Workshops & Events

Our workshops alternate between the Oakland and San Francisco stores. They often fill to capacity before the event date, so don’t delay – sign up now!

Click here to view our full Calendar of Workshops & Events.


The Semi-Annual Oakland Pen Faire & Sale

 Saturday November 17

FLAX Oakland Pen Faire & Sale

12pm - 3pm

Oakland Store

Save the date for our semi-annual Oakland Pen Faire & Sale! This is a unique event that brings together fine pen lovers from all over the Bay Area. Mingle with other pen collectors and newbies alike. Sip champagne and enjoy live music while you shop our tantalizing one-day-only sale prices at our FLAX Oakland store.

All pens, including special orders, are offered at 20% off the list price during Pen Faire. This event only comes around twice a year to FLAX, so you don't want to miss it! Get treated to the VIP experience with complimentary champagne, live classical guitar, and breathtaking fine pens at all price points and to fit all budgets.

FLAX has been hosting Pen Faire for over 20 years. Our Fine Pen Department, often referred to as a fine pen boutique within an art supply store, is part of what makes FLAX unique in the art supply world! We pride ourselves on our expert staff, who will walk each customer through our selection of fine writing instruments, allowing you to test each pen so that you can find one that fits perfectly with your aesthetic and penmanship.

We will be having some exciting gifts and giveaways this year so stay tuned for more!


Past Workshops & Events

Zen & the Art of Urban Sketching with Zip Lehnus, Nov 4, Fort Mason Store

FLAX ART JAM, Nov 3, Fort Mason Store

FLAX Weekend Artist in Residence: Colleen Gianatiempo, Oct 27 -28, Oakland Store

Oakland Print Fair, Oct 13th - 14th, Oakland Store

Introducing Rive Gauche Oils - a hands on class, Oct 6, Oakland Store

Kandinsky Abstracts with Tesia Blackburn, Oct 6, Fort Mason Store

Putting Paint to Paper: Intro to Watercolor class with Amanda from Limn Colors, presented by TRY studio, Sept 30, Fort Mason Store

Zen & the Art of Urban Sketching with Zip Lehnus, Sept 9, Fort Mason Store

FLAX Weekend Artist in Residence: April Gavin, Sept 8 - 9, Oakland Store

Introductory Lecture on the New Rive Gauche, September 8, Fort Mason Store

Daniel Smith Watercolor Seminar, August 25, Oakland

FLAX Weekend Artist in Residence: Emily Habansky, August 18-19, Oakland Store

Zen & the Art of Urban Sketching, August 12, Fort Mason Store

FLAX 80th Anniversary & Sale, August 11, Oakland Store

Oaktown Half Mile Marker Artist Showcase, August 4, Oakland Store

FLAX Weekend Artist in Residence: Laura McHugh, August 4 - 5, Oakland Store

Faber-Castell - Creativity for Kids with special guest Franz Spohn, July 29, Fort Mason Store

FLAX Annual KIDSFEST: Camp Flax, July 28, Oakland Store

Sennelier Soft Pastels with Camille LaPointe-Lyons, July 21, Oakland Store

FLAX Weekend Artist in Residence: Kasey Smith, July 14 - 15, Oakland Store

Abstract Acrylics Workshop, July 7, Fort Mason Store

Watercolor Color Mixing with Amanda Hinton, Presented by TRY Studio, July 7, Oakland Store

FLAX Weekend Artist in Residence: Heather Robinson, June 30 - July 1, Oakland Store

Sketch & Go with Don Colley, June 24th,Fort Mason Store

Carving Class with Jake from Fernwood Drive, June 23rd, Fort Mason Store

Big Stick Charcoal with Zip Lehnus, June 23rd, Oakland Store

Friends of Calligraphy Guest Lecture - ADLaM: The development of an Alphabet, by Randall Hasson, June 22nd, Oakland Store

Zen & the Art of Urban Sketching, with Zip Lehnus, June 17th, Fort Mason Store

FLAX Weekend Artist in Residence: Natalie Schrik, portrait photographer, June 16th - 17th, Oakland Store

Putting Paint to Paper, hosted by TRY Studio and featuring Limn Watercolors, June 9th, Oakland Store

The New East Bay Open Studios, at FLAX, June 2nd - 3rd, Oakland Store

Sennelier Acrylique Seminar, May 26, Oakland Store

Daniel Smith Watercolor Seminar, Saturday May 19th, Fort Mason Store

Pen Faire & Sale, Saturday May 19th, Oakland Store

Linocut Printmaking Class with Carmen McNall, Saturday May 12th, Oakland Store

Sennelier Abstract Acrylics Demo, Saturday May 5th, Fort Mason Store

Youth Cartooning Camp with LIV & CHIU's Cara Goldstein, Saturday May 5th, Oakland Store

Golden A to Z Lecture, Saturday April 28th, Oakland Store

Princeton Brush Exchange, Saturday April 21st, Oakland Store

Friends of Calligraphy Presenets: Letter & Image: An Illustrated Lecture by Stan Knight, Friday April 20th, Oakland Store

Winsor & Newton Watercolor Seminar, Sunday April 15th, Fort Mason Store

FLAX ART JAM, Saturday April 7th, Oakland Store

Masterpiece Table-Top Talk, Friday April 6th, Fort Mason Store

Charbonnel Printmaking Inks & Mediums, Saturday March 24th, Oakland Store

Liqutiex Acrylic Seminar with Kristen Brown, Sunday March 18th, Oakland Store

Daniel Smith Watercolor Seminar, Saturday March 10th, Oakland Store

Collagraph Printmaking with Dara Lorenzo, Saturday March 3rd, Oakland Store

Portraits in Charcoal with Andrew Ameral, Director of the Golden Gate Atelier, Saturday February 17th, Oakland Store

Princeton Brush Exchange, Saturday February 10th, Fort Mason Store

Oakland Kids-Craft Day, Saturday February 10th, Oakland Store

Artists Speak with stARTup Art Fair, Saturday January 13th, Oakland Store