Pacific Art League

A passion for art and community since 1921

Cold Wax - Oil Painting Painting Workshop
Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Cold Wax - Oil Painting Painting Workshop

Ready for some fun? This introductory class focuses on the fundamentals of working with cold wax. Cold wax is combined with oil paints creating a unique and versatile medium that does not require a heat source or fusing tools. This amazing medium has great depth and lends itself to representational imagery as well as abstraction. Emphasis is placed on the understanding of materials, supports, tools and technique (using oil paints, dry pigments, oil paint sticks, brayer, catalyst’s, palette knife, and other non-traditional tools; working wet-in-wet, wet on dry; and the development of rich textures, lines, marks, incising, scrapings, colors and composition). All supplies provided. Please bring a medium sized box to transport your masterpieces. $45 materials fee payable to instructor at the beginning of class.

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Collage Animal Portrait
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

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 3 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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Floral Arranging: Hello to Spring
Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

Floral Arranging: Hello to Spring

PAL welcomes Caitlin McCourt, Lead Designer at Bell & Trunk Flowers (SF) who will be teaching us 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.

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 with your social media friends! 

All materials are provided! Please bring a pair of gardening clippers. 

Materials Fee: $48 (Includes flowers & greenery, unique container/vase, chicken wire and floral tape) already included in the price.

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Collage Animal Portrait
Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

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 3 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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Have Your Artwork Professionally Photographed
Apr
14
10:00 PM22:00

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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Architectural Drawing Around Town
Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

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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Paint with Caroline: Claude Monet and Abstract Painting
Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Paint with Caroline: Claude Monet and Abstract Painting

Join Caroline and learn about the influence Claude Monet had on 20th century art and why he was the forerunner of abstract painting. This popular workshop combines art appreciation with hands-on instruction where you not only learn how to use Monet's color palette, you will create your own Monet inspired paintings to take home. No prior painting experience required, just an enquiring mind and creative spirit!

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Techniques Using Acrylic and Collage
Apr
13
1:30 PM13:30

Techniques Using Acrylic and Collage

In this workshop learn a variety of collage and painting techniques using acrylic paint, texturing, colorful paper, and varnish. Students begin with practice boards to experiment with different techniques demonstrated by the teacher. The final product will be on canvas, where the student is free to create any image they want. Beginners or any skill level are welcome to this workshop. Most materials are supplied however students need to bring two canvases of different sizes (no larger than 16” x 20”).

 

Additional Information

Materials fee $10 made payable directly to the instructor at the beginning of the class.

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Submission Deadline: Into the Wild
Apr
11
12:01 AM00:01

Submission Deadline: Into the Wild

Into the Wild

May 3-30, 2019

From early Anatolian cave murals, to Monet's short brushstrokes, to O'Keefe's dramatic palette to Ansel Adam's Hasselblad; landscape in its majesty, beauty and solitude, has been depicted in art since the beginning of time.

This May, PAL celebrates landscape art with our jurored exhibition, "Into the Wild". We invite artists to submit pieces in any medium depicting landscape, whether representational or enthusiastically abstract.

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Painting Portraits the Easy Way
Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

Painting Portraits the Easy Way

Learn to paint portraits in watercolor. If you have always wanted to be able to successfully paint portraits in watercolor join this workshop!  Most people who try painting portraits don't know how to begin, and end up practicing the wrong way.  In this workshop you will learn good habits that will give you hours of fun and increase your ability, every time you paint a portrait. All levels welcome.

                                                               

Additional Information

A materials fee of $15 will cover your watercolor paper, color handout and color photos to paint. Bring to the workshop your watercolor supplies–brushes, watercolor palette filled with paint, HB No. 2 pencils, a kneaded eraser, a water container, a cotton rag. If you bring your own watercolor paper you will save $7. A travel watercolor set and brush will be available for $16. Optional, bring to the workshop two 8” x 10” color photos to paint.

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Drawing Portraits the Easy Way
Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Drawing Portraits the Easy Way

You can easily learn to draw a portrait.  Don’t waste your time trying to learn to draw portraits from a book, or an expensive on-line course, the slow way—practicing bad habits that will frustrate and disappoint you. 


If you have always wanted to be able to draw portraits of friends and family, know that your lack of success is not because you don’t have talent or artistic ability, or because you don’t practice enough.  Most people who try to draw faces practice the wrong way.  In this workshop you will learn how to do amazing drawings of faces.  You will surprise your friends and family and most important yourself

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Encaustic Monotype Printing (2 Sessions)
Mar
30
9:30 AM09:30

Encaustic Monotype Printing (2 Sessions)

Instructor: Lonnie Zarem

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.

You can sign up for both Morning & Afternoon workshop for a full day art workshop.

Morning Session: 9:30AM - 12:30 PM REGISTER NOW

Afternoon Session: 1:00PM -4:30 PM REGISTER NOW

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Brunch & Champagne: Paint like Van Gogh
Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Brunch & Champagne: Paint like Van Gogh

Instructor: Caroline Mustard

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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Art & Pizza: Friday Night Kids Workshop
Mar
22
5:30 PM17:30

Art & Pizza: Friday Night Kids Workshop

Drop your kids off for a fun Friday evening of pizza and art while you enjoy a well needed parents-night-out in downtown Palo Alto. Your kids won't even miss you while they are kept busy with a fun night making art project with Marci Lamb. Completed projects at the end of the evening will be ready to gift to someone special. Cheese Pizza dinner will be served. $75 for the first child. / $15 per additional sibling. Please call 650.321.3891 to enroll and pay for this unique Art class for kids!

