Past Events

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*POSTPONED*

Free Community Workshop: DIY Toy Cars

Saturday, April 25 from 1 to 3 pm with Artist Patricia Wells

Come make and play with us! In this workshop, kids will learn to create their own toy cars. Participants will observe car models in action and be guided through inquiry into how the car is built. Using household and recycled materials, children will create their own models and then test them through a series of challenges.

To register call (415) 647-1746 or email: tom@scrap-sf.org

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SCRAPpy Envelope Book

Saturday, April 4 from 1 to 4 pm with Artist Michelle Vass

Our basic book will be constructed of envelopes. Any size, any shape. They will create sturdy pages and nice big pockets for stashing all those extras we'll create and ephemera. Michelle will share easy methods for creating and adding flaps and flip outs, tags, journaling cards and little notebooks. We'll add smaller envelopes for interest and additional tuck spots. We'll have free access to all of the wonderful goodies at SCRAP to use to collage our book pages, and extras and to tuck in our book pockets. She'll also bring fun goodies from her personal stash to share .

Some ideas for your book:

  • A garden journal with pockets to keep seed envelopes and lots of spots for note keeping

  • A little book to jot down your favorite quotes or poems

  • A travel journal with lots of journaling space, pockets to tuck away ephemera, postcards and receipts with room to add photos

  • An eclectic book of collaged papers and images

  • The possibilities are endless! Make it your own!

All other materials and tools will be provided. Just bring your favorite scissors if you like (recommend one large and one small pair).

Tickets are $20 per person. Ages 10 and over are welcome.

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Sketchy Characters

AKA "Cartooning"

Free Teacher Workshop

Saturday, March 21 from 1 to 3 pm with Visual Arts Educator Sherie Yazman

Learn how to enliven your classroom with fun cartooning activities!

This workshop is geared for beginning cartoonists whether in elementary or secondary school. Basic instruction will give participants a working knowledge of hoe to sketch cartoons. Ideas are adaptable for digital artwork use.

How to Create a SoulCollage®

Saturday, March 7 from 1 to 3 pm

with Artist Eileen Schwind

Create a SoulCollage® for your personal use and access your inner knowing. This can be the start of a deck of cards that you can use to receive guidance from when you are moving through different phases of your life. No art training is necessary to make a beautiful and meaningful piece.

$20 Ticket per person


Free Community Workshop: Making Polymer-Clay Jewelry

Saturday, February 22 from 1 to 3 pm with Heidy Espinosa

In this workshop, participants learned how to make play dough. Then they became familiar with polymer-clay, which they used to make small free-form shapes. They also learned to use silicon molds to make intricate shapes. The shapes were made into jewelry and personal adornment items using metal findings. Then they were baked in a toaster oven to set the shape. Great fun was had by all! Thanks Heidy & Alex for leading this workshop with such exuberance!

Free Teacher Workshop: Printmaking for Children

Saturday, February 15 from 1 to 3 pm with Lita Blanc

In this workshop, participants learned how to create simple and beautiful prints with every day objects and materials such as paper clips, glue, tape and lace. The workshop was geared for teachers working with elementary school students, but the techniques learned could be easily adapted for other age groups.

SFUSD attending were eligible to receive payment for their participation in accordance to Prop G.

Fabric Sale: 50% Off

From February 3 to 15 during SCRAP hours

Love textiles? We love fabric sales!

We sold paper-grocery sized bags full fabric rolls for just $5 dollars. The special sale applied to all Scrap fabric (solid colors, patterns and upholstery fabric) expect fabric bolts and leather rolls.

Apron Making Workshop with Dorothy Yuki

Saturday, February 1 from 1 to 4 pm

$25 tickers for adults only (limited to 8 participants). Materials provided.

Participants spent an afternoon learning how to sew a quality cover up apron with one of our long-time teaching artists, Dorothy Yuki. Dorothy offered two different models - the traditional apron with strings around the neck and waist, or the one pictured here.

