Workshops



Architectural Drawing Around Town

In this workshop students focus on learning the conventions of freehand drawing through observing, documenting and analyzing design details. The workshop starts with a discussion of drawing techniques, shading, principals of perspective, space and composition and proceed to drawing selected local buildings and landscapes in downtown Palo Alto and the surrounding area.

 



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Main Gallery
Lamprell 9/8 - 9/8 Su 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM $89.00 View 7

Art & Wine : Watercolor with Steve Curl
Come spend a fun evening over a glass of wine while creating a watercolor painting with Steve Curl. Via demonstration, Steve guides the way on how to create a landscape watercolor from a photograph. The evening concludes with a finished painting ready to take home. Learn some watercolor techniques while having a great time.

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Main Gallery
Curl 9/27 - 9/27 Fr 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM $65.00 View 10

Ceramics - Maiolica painting
In this workshop, students will build original ceramic artwork - bowl and decorate it in a contemporary way based on traditional Italian technique dating back to the Renaissance period - maiolica. 
The first day is Build a Bowl day. No throwing wheel, just hands and soft slab technique to create a bowl that can be used in everyday life. Between classes, the bowl is dried, fired and ready for decoration.
On the second day, the bowl covered by maiolica glaze and painted with underglazes. Every student, with guidance from the instructor, will decorate the bowl with a unique painting fueled by creativity. After the end of the second day, the bowl is fired again and will be ready for pickup in 2-3 days.

 

 

 


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Studio Two
Smelik 8/24 - 8/31 Sa 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM $150.00 View 9

Collage Animal Portrait

Samuel Price is a San Francisco-based artist who specializes in creating and teaching collage and mixed media art techniques.
Sam is best known for handcrafting large paper collage animal portraits and his shown his work throughout the Bay Area over the last ten years.

This 6 hour workshop will focus on creating your own unique animal portrait using his square by square technique and creating life-like paper collage portraits from simple everyday materials.

 



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Main Gallery
Price 8/4 - 8/4 Su 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM $120.00 View 0
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Main Gallery
Price 9/22 - 9/22 Su 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM $120.00 View 8

Color into Collage

Students use photo scrap as reference, build a composite image, then use collage to create a mixed media Illustration and learn the basics of the Illustration process, color theory, and watch a demo on watercolor, gouache and ink.



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Main Gallery
Gouveia 8/24 - 8/24 Sa 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM $90.00 View 10

Color Workshop with Mitchell Johnson
Grade Range: 17 - Adult
Using an unusual still life set-up and oil paints this class will explore the teaching of Josef Albers, in particular the impact of context on language and color perception. An emphasis will be placed on color mixing and a list of paints and materials will be provided. All level of students will be able to participate and benefit.

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Studio One
Johnson 9/15 - 9/15 Su 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM $150.00 View -6
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Johnson 11/3 - 11/3 Su 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM $150.00 View 0

Digital Photography: Beginners "Get out of Auto Mode"

Get yourself out of "Auto" mode with master photographer David Coleman as he shows you his secrets for capturing magical images. The goal of this class is to become a better photographer by putting you in charge of your digital camera's controls and how to work with digital files. Learn how to use shutter speed, aperture, and ISO on your camera for your creative process. This class covers basic composition skills, image design, focus, and depth of field.

 



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Studio One
Coleman 8/18 - 8/25 Su 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM $129.00 View 9

Explorations in Drawing

Sketching and drawing are among the most fundamental methods of communication. We are visual learners and we all have the ability to sketch and draw within us as a way of expression. This workshop explores working from life in different colorful media. The morning session includes a botanical study in colored pencil; the afternoon session includes still life studies of vegetables using felt pen and pastel pencils. Open to all levels and ages.

 



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Main Gallery
Bramschreiber 8/11 - 8/11 Su 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM $120.00 View 10

Introduction to Color Pencil Drawing
The workshop explains the basic characteristics and color ranges of the main kinds of color pencils, hard, soft, water soluble and soft pastel varieties. It offers step by step guidance, with visual demonstrations of each key technique - blending, burnishing, shading as well as the basics of composition and perspective and also includes graphite pencil techniques. This is a beginners class for those who always wanted to draw but did not know where to start!

