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.

Our Spring 2015 Studios Class Brochure is now available!  Click here to learn about our class offerings for the Spring 2015 quarter.

Please note! The Art Center will once again offer its popular Jewelry Fabrication classes this spring with new instructor Edith Schneider! Two sessions are open, Tuesday evenings and Friday afternoons. Register today!

Registration for Palo Alto residents begins March 6.

Registration for non-residents begins March 13.

Register online at

For more information call 650.617.3525 or email Fanny Retsek at

Image courtesy of Edith Schneider

Spring Workshop Preview!

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

Registration begins March 6 for Palo Alto Residents and March 13 for non-residents. Spring Quarter begins April 7.
Fabric Printing
Hand-print your original patterns on fabric using hand-cut stamps and stencils with textile paint or dye! Design dynamic motifs and learn about the variations possible in creating repeat compositions. Instruction covers making the dye mixtures on your own. This is a great technique for both textile-based artwork and yardage for sewing projects.

Instructor: Victoria May
2 Sundays, 4/19 and 4/26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$200R/230NR, Course # 5297   

Nicole Stallard (workshop student), Repeat print project, 2013, hand stamped and stenciled textile paint and dyes on cotton

Water-based Japanese Woodblock Printmaking
Learn a combination of Japanese and western woodblock printmaking that is suitable to practice in the studio or home environment. Techniques include: transferring drawings to woodblocks, carving, printing, and registering blocks to print multi-color editions by hand. Classes will consist of group demos, one-on-one instruction, critiques and a themed group portfolio.

Instructor: Charles Coates
4 Saturday mornings, 5/30 – 6/20, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$200R/230NR, Course # 5379

Charles Coates in his studio, 2015

Monotype combines the spontaneity and color of painting with the surprise of printmaking. See simple sketches evolve and transform while you work, leading to a series of exciting original and unique prints!

Instructor: Gloria Huet
2 Friday afternoons, 5/29 and 6/5, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
$100R/115NR, Course # 5380
2 Friday afternoons, 6/12 and 6/19, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
$100R/115NR, Course # 5381

Gloria Huet, Moving Up, Monotype, 2014

Gelli Printing

Create easy and fast colorful monoprints without the use of a press by using texture making tools, pattern rollers and other materials. Leave with a bound book full of print samples and an additional stash of finished prints.

Instructor: Dorit Elisha 
Sunday, 5/31, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$100R/115NR, Course # 5298

Beyond Gelli Printing
Gelli plate and screen printing, as well as collage, stamping, stenciling and more will be used to create textural, layered and colorful finished pieces. You will leave this workshop with knowledge of a range of techniques to use in your future creative journeys.
Instructor: Dorit Elisha 
Sunday, 6/21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$100R/115NR, Course # 5325 

Dorit Elisha, He Said She Said, 2007, Mixed media print

Hand Papermaking and Cast Paper Sculpture

These two one-day workshops are designed to be taken either together or individually. In papermaking, participants will learn to make their own traditional handmade paper with Abaca fiber. In the following sculpture workshop, participants will cast handmade paper to create a lovely small vessel, sphere or box that can be embellished with a variety of materials and techniques.

Instructor:  Jacqueline Mallegni

Hand Papermaking
Sunday, 6/7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$130R/149NR, Course # 5323

Cast Paper Sculpture
Sunday, 6/14, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$130R/149NR, Course # 5324

Papermaking workshop

Lessons from Georgia O’Keeffe’s Art and Life

Learn about Georgia O’Keeffe’s art and her life from her former weekend companion! Create your own artwork inspired by O’Keeffe’s own prescribed art exercise as well as her favorite subjects and artistic philosophy.

Instructor: Anna Koster
Sunday, 5/17, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$95R/109NR, Course # 5322

Anna Koster

Visual Narrative: the Graphic Novel and Beyond
This workshop explores sequential narrative art, such as graphic novels, illustrations, comics, travel diaries, and children’s books. Using traditional and digital tools, students develop their own way of telling stories with pictures!
Instructor: Daniele Archambault
3 Saturday mornings, 5/2 – 5/16, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$120R/138NR, Course # 5295

Daniele Archambault, Inking a drawing

Beyond Black and White: Color Pencil Workshop
Working from photographs, students of all levels are invited to capture form and light with color! Experiment with a variety of materials and techniques such as blending, hatching and burnishing as you develop your compositions.

Instructor: Brian Lamprell
6 Wednesday afternoons, 4/8 – 5/13, 2 – 5 p.m.
$300R/345NR, Course # 5382

Brian Lamprell, Anderson Valley, Colored pencil

The Practice of Drawing as Meditation
The purpose of the workshop is to guide you to experience drawing as meditation--a relaxed, conscious, and aware state. Exercises will focus on increased awareness, perception, and observation.

Instructor: Robert Dvorak
Sunday, 4/12, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$89R/102NR, Course # 5294

Drawing Out and About
Join our sketch-crawl and learn to draw people, places and things quickly and confidently! Class starts at Palo Alto Art Center then moves to a popular public location to spend the day drawing outdoors.

Instructor: Robert Dvorak
Sunday, 4/19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$89R/102NR, Course # 5319

Richard Becker, Cancun Architecture

Natural Light Photography
Get the most out of daylight and existing light to make a dull setting into a dramatic photograph. Find out about ISO, indoor and outdoor lighting, color balance, exposure, and light metering.

Instructor: Conrad Johnson
Saturday, 4/25, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$50R/57NR, Course # 5320

Still Life Photography
Become a master of composition, lighting and lenses with this hands-on class. Subject matter, props and backdrops will be presented with different classic and modern lighting techniques. This is a great class for painters, too!

Instructor: Conrad Johnson
Sunday, 5/3, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$50R/57NR, Course # 5321

Conrad Johnson
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2015