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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Live Drawing with Michael Capozzola - January 10, 2015, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Pentel Arts Inking Workshop - January 17, 2015, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
SF Safe Art Program - January 24, 2015, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Aqua Wash and Fabriano Printing Galore - February 7, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Dreamweaver Stencils and Powders - February 21, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Sennelier Acrylics Workshop - March 7, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
C&T Transfers & Mixed Media Workshop - March 14, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Strathmore Printmaking Paper & Gelli Prints Workshop - March 21, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Sennelier Watercolor and Raphael Aquasoft Brushes - April 11, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Pitt Artist Pens with Kelly Avery, Drawing Workshop - November 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