Join us for a Children’s Book Illustration Workshop by Gus D’Angelo,
2 – 4 p.m. Saturday, August 13th!

We are excited to announce Gus’s Free Children’s Book Illustration Workshop, happening in person at the Presidio from 2 – 4 p.m., on Saturday, August 13th. Spaces are limited, so reserve them now! To RVSP, call or text Josefa at 415-656-9849.

Bio: Gus D’Angelo first fell in love with the outdoors as a child, hiking, fishing, and snowshoeing with his three brothers on his family’s farm in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. These early adventures led to his passion for public lands and his hope that all young people get to experience the thrill, mystery, and solitude of the outdoors. Author of San Francisco ABCs and New York ABCs, Gus is an illustrator and animator who now lives in San Francisco with his partner, filmmaker Jennifer Kroot.

Check out this talk from Gus about bringing interactive cartoons into digital news, or learn more about his newest release, National Parks A to Z, here.

Celebrating the 2022 Fine Arts Summer Intensive!

Big thanks to everyone who made this summer so special! ArtSeed’s Fine Arts Summer Intensive 2022, a one-week art-making summer program from July 11-15th, was a great success. With the theme of Identity, Intimacy, and Social Norms, participants collaborated to create wonderful pieces of art with the guidance of teaching artists and other guests. Students explored topics like aging and ageism, coping with trauma, family relationships, sexuality and gender, and cultural identity. See above for some photos of art-making, team-building exercises, field trips, and more! To view more photos of what we did during the Summer Intensive, check out our Flickr. Read our Summer Intensive Summary for a comprehensive recap of participants and topics.

ArtSeed gives a great, big shout of gratitude to the California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA) for sponsoring ArtSeed Interns Moselle M., Sasha M., and Kaila A. who have been core staff for our 2022 Art-a-thon, Exhibition, and Summer Intensive. We could not have done all of this without their partnership. Hooray for another successful CLA “Spotlight on the Arts” Internship! Kudos to Mo, Sasha, and Kaila! Thank you! 

Save the date! ArtSeed’s Art-a-thon will continue through the summer until September 10th, when there will be ArtSeed’s Tides Converge exhibition, “Dream Earth People on Sabbatical” Closing Reception, on Saturday, September 10th from 3-5 pm. The closing exhibition will feature new art pieces created throughout the Art-a-thon, as well as ones made during this Summer Intensive Camp.

Art-a-thon Prizes

It’s not too late to donate or inspire a donation! Make a donation yourself, or ask a friend or family member to name you when they give to ArtSeed before our closing reception on September 10th and gain chances to win multiple exciting prizes. Attend our in-person Presidio Art-a-thon, every Saturday from 2 – 4 p.m. to earn prize tickets. Our homepage sidebar showcases ArtSeed advocates and their sponsors. Listed below are our prizes:

Flying Cloud Retreat: Russian River getaway including dinner and breakfast for 6 with an overnight stay in two glamorous tent-like cabins and an AirStream trailer. Includes lap pool, private education tour, and barrel-tasting.
Grand Prize drawing eligibility: One ticket and chance to win for every $2,000 you raise or donate to ArtSeed Programs.

Inn at the Presidio: A One-night stay for two adults and two children under the age of 15, includes breakfast & daily wine & cheese.
Prize drawing eligibility: One ticket and chance to win for every $1,000 you raise or donate to ArtSeed Programs.


Photograph & Frame: $100 Gift Card

Causwells Restaurant: $50 Gift Card

Asian Art Museum: 2 Guest Passes, $20 each

Café RX: $25 Gift Card

Books Inc.: $25 Gift Card

Hand Touch Nail Care$20 Gift Card

Happy springing into summer! 

By popular demand, the Art-a-thon has been extended into ArtSeed’s summer season! You can dedicate your gift to someone (and we can let them know!) by placing their name and/or contact info in the memo section of your check, (payable to ArtSeed, to P.O. Box 29277, San Francisco, CA 94129)  Is online giving more your style? Then click the homepage “Donate” icon. Are you using your phone to sponsor someone? Before your transaction, click “View Desktop Version” and then look for the “Special Purpose” prompt. Meanwhile, please enjoy our drawings above: Luned’s loving octopus and dancing dragon plus my rendering of our growing ArtSeed family. 

– Grateful Hugs from ArtSeed’s Founder, Josefa Vaughan

Read more or click here for a PDF version.

Help fundraise and make art supporting ArtSeed’s Art-a-thon 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! 

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.

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!

ArtSeed participants and featured artists are also showcased in the 
Michelle Vignes Virtual Gallery

Weekly Focus Groups:

  • Saturday, 2 – 4 p.m. In-person Art-a-thon and Peer Mentorships.
  • Tuesday, 2 – 4 p.m. In-person mentorships; 4 – 5 p.m. Online Projects, Show-and-Tell, and Art Prompts
  • 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! 

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
  14. Apply for ArtSeed’s Youth Council here
  15. Sign up for ArtSeed’s 2022 Fine Arts Summer Intensive Camp and share the flyer

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Check out ArtSeed’s Shop & Share Project

Heidi Hardin, Teaching Artist

Bio: Forty years ago, I came to California to study biology at UCSD. I took art as a minor, then got a double major in Biology and Art. I then went to graduate school at UCSD as a painter. To remember my childhood, that was stressful, I painted my family using home movies and family photos as source material. I’ve been painting families ever since from their family photos ever since in a project called The Paradise Project.

ArtSeed Statement: “ArtSeed means kids learning and having fun making art of all kinds from very sophisticated lesson plans that are connected to history—especially American History. ArtSeed means kids visiting our gallery and participating in Summer Intensive drawing and painting classes, as well as, exhibitions of their artwork and the artworks of their teachers here at Think Round Fine Arts.”

Click here to read more and check out Heidi’s packet.