Pacific Art League

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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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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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Exploring the Intrigue of Macro Photography
Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

Exploring the Intrigue of Macro Photography

Learn special techniques for creating artistic, up-close images with your digital SLR camera and macro lens, point and shoot with macro function, or smartphone in a fun, casual, and visually inviting environment. The morning session covers macro techniques including equipment options, lighting, backgrounds, choosing the best subject, depth of field, and other helpful tips. Then head outside in the afternoon to practice macro image making techniques. Our planned locations will require a short drive (or bicycle ride!) from the Pacific Art League.

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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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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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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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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.

 

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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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Travel Drawing & Painting
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Travel Drawing & Painting

Instructor: Robert Dvorak

Want to make your next trip the most rewarding of all? Take a sketchbook with you and take a few extra minutes to make some fine quick sketches and color them with watercolor. Drawing and painting while traveling is fun and will increase your perception and enjoyment. Learn to quickly draw people, architecture, water, trees, and landscape. Know what to bring and how to relax while sketching and painting in public.

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Elements of Landscape Drawing with Colored Pencil
Jun
2
1:00 PM13:00

Elements of Landscape Drawing with Colored Pencil

Instructor: Brian Iamprell

Explore the possibilities of this gorgeous art medium yielding a range of effects. Drawing from landscape photos and still life, students learn about materials, composition and perspective as well as transferring images, burnishing, hatching, blending and texturing. Materials fee of $10 payable to instructor.

 

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

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Have Your Artwork Professionally Photographed
May
26
10:00 AM10:00

Have Your Artwork Professionally Photographed

With Jan Silverman

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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Illustration: Step-by-Step
May
26
10:00 AM10:00

Illustration: Step-by-Step

Instructor: Shaowei Liu

Learn the step-by-step process of illustrating a project, such as a greeting card, a poster or a picture book. Styles and popular techniques of illustrations are introduced and students enjoy hands-on experience learning these techniques. All levels are welcome. Bring art supplies, ipad/iphone/laptop (to search for visual references) and come prepared with an idea of a project (or current project) you want to work on. Participants who are interested but do not have a project will spend class time learning illustration techniques and enjoying discussions of others.

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Digital Photography: Beginners "Get Out of Auto Mode"
May
26
9:00 AM09:00

Digital Photography: Beginners "Get Out of Auto Mode"

Instructor: David Coleman

Two day workshop: 5/26/2019 and 6/2/2019 

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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Visual Storytelling Lecture: Tell A Better Story
May
25
1:30 PM13:30

Visual Storytelling Lecture: Tell A Better Story

Learn how to tell a better story with your street photography! In this captivating free seminar Street Photographer, David Coleman, teaches visual storytelling techniques to help you become a better storyteller through street photography. Learn how to compose an impactful narrative with your images.This free seminar is meant for photographers of all levels and an RSVP is required to attend.

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Paint with Caroline: George Seurat and Science of Color
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

Paint with Caroline: George Seurat and Science of Color

Instructor: Caroline Mustard

Learn about the influence George Seurat had on his fellow impressionists and his scientific use of color using a technique he called divisionism which was coined "pointillism" because he painted in small dots of color. In this combination of art appreciation with a hands on workshop you will not only learn some basic laws of color, you will create your own paintings that will surprise you! No prior painting experience required, just an inquiring mind and creative spirit!

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Photography Stylizing Images with Oliver Klink
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Photography Stylizing Images with Oliver Klink

Let renowned photographer, Oliver Klink, teach you the step-by-step process that will enable you to turn your photographs into masterpieces. Through hands-on exercises and increasing your knowledge of photoshop, you’ll leave the workshop with the standard image and the finished one with all the steps and layers. The Stylizing Images workshop is about “discovering” your inner artistry and giving you the tools that will enable you to turn your images into masterpieces. We start the workshop by showing examples on how “standard” images have been processed to make compelling masterpieces. (See the transformation of the ballerina photo.)

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Floral Arranging: Dutch Master's Inspired Design
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Floral Arranging: Dutch Master's Inspired Design

Instructor: Caitlin McCourt

Learn the art of floral design through the lens of the Dutch Masters that are reminiscent of old world still-life paintings. The beauty of this aesthetic is the emphasis on the wild and pure indulgence.

 Caitlin will guide you to create a grand compote vase arrangement using local seasonal blooms. Together we will discuss various composition styles and mechanics to develop these sprawling, wild, and rich arrangements that you will be able to take home. Previous floral design experience, such as the Hello to Summer course, is recommended but not required.

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

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Encuastic Monotype Printing (PM Session)
May
11
1:00 PM13:00

Encuastic Monotype Printing (PM Session)

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.

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Encuastic Monotype Printing (AM Session)
May
11
9:00 AM09:00

Encuastic Monotype Printing (AM Session)

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.

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Art & Wine: Acrylic and Mix Medium Step by Step
May
10
6:30 PM18:30

Art & Wine: Acrylic and Mix Medium Step by Step

Instructor Carolina Moura.

This friendly workshop environment is designed for beginners who would like to experiment acrylic painting and try their hands on art. This step-by-step workshop explores the under-painting technique to create a still life painting using palette knife. Drawing instructors using simple shapes will be given throughout with individual support if necessary. This is a great workshop to take with family and friends and even as the perfect Mother's Day gift! All levels are welcome.

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Impressionistic Landscape Oil Painting
May
4
to May 5

Impressionistic Landscape Oil Painting

This is a two day workshop held on Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th from 9-4 pm each day.

During this two day workshop learn the skills to improve your impressionist landscape oil paintings. Day one focuses on techniques and values and how to create distinct light and dark patterns, which are the foundation of every painting. Through demo with a lecture, Ferenc demonstrates his techniques on how to paint scenery with trees, rocks and figures. Students with less experience can follow the instructor's painting or use their own reference materials, such as sketches or photographs. On the second day, review color theory and a demo with a water scene, then spend the rest of the morning painting. The afternoon includes a second demo followed by a critique at the end of the day. Please bring photos to work from.

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First Friday Opening Reception: Into the Wild
May
3
5:30 PM17:30

First Friday Opening Reception: Into the Wild

Join us on Friday, May 3rd (5:30-8pm) for the opening reception of PAL's May Exhibition, “Into the Wild”. This wine and cheese opening reception is free to the public.

“Into the Wild: Landscape Exhibition” | Main Gallery

Juror: Sukey Bryan (www.sukeybryan.com)

Participating Artists: Azita Gandjei, Brandin Barón, Catharine Zander, Catherine Daley, Connie Lee, Denise Elliott, Diane Warner-Wang, Fiorenza Gorini, Germaine De Luca, Igor Pilawski, Jason Tse, Judy Kramer, Larry Calof, Lissa Starnes, Marj Green, Patricia Jones, Paul Ransohoff, Rachel Dwan, Robert Zucker, Robin Apple, Tetiana Taganska, Tom Green, Ute Kuschnereit and Zlata Rabinovich

“Halcyon Teed Retrospective” | Studio One

"Anécdotas de México” by David Coleman Photography Workshop | Central Gallery

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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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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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