History of the School

The Joseph Fine Art School and Gallery was established in 1992 by Joseph Yan and Janny Huang. The school has grown from 14 students that first year into a flourishing Chinese art center. The School offers Chinese art lessons in a wide variety of disciplines.

The school was the first of its kind in the Richmond District of San Francisco. Acclaimed artists and teachers Joseph Yan and Janny Huang provide intensive, individualized instruction and organize special shows of student works.

Joseph Fine Art School has been able to keep its classes inexpensive and has attracted a loyal following over the years.

Soon after establishing the School, Joseph Yan added the Gallery to do custom framing and to sell art supplies and traditional Chinese art items. Through the Gallery he also repairs antiques and does chop carving.


Painting Chinese: a Lifelong Teacher Gains the Wisdom of Youth, by Herbert Kohl (Bloomsbury, 2007, 162 pages, illustrated). A few years ago, renowned educator and author Herbert Kohl wandered into Joseph Fine Art School and signed up for classes. He has written a charming and "masterful account... a stunning gift" about his time as a student at the school. The book is available at Greenapple Books at 506 Clement St. in San Francisco or online from Amazon.

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