Get involved in ArtSeed’s DREAM EARTH Art-a-thon,
an art-making fundraiser supporting ArtSeed’s Summer Camp Season!
Make a difference in the life of an artist, a veteran, or a child. 
Donate here or click the icon above. 
Checks payable to ArtSeed are also welcome at P.O. Box 29277, San Francisco, CA 94129.
Working on your planned giving? Let’s make a future together! 

Get involved in ArtSeed’s 14th Annual Dream Earth
Art-a-thon Fundraising Season, March 1 – May 31, 2022!

From left to right, 2021 Art-a-thon winner, Sabine Gysens with Annika, Tides Converge;
2nd place winner Luned Palmer & daughter in Brooklyn, NY; Itzel with her ArtSeed Painting kit in Vallejo, CA!

A three-month art-making marathon fundraiser in San Francisco’s Presidio!
ArtSeed’s 14th Annual Art-a-thon
March 1 – May 31, 2022
For young and old, students to veterans.
In-person & online coaching. Mentorships.
Friendly get-togethers. Field trips. Collaboration.
Display your new work in our annual show!

For details, call Josefa Vaughan at (415) 656-9849.

ArtSeed’s Youth Council is now accepting applications. 
Apply here now or click the volunteer icon above!

Marissa Kunz and Peter Mann have been central to decades of ArtSeed activities including Art-a-thons, arts education outreach in Thailand, and ArtSeed’s Summer Intensives. Especially memorable was when Bay School of San Francisco hosted ArtSeed’s 2010 Don Quixote Intensive led by Marissa and Peter with support from guest artists including Peter’s author portrait photographer, Trey Houston. We are proud of their continued success!

A brilliant debut novel, at once teasing literary thriller and a darkly comic blend of history and invention, The Torqued Man is set in wartime Berlin and propelled by two very different but equally mesmerizing voices: a German spy handler and his Irish secret agent, neither of whom are quite what they seem.

Peter Mann grew up in Kansas City. He teaches history and literature at Stanford and is a past recipient of the Whiting Fellowship. He is also a graphic artist & cartoonist and draws the online comic The Quixote SyndromeThe Torqued Man is his first novel.

For those in the Bay Area, there will be an in-person book event at Book Passage in the San Francisco Ferry Building, on Sunday, March 6 at 2 pm.

The author’s wife, teaching artist Marissa Kunz, is ArtSeed’s co-founder.

Looking for Mardi Gras ideas? Here’s a sneak peek at how Marissa makes her costumes:

“In the weeks and months leading up to Halloween each year, many of my elementary students would eagerly ask me what I planned to make for my costume that year. It has been a fun tradition to make something from scratch for a captivated audience. My Halloween costume this year was inspired by the giant forest troll sculptures of Danish artist Thomas Dambo. Figuring out how to create geometric shapes that fit perfectly into the desired configuration was a challenge at first. I ended up working quite organically, slowly adding piece by piece, holding a shape up to a gap and trimming it as needed, then hot-glueing it into place when it felt right. There was plenty of trial and error.

The centerpieces of my all recent costumes — a zebra-unicorn, swamp monster, water faucet, the Incredible Hulk, Merl, my school’s resident pet cockatiel, and the forest troll, have been handmade hat forms created from simple recycled materials like cardboard and/or papier-mâché. To make them, I start with a strip of cardboard roughly 1 inch wide, taped or stapled to fit around my head and sit comfortably just above the brow. To this first band, I attach two more bands that criss-cross on the top of my head. Depending on my idea, typically sketched out beforehand, I would add onto this basic form more cardboard or balls of newspaper. With the exception of the forest troll where I left the cardboard exposed, I add several layers of papier-mâché and paint to complete the piece. My preferred papier-mâché paste recipe is 50% water and 50% Elmer’s glue. Give it a try!”

Marissa with her handmade water faucet hat!

