Welcome to ARTroads, a San Francisco educational organization, where we help highlight the many paths to your creativity. We're all about exploring, learning and producing art. Here at ARTroads, we offer information, education, resources and adventure!
You'll find art lessons, art classes, drawing and watercolor painting, links to art history, art appreciation, artists and their artworks, artist supplies, art schools, art trips and art news. Gather your pencils, drawing paper, paints and imagination and travel the path with us to your own vision, your own art! Time, passion, energy and focus are the resources we all possess during our brief journey here. We can use these valuable treasures with respect and purpose if we simply allow ourselves to see; to see the world around us, the colors and creations, the values and relationships, the positive and negative, the new, the old and the just invented.
It is the mission of ARTroads to teach anyone willing to see that world to translate their vision. Translation occurs through individual artistic language into an expression of sight and self. We can then all see what each artist sees; what's there in our world. The simple act of drawing, painting, somehow recording what we see grounds us, it engages us, it documents our place, the things and the people in our lives.
ARTroads is determined to provide the tools, technique and inspiration to allow everyone to develop the skills needed to translate what they see into their own art.
Pamela Rhodes is the founder and director of ARTroads Academy. She believes that everyone is capable of seeing the world that surrounds us and also capable of transposing that vision onto paper and canvas.
Pamela has worked as a technical illustrator and directed a corporate audio-visual department. She graduated from City University of New York, Baruch College, with a business degree, majoring in advertising. She has pursued her own art education through numerous programs at San Francisco State University, The Academy of Sciences and under the tutelage of professional artists, most notably and inspirationally, Bob Gerbracht. Pamela has served as Vice President and Director of Development for the San Francisco Women Artists and is a member of the California Watercolor Association.
She is a skilled portrait and landscape artist and her graphite, colored pencil watercolor work is owned by clients throughout the U.S., Mexico and England. She has taught drawing, portrait and watercolor classes for numerous organizations and in workshops in Italy, Mexico, and the United States. Pamela’s signature class, “Learning to Draw so You can Paint”, is offered year-round in San Francisco, annually in the Yucatan and as an essential part of her Tuscany workshop each autumn.
Pamela is a patient and prepared instructor. She provides tools and techniques that allow each student to develop their skills. She wants each of us to really see all that surrounds us and be able to draw and paint those treasures that we see. Pamela believes that the skill of seeing, combined with the practice of drawing, results in the excitement of expression.