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Workshops & Events

We hold all our workshops in the San Francisco store, and they are always free. They often fill to capacity before the event date, so don’t delay – sign up now!

See our full calendar of upcoming events.


april-dawn.jpgPainting with Gouache by Winsor & Newton

October 10, 2015, 1 – 3 pm

Join local artist April Dawn Parker while she demonstrates why Gouache is one of her favorite mediums. Discover the mystery of this matte, opaque watercolor and gain a new appreciation for it's versatility and surface beauty. This will be a hands on FREE workshop where seats are limited. Please sign up early at the store or on our website.


April Dawn Parker combines geometry with natural occurrences of geometric forms to create abstract landscapes. Her work explores the complementary tension between abstract thought and organic expression. Parker has worked in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Chicago, Connecticut and New York. She graduated from Brown University, with a BA with Honors, and completed one year of graduate study at Yale University School of Art in the MFA Graphic Design program. She currently works from studios in both San Francisco and Sausalito. Her work is in numerous public and private collections and she is represented by Gallerie Citi in the San Francisco Bay Area. www.aprildawnparker.com


golden-crop.jpgEverything Golden

October 16, 2015, 4 – 6 pm

Golden on Golden. Seth Golden will be presenting everything you need to know about the Golden family of acrylic paints. Seth will be showing off his favorite lines of paint and mediums with an emphasis on the new Golden High Flow Acrylic. After the demonstration Seth will invite you up to try it out. Find out for yourself what makes this fine acrylic paint line America's number 1 choice in paints. Seth will also give an intro to Golden's line of professional Williamsburg oils. When it's over, you will walk away with a nice assortment of Golden samples. Seating is limited, so sign up early.

Please note, this is a Friday evening event, and everything Golden will be 25% off the MSRP, on Friday only!


don-colley.jpgSketch and Go with Don Colley, Faber Castel and Stillman & Birn Sketch books

October 17, 2015, 1 – 3 pm

Don Colley will be leading another Sketch and Go using the Faber Castel Pitt Pens. Get a brief demonstration on the Pitt Pens, receive some samples to use, and then everyone will head out into the landscape for a 1.5 hour sketchfest! Don will give you insight on the Pitt Pens, show you how to use them, and give you tips on how to capture the moment when drawing from life. Please sign up early, and don't miss out on this great workshop.

Need a Sketchbook? All Stillman and Birn Sketchbooks will be on sale that day only, at 20% off the already low price!

Additionally, all Faber Castel Pitt Pens will be 25% off the list price, that day only!

halloween-display-crop.jpgPumpkin Painting

Saturday, Oct 24th, 1pm-3pm:

Come join us at the Kid's Table for a day of festive pumpkin painting. We're going to get messy as each kiddo can paint a tiny pumpkin with acrylics, googly-eyes and glue. So bring your little ghosts and goblins and be prepared for some creative Halloween fun!

Trick Or Treat Off The Street

Saturday, Oct 31st:

Flax will be celebrating Halloween with each department giving out treats or candy and a fun filled day of face painting by our very own, Crystal Gonzalez. Costumes are encouraged so be sure to bring your little witches and wizards for a day of safe and fun trick or treating. Trick or treating will be all day, and face painting will be from 2pm- 5pm.


flax-fm-store-rendering.jpgFLAX Fort Mason Grand Opening Celebration

Saturday & Sunday November 7th & 8th, 2015, 12 – 4 pm

Come celebrate our two day grand opening at our eagerly anticipated 2nd San Francisco location in Fort Mason. Join us for our opening day festivities, with live music, art and crafts make and takes, workshops, popcorn, balloons, sales and lots of staff on hand to answer all your questions. Stop by each day to partake in different activities including scheduled classes for each day.

We are very excited to share our new store with you, please stop by and say hello and join the fun!

2efc16ff-53cc-4c1d-8e31-f4d317dc310a.jpgPlein Aire Program

November 8th, 2015, 1 – 3 pm

In conjunction with our Grand Opening Celebration, we are launching our Plein Aire Program where we will have French Box Easels for rent with everything you'll need to watercolor out in the beautiful bay landscape. Just bring a hat and sun glasses! Sign up to reserve your easel package. Rentals will be $65.00 each.


