Classes and Workshops

The Studio program offers classes and workshops for adult students of all levels in our well-equipped studios. Classes and workshops are taught in a variety of media including ceramics, painting, drawing, jewelry, fiber arts, book arts, and collage. Classes vary in length and duration and are offered four sessions per year starting in September, January, April, and July.

For the full online schedule of classes and worksops, and to register online go to:

Summer is here! Please check out our new summer brochure for a great shedule of classes and workshops.

For more information call 650.617.3525 or email Fanny Retsek at
FREE Mobile (iPad) Art Workshop JUST ADDED!
Join the Mobile Art Academy for this free workshop at the Palo Alto Art Center! Learn to draw, sketch and paint on tablets using traditional painting skills, powered by simple digital techniques. Participants learn about various art apps and styluses, as well as digital tricks to create portraits, landscapes or still-life paintings. This program also covers techniques for enhancing digital artwork using various photo filter apps. This one hour action packed program will also include information about professional printing of artwork created on your mobile device. Please bring your own iPad, tablet or similar mobile device.
Saturday, July 25, 2 - 3 p.m. Register now!

Summer Workshops

In addition to our regular classes, the Art Center will be offering the following unique workshops.

Jump Start Zentangles and Zentangles for Advanced* Doodlers
Drawing Zentangles is a meditative and enjoyable way to make beautiful abstract designs of repeat patterns, using just a pen and paper! Even art-challenged people pick it up easily. If you are already an “advanced doodler” discover how to use shading to effectively create the illusion of depth and go wild with pattern!

Instructor: Joy-Lily

Jump Start:
Saturday, July 25, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $45R/$51NR

Saturday, July 25,1:30 – 3:30 p.m. $45R/$51NR

Image courtesy of Joy-Lily

Shibori Silk Scarf Workshop
Working with silk scarves, participants discover the basics of shibori: folding, binding, dyeing, and heat setting original designs and patterns onto fabric. Painting the dyes directly onto the wrapped silk allows shibori to be faster, neater and in multiple colors! Register now!

Instructor: Joy-Lily
Sunday, July 26, 11 - 4 p.m. $100R/$115NR

Image courtesy of Joy-Lily

Adobe Photoshop, Levels 1 and 2
Learn to compose original digital artwork, manipulate photos and explore filters and effects! In this hands-on course, students will learn the fundamentals of the Adobe Photoshop program by working with photos and scanned images through a mixture of demonstrations and exercises. Topics include Adobe Photoshop interface demonstration, and essential tools as well as basic text and design principles.

Instructor: Pantea Karimi

Level 1:
Saturday, August 1, 1 - 5 p.m. $200R/$230NR

Level 2:
Saturday, August 8, 1 - 5 p.m. $200R/$230NR

Image courtesy of Pantea Karimi
Lost Wax Casting
Join master metalsmith Brian Meek for a hands-on workshop designed to show the ins-and-outs of lost wax casting. Learn wax modeling and investing, as well as burnout, casting, and cleanup, along with a possible visit from the “Squid that Flames at Midnight,” and other simple casting techniques. Register now!

Instructor: Brian Meek
Saturday and Sunday, August 8 and 9,  
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $180R/$207NR

Image coming soon!

Screen Printing and Image Transfer onto Clay
In this 2-day workshop students will use basic hand building techniques to create ceramic work and then will create, print and transfer their own screen printed images using ceramic materials onto the forms! Additional techniques will be explored to create contrast and surface detail and decoration. Register now!

Instructor: Malia Landis
Saturday, August 8, 1:30 - 4 p.m. and
Sunday, August 9, 10 a.m - 4 p.m. $200R/$230NR

Image courtesy of Malia Landis
Ceramic Press-Molding
Learn how to create and use simple press molds in order to maximize your creative expression in clay! Students will make press-molds from objects and use them to construct a bas-relief composition. Students may also bring their own leather hard hand built or thrown forms to embellish. Register now!

Instructor: Wesley Wright
Saturday, August 15, 1:30 - 4 p.m. and
Sunday, August 16, 10 a.m - 4 p.m. $200R/$230NR

Image courtesy of Wesley Wright
Fused Glass Necklaces with Bullseye Glass Co.
Bullseye Glass Resource Center Bay Area will be leading this fun, project-based workshop. Working with a wide palette of sheet glass colors and pre-designed part sheets, participants will plan, cut, and assemble three kiln-formed glass pendants. No experience with glass is required and all materials provided. Register now!

Saturday, August 15, 1:30 - 4 p.m. $120R/$138NR

Image courtesy of Bullseye Glass
Sculpting with Wire and Reed
Make three-dimensional “contour drawings” with wire and use caning reed to give your structure shape in space. Learn how to develop sculptural form from line and to create volume through the exploration of these pliable materials! Register now!

Instructor: Mitra Fabian,
Sunday, August 16,10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $100R/$115NR

Image courtesy of Mitra Fabian

Daily Painting Practice
Please join artist Ann McMillan for an overview of painting skills and learn to set up a quick kit for both studio and plein air painting! Explore color mixing and composition to create paintings with strong shapes and clean colors. The focus of the instruction will be on authentic observation of still life and landscape subjects. Register now!

Instructor: Ann McMillan
Sundays, August 23 and 30, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Image courtesy of Ann McMillan

Photography – The Romantic Still Life
This photography workshop is ideal for artists of all media who want to explore romanticism! Discover how to create a still life with emotional content, character and meaning. The use of different lenses and subtle lighting will be emphasized. Register now!

Instructor: Conrad Johnson
Sunday, August 2, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. $50R/$57NR

Photography – Wide Angle Perspective

Learn how to create dramatic photographs using multiple point perspectives. Experiment with outdoor photography as you walk the Art Center grounds and neighborhood while also learning to position the center of interest and use shadows and line. Register now!

Instructor: Conrad Johnson
Saturday, August 22, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.$50R/$57NR

Image courtesy of Conrad Johnson
Last Updated: Jul 17, 2015