Mixed Media and the Creative Process Workshop with Cathy Cruz

Saturday, January 25 from 10 am to Noon

$25 for adults, $15 children (8 years-old and up). Materials included.

This workshop is designed to encourage both adults and children to be playful and unleash their creativity. No experience was required! It was also the perfect workshop for those dreaming of making art but not sure how to get started. And a great opportunity to engage the family in a fun weekend activity!h

The demo was the vehicle to discuss basic abstract composition, techniques, and tools accessible to children. Later, all participants collaged printed papers with other SCRAP-found materials and mounted them on wood.

Free Teacher Workshop: Easy Abstract Art

Saturday, January 18 from 1 to 3 pm with Sherie Yazman

Art doesn't have to look like a photo! It can be a combination of lines, shapes, textures and colors. This lesson helped teachers introduce students to the elements of art and design. It was also created as a jumping off point for a variety of other projects.

The techniques were adaptable to most levels of instruction. And all projects were designed to be created with free or inexpensive materials.

SFUSD attending were eligible to receive payment for their participation in accordance to Prop G.

Reversible Tote Bag Workshop with Peggy Airey-Van Diem

Saturday, January 4 from 1 to 3 pm

$20 ticket

Peggy and Scrap hosted a sewing afternoon, learning how to make reversible tote bags. We hope this event is the first of many that teach children and adults how to reduce the use of plastics in our daily lives.

"We don't need a handful of people doing zero-waste perfectly, we need millions doing it imperfectly"

Holiday Gift Wrapping Event

Saturday, December 7 from 2 to 5 pm

We hosted a "gift wrapping party" at SCRAP's workshop space! We had plenty of supplies to choose from - people could wrap here and pay only for what they used, of they selected their favorite supplies to wrap at home.

Thank you to those who came and support creative reuse in your gift wrapping!

Free Teacher Workshop: Siapo Polynesian Bark Cloth

Saturday, November 16 from 1 to 3 pm

Presenter Sherie Yazman, Arts Educator, demonstrated an art lesson that uses math, science and language arts for all grade levels and abilities to enhance student learning across the curriculum.

SFUSD attending were eligible to receive payment for their participation in accordance to Prop G.

SCRAP Community Fundraiser

Friday, November 15 from 5 to 8 pm

We planned a family-friendly fundraiser to help sustain our work as a flagship creative reuse center in the country, and to have some fun together as well!

We also enjoyed together a Mexican dinner by Bayview taqueria, Tato. And to keep the evening lively and entertaining for adults and children alike, we had music, a magician, a crafts table, and a fun music station made by up-cycled materials.

Thank you so much to everyone who could come and support us!


Free Teacher Workshop: Dia de los Muertos Paper Craft

Saturday, October 19 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Arts Educator, Ms. Sherie Yazman, presented lessons on paper projects for the classroom for Day of the Dead.

The projects were adaptable for all levels and included Calaveras, printing, rubbings, papel picado, luminarias and banners.

SFUSD attending were eligible to receive payment for their participation in accordance to Prop G.

SCRAP Pop-up Shop at the Bayview Community Market

Saturday, October 19 from 10 am to 2 pm

The Bayview Community Market brings together handcrafted goods, artisanal food, organic season produce, and now, a mini SCRAP pop-up shop!

We also sponsored a kids craft zone, led by local artist and SCRAP longtime friend, Chula!

The market was created to showcase the craftwork of the Bayview community, and is the perfect plan for a family-friendly Saturday morning anytime.

The Bayview Community Market is located at All Good Pizza, at 1605 Jerrold Ave, San Francisco.

Special Sale - Jewelry, Beads & Buttons

Saturday, September 28 from 11 am to 4 pm

Perfect for jewelry makers, and artists and crafters who love to create, curate, invent and re-invent using beads and buttons large and small!

We had a wide spectrum of quality and materials in our back-stock - all treasures for jewelry or art project.

Affordable Housing Workshop for Artists, Makers and Educators

Thursday, September 26 from 6 to 7:30 pm

Attendance is FREE

The Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) and SCRAP hosted an affordable housing workshop geared towards San Francisco artists, makers and educators, particularly all of you in the Bayview district.

