Workshops

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.

Pitt Artist Pens with Kelly Avery, Drawing Seminar

Date of Workshop: November 15, 2014

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You asked for it–you got it! Back by popular demand, FLAX Live Artist, Kelly Avery will be here to share a more in depth view of her creative process. Together with Faber Castel Pitt Pens, Kelly Avery will be presenting this drawing seminar, in a classroom setting, where you will be able to watch her set up her drawing, work through it, all while she discusses her drawing choices and practice, This is an excellent opportunity to observe, learn and ask questions…

Explore Golden Acrylics

Date of Workshop: November 8, 2014

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Seth Golden, grandson of founder Sam Golden, will be here to share all there is to know about Golden Acrylics. Bring your acrylic painting and mediums questions! Seth will cover heavy body, fluid and high flow acrylics, the mediums used to create different effects and expands acrylics use, and he’ll touch on the new QoR watercolors. After that talk you are invited to get creative – Seth will have his paints out for you to experience for yourself why you should switch to this beautiful…

The Great Rubber Stamp Event

Date of Workshop: October 18, 2014

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We love rubber stamps and we know you do too. So, we’ve invited the Bay Area’s finest stamp artists and makers to Flax for a one-day mini show.

This is your chance to learn from the experts. Take this opportunity to try new techniques and discover different materials including stamps, stencils, ink pads, artist cards and fine papers. There will also be product demos, make n’ takes, specials and prizes…

MTN Water Based Spray Paint – Try it Event and Workshop

Date of Workshop: October 11, 2014

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We’ve tested the new MTN Water Based 300 and affirm that is the first spray paint that can be truly used indoors! It is formulated with water-soluble, low-odor resins, from pigments of the highest quality. Montana Colors has been developing spray paints for 20 years and with Water Based 300 comes their most revolutionary and versatile product:

Great for use in Fine Arts, Urban Art and General Crafts…

Understanding Contemporary Oil Painting Materials

Date of Workshop: September 27, 2014

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Glenn Brill, artist representative for Gamblin Artists’s Colors, will present a practical, hands-on educational presentation on Gamblin oil colors. This 90 minute presentation will cover all aspects of oil paints, mediums and varnishes. Included in this interesting presentation will be discussion of color theory, mineral vs modern pigments, historical application of opaque and transparent colors, studio safety, and much much more…

Moab Digital Papers Workshop

Date of Workshop: September 13, 2014

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Join Moab master printer Evan Parker as he provides an overview of the Moab digital printing papers. You will learn the applications of each of the papers, along with information about paper textures and choices. Evan will share with you all he knows about the digital printing process and the archival properties of the Moab papers. You’ll even discover how to make use of the ICC profiles available online as Evan will demonstrate with your printed samples…

Copic Marker Table Top Demo

Date of Workshop: August 26, 2014

Copic Markers

Ever wondered why so many people insist on Copic Markers? Join Copic artist Brandi York as she takes you through the finer points of Copic products from colors and blending to airbrushing and refilling. She’ll be here to cover all the basics and more advanced techniques, as well as answer any and all questions you may have about Copic Sketch Markers and refills…

Screen Printing Workshop

Date of Workshop: September 6, 2014

Andy Warhol's famous silkscreen painting series of Marilyn Monroe.

Annette Pierson of Jacquard will go through the steps required for traditional silk screen preparation, from mixing and applying the emulsion to burning the screen. You will explore alternate methods for using the screens with stencils, as well as ‘cheater methods’ of creating images on the screen. There will also be ample opportunity to get some hands-on time with the inks using prepared screen, stencils and ‘negative space’ screens…

Logan Mat Cutting Demo

Date of Workshop: August 16, 2014

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Ready to start cutting your own mats? Ken Eastman, Logan mat cutting expert, will be here for an unprecedented demonstration showing all the possibilities the Logan Mat Cutting System offers. You will walk away confident to start matting your own art work! Classes like this are hard to come by, so please be sure to sign up early for this free event. All Logan Mat cutters will be offered this day only at 20% off the low Flax price!..

A to Z of Acrylics with Artist Tesia Blackburn, & Book Signing

Date of Workshop: August 9, 2014

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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. After the demo Tesia will be promoting her new book “Acrylic Painting with Passion”…