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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williamsburg-oils-lecture.pngWilliamsburg Oil Lecture

Monday January 27, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

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

*Please note that this workshop is now full. You can still take advantage of our one day sale - 20% off Williamsburg Oils at our Oakland Store on Monday!

The Williamsburg Oil lecture is a two hour free educational presentation, with Williamsburg Artist Phil Garrett, that covers topics essential to oil painting. During this event, attendees will learn about sizes and grounds using oil over acrylics, pigment grind, color properties, oil mediums, varnishing, solvent-free painting practices, and health & safety! You will also get the opportunity to do several short hands-on exercises that explore the palette of paint textures due to variations in pigment grind. How pigment load can affect opacity, transparency ,brilliance or muting of color. Compare the range of blacks and highlight useful neutrals and finish with a simple way to do a solvent-free clean-up . Each attendee will receive a color chart, product literature, and a small box of oil paint samples to take home.

You will also get the opportunity to do several short hands-on exercises that explore the palette of paint textures due to variations in pigment grind. How pigment load can affect opacity, transparency , brilliance or muting of color. Compare the range of blacks and highlight useful neutrals and finish with a simple way to do a solvent-free clean-up . Each attendee will receive a color chart, product literature, and a small box of oil paint samples to take home.

mug-shot-square.jpgPhil Garrett, a graduate of The San Francisco Art Institute , has completed numerous artists’ residencies including The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation residence in New Berlin, NY, taught painting and printmaking nationally and internationally. He joined the Golden Artist Colors Working Artist Program in 1998 and the Williamsburg Oil Independent Artist Program. He is the founder of King Snake Press and his prints and paintings are in public and private collections in the USA, Europe and Japan.  In October 2005, 2006 and 2007 he lectured and taught workshops on acrylic painting methods in art schools in the cities of Osaka, Tokyo ,Nagoya , Kyoto and Fukuoka Japan sponsored by Golden Acrylic and Turner company of Osaka . He is the author of the book INSIDE ACRYLICS published by North Light Books.


Past Workshops & Events

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