Pacific Art League

A passion for art and community since 1921


West African Adinkra Printing
Sep
7
10:00 AM10:00

West African 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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First Friday Opening Reception: The Blue Marble
Sep
6
6:30 PM18:30

First Friday Opening Reception: The Blue Marble

https://www.pacificartleague.org/exhibitions-sept-2019

The Pacific Art League is pleased to announce a major exhibit, “The Blue Marble: Art for the Environment”, opening in our gallery space on September 6, 2019. This exhibition features seven prominent Bay Area artists, including Barbara Boissevain, Sukey Bryan, Steve Curl, Joe Decker, Michele Guieu, QT Luong, and Hannah Rothstein.

The natural environment is under pressure across the globe, and the changes in weather patterns are becoming more acutely evident, with each successive year of record-breaking temperatures. Yet against this troubling background, our show seeks to find those rays of light through the power of art, telling stories of progress and hope, and celebrating the unique beauty of the planet we all call home.

Famously, astronauts from the Apollo missions captured iconic color images of the earth in the early 70s. Their Hasselblad cameras recorded for the first time the astounding beauty of the earth in exquisite detail from a new perspective - space.

“These images showing us the earth in its entirety for the first time, had such a profound impact on the human psyche, that they are credited with giving birth to many environmental organizations and a broader appreciation for the importance of our role as custodians of this unique and quite delicate planet”, said Jon Graves, CEO and executive director of the Pacific Art League.

Honoring this point in time, our show references the name given to these famous NASA images, with the title “The Blue Marble: Art for the Environment”.

As awareness of the fragility of our planet has grown over the intervening decades and many grass roots organizations have sprung up, adhering to the mantra of thinking globally but acting locally. For this exhibition PAL proudly partners with NASA, The Sierra Club - Loma Prieta and Environmental Volunteers and will honor that tradition by highlighting important art created by local Bay Area artists focusing their creativity on environmental issues. The show will serve to encourage our community to take a more active participation towards solving local issues.

Pacific Art League’s Gallery Manager, Donny Foley curated arresting and beautiful images from seven artists, allowing each to exhibit several pieces, and therefore creating their own show, within a show. 

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The Art of Silverpoint
Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

The Art of Silverpoint

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Instructor: 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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Ceramics - Majolica Painting
Aug
24
10:00 AM10:00

Ceramics - Majolica Painting

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Instructor: Marina Smelik

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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PAL Talks Art presents Rick Guidice
Aug
22
6:30 PM18:30

PAL Talks Art presents Rick Guidice

Beyond Earth: Rick Guidice on Art, Universe and the Power of Imagination Thursday, August 22nd| 6:30 - 8pm $15 PAL members / $20 Non-Members

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Rick Guidice is a Bay Area artist and architect. Some forty year ago, before 3D modeling and computer design, he created a series of images envisioning the future of space exploration: interstellar travel, space stations, planetary settlements – life beyond Earth with no limits. Owned by NASA, those paintings have been seen worldwide in print and museum exhibits and are currently on display at SFMOMA. Rick will talk about his collaboration with NASA and the creative impulse that brought those images to life.

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About Ric Guidice

Rick Guidice was born and raised in San Jose, California and now lives in Los Gatos, Ca. Rick started work as an artist at the age of 16 doing architectural illustrations in an architectural firm. He received a scholarship and attended the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. At the age of 25 Rick started freelancing as an advertising and editorial illustrator, while still staying involved in architectural illustration and design. His work caught the attention of NASA and a 15 year relationship began where Rick produced many full color paintings of various space missions. This work has been seen all over the world in print and in traveling shows. Many of the paintings are on permanent display at NASA Ames Research Center, California and The Smithsonian, Washington DC. Rick's interest in architecture and his conceptual abilities have led him into building design and he is principal of his own design firm. He has designed homes for many of Silicon Valley’s leaders. Rick is now finding the time to continue his interest in fine art, with travel watercolors, life drawing and plein air oil painting. Rick has two daughters, Leslie and Stacy Guidice, who have their own graphic design firm in Santa Cruz. Rick is married to Illustrator Susan Jaekel and they live and work in their home studios in Los Gatos, California.

