Classes and Workshops

Virtual and Outdoor Classes for Adults!

While the Art Center Adult Studios are not open for indoor classes, we do have fun outdoor and online classes this Fall.

Outdoor Ceramics and Painting 
In the Art Center Sculpture Garden

Face coverings required for all. Work-spaces will be safely distanced and disinfected. Please bring all your own tools and supplies. 

PLEASE NOTE: Outdoor and Virtual Ceramics and Painting classes on September 15 have been cancelled due to air quality. Those painting classes will begin one week later and extend an extra week for make-up sessions.

Hand Building with Lynn Wood (Outdoor in-person)
Join Lynn Wood, the pottery texture queen,for this six-week class. Projects will include vases, pitchers and more. Each week a new project will be demonstrated and made from start to finish. Students will be provided a template for each project. As an added bonus each week, Lynn will share a new special technique or trick to boost your skills. It’s bound to be both educational and FUN!
Tuesdays, September 22-October 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $252 for Palo Alto Residents and $289.80 for all others. More information and registration through Enjoy Online Catalog.

Hand Building with Joey Agcopra (Outdoor in-person)
For this session Joey will focus on coil and pinch pot techniques. This course is designed for one project a week including pinch pot animals, coiled vases, custom hump molds, and pinched mugs. The final week will be designated for finishing and glazing.
Thursdays, September 17-October 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $252 for Palo Alto Residents and $289.80 for all others. More information and registration through Enjoy Online Catalog.

Outdoor Acrylic Painting with Richard Becker
Exciting breakthroughs with acrylic paint allow it to be handled more like traditional oil paint: slower drying time, buttery consistency, and smooth mix-ability. Learn how to handle and control this marvelous medium with easy to follow step-by-step methods. Class will cover staging your picture, color theory, design, materials, techniques, and tricks.
Tuesdays, September 22-October 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $200 for Palo Alto Residents and $230 for all others. More information and registration through Enjoy Online Catalog.

Painting: Beginning and Beyond Outdoors with Ann McMillan
Ann will be providing painting prompts for beginners and anyone else who wants a skills prompt at the beginning of each class. Students are also welcome to pursue their own artistic interests and Ann will help you in your own art practice. Beginners, and all other skill levels are welcome. Acrylic, watercolor, oil, and pastel are welcome.
New Dates: Fridays, September 18-October 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $200 for Palo Alto Residents and $230 for all others. More information and registration through Enjoy Online Catalog.

Outdoor Watercolor Painting with Richard Becker
Using images from still life and landscape, students will learn the basics of watercolor painting. We will cover wet-in-wet, drybrush, washes, and glazes. Most importantly, we will become familiar with the behavior of water, our complex partner in the painting process. Explore a variety of papers, pigments, and brushes. Learn about composition, design, and color theory.
Saturdays, September 19-October 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $200 for Palo Alto Residents and $230 for all others. More information and registration through Enjoy Online Catalog.

For information on the Ceramic Curbside Program please see the Drop-in page of this website.

Online Classes are all interactive and taught via Zoom

Wheel Projects Online with Joey: Price Reduced! Take advantage of this special opportunity, and support your local art center and working artists!
Join Joey Agcopra for a virtual pottery wheel lesson and learn to make something new every week! Each workshop is offered separately so you can enroll in all that interest you. Recording of each workshop will be available for two weeks.
Thursdays, September 10 - October 29, 6-8 p.m. $20 each for Palo Alto Residents and $23 for all others.
September 24: Jar and LidOctober 1: CasserolesOctober 8, Fermentation Jar/CrockOctober15, Double-Walled VaseOctober 22, Flower BrickOctober 29, Donut Forms 

Ceramic Jewelry Workshop
In this online workshop students will learn how to make handcrafted jewelry out of porcelain and stoneware. We will cover making clay beads and surface decoration. Additionally, Janet will demonstrate how to complete fired pieces using silver wire and findings. Firing techniques will also be discussed. Recording of this workshop will be available for two weeks.
Saturday, September 26, 12-2 p.m. $30 for Palo Alto Residents and $34.50 for all others. More information and registration through Enjoy Online Catalog.

Ceramic Wall Piece workshop with Elaine Pinkernell (Online)
Learn to create ceramic wall pieces using texture as a design focus. Elaine treats clay slabs as if they are fabric or paper. She will demonstrate rolling out soft slabs and treating them in a variety of ways to create interesting edges, abstract designs, and recesses for the addition of mixed media elements post firing. She will also discuss firing your pieces in a raku kiln or electric kiln with low fire glazes as well as how to hang your finished gems. Recording of this workshop will be available for two weeks.
Saturday, October 3, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. $30 for Palo Alto Residents and $34.50 for all others. More information and registration through Enjoy Online Catalog.

Hand Building with Lynn Wood (Online)
Join Lynn Wood, the pottery texture queen, virtually in this six-week online class. Projects will include vases, pitchers and more. Each week a new project will be demonstrated and made from start to finish. Students will be provided a template for each project. As an added bonus each week, Lynn will share a new special technique or trick to boost your skills. It’s bound to be both educational and FUN! Recordings of each class will be available for two weeks.
Tuesdays, September 22-October 27, 1-3 p.m. $180 for Palo Alto Residents and $207 for all others. More information and registration through Enjoy Online Catalog.

Experimental Drawing Online with Ann McMillan
Join this class to explore drawing skills and ideas with an experimental and intuitive approach. We will use basic drawing skills and mixed media tools to find and explore unique voices in drawing. Abstraction will be welcomed into this drawing class. The class will use google classroom to share and document classwork.
Session 1: Thursdays, September 10-October 15, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. $180 for Palo Alto Residents and $207 for all others. More information and registration through Enjoy Online Catalog.
Session 2: Thursdays,October 29-November 19, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. $120 for Palo Alto Residents and $138 for all others. More information and registration through Enjoy Online Catalog.


Acrylics Online with Ann McMillan: Further Abstractions
Students will join in or continue our summer explorations that started with the question “Where does abstraction come from?” We will execute prompts that start students on the road to finding their own abstract voices. Beginners are welcome, other media are welcome, but demonstrations will be in acrylic.
Thursdays,October 29-November 19, 17-8:15 p.m. $120 for Palo Alto Residents and $138 for all others. More information and registration through Enjoy Online Catalog.

Sculpting the Female Figure (Online)
Palo Alto sculpture instructor and artist, Deanna Rae, will be teaching a live online Zoom class on sculpting the female figure. These interactive weekly classes are a supplement to her video tutorials. During the zoom classes each student will have the opportunity for feedback on progress as well as to ask questions and receive individual instruction. Her series of tutorials show you how to sculpt a female figure, from start to finish and consists of 8 lessons on using oil-based clay over a "truform" armature. Students will learn sculpting techniques as well as composition, proportion, form, and human anatomy including the skeleton and musculature. This class and accompanying video tutorials will give you all the tools you need to complete your own figurative sculpture with Deanna.
Saturdays, November 7-December 12, 9-11 a.m. $185 for Palo Alto Residents and $212.75 for all others. More information and registration through Enjoy Online Catalog.