Pacific Art League

A passion for art and community since 1921

Painting & Drawing

beginner through advanced instruction in watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel painting. drawing classes designed to establish the foundation in charcoal, graphite, ink and pastel--and focused on the basics of form, line, shape, tint and texture.



Printmaking classes teach core techniques including monotypes, linocutting and screen printing, and explore historical, cultural or contemporary themes.

Sculpture & Ceramics

sculpture classes teach how to use a combination of idea and form to create changing perceptual experiences. ceramics classes offer introductions to either sculpture or pottery.


Digital Art & Photography

Digital art and photography classes teach students how to use ipads, iphones and digital cameras to capture and create original artworks.

Abstract & Mixed Media

Abstract painting classes using watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel, and mixed media classes that combine a variety of media in a single work.


Plein Air & Landscape Art

En Plein Air and landscape painting instruction in a variety of media including watercolor and oil, and often incorporate working outside to the process.

"I've loved every class. My creative freedom grows with my technique." - Joe Schmo


Pacific Art League has more than 40 expert artist-instructors, all with robust creative practices and many of whom have taught classes at Pacific Art League for years. Learn more about our instructors, check out their portfolios and bios or inquire about how to become a Pacific Art League instructor.

"I paint for myself." - Francis Bacon

General Information

To learn more about upcoming classes, workshops or other educational events please consult our course catalog or event calendar. You can also reach out to us at 650-321-3891 or Also please feel free to drop in during gallery hours: Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm.

Pacific Art League holds most classes in our historic building at 668 Ramona Street in downtown Palo Alto. Select classes and those designed for specific groups are occasionally held offsite. 



Pacific Art League is honored to offer scholarships to those in need of financial support to explore their art. You can learn more about our scholarship programs, including the Robin E. Welles Scholarship and the TK Scholarship, how to apply for a scholarship or how to fund a scholarship


Materials & Supplies

Supply lists for each class are listed on the Pacific Art League course catalog under course description. Students are responsible for purchasing their own supplies prior to the start of the first class. Fees for classes with a live model are included in the listed course fee. 

Occasionally, a 'materials fee' is listed under the course description: this indicates that the instructor will provide the necessary supplies for the stated fee. In these situations, the materials fee is payable directly to the instructor on the first day of class. Cash or check only, please.


Tuition & Fees

Payment of the full fee is required to secure your enrollment in a class or workshop. PAL accepts cash, checks and major credit cards. Please make checks payable to Pacific Art League, indicating the class number on the memo line. 


Enrollment Policies

Each course has limited enrollment and classes can fill up quickly. However, once a course has started, students may register late providing there's space remaining, and with the instructor's agreement. Please contact us if you'd like to join a class that has already started.


Credit & Refund Policy

If a student drops a class at least seven days before the start of the first class, the full fee will be refunded less a 15% administrative fee. If a student drops a class no later than two days after the first class, he or she may transfer to another class or withdraw, receiving a credit (less the prorated fee of the class attended and a 15% administrative fee). If for any reason Pacific Art League must cancel a class, we'll provide you with a full refund.

Workshops are handled differently due to sunken costs. If a student withdraws at least 10 days before the start of a workshop, the full fee will be refunded, less a 15% administrative fee. No refunds will be given after this date. 


Parking Downtown

Downtown Palo Alto can be bustling so we suggest parking under City Hall, across the street from Pacific Art League.