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!

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faj2020.jpgFLAX ART JAM - CANCELLED (because of precautions related to the coronavirus)

Saturday, April 4, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

FLAX Oakland
1501 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland, CA 94612

Kick out the jams! Art Jam that is. Join us for a fun-filled time of art make-and-takes and demos at our Oakland store while we celebrate our 4th anniversary at our Oakland location. This not to be missed event is free with art tables, music and snacks for an afternoon of creativity on us.  It's our way of saying thank you for making us your favorite community art supplier!

Call for details and more to come.  510-867-2324

meaningful-grading-sm.jpgMeaningful Grading for Faculty in the Arts - OAKLAND STORE

Saturday, April 18, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

FLAX Oakland
1501 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland, CA 94612

Grading Meaningfully in Art Classes 

"Teaching artists abhor grading, in general. We perceive grades as toxic to creative development, but most of us ultimately have to assign them. Paradoxically, when instructors downplay the importance of grades, or when we "grade from the gut," we often reinforce the very aspects of grading that are most damaging to student motivation and creative development."

Bring your rubrics, grading systems and questions to this workshop with author and educator, Natasha Haugnes. Natasha will share guidelines for integrating grading into teaching and learning, from principles for setting up a system to working out niggly math details and building rubrics. She will also discuss ways of grading within anti-racist pedagogies, in particular, pass/ no pass grading that translates into a final letter grade. Workshop participants will have ample opportunity to discuss their own grading challenges and will leave with more confidence in grading, as well as receive a copy of Meaningful Grading:A Guide for Faculty in the Arts.

Lecture fee includes price of book-$26.99 

Sign up early and prepay for this valuable tool.  After signing up someone will contact you from FLAX for prepayment or you can call us at 510-867-2324

You can also check out the book here.

Natasha Haugnes has worked with artists and designers in higher education for over twenty-five years, mostly at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and more recently at California College of the Arts. She has taught ESL and pedagogy courses, founded and directed a student academic support center, and for thirteen years, worked in faculty and curriculum development with instructors and directors in a variety of art and design departments. She consults with art and design colleges on rubrics and grading, and has presented on this topic in numerous settings. Natasha has authored two ESL textbooks with Pearson ELT. Her most recent book, Meaningful Grading: a guide for faculty in the arts, was published in late 2018 (West Virginia University Press). Her artistic endeavors include ceramics and tap dancing with her neo-jug band. 


Past Workshops & Events

Daniel Smith Watercolor Seminar, January 7, Oakland Store

Williamsburg Oil Lecture, March 7, Oakland Store

Game Playing with Blue Orange Games, December 7, Oakland Store

FLAX Pen Faire and Sale, November 16, Oakland Store

FLAX ART JAM anniversary event, November 2, Fort Mason Store

SCRAP POP-UP SHOP at FLAX Fort Mason,September 22, Fort Mason Store

"From the Fountain Pen to the Brush", An illustrated talk by Loredana Zega,September 5, Oakland Store

General Pencil Workshop, with Kathi Hanson - Ten techniques for creating WOW watercolor pencil art,August 17, Oakland Store

General Pencil Workshop, with Kathi Hanson - "You want me to do WHAT with that pencil?",August 17, Fort Mason Store

FLAX Annual KIDSFEST,July 27, Oakland Store

Augmented Reality Workshop, presented by Artivive,July 20, Oakland Store

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