We discussed:

  • What is affordable housing (subsidies, below-market rate housing, low-cost market rates units and permanent supportive housing).

  • Below-market rate units in detail, including the application process and restrictions, and how MEDA helps.

  • Home ownership

  • Workforce development support


Scrap's First Pop-up Shop

Saturday, September 22 from 10 am to 2:00 pm

In partnership with FLAX

To celebrate our friendship, FLAX has invited us to set up a SCRAP pop-up shop at their Fort Mason location in San Francisco.

FLAX will also donate 10% of their total revenue to SCRAP, so please come, explore and shop for what you need to support us as well!

Creative Collage with Sally Wassink

Saturday, September 21 from 12 am to 3:00 pm

$25 Ticket

All skill levels are welcome from beginners to experienced collagists, ages 12 years old and up.

In this 3-hour workshop we will view artwork by other collage artists, cover some basics about composition, talk about techniques & papers, share tips about tools, such as adhesives and save some time at the end of the workshop to view each others work & share experiences.

Students will be given some time at the beginning of the workshop to pull from SCRAP's multitude of paper resources to use in their artwork. The goal is to go home with a few (or a lot!) of finished pieces. If you have particular imagery in mind, please bring it with you as well!

Special Yarn Sale

Saturday, August 24 from 11 am to 3:00 pm

Come and find a truly wide assortment and quantity for yarn, at the best possible prices you can find in stores or online.

All the yarn will be in bins inside our workshop space. Come explore, find your supplies and treasures, and enjoy!

No pre-registration required. Just come anytime between 11 am - 3 pm.

Knit and Crochet Day!

Tuesday, March 12 from 11 am to 6 pm (drop-in hours)

$15 Ticket

All levels and beginners welcome, any age, anyone! Learn the basics or work on a project. $15 gets you a seat at the table with our instructors and two skeins of beautiful hand-dyed golden alpaca and wool blend yarn.

Stay as little or as long as you'd like. Row and Hannah will be around to check your progress, help with a difficult stitch, or just compliment your lovely projects!

If you would like to simply come and work on a knitting or crochet project without purchasing a ticket, please do! However, space is limited so first come, first serve.

Beginning Head and Figure Drawing

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 from 1 to 4pm

Led by artist David Tenorio, this Drawing workshop will teach you the fundamentals of drawing, tips for drawing the head/portrait and how to improve your observational abilities.

This 3 hour workshop will cover such topics as:

  • Basic foundational drawing skills

  • Tips and tricks for each feature of the head

  • How do we observe quickly? Seeing what's most important

  • The correct way to construct the head using the "Ball and Jaw" method

  • Simple to advanced techniques for shading in pencil and ink

For both beginners and seasoned veterans, this workshop will provide instruction that spans all abilities and skill levels. The workshop will begin with a detailed lecture covering basic foundational drawing skills (with some advanced techniques included!) followed by a series of exercises and demonstrations on drawing the head, concluding with a Q&A segment at the end of the session. Each workshop participant will receive drawing materials to work with as well as a custom-made packet covering all instructed material.

Ribbon Weaving with Alex Byrne!

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 from 11 am to 4 pm

This 5-hour workshop will introduce you to weaving ribbons and fabrics into textile pieces that you can use in your other projects or keep as art in their own right. We will start with a simple ‘plain weave’ (pictured below right, made into a purse) and those that feel confident can then go on to try a more complicated ‘triaxial weave’ (also known as ‘mad weaving’, pictured above right) which results in a star or tumbling blocks pattern.

To enjoy this workshop you will need to be comfortable manipulating fabric and ribbon with your hands and using pins on cardboard. By the time we finish you will have at least one letter-sized finished piece to take home!

Ribbons and fabric will be supplied but if you wish to bring any favorites from home please feel free. Fabric should be pre-cut into approximately 1 inch wide strips to save time. Bias binding and trims can also be used.

This workshop is for everyone 15 years and older.