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.

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”…

Montana Aerosol Workshop

Date of Workshop: August 2, 2014

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We are pleased to announce artist Mel Waters will be teaching our annual Montana Aerosol Workshop this summer. Mel will be covering spray techniques, color ranges and cap assortments for the Montana Black line of aerosol artist paint. He will also demo the Montana Acrylic Paint Markers which look so good with these corresponding spray paints. This class will start inside, classroom style, soon following with a trip out to our back parking lot where you will be able to…

Image Transfer with Encaustics Workshop

Date of Workshop: July 19, 2014

Sacred Heart - Encaustic Wax Painting, image transfer, mixed media, gold leaf, and pigment sticks, by Raven Iacono

Come see R&F Encaustic artist Raven Iocono demonstrate Photo Image Transferring using R&F Encaustic paints and mediums. There are many ways to transfer an image, but after using Raven’s R&F method, you will be amazed at the results. Raven’s enthusiasm is contagious and she’ll have you hooked on this form of mixed media! This will be a hands-on workshop so you will get to try it for yourself. On the Saturday of the workshop R&F products will be offered at an additional 15% off the already low Flax price…

Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress Demo

Date of Workshop: July 12, 2014

EVOLUTION Letterpress

Learn how to create stationery, invitations and more with the We R / Lifestyle Crafts table top letterpress tool.

Liz Martin, local artist and paper crafter, returns for yet another great event. Liz will be demonstrating how to use the We R/Lifestyle Crafts letterpress tool. See how easy it is to create your own letterpress stationery and how versatile this tool is at a convenient drop-in table in the Stationery Department…

Watercolor with Winsor & Newton

Date of Workshop: June 28, 2014


For artists working in watercolor, 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. What mediums will help you capture texture and expressive gesture?…