Workshops



Color Harmony Made Simple

If you've ever experienced difficulty in understanding color harmony or felt like you had to be a rocket scientist to figure it out, this is the workshop for you. An all day class where you will not only grasp the same color harmony fundamentals studied (and used) by the impressionist painters on upwards into the 20th century abstract artists, you will get to experiment with your own paintings. Use acrylic paint as well as the iPad as a digital canvas which makes studying and experimenting very rapid. Bring your own iPAD (with the programs Art Set Pro and Procreate downloaded in advance) or borrow an iPad from PAL.

 



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Main Gallery
Mustard 2/17 - 2/17 Su 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM $110.00 View 13

Abstract Painting Workshop

This Painting Workshop is designed for people who would like to get feedback on their work and experiment for a day within a community of painters. The focus will be on abstraction and reinvigorating your home painting practice. We will experiment with different ways of working with paint and composition in order to infuse your process with life and new possibilities. The day will consist of plenty of time to work as well as individual feedback and group critiques.

$5 Made payable to instructor.

 



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Studio One
Hawkinson 1/13 - 1/13 Su 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM $150.00 View 9

Abstracting the Figure

This high energy workshop is open to students of all levels who wish to explore abstraction in painting. Through condensed discussions, focused demonstrations and individual painting with instructor feedback, students will consider concepts relevant to contemporary figurative painting. Topics of focus include: selecting imagery, exploring compositions through drawing and combining realism with abstraction to develop a personal voice.



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Main Gallery
Azgour 1/26 - 1/26 Sa 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM $120.00 View 9

Approaching the Landscape in Watercolor

In this special workshop held in our new teaching studio location at The Foster, in Palo Alto, we will learn how to observe the landscape and break it down into manageable visual elements to create an exciting design in our paintings. You will focus on learning to simplify, manage clean washes, and explore various watercolor techniques to bring validity & definition to the specific areas of our paintings. There will be an 'Open House' with Steve to introduce PAL students to the new venue on Sunday, February 10th from 1p - 4p. Please join us there!

 



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Sacred Places Gallery
Curl 3/2 - 3/2 Sa 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM $120.00 View 13

Art & Wine: Landscape with May Shei

Try your hand at brush painting while sipping a glass of wine. Artist May Shei leads students through a step-by-step painting of contemporary Chinese landscapes utilizing traditonal brushes and watercolor on rice paper. All materials and wine/snacks included.

 



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Main Gallery
shei 2/15 - 2/15 Fr 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM $65.00 View 12

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 2/22 - 2/22 Fr 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM $65.00 View 15

Art & Wine: Yosemite Ink & Watercolor

During this fun Friday night Art & Wine workshop, learn to make a Yosemite inspired ink drawing using Japanese Sumi ink and watercolor through step-by-step instruction by popular instructor Robert Dvoark. This fun workshop is open to all levels. All materials included.

 



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Main Gallery
Dvorak 2/8 - 2/8 Fr 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM $65.00 View 9

Brunch & Champagne: Paint like Cezanne

Paul Cezanne worked alongside the impressionists, but his work took him in a completely different direction that had a huge effect on the future of Modern Art, specifically Cubism. Learn about his palette and how he approached painting and do your own canvas inspired by him. All materials included.

 



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Main Gallery
Mustard 1/20 - 1/20 Su 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM $75.00 View 12

Brunch & Champagne: Paint like Van Gogh

What changed in Van Gogh's life that turned his paintings from dark and forbidding to the wonderful color palette he used? This workshop specifically addresses the influence of Japanese woodcuts on Van Gogh's work. We will, as he did, trace one of the prints he admired the most, then learn his palette and create our own painting inspired by his. All materials included.