2015 Workshops & Events

Live Drawing with Michael CapozzolaJanuary 10, 2015, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Pentel Arts Inking WorkshopJanuary 17, 2015, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

SF Safe Art ProgramJanuary 24, 2015, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Aqua Wash and Fabriano Printing - February 7, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Dreamweaver Stencils and PowdersFebruary 21, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Sennelier Acrylics WorkshopMarch 7, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

C&T Transfers & Mixed Media WorkshopMarch 14, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Strathmore Printmaking Paper & Gelli Prints WorkshopMarch 21, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Sennelier Watercolor and Raphael Aquasoft BrushesApril 11, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Blue Orange Games ChallengeApril 25, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

The San Francisco Pen Faire & SaleMay 2, 2015, 11:00 – 3:00 pm

Winsor & Newton Artist Watercolors SeminarMay 9, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

FLAX Live Artist Series featuring SFWA'S Fine Artist: Jess ZepedaMay 16, 2015, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

FLAX Live Artist Series featuring SFWA'S Fine Artist: Pamela RhodesMay 23, 2015, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Golden A to Z of AcrylicsMay 23, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

FLAX Live Artist Series featuring SFWA'S Fine Artist: Julie MarshMay 30, 2015, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

DecoArt Media Acrylics WorkshopJune 20, 2015, 1 – 3 pm

Montana Community Mural Event & SaleJuly 18, 2015, 1 – 4 pm

KIDSFEST Creative Arts FestivalJuly 25, 2015, 11 am – 2 pm

Intro to ScreenprintingAugust 1, 2015, 1 – 3 pm

San Francisco Center for the Book Pop-Up EventAugust 8, 2015, 1 – 5 pm

Silhouette Cameo Electronic Cutting Machine DemoAugust 15, 2015, 1 – 3 pm

R&F Encaustic WorkshopAugust 22, 2015, 1 – 3 pm

Moab Demo and Try it StationSeptember 5, 2015, 12 – 5 pm

Kuretake Brush Lettering WorkshopSeptember 12, 2015, 1 – 3 pm

R&F Mixed Media and TransfersSeptember 26, 2015, 1 – 3 pm


2014 Workshops & Events

Pitt Artist Pens with Kelly Avery, Drawing WorkshopNovember 15, 1:00 - 3:00pm

Explore Golden Paints with Seth Golden - November 8, 1:00 - 3:00pm

San Francisco Pen Faire & Sale - November 1, 2014 (next one: May 2015)

The Great Rubber Stamp Event - October 18, 2014

MTN Water Based Spray Paint – Try it Event and Workshop - October 11, 2014

Understanding Contemporary Oil Painting Materials - September 27, 2014

Moab Digital Papers Workshop - September 13, 2014

Copic Marker Table Top Demo - August 26, 2014

Screen Printing Workshop - September 6, 2014

Logan Mat Cutting Demo - August 16, 2014

A to Z of Acrylics with Artist Tesia Blackburn, & Book Signing - August 9, 2014

Montana Aerosol Workshop - August 2, 2014

Kidsfest - July 27, 2014 (next one: July 25, 2015)

Image Transfer with Encaustics Workshop - July 19, 2014

Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress Demo - July 12, 2014

Watercolor with Winsor & Newton - June 28, 2014

Crescent Workshop Featuring Krink Markers and Rendr Books - June 21, 2014

Williamsburg Oils Table-top Demo - June 7, 2014

SolarFast Seminar—Sun-powered Photography and Printmaking - May 31, 2014

Liquitex Acrylics Workshop - May 24, 2014

Dreamweaver Stencils Tabletop Demo - May 17, 2014

San Francisco Pen Faire & Sale - May 3, 2014

Aqua Wash Printing Inks - April 26, 2014

“Making Art” with Ed Brickler, Discussion and Book Signing - April 12, 2014

Michael Harding Artist Oil Colours - April 5, 2014

Watercolor Pencil Drawing Workshop - April 5, 2014

Book Signing with Austin Kleon - April 1, 2014

Mixed Media Art with Jacquard - March 29, 2014

Transfer This! Workshop - March 15, 2014

Flashe Acrylic Paint Workshop - February 8, 2014


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