Who We Are


The School of Visual Philosophy is dedicated to improving art education and cultivating a professional, creative community by offering the highest level of instruction while integrating fine art with technology. We strive to respect and understand traditional practices while continually pushing the boundaries to improve and discover better methods of art education.

This online atelier uses historic and contemporary models of learning in order to give students a comprehensive, creative and holistic education in fine art and related subjects.


Programs of Study


Encaustic Painting with brushes and wax paint
Painting Program

The Painting Program includes foundational studies in color theory, making your own paint and techniques in media including watercolor, acrylic, oil, encaustic and fresco

Blacksmithing hammer with cast metal head
Forging Program

The Forging Program includes education and Certification in the fields of blacksmithing and bladesmithing. Specific series such as Chef knives, Historic blades and Homestead tools focus on history, theory and skill.

screen print 4 color process with squeegee and ink
Printmaking Program

The Printmaking Program includes Certification in the fields of Screen Printing and Lithography as well as in depth study in a variety of traditional techniques from relief and monotype to laser cut etching and woodcut

Ecorche sculpture skull with clay muscles
Sculpture Program

The Sculpture Program is an in depth field of study that incorporates basic fundamentals as well as advanced techniques in figure sculpting, clay modeling moldmaking, welding and public installation.

case bound book binding journal
Foundations of Art Program

Our Foundations of Art Program is integral to how we work at SVP. Artists working today need to be able to understand the basic structure of the artistic language.

Motoharu Asaka teaching professional level woodcut workshop
Dialects of Art Program

Our Dialects of Art Program is designed to give artists a clear understanding of all the many sub-categories within the language of art, including different cultural and material viewpoints.

Meet our Creators

Dana printing a fine art lithograph with the printmaking press

Hi, I’m Dana Harris Seeger


I am a native Californian, tied to my Baltic roots in symbols, sight, sound and spirit; making art and advocating for art education in the heart of Silicon Valley. I co-created the School of Visual Philosophy with my husband, Yori in 2013. I really enjoy merging fine art with technology in my artwork, my business and now with my teaching.

Yori Seeger blacksmithing instructor, sculptor

Hi, I'm Yori Seeger


I am a sculptor working in bronze, wood, steel and cement. My main focus in all my artwork is education. I co-created the School of Visual Philosophy with Dana Harris Seeger in 2013 and continue to teach blacksmithing, woodworking and sculpting classes both in person and virtually.

Why our School is different


We have taught at universities, colleges and independent institutions all over the U.S. We have been students at many of the same types of institutions. We feel there is something missing from higher art education and even from the way artists are viewed by the society they represent.

Our School aims to do things differently. We challenge our society, our artists and our students to see artists as professional business entrepreneurs who not only have to build their skills but have to market themselves, sell their work, create their business models AND create meaningful work.

Our courses are designed with a holistic approach in mind- to give students and artists all kinds of ways to master techniques, form connections in other areas besides art and communicate their message in the best way possible.

Join us and BECOME MORE!


Let us introduce ourselves


Take a look inside our physical studio in San Jose California and get excited about learning from the professional artists who work here!

 

What our students say:


"I took a class last week that was phenomenal. The teachers are so kind, patient, and knowledgeable. They are dedicated to unlocking and equipping the creative potential in everyone that enters."

- Chuck B.

Japanese Master woodcut workshop