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Workshops & Events

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Sketch & Go with Don Colley from Faber-Castell

Fort Mason Store - CLOSED

Friday, November 17, 2017, 3:00pm - 5:00pm


Join Faber-Castell and Chicago based artist Don Colley, while he leads a sketchbook workshop here at FLAX and then takes you on the streets for this hands on urban sketching workshop!

Don creates much of his Sketchbook work with Pitt artist pens because of their high quality India Ink, unsurpassed lightfastness, and archival characteristics. During this two hour demo Don will share his sketching techniques with these versatile pens, showing you how to achieve some extremely interesting effects. He will then take you on a tour outside of FLAX to show how you can create on the go too. Bring a sketchbook or buy one here!

Unfortunately, signups for Fort Mason are now CLOSED.


The Semi-Annual Oakland Pen Faire and Sale

Oakland Store

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Attention Fine Pen enthusiasts, FLAX art & design is hosting our Semi Annual Oakland Pen Faire! Hard to find pens can be special ordered that day from our guest representatives through FLAX at deeply discounted prices. All fine pens will be offered at 20% off!

FLAX has been hosting this event for over 12 years educating the public on these fine writing instruments. Fine Pen accessories such as hard to find inks, sealing wax, writing paper and other fine accoutrement will also be available. This one-of-a-kind event is the best way to sample a variety of pens and find the one that is just right for you! Treat yourself and others to a great gift. Whether you are an enthusiast or a novice you will be sure to find the right pen at the right price.

Click here to learn more!



Plaid Friday Weekend - SHOP LOCAL at FLAX!


Oakland Store

(November 24 - 26)


Shop local on Plaid Friday at the FLAX the Oakland store! Join us for a weekend of hot spiced cider, coffee all day, festive fun, local business pop-up shops, and a pie sale!



Our Oakland store will be hosting a pop-up shop for Ice Body, makers of artisan, made to order natural and organic skin care products on Friday November 24th!




Uhuru Pies will be at the FLAX Oakland store on Saturday November 25th with tables of pies for sale, just in time for the holidays! All proceeds from the pies will benefit projects of Black Star Industries and the Uhuru Movement that are building economic development and commerce for and between African people. Click here to learn more about Uhuru Pies!


batik-painting-workshop.jpgBatik Silk Painting Workshop for Kids!

Fort Mason Store

Saturday, December 9, 2017,

11:00am - 1:00pm

Calling all kids ages 7 and above! Join Ashley and Katelyn, young artists and founders of Color Cruiser, as they show you the art of batik fabric painting. It’s easy to do and fun. They’ll teach you how to blend colors on fabric and produce an amazing batik masterpiece.

The cost of the workshop is $18 for a complete batik kit that includes a wax fabric motif, six color dyes, instruction and hands-on creative fun.

Please Sign-up Online or call the Fort Mason store at 415-530-3510 to reserve your spot in the workshop! Space is limited.

More Upcoming 2017 Workshops!

Oakland Semi-Annual Pen Faire & Sale at FLAX - November 18, Oakland Store

Kids-Craft Day - December 2, Oakland Store

Past Workshops & Events

Batik Silk Painting Workshop for Kids - November 11, 11am - 1pm, Oakland Store

Oakland Kids-Craft Day - Pumpking Painting Event October 28, 11am - 1pm, Oakland Store

Understanding Contemporary Oil Painting Materials October 21, 1pm - 3pm, Oakland Store

Daniel Smith Watercolor Workshop October 15, 1pm - 3pm, Fort Mason Store

Oakland Print Fair October 14-15 Oakland Store

Big Stick Charcoal Workshop October 7, 1pm - 3pm, Oakland Store

Indigo Dying Workshop with Jacquard's Indigo Tie Dye Kit September 30, 1pm - 3pm, Oakland Store

The End of Summer of Love Event September 23, 12pm - 3pm, Oakland Store

The Great Rubber Stamp & Card Making Event September 24, 12pm - 3pm, Fort Mason Store

Water Soluble Oils vs Acryclics: Cobra & Amsterdam - September 16, 1pm - 3pm, Oakland Store

Gamblin's Understanding Contemporary Oil Painting Materials - September 16, 1pm - 3pm, Fort Mason Center Store

Daniel Smith Watercolor Workshop September 9, 1pm - 3pm, Oakland Store

Big Stick Charcoal Demo September 9, 1pm - 3pm, Fort Mason Store

Sennelier Abstract Acrylic & New Raymar Artfix Panels - September 2, 1pm - 3pm, Fort Mason Store

