Our Mission

Empowering people to lead more courageous and meaningful lives through the practice of process arts.

The Institute For Art and Living (The Painting Experience) is a 501(c)3 California nonprofit arts educational organization that conducts courses in the creative arts as a tool for self-discovery. Our headquarters is the San Francisco Bay Area, although our programs carry us throughout the United States, Canada and overseas.

Since its founding in 1976, The Painting Experience has touched the lives of thousands of people by enabling them to explore creative expression in an atmosphere that is non-competitive and non-judgmental. Our workshops and classes provide the opportunity to discover your creative potential in a respectful, supportive and stimulating environment.

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