ArtSeed’s 16th Annual Art Exhibition

Dream Earth People on Sabbatical

China Brotsky and Seed Galleries at Tides Converge in the Presidio

sab·bat·i·cal /səˈbadək(ə)l/ noun

a period of paid leave granted to a university teacher or other worker for study or travel,
traditionally one year…in order to carry out projects not otherwise associated with the employee’s job…to pursue their interests, like traveling, writing, research, volunteering or other activities (or even rest) or do research in their field, focus on timely new or neglected pressing projects, and/or gain a fresh perspective on persistent challenges.

ArtSeed participants and featured artists are also showcased on our website 
Michelle Vignes Virtual Gallery

In accordance with San Francisco’s Health Order and Health Order Directive No. 2020-14.
Those eating or drinking indoors are asked to show proof of vaccination.
Please also bring your mask.

This 2021 installation has been extended into 2022!
Public Viewing Hours Monday – Friday, 8 am – 2:30 pm.
Enter from the rear parking lot through Café RX corner doors.

Want Further Involvement?

  1. Volunteer with ArtSeed
  2. Apply for private instruction (Application Form with Fee Schedule)
  3. Apply for collaborative art-making (Registration Form for All Ages)
  4. Visit our Michelle Vignes Virtual Gallery
  5. Give us your feedback on ArtSeed programs here
  6. Follow ArtSeed on Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr
  7. Support ArtSeed’s Shop & Share Project 
  8. Honor a friend or commemorate a milestone: See how in our 2021 Annual Letter
  9. Subscribe here to receive seasonal ArtSeed Newsletters (Infrequent and your Info is Safe)
  10. Help ArtSeed reach out to vulnerable artists and families by donating through Network for Good here.
  11. Submit a Teaching Artist or Presenter’s Packet Guidelines
  12. Examples of Artist and Presenter’s Packets
  13. Submit your art for exhibition, send us a photograph with this completed form

Check out ArtSeed’s Shop & Share Project

Weekly Focus Groups:

  • Saturday, 2 – 4 p.m. In-person Peer Mentorships.
  • Tuesday, 4 – 5 p.m. Online Projects and Art Lessons for mature kids and adults.
  • Friday, 1 – 2 p.m. Veterans’ Art Lab with ArtSeed hosted by the Veteran’s Administration. To register, contact Dan at 415-221-4810 X22839.

Other dates and times are possible. Contact, or call or text 415-656-9849 to make an appointment for Virtual Gatherings, Remote Learning, and Art-making Together! 

Marissa Kunz, Teaching Artist

Bio: Marissa Kunz has been an artist and art educator in San Francisco Bay Area for the past 20 years. Marissa grew up in Bangkok, Thailand, and Hilo, Hawaii before moving to the Bay Area and graduating with an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2000. She currently teaches art at Head-Royce School in Oakland, California.
ArtSeed Statement: “While at the Art Institute, I was inspired to work with young artists after volunteering with Josefa Vaughan in Hunter’s Point public schools and community centers. I am a founding member of ArtSeed and spent many years as an Artseed teaching artist and Board member.”
Check out Marissa’s Packet here.

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with ArtSeed:
Apply for private instruction (Application Form with Fee Schedule):
Apply for collaborative art-making (Registration Form for All Ages):
Visit Michelle Vignes Virtual Art Gallery:
Give us your feedback on ArtSeed programs here:
Follow ArtSeed on Facebook:
Follow ArtSeed on Instagram:
Check out photos of the ArtSeed’s activities at ArtSeed’s Flickr page:
Support ArtSeed’s Shop & Share Project
Honor a friend or commemorate a milestone:
Subscribe here to receive seasonal ArtSeed Newsletters (Infrequent and your Info is Safe):
Help ArtSeed reach out to vulnerable artists and families by donating through Network for Good:
Submit a Teaching Artist or Presenter’s Packet (Guidelines):
Examples of Artist and Presenter’s Packets:
Exhibition Submission Form:

ArtSeed is a non-profit tax-exempt fine arts/youth leadership organization under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) and Revenue and Tax Code 27301d. Your charitable contribution to ArtSeed, made without expectation of material benefit, therefore is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Retain this IRS Determination Letter, if needed, for your records.