Classes and Workshops

Based upon ongoing developments with COVID-19 and the City of Palo Alto’s commitment to keep our community safe, the Community Services Department has made the decision to cancel classes for the spring quarter. This was a difficult decision to make but out of concern for the health of our customers and the community, it is the right thing to do.


All registrants for spring classes will have their registrations cancelled and a credit placed on their account. If you would prefer a refund, please contact or 650-463-4900 and we can assist you.


Ceramics Studio Users:
Once the Art Center is open to the public an email will be sent to all current ceramics students with directions on when they may return to the studio and pick-up work, tools and clay.

We know how important our classes and programs are to you.  Please check our website for virtual programs anyone can participate in while we shelter in place. We are adding to this list and hope to offer more virtual options over the next few weeks.
Thank you for your understanding. As a reminder, the City of Palo Alto has a Community Support Call Center to help community members with their questions or concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact. The call center is open Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. can be accessed by calling (650) 272-3181. Be well and stay safe!

View the online catalog and register for Summer classes

View the full Art Center Spring and Summer 2020 Class Catalog with links to classes.


Please note the Adult Studios are closed on the following 2020 holidays: January 1, January 20, February 17, May 25, July 3 and 4, September 7, October 12, November 11, November 26 and 27, and December 21-31. There will be no classes, drop-in or studio access on these dates.


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, printmaking, 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.


A satisfied adult student making a vase on the pottery wheel


 For more information call 650.617.3525 or email Fanny Retsek at