Materials fee included in the price.


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Studio One
Lamprell 7/28 - 7/28 Su 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM $89.00 View 9

Let's Dye: Shibori Dyed Cloth

Shibori dyed clothes are very hot right now and can be found in trending fashion and home decor. Spend the morning learning how to make your own shibori dyed cloth using special tie-dyeing techniques by manipulating fabric in an immersive dye bath using simple household items. No previous experience is needed. All levels.

 Materials are included in the class fee.



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Main Gallery
Janklow 8/3 - 8/3 Sa 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM $65.00 View 6

Make Your Own Wearable Art
Grade Range: 17 - Adult
Create a large scarf and one other garment.  Send size with  enrollment as well as preference for which two items to paint.

Make your own wearable art

Join our creative instructor Caroline Mustard for a day of exploration and adventure creating your own
Wearable art. You’ll learn how to create a scarf you can wear immediately
And a top that will require minimal stitching.  $25 for
materials included in enrollment fee. Only hand washable pure silk fabric will be used with eco Friendly fabric paint. We will
Send you your choices of garments and sizes before class


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17 - &up Mustard 9/1 - 9/1 Su 09:30 AM - 03:30 PM $130.00 View 12

Photographic Composition
oin local professional photographer, Tom Upton, for this one-day Photographic Composition Workshop. We’ll elevate casual camera busywork by looking at photographs that show the vernacular and language of photography. I will introduce to you many ways to make images stronger, with the building blocks of intelligent image making. This is brisk hands-on action, hunting and gathering elements that make photographs interesting. Minimal class monolog and maximal camera-work exercises to tune your eye. You will look, shoot, and review with a benevolent guide.

The camera will be your instrument of observation for this day. Not resting on our laurels indoors, we will go outdoors and shoot together. Then we look at our photos. In fact, we will do this twice! Don’t worry I will have your back.

So only one question remains. . . is it ART? Come and find out!

Note: Please be familiar with your camera and manual and P mode. While this class is smartphone compatible, a DSLR type camera will yield best results.


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Studio Two
Upton 8/6 - 8/6 Tu 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM $200.00 View 12

Photography Portraiture Lighting
Join Tom Upton, local commercial photographer and owner of PhotoTrainer.com for an introduction to studio and natural light portraiture class at the Pacific Art League. We will start in the studio with a demonstration of basics of classic studio lighting, where we critically, and in detail, assess light on the human face. In a good way! I will show variations of lighting for exploring the rich beauty of the human visage: single source, “Rembrandt light,” beauty, fashion, film noir, and more. Additionally, along the way I will share strategies for working with subjects who are unfamiliar with being in front of the camera. After all, we are making proper portraits and not shooting selfie candid. Finally, you get to try your eyes at this with lights, cameras and subjects.

There will be a lunch break!

In the afternoon we will learn to look at and work with natural light. Call it ambient light, incident light, or circumstantial light. This is what we have right here at our fingertips! We will explore the PAL studio for great light and will not stop there, we will visit my studio three doors down the block, and then expand into the streets and alleys around the Pacific Art League for natural lighting circumstances that respect actual portraiture.

Note: Please be familiar with your camera and manual and P mode. While this class is smartphone compatible, a DSLR type camera will yield best results.



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Studio Two
Upton 8/7 - 8/7 We 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM $290.00 View 12

Pierre Bonnard and Painting From Photos
Explore the world of Pierre Bonnard's paintings with Caroline. Learn how Bonnard and his close friend Vuillard were inspired by Japanese art and used the earliest box cameras to capture images and used them to to paint! Find out how to use color and do your own artwork based on what you learned.

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Mustard 7/28 - 7/28 Su 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM $65.00 View 12

Saturday's Gesture Drawing

Challenge yourself and join us for this live model study of the figure focusing in gesture. A relaxed atmosphere where you can watch demonstrations and use any medium you enjoy. Quick and long poses throughout the class time. (Materials not included)

 



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Beverleigh 8/10 - 8/10 Sa 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM $100.00 View 11

Saturday's Painting Studies

Come explore an opportunity to use different approaches in painting from a live model using the medium of your choice. Practice quick studies in efforts to develop your own process and elaborate in one final long pose at the end of class. Open to all levels.