 



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Main Gallery
Mustard 3/24 - 3/24 Su 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM $75.00 View 14

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 1/27 - 2/3 Su 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM $129.00 View 9

Floral Arranging 101: Centerpieces

Learn how to create stunning floral centerpieces using seasonal and local blooms. Caitlin shares secret techniques that enable you to create floral designs worthy of any event you may have. Perfect way to spend a Sunday with a friend or loved one! Learn the essentials such as depth, texture, color and flower care. Leave the class with a beautiful arrangement and a professional photograph of your final design. Perfect for sharing with your social media friends!

Please bring a pair of gardening clippers. $48 supplies fee for fresh premium flowers, vase and materials made payable to instructor.

 



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Main Gallery
McCourt 2/3 - 2/3 Su 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM $75.00 View 5

Floral Arranging 101: Tropical Flower Arrangment

Shake off the winter chills by learning to design a colorful and exotic tropical flower arrangement. Caitlin shares techniques that enable you to create floral designs that will make you want to book your next trip to the Big Island. A perfect way to spend a Sunday with a friend or loved one! You will learn the essentials such as depth, texture, color and flower care. Leave the class with a beautiful arrangement and a professional photograph of your final design. Perfect for sharing on social media.

Please bring a pair of gardening clippers. $48 supplies fee for fresh, exotic flowers, vase and materials made payable to instructor.

 



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Studio One
McCourt 3/17 - 3/17 Su 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM $75.00 View 10

Painting Valentines and Greeting Cards

Express your creativity and delight your heart by giving a beautiful
watercolor valentine this year to the special people in your life. Anyone can paint
great watercolor valentines and cards in this class! You will create
watercolor gift cards of your own design.  Some will be mounted and ready
for giving.  Beginners and advanced students are welcome. Make these
unique gifts for the special people in your life.  They will be saved and
treasured. Materials fee $10 made payable to instructor for watercolor papers, gift cards, envelopes, glue, the handout, and other supplies.
Bring a water container, a cotton rag, and wear comfortable work clothes. Bring your own watercolor supplies, You may purchase a travel watercolor kit and brush from instructor for $16.

 



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Main Gallery
Dvorak 2/9 - 2/9 Sa 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM $80.00 View 12

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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Studio One
Bramschreiber 2/17 - 2/17 Su 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM $120.00 View 12

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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Studio One
Coleman 1/19 - 1/19 Sa 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM $129.00 View 8

Watercolor: Big Bold Flowers

In this 2 day workshop, learn how to simplify a flower and turn it into a stunningly beautiful dramatic composition. Potential compositions are the Matilija poppy, red poppies, rhododendrons, foxgloves and white tulips. Beginners with experience are welcome as well as advanced painters. 

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Osborne 1/12 - 1/13 Sa Su 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM $190.00 View 12

Workshop: Colored Pencil on Dura-Lar Drafting Film

We will be using the new, unique Dura-Lar translucent polyester film which very readily accepts colored pencil and allows for rich color and sharp details with little effort. Because of its translucency, you can work on both sides for richer effect or even stack layers for an atmospheric effect. Learn how to use this surface to create colored pencil images that pop! When you’re finished drawing on it (both sides!) you mount it to an opaque background and frame it under glass or acrylic.  

 

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Howard 1/27 - 1/27 Su 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM $120.00 View 11

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: Japanese-Style Woodblock Printmaking

Bay Area artist Tom Killion will introduce students to the use of Japanese wood blocks, hand tools and printing. Killion will cover the design and transfer of images onto blocks, multi-block registration, carving, sharpening of tools and basic printing techniques. Students will work on a small single-color block print to be proofed at end of class. (20 max students)

2 Days to choose from. They are not interchangeable. You must sign up for either Saturday or Sunday. Please do not sign up for both. Tom believes strongly in being able to share with as many students as possible.

Woodblocks, ink and paper will be provided for a materials fee of $25. Students must bring their own tools: see attached list. Be sure to register early. This class fills up very quickly!

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18 - &up Killion 3/16 - 3/16 Sa 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM $180.00 View -16
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18 - &up Killion 3/17 - 3/17 Su 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM $180.00 View -18

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 3/30 - 3/30 Sa 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM $90.00 View 10