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Digital Photography: Get out of Auto Mode
Aug
18
9:00 AM09:00

Digital Photography: Get out of Auto Mode

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Instructor: David Coleman

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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Photographic Composition with Tom Upton
Aug
6
9:00 AM09:00

Photographic Composition with Tom Upton

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Join 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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Collage Animal Portrait Step-by-Step
Aug
4
10:00 AM10:00

Collage Animal Portrait Step-by-Step

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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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Let's Dye: Shibori Dyed Cloth
Jul
31
2:30 PM14:30

Let's Dye: Shibori Dyed Cloth

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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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Step by Step Portrait Drawing (Day 2 of 2)
Jul
28
1:00 PM13:00

Step by Step Portrait Drawing (Day 2 of 2)

Two day workshop.

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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Step by Step Portrait Drawing (Day 1 of 2)
Jul
27
1:00 PM13:00

Step by Step Portrait Drawing (Day 1 of 2)

Two day workshop.

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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Introduction to Color Pencil Drawing (Day 1 of 2)
Jul
27
10:00 AM10:00

Introduction to Color Pencil Drawing (Day 1 of 2)

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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PAL Talks Art: "On the Art of Drawing: An Evening with Ric Ambrose"
Jul
25
6:30 PM18:30

PAL Talks Art: "On the Art of Drawing: An Evening with Ric Ambrose"

Join Pacific Art League for the next PAL Talks Art event, "On the Art of Drawing: An Evening with Ric Ambrose"

A former executive director of the Pacific Art League and currently of the Richmond Art Center, Ric Ambrose is an artist, whose work has been extensively exhibited and included in many public and private collections throughout the US. Ric uses photographs to compose large graphite-on-paper images that are panoramic and intimate at the same time. An art administrator and an artist himself, Ric will share his unique perspective on the art of drawing.

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Egyptian Watercolor and Tea Batik
Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

Egyptian Watercolor and Tea Batik

The New Kingdom in Ancient Egypt provided us with some of the most well known Pharaohs and Queens in Ancient Egyptian history. This workshop will give a historical and fun look at this time period with the end result being a watercolor and tea batik portrait of a notable New Kingdom ruler. Students will be instructed in the Egyptian Palette, sketching and painting the portrait, as well as the crumpling and tea solution batiking method. A fun workshop for all levels and ages.

Instructor will provide paper, brushes, mixing cups and tea.

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Color Pencil Realism (The Foster)
Jul
20
10:00 AM10:00

Color Pencil Realism (The Foster)

In this special workshop held in our new teaching studio location at The Foster, in Palo Alto, we will learn to create realistic animal portraits. Instructor will demo from start to finish how to create a realistic drawing as well as how to use the materials. We will discuss drawing precise animal proportions, render realistic textures such as fur, and blend accurate colors in this workshop. Please bring a few high resolution animal portraits to use as reference. Beginners welcome!

Location: The Foster, 4907, 940 Commercial St, Palo Alto, CA 94303

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Have Your Artwork Professionally Photographed
Jul
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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Woodblock Printing for Artists
Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Woodblock Printing for Artists

Bolster your relief printmaking skills with hybrid western and Japanese style woodblock printing techniques. From transferring images onto blocks to carve, Japanese style registration, and printing with liquid pigments for surprising results.
Each participant takes home a portfolio of fine-art prints, woodblock, and a comprehensive resource guide complete with printable registration templates.

All materials are included in class fee.

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Painting the Figure Simply and Beautifully in Watercolor
Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Painting the Figure Simply and Beautifully in Watercolor

This workshop will be directed to the spontaneous representation of the male and female figure in watercolor.  There will be a strong emphasis on the use of color, white space and composition.  Color mixing from a limited palette, light, shade, shadow, brush techniques, graded washes, foreshortening, facial details, lost and found edges, and proportion will be demonstrated and practiced.  We will work from professional models.  No matter how much previous instruction you have had, this class will have you seeing and painting the figure in a new way.  This class is for you if you:

  • Have had some experience with watercolor.

  • Have had some experience drawing the figure.

  • Would like to learn some easy techniques for painting the figure quickly.

  • Want more confidence and skill painting figures in watercolor.

  • Want to paint the figure loose and free.

