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.
Registration for Palo Alto residents begins March 6.
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.
Monotype 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 AND 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!