Studio Visiting Artist Program

The Palo Alto Art Center Adult Studios Visiting Artists Program is an opportunity for our community members to participate in hands-on workshops with renowned international artists.

This program is made possible by the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. To register, and to see a complete list of all our upcoming visiting Artists workshops, visit the Foundation's website:

Upcoming Visiting Ceramic Artist Lecture and Workshop!

Mastering Mocha Diffusion Pottery with Kevin Kowalski

Free lecture and reception:
Friday, April 7
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
At the Art Center
1313 Newell Road,
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
At the Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Road,
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Top: Kevin Kowalski in his studio
Bottom: Vessel with mocha diffusion by Kevin Kowalski, 2016

In this two-day, hands-on workshop, Kevin Kowalski shares his knowledge of the 18th-century decorating technique known as mocha diffusion.

Participants will learn how to use the mocha diffusion decorating process on their handmade pottery. Kowalski will go over the history of the mocha diffusion process, new experimentations in dendritic slip recipes, effective mixing and application, and intermediate and advanced pottery techniques.

Read more about Kevin and mocha diffusion here:

Participants must be able to make a vessel without instruction to enroll. Although primarily a wheel thrown project, slab construction is also an option for students. Participants should bring their own clay tools and lunch for each day.

Workshop Registration:
Early Registration, before 3/1/17: $175 / ACGA Members $165
Registration as of 3/2/17: $199 / ACGA Members $185

Register TODAY!

Upcoming Visiting Artist Workshops in conjunction with
Spectral Hues

Color Labs with Mel Prest

Beginning Color Lab:
Saturday, January 29, 1:30-4:30, $45

Advanced Color Lab:
Saturday, March 4, 1:30-4:30, $45

Using acrylic paints, explore basic color mixing and principles as well as experiments in perception. Learn about hue, value, intensity, tints, shades, tones, chromatic black and achromatic color while developing your own sensitivity to color. All supplies provided.

Algorithms for the Heart  with Marguerite Fletcher

Saturday, March 11, 1:30-4:30 and Sunday, March 12, 12:30-4:30, $200

In this two-day workshop students will work with Marguerite to create paintings using algorithms derived from the color wheel, landscape, play, and improvisational structures. All media, tools, and supplies will be provided.

Register TODAY!

Both workshops are in Studio A,
at the Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Mel Prest, Blue Diamond, 2015, acrylic and metallic acrylic on panel, Courtesy of Chandra Cerrito Contemporary

Marguerite Fletcher, BvRoYg, 2016, oil

For more information call Studio Program Director, Fanny Retsek: 650.617.3525 or email

Last Updated: Feb 23, 2017