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Drawing Without Fear
Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

Drawing Without Fear

Now you can draw without having to hide underneath the bed. You can draw without cold sweats, panic attacks, or feelings of embarrassment that may have limited you before! The art of drawing is fun and easy to learn when you get beyond the fear of failure. When you join this easy and unique drawing workshop, you will be in for some surprises. This enjoyable day should remove any drawing phobias you may have and open your creative expression for a life time of drawing pleasure. You will learn how to: Draw with feeling and for fun, Loosen up and be free, Talk about drawings without being critical, Teach drawing to others–adults and children, Discover your world drawing—traveling, at home, in boring meetings, anytime, anyplace, Draw quickly and effortlessly, This workshop will use Mr. Dvorak’s book, Drawing Without Fear, as a guide to the exercises presented. The carefully planned sequence of information and hands-on drawing exercises, with a wide variety of media, will free your creative hand and eye.

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	Linocut printmaking for Beginners
Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

Linocut printmaking for Beginners

Learn the three step process to create meaningful linocut prints in the studio setting, along with tips and tricks to continue making prints at home. From using prompts to design compelling images, safe carving techniques, and printing with hand-pressure. Each participant takes home a portfolio of fine-art prints, linocut block, and a comprehensive resource guide complete with printable registration templates.

All materials are included in class fee.

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Mixed Media and Printmaking Layered Book
Jun
30
10:00 AM10:00

Mixed Media and Printmaking Layered Book

Instructor: Dorit Elisha

Explore mixed media and printmaking techniques while creating a unique mixed media work of art that is contained in a book. Learn techniques such as: printmaking with the gelli plate, block printmaking, collage, stenciling, making stamps and doodling.Leave this workshop with a unique artwork and skills you can use in your future works of art. $15 materials fee payable to instructor at the beginning of class.

 

Additional Information

Materials fee $15 made payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.

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Drypoint Monoprint Printmaking (Sat & Sun)
Jun
29
10:00 AM10:00

Drypoint Monoprint Printmaking (Sat & Sun)

Discover the beauty of the incised intaglio line in this workshop with master printmaker Kathryn Kain.

Using a sharp needle, electric engraver and various other mark making tools we will etch into a plastic surface to create an engraved image. The Plexiglas allows for tracing directly from a drawing or photo, once created the drypoint can be printed in a variety of ways. By using traditional oil based printmaking inks and Rives BFK paper with vegetable oil clean up, there are no toxic fumes. Paper and plates will be available for purchase and students will be able to complete an edition of original printed art in two afternoons.

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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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"Gustav Klimt and the Vienna Secession" an art lecture by Denise Erickson
Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

"Gustav Klimt and the Vienna Secession" an art lecture by Denise Erickson

Pacific Art League's art lecture series "PAL Talks Art" presents:

"Gustav Klimt and the Vienna Secession" an art lecture by Denise Erickson.

Tickets are $15 for PAL Members and $20 for non-members. Click HERE to register.

Formed in 1897, the Viennese Secession of 19 artists and designers who rejected the conservative attitude of the Art Academy in favor of a more modern experimental approach, saw themselves as a regenerative force at the dawn of a new century in Vienna’s Golden Age.

Gustav Klimt, influenced by avant-garde movements such as Symbolism and Art Nouveau, became the Secession’s first president. This lecture considers the work of this complicated artist and his colleagues, and features the society portraits he made of the fascinating women of Vienna. Full of brilliantly colored patterns floating in a gilded and jeweled atmosphere, the culminating masterpiece of these portraits is Klimt’s famous “Adele Bloch-Bauer: The Woman in Gold”.


About Denise Erikson:

Denise Erickson is a professor of art history at Cañada College (Redwood City, CA) and a celebrated art lecturer.


About PAL Talks Art:

PAL Talks Art is new series of art appreciation lectures at Pacific Art League.

For nearly 100 years, Pacific Art League has been a place to learn how to paint, draw and sculpt, a place to enjoy the arts amongst a community of like-minted people. As PAL approaches our centenary, we now want to offer more opportunities to appreciate and understand art, with a fun and social program of art talks.

Over the coming months PAL will host artists, critics and prominent figures from the art world to share their passion for visual art, through engaging talks and lectures, accompanied by wine and good company.

For more information about Pacific Art League or to become a PAL member, please visit www.pacificartleague.org


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