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:

We still have some great workshops and classes coming up in June! Click here to see our brohure or scroll down for selected workhosp descriptions and quick links.

Summer is just around the corner! Please check out our new summer brochure for a great shedule of classes and workshops.

Summer registration for Palo Alto residents begins May 28.

Summer registration for non-residents begins June 4.

For more information call 650.617.3525 or email Fanny Retsek at


Opportunities for Artists:
Getting Your Artwork Out into the World

Join renowned professional practices expert and artist Jamie Brunson for this half-day workshop at the Palo Alto Art Center. This course will address how to successfully build an art career using multiple strategies, including submitting your artwork to galleries and applying for grants and residencies. Participants will be introduced to local, national and international residencies, as well as exhibition opportunities in a variety of venues. The use of digital media (websites, Facebook and bulk e-mail tools) for visibility and marketing will be discussed. Resource lists, handouts and links will be provided. Additionally, Jamie Brunson invites participating artists to send her specific questions and concerns in advance to be addressed in this amazing workshop opportunity. Register now!

Spring Workshops

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.

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. Register now!

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! Register now for session 1 or session 2!

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. Register now!

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. Register now!
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. Register now for Hand Papermaking or Cast Paper Sculpture

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

Figure in Clay
This class will give students the opportunity to work in clay from a live nude model. Each class will focus on one prolonged pose. Attention will be paid to anatomy, likeness to the model and proportion. Hand building techniques will be discussed. For the final class, students will glaze one or more pieces. Group discussions and instructor feedback will be given. Model fee: $35. Register Now!

Instructor: Rebecca Bui
4 Saturdays, 6/6 - 6/27, 2 - 5 p.m. and one additional day for glazing TBD
$165R/$189NR, Course # 5317

Last Updated: May 27, 2015