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!
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Augmented Reality Workshop,
presented by Artivive
Saturday, July 20, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
1501 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland CA, 94612
Artivive is the platform where artists build the future of analog and digital art.
To help you discover this new platform and create your own Augmented Reality artwork, Artvive will be hosting a hands-on workshop. You will learn more about and explore the tool and all its fun and beneficial components. You will be able to use the tool without any prior technical skills and you will be guided every step of the way to bringing your artwork to life!
Please bring your own charged laptops and smartphones.
This event is held at the FLAX Oakland store, where the Nychos dinosaur mural was brought to life through Augmented Reality. The translucent T-Rex revealed its digital extension in April this year. Having a whole wall (47'w x 16'h) as a canvas, the animated art piece is creating a new kind of narrative which brings an interactive experience to the viewer and changes the way we will see street art. You can see it come to life an get inspired. You can check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU9AIStnd3c
CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.
Saturday, July 27, 11:00am – 2:00pm
1501 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland CA, 94612
Please join us for our eagerly anticipated always celebrated annual Kidsfest, a fascinating day of discovery, imagination and learning for children and their parents. This year's Kidsfest theme will be.... A LAND BEFORE TIME! We'll be dressed up and the kids should dress too. Think Jurassic Park, dinosaurs, giant ferns, fiery volcanos, cave people, and woolly mammoths. So mark this not to be missed craft filled event on your calendar for the best free event of the year! Prehistoric campfire songs included.
Kidsfest is a not-to-be-missed event, and it’s always FREE!
Learn more here.
Zen & the Art of Urban Sketching
Part 1: Sunday, July 14, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Part 2: Sunday, July 28, 12:00 - 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 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
Marabu Mixed Media Table-Top Demo, June 8, Fort Mason Store
The Semi-Annual Oakland Pen Faire & Sale, May 18, Oakland Store
Golden Acrylics A to Z Seminar, May 11, Oakland Store
Golden Acrylics A to Z Seminar, April 20, Fort Mason Store
The FLAX Art Jam, April 6, Oakland Store
Where Street Art Meets Digital Art: Nychos T-Rex mural comes to life through Augmented Reality, in partnership with ArtVive, April 5, Oakland Store
Friends of Calligraphy Presents: Julie Wildman, April 4, Oakland Store
Daniel Smith Watercolor Seminar, March 23, Oakland Store
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