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.


Daniel Smith Watercolor Seminar

Saturday, March 23, 1pm – 3pm

Oakland Store

1501 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland CA, 94612

Join us for an Intimate conversation with Scott Stevenson, artist rep for DANIEL SMITH Inc. Curious about Quinacridone pigments, wonder where in the world the color Serpentine comes from, how a color gets its name or how DANIEL SMITH tests pigments for lightfastness? This is your chance to get “your” questions answered directly from Scott.

The presentation will start off with the history of DANIEL SMITH manufacturing and the many aspects of developing DANIEL SMITH products. You will see firsthand lab paint outs, and minerals used to manufacture colors in the PrimaTek line and more. 

Following will be a overview of the complete DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Products line up and the very fun opportunity to put paint to paper! Create your own color palette with any number of colors by dabbing “dots” on WC paper, and spend some time painting.

Reserve your seat in this FREE Seminar by filling out the form below, or call the Oakland store at 510-867-2324. Space is limited.

All Daniel Smith will be on sale at 25% off the list price!

Sorry, as of Tuesday, March 19, this workshop is full to capacity.


Friends of Calligraphy Presents Julie Wildman: Calligraphy in Historical and Contemporary Context

Thursday, April 4, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Oakland Store

1501 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland CA, 94612

Learn about calligraphy—the 'art of beautiful writing'—in both its historical and contemporary context. Julie Wildman, a calligrapher and graphic designer from the Chicago area, will take us on a journey that starts with the origin of handwriting and continues throughout time to our present-day alphabets.

CLICK HERE to reserve your spot for this free event.



Saturday, April 6, 1pm – 3pm

Oakland Store

1501 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland CA, 94612

We are celebrating the anniversary of our East Bay Grand Opening by bringing you an afternoon of creative arts. This event is for the artist, crafter, or just the creative curious. Grab your friends and family and explore a world of creativity with make-and-take tables, try it stations, informational product demos and other interactive projects. Bring something to get screen printed at our FLAX screen printing station. Mark your calendar for what's sure to be a creative and inspiring event!

No need to sign-up for this FREE event.

CLICK HERE for more

 Zen & the Art of Urban Sketching


Part 1: Sunday, April 7, 12:0pm – 3:00pm

Part 2: Sunday, April 21, 12:00pm - 3:00pm 

Fort Mason Center

2 Marina Blvd, Building D, San Francisco  CA, 94123

Unhappy with your sketches? Smash that negativity! Make your sketches more effective, and make sketching work for you. Join us for Zen & the Art of Urban Sketching, a series of two classes offered at our Fort Mason store! These classes will be offere throughout the spring and summer.

Part 1: You can do this! This class is about getting outdoors and putting pen to paper. With a hand-picked set of tools and some simple, practical techniques, we’ll set out to sketch in a location rich with subjects, like Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Sketching is fun—if you do it right. And it’s good for you. 

Part 2: Perspective, Light & Shadow Seeing is complicated, but your brain makes it seem easy. So why is drawing things “right” so hard? We’ll learn how the brain looks for cues, or shortcuts, to make sense of what’s out there. Artists use exactly the same cues to create images that look real. We’ll explore how to use these cues - perspective, light and shadow, to anchor your drawings in the world. 


Part 1: $55.00

Part 2: $40.00

(The class fee includes a complete urban sketching kit which is yours to keep after the class!)

To learn more and to register for this class CLICK HERE!

Past Workshops & Events

The Friends of Calligraphy Present, Feb 21, Oakland Store

Marabu Art Crayon Make & Take, Feb 16, Oakland Store

The Semi-Annual Oakland Pen Faire & Sale, Nov 17, Oakland Store

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