Charbonnel Printmaking Inks Workshop - August 26, 1pm - 3pm, Oakland Store

R&F Encaustics and Pigment Sticks -August 19, Oakland Store

Annual Kidsfest - July 29, Oakland Store

Speedball Gel Plate Workshop with Sharon Jue - July 22, Oakland Store

R&F Pigment Sticks - July 15, Fort Mason Center Store

Landscapes with Sennelier Pastels - July 15, Oakland Store

Sunde White Card Making & Collage - July 1, Oakland Store

Winsor & Newton Watercolor Lecture and Demo - June 17, Fort Mason Center Store

Reinventing the Color Wheel with John Muir Laws - May 30, Oakland Store

Bi-Annual Pen Faire - May 27, Oakland Store

Winsor & Newton Watercolor Lecture & Demo - May 20, Oakland Store

Speedball Mono Gelli Prints & Block Printing - May 13, Fort Mason Store

Jacquard Screen Printing Workshop - May 6, Fort Mason Store

Kids-Craft Day, Mother's Day Craft - May 6, Oakland Store

SF MUNI Art Project 2017 Kick Off Event - April 30, Fort Mason Store

Sennelier Acrylic Workshop - April 29, Oakland Store 

Daniel Smith Watercolor Demo - April 29, Fort Mason Store

Strathmore Watercolor Postcard Demo - April 28, Oakland Store

FLAX Oakland 1 Year Anniversary Event - April 8, Oakland Store

Golden Water Media Classroom -

Lascaux Acrylics Demo - March 25, 2017, Fort Mason Store

Book Arts with Friends of Montclair Library - March 25, 2017, Oakland Store

Liquitex Lecture and Demo - March 18, 2017, Oakland Store

Crochet Jam with Remekon O'Arwisters - March 12, 2017, Oakland Store

Screen Printing with Jacquard - March 11, 2017, Oakland Store

Cobra Water Mixable Oils - March 4, 2017, Oakland Store

Golden A to Z Free Lecture - February 25, 2017, Oakland Store

Sennelier Pastels Demo - February 18, 2017, Oakland Store

We Paint: An Evening with Bobby Arte February 11, 2017, Oakland Store

Daniel Smith Watercolor Demo February 11, 2017, Oakland Store

Kids-Craft Day February 10, 2017, Oakland Store; February 12, 2017, Fort Mason Center Store

Cobra Water Mixable Oils Painting Classroom February 4, 2017, Fort Mason Center Store

Photo Transferring with Michelle February 4, 2017, Oakland Store

Sennelier Pastels with Camille LaPointe-Lyons January 21, 2017

Raphael Soft Aqua & Sennelier Watercolor Table Top Demo - December 17, 2016

Pixar Artists Mathew Luhn & Valerie LaPointe - Book Signing Event, Oakland Store - December 10, 2016

Marabu Products Demo, Oakland Store - December 7, 2016

Oakland Kids-Craft Day: Pinecone Critters, Oakland Store - December 3, 2016

Seth Golden on Everything Golden & Williamsburg, Oakland Store - November 20, 2016

FLAX Oakland Pen Faire & Sale, Oakland Store - November 19, 2016

Rembrandt Soft Pastels Demo, Oakland Store - November 12, 2016

FLAX Fort Mason One Year Anniversary Event, Fort Mason Store - November 5, 2016

1st Friday ARC Youth Fest Art Tour Community Event, Oakland Store - November 4, 2016

Jacquard Mixed Media Workshop with Rick Kitagawa, Oakland Store - October 29, 2016

Mixed Media Holiday Card Making with Raven Iacono, Fort Mason Store - October 29, 2016

Kids Halloween Event: Pumpkin Painting, Oakland & Fort Mason Store - October 22nd and 23rd, 2016

Michael Harding on Michael Harding Oils & Mediums, Oakland Store - October 20th, 2016

18th Annual Self As Super Hero Exhibit, presented by Attitudinal Healing Connection, Oakland Store - October 1st, 2016

Mixed Media Workshop: Holiday Card Making with Raven Iacono, Oakland Store September 24th, 2016

The Art of Laurel Burch Coloring Book Event, Oakland Store September 17th, 2016

Sennelier Mixed Media Workshop with Cindy Shih, Oakland Store August 20th, 2016


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