• Plat of Mark Hopkins Institute of Art from the Sanborn Fire Insurance Atlas, c. 1903.

Virtual Gallery + Studio: Exploring and Envisioning Structures

For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • With artist

    Greta Liz Anderson is a multidisciplinary artist and a graduate of San Francisco Art Institute’s MFA program. From 2017 to 2019 she was a teaching fellow in Root Division’s Latinx Fellowship Program. Her interactive installations and performances have been presented at the de Young Museum, the San Francisco Mint, and other venues in San Francisco, New York, Miami, and Paraguay.

Drawing on her childhood as the daughter of architects in Asunción, Paraguay, San Francisco Art Institute alumna Greta Liz Anderson shows how a San Francisco mansion was transformed into the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art, an earlier version of SFAI. Then, she invites you to explore floor plans, building sketches, and interior design symbols as tools for drawing an imagined structure. This workshop is inspired by the online exhibition Orbits of Known and Unknown Objects: SFAI Histories / MATRIX 277.


Please gather these materials before our session:
•Two large sheets of paper (at least 9 x 12”; 11 x 17” or 18 x 24” is also great!)
•Sharp pencil
•Drawing tools for coloring, such as colored pencils, markers, or crayons

Tip: Download this PDF of architectural symbols to print and use as reference when drawing.