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PAL Art Lecture Series: "Claude Monet: The Shape of Water"
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

PAL Art Lecture Series: "Claude Monet: The Shape of Water"

"Claude Monet: The Shape of Water"
Jim Caldwell
Thursday, March 21 | 7-8:30pm 

(Rescheduled event from February 13)

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This lecture is free with a suggested donation of $10 at the door

Jim's lecture explores Monet’s exquisite style as it changes during his 65 year career, from his early depiction of clouds and reflections to his wonderful Giverny paintings. 

About Jim Caldwell:
After winning his high school Art Prize in 1960, Jim Caldwell went on to major in Art at Williams College. He spent the year following graduation at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. He traveled extensively, doing watercolors, drawings and paintings. He returned to the U.S. for graduate school at Yale, where he received his Master of Architecture Degree in 1969.

Jim has had almost 50 solo shows and participated in almost 50 group shows. His paintings appear in over 430 private collections. Born in New York in 1942, he has spent most of his life in the Bay Area. He divides his time between painting and residential Architectural Design at his studio in Woodside. He teaches Painting and Drawing at Filoli, in Woodside.

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FREE Watercolor Greeting Card Workshop
Mar
18
3:30 PM15:30

FREE Watercolor Greeting Card Workshop


Students from the Stanford Product Design program are looking for 15 volunteers to participate in a free watercolor greeting card workshop. Open to all levels and both adult and kids (ages 12+).

In the workshop, you will create a hand-made card. Pick from a range of stencil designs and create your own greeting card with watercolors. The activity is fun, easy, and suitable for kids and adults with any experience level in art. All materials are provided for free.

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Floral Arranging 101: Tropical Flower Arrangment
Mar
17
10:00 PM22:00

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.

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Japanese-Style Woodblock Printing | Tom Killion
Mar
17
10:00 AM10:00

Japanese-Style Woodblock Printing | Tom Killion

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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.

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Japanese-Style Woodblock Printing | Tom Killion
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Japanese-Style Woodblock Printing | Tom Killion

SOLD OUT

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.

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Bill Wilson Center - Expressive Art Showcase
Mar
15
4:00 PM16:00

Bill Wilson Center - Expressive Art Showcase

You are invited to come and enjoy a wonderful showcase of Expressive Art by the Bill Wilson Center’s youth artists at Forager on Friday, March 15th (4-7pm) at Forager (Second Floor, 420 S. 1st Street, San Jose, CA )

Pacific Art League provides BWC with expressive Art classes for at risk youth. These classes provide a safe, warm and welcoming environment for youth of BWC to express themselves through making art. This type of art is more about the process of being creative than the product that results. Each class incorporates a journal prompt, mindfulness exercise, movement to music and creating with various art mediums such as paint, clay, mix media, watercolors, pastels and more. The goal is to encourage youth to open themselves to free expression through art. These classes show benefits in reducing stress, expressing emotions, and providing a connection to others who share similar experiences. No art experience is ever required.

Pacific Art League and Santa Clara County provide the funding and art therapy, expressive art and art teachers for this program. Food and nonalcoholic beverages will be provided. Forager is a creative event space that combines culinary and art. The showcase will held in the upstairs gallery. Unfortunately there is not elevator attendees must be able to walk up stairs.

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Approaching Landscapes in Watercolor | Steve Curl
Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

Approaching Landscapes in Watercolor | Steve Curl

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.

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Pacific Art League Presents: An Evening with the Palo Alto Museum
Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

Pacific Art League Presents: An Evening with the Palo Alto Museum

Pacific Art League is honored to host an evening with the Palo Alto Museum on Thursday, February 28th (7-9pm) . Join us and learn more about our community history and the building of Palo Alto's next great institution.

Palo Alto has an incredible history, but no museum to share it. Hundreds of stories large and small of innovation, influence, and commitment — including that of our creative community—need to be preserved and shared. A community this vibrant deserves a museum that will:

  • Build empathy within our diverse community, nourishing pride and civic engagement.

  • Provide community gathering and meeting spaces where everyone feels welcome.

  • Professionally preserve and interpret historical treasures like oral histories, art and artifacts, and the City’s century-old archives.

  • Tell Palo Alto’s incredible stories in a modern Museum that will inspire this, and future, generations.

To RSVP please email Yogita@pacificartleague.org

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Art & Pizza: Friday Night Kids Workshop
Feb
22
5:30 PM17:30

Art & Pizza: Friday Night Kids Workshop

Drop your kids off for a fun Friday evening of pizza and art while you enjoy a well needed parents-night-out in downtown Palo Alto. Your kids won’t even miss you while they are kept busy with a fun night of pizza at art making. Completed projects at the end of the evening will be ready to go home. Cheese pizza dinner will be served. $75 for the first child and $15 per additional sibling.

To register please call (650) 321-3891

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Color Harmony Made Simple | Caroline Mustard
Feb
17
10:00 AM10:00

Color Harmony Made Simple | Caroline Mustard

SOLD OUT!

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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Art of Silverpoint | Jeff Bramschreiber
Feb
17
10:00 AM10:00

Art of Silverpoint | Jeff Bramschreiber

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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