 



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Beverleigh 8/17 - 8/17 Sa 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM $100.00 View 11

Step by Step Portrait Drawing

Whether you're a beginner or have some experience, this class will further your skills competent portrait drawings. Through step-by-step demos,artist/instructor Oliver Sin will help you look closely and understand structure of the face. Learn the techniques of mastering expressive portraiture with vine charcoal, compressed charcoal and sanguine pencils on toned paper. All levels welcome.

 

 



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Sin 7/27 - 7/28 Sa Su 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM $360.00 View 9

The Art of Silverpoint

Silverpoint is one of several types of metalpoint used by the Geat Masters such as Da Vinci, Raphael and Durer used the medium to create stunning portrait and figure studies. Easy to learn, this rewarding medium produces an elegant and beautiful etching-like appearance to the finished work. Students are provided with a primed surface, a silver stylus, and a subject reference for the work. Though the styluses will be returned to the instructor at the end of the workshop, students who wish it will be provided with sterling silver pins to produce their own styluses for future work.

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Bramschreiber 8/25 - 8/25 Su 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM $120.00 View 10

Visual Storytelling Workshop: Tell a better story
 Learn how to be a better visual storyteller with your photography! In this captivating lecture visual storyteller and street photographer, David Coleman, will teach you visual storytelling techniques to become a better visual storyteller. You will learn how to compose an impactful narrative using the following techniques:
• Plot
• Rule of 3's
• Context
• Character
• Conflict
• Climax
• Resolution
• Moments and Gestures
• Mood and Ambiance
• And much more




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Coleman 9/8 - 9/8 Su 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM $220.00 View 12

West Africa Adinkra Printing

Often referred to as "story cloth", West African stamped Adinkra cloth uses symbols representing ancient proverbs and words of wisdom. Learn more about these symbols, what they represent and how you can create an Adinkra to tell your own story. Learn the techniques and materials need to stamp your own cloth, that you can turn into a wall hanging or make a simple small blank book version in paper.

 

Materials are included in the class fee.



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Janklow 9/7 - 9/7 Sa 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM $65.00 View 12

Workshop: Have Your Artwork Professionally Photographed

Your original artwork will be professionally photographed under calibrated lighting using a 36 MB camera and is suitable for fine art giclée prints and internet use. The files will be saved on a USB memory stick in two formats (JPEG for Internet use and DNG for Printing). Approximately 20 pieces of artwork can be photographed during your hour (more if artwork is close to the same size). If time permits, basic photo editing of your images will be provided. Your artwork can be paintings, mixed media, pottery, sculpture, jewelry or anything you can carry.

Past experience has shown that 25 or so pictures can be photographed in the hour, dropping the cost to about $5 per image. In addition, if you have friends with Artwork, but not enough pieces to fill the hour, you can share your time slot and cost with them.

Discounted printing of your art on paper, canvas or metal is available to attendees. Please bring at least a 4 GB USB flash drive to hold the images, or purchase an 8GB one from instructor for $10.

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Workshop: Watercolor en Plein Air

Get out and capture the beauty of nature in this easily portable medium! In this daylong, outdoor workshop we will work on strengthening observation and design skills, mixing accurate colors, technique, and planning and executing a painting in the time available. Class will meet at a location provided by the instructor. Class will be rescheduled in case of rain.

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Curl 9/28 - 9/28 Sa 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM $120.00 View 10

WS: Encaustic Monotype Printmaking

This unique workshop introduces the use of beeswax to traditional monotype print techniques. Learn how to apply colorful beeswax to a heated surface to create an abstract image that is “pulled off” the plate using a variety of papers. Have fun exploring the process through different application methods and techniques to create your prints. Includes discussion on framing and other uses of these prints.

 

 



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Zarem 9/21 - 9/21 Sa 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM $90.00 View 7