"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."

Picasso's words inspire The San Diego Art Department (SDAD) keep to vital and vibrant the artist in all of us. Its 3,700 square feet of creative play space which beckons all manner of artists to work, play, learn, teach, exhibit, critique and commune with one another in a venue designed specifically for painting, drawing, sculpting, tiling, exhibiting, and more.

SDAD came to fruition in July 2003. In January of 2007, SDAD merged with the San Diego Art Institute (SDAI). With a shared vision of providing high quality art programs, community outreach and involvement, this is an exciting new chapter for both organizations.


Check out an interview about the merger on Art Rocks! Radio with Tim Field, SDAI Executive Director and former SDAD Director, Josie Bockelman.







Our Talent
The San Diego Art Department is pleased to offer classes and workshops taught by an amazing collection of San Diego artists and educators (and some stand up comedians thrown in for good measure). The Instructors at SDAD range from self-taught to Ph.D. trained and credentialed individuals. They offer combined teaching experiences of more than 100 years, with exhibition galleries and museums from around the world. We are honored to have each of them here!
Our Mission
The San Diego Art Department provides an inclusive, collaborative environment that fosters artistic expression, for all ages and proficiencies, using art to contribute value and diversity to the community with educational programs, exhibitions and workspace.

SDAD is a dynamic artistic community with rewarding educational opportunities. We offer a relaxing and inspirational venue to escape from the routine and hectic pace of life.


Come and Enjoy








San Diego Art Department 3830 Ray Street San Diego, CA 92104 | Phone 299-4art | FAX 295-4art | ©2003 San Diego Art Dept