Jean Oppermann

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Jean Oppermann is a painter, drawing instructor, and design educator. Her drawings have been displayed in galleries in San Francisco and private collections nationally and internationally. Jean was invited to join CCA's Fashion Design Program faculty at its inception in 1995, where she developed the drawing curriculum.

An experienced instructor who has taught drawing at colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area for 30 years, Jean was well suited to design the first figure-drawing course offered specifically to Fashion Design majors.

Body in Motion was developed to teach aspiring fashion designers how the human body moves. The course is now an Illustration class, recommended as a preferred studio elective for animation and fashion design majors. 

Jean has also taught in the First Year Program for seven years where she helped develop the current drawing curriculum for Form and Gesture, a Core class at CCA that emphasizes the body. In addition she has taught Fashion Illustration, Basic Drawing, and Heads and Hands.

Before coming to CCAC in 1995 Jean worked in visual merchandising and management in San Francisco’s fashion industry, at CutLoose and Japanese Weekend. In 2001 she left the fashion business to devote herself solely to the continued development of CCA's Fashion Design Program, where she served as assistant chair, interim chair and co-chair, academic advisor, and drawing instructor.


In 2013 Jean joined the Illustration Program, continues to teach drawing in the Core Program, and enjoys her own studio practice.

Associate Professor, Fashion Design
Associate Professor, First Year
Associate Professor, Illustration

BA, Stephens College; MFA, Academy of Art College, San Francisco