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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.

baggallini-crop.jpgBaggallini Trunk Show and Sale

April 18, 2015, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

We are excited to host our first Baggallini Trunk Show and Sale. For one day only, we bring you the best of Baggallini at fantastic prices too low to show. See an expanded assortment of classic styles and colors, new Spring 2015 designs and recently retired baggs at our best prices of the year. Can't find the Baggallini you've been looking for? We can order it for you! You are sure to find a bagg that fits your life and style. Don't miss out on this one day event.


blue-orange.jpgBlue Orange Games Challenge

April 25, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Our friend Rachel over at Blue Orange Games will be here from 1 to 3 to challenge you to Blue Orange's award winning games. Stop by and see why these challenging games have garnished the Dr Toy Best Game Awards, Best Toy Awards, and Parent's Choice Honors.

pen-faire-web1.jpgThe Semi-Annual San Francisco Pen Faire and Sale

May 2, 2015, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

The FLAX semi-annual San Francisco Pen Faire and Sale returns Saturday, May 2, from 11am – 3pm. Representatives from select pen manufacturers will be on-hand with their product line, and all will be offered at 20% off MSRP. 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, and at a special price. Treat yourself and others to a great gift.


wnwatercolor.jpgWinsor & Newton Artist Watercolors Seminar

May 9, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

One of our most popular workshops, the Winsor & Newton Watercolor Seminar is back with artist Anna Simpson! For artists already working in watercolor or the newcomer, this lively and entertaining discussion looks at the history, techniques, and materials that spell success when working in this most legendary of mediums. Discover which pigments granulate, why some colors stain, and the ideal landscape color palette. Learn the keys to color permanence and lightfastness. Winsor & Newton artist Anna Simpson will be here to answer these familiar watercolor questions and more, such as; which mediums help capture texture and expressive gesture? Why do we have Rough, Cold Pressed and Hot Pressed papers? What colors best capture natural light? What is gouache and can it be used with transparent watercolors? What are the three benchmarks for fine water media brushes? How do I care for my brushes and finished watercolors? These topics and any other questions you might bring will be addressed, with all attendees receiving free watercolor samples at the conclusion.

Also, all Winsor & Newton watercolors will be offered that day only at an extra 20% off the low FLAX price!


goldenacrylics2.jpgGolden A to Z of Acrylics

May 23, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

The GOLDEN “A to Z” of Acrylics Please join us for this popular event hosted by well known artist Tesia Blackburn. The Golden lecture/demo is a two-hour free educational presentation on acrylic paints, gels and mediums with an advanced technical explanation of acrylics, and their inherent possibilities. Come learn about pigments, different viscosities and types of paints, grounds and color mixing. You will see how to extend paint to save money, and how to mix paints with gels to create unique textural surfaces. Tesia will discuss how to use different products to make surfaces for watercolors, graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, oil and soft pastels. This lecture covers lightfastness for pigments, proper acrylic priming techniques, and health and safety concerns. Artists of all levels will come away from this lecture/demo with fresh new insights to feed their creative expression, and a free packet of literature and samples.

All Golden Acrylics and Mediums will be offered the day of the demo at 20% off the low Flax price.

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 GaloreFebruary 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


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

  • Locations
  • Flagship San Francisco Store 1699 Market Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
      Mon - Sat, 9:30am - 7pm
  • San Mateo Store 3600 S El Camino Real
    San Mateo, CA 94403
      Mon - Sat, 9:30am - 7pm
      Sunday, 11:00am - 5pm
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