grape Experience Wine & Spirit School offers a wide range of courses in subjects that drive the diverse wine and spirit community. Whether you’re a wine enthusiast or planning a career in the beverage industry, The Grape Experience has certification courses designed to help build the skills and confidence required to succeed. Join the experience, with programs offered in the San Francisco Bay Area, Napa Valley, and online.

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San Francisco Wine School

If you really want to sink your teeth into a class that provides Master Sommeliers and James-Beard-Award-Winning authors as your instructors, then The San Francisco Wine School is the place for you. It offers year-round tasting classes on topics ranging from aromatics and minerality to varietal and regional themes. If you’re craving a chance to show off at a fancy dinner party, The San Francisco Wine School can most certainly help you achieve wine expert status.

By Megan McDermott

Originally from Boston, MA, Megan McDermott graduated from Plymouth State University with a Journalism degree and has molded the minds of children as a creative writing teacher. Megan was the Assistant Editor of Scene Magazine, where she wrote travel editorials, among other things. She loves to travel, eat great food, and ski, whenever possible.

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