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!

View the full calendar here.



Liquitex Acrylics Demo w/ Kristen Brown

Liquitex Acrylics Demo

Sunday, September 24, 11:00am - 12:30pm - FREE (sign up)
FLAX Fort Mason

When it comes to acrylics, Liquitex started it all in 1955. In this demonstration attendees will be introduced to the acrylic brand that has been on the forefront of innovation for over 65 years. Liquitex offers the most diverse range of professional products including six unique ranges of professional acrylic colors, innovative mediums, and a revolutionary range of painting tools to meet the needs of every artist. This demo is all about getting people excited about the endless possibilities of acrylic color and mediums so they can go right into the studio with tons of new ideas.

Artist Bio: Kristen Brown is a San Francisco-based painter originally from Saskatchewan, Canada, and an artist for Liquitex and Winsor & Newton. She has exhibited at the de Young Museum, San Francisco Arts Commission, Joyce Gordon Gallery, and CICA Museum in South Korea, among others. Kristen has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation in Montreal. Kristen’s work has been featured in Fresh Paint Magazine (now Create Magazine), RELISH Magazine, Art Maze Magazine, and elsewhere. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Saskatchewan and an MFA in Painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.


Speedball Screen Printing Demo

Saturday, October 21, 1pm - 3pm - FREE
FLAX Fort Mason

Speedball Screen Printing DemoJoin Speedball artist and printmaker, Alden Knight as he shares his passion and excitement for the art of printmaking. This two-hour lecture and demonstration will provide attendees with in-depth information about the screen printing process from preparing the screen to printing the image. Learn about the wide range of Speedball inks, tools and accessories, giving insight to each product’s use and attributes. This demo is ideal for the beginner seeking the experience of pulling a print or the skilled printmaker looking to learn new tips and tricks!

About the Artist: Alden is an independent printmaker with a strong familiarity of the fundamentals of screen and relief printing, and he possesses a talent and passion for the education of the printmaking techniques to all experience levels. In Alden's business, Odd Petals DIY Creative Resources, he of course provides screen printing services, but the DIY ethos is extremely important to everything he does. "I love teaching musicians and artists how to take more command of their merchandise, and showing them that anyone can make and enjoy art."

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Zen + the Art of Urban Sketching

Zen + the Art of Urban Sketching

Saturday October 14, noon - 3pm, $65 (sign up)
FLAX Fort Mason

Zen + the Art of Urban Sketching 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. 

Join instructor Zip Lehnus and learn how to make sketching a daily habit you look forward to that enhances your memory, perception and mood!

Learn more here. This class is usually held the 3rd Saturday of the month (April - October) and sells out quickly.

Past Workshops & Events

85th Anniversary Celebration, September 9, Oakland Store

Sketch Odyssey East Bay, August 19, Oakland Store

Speedball Screen Printing Demo, July 22, Fort Mason Store

Traveler's Stamp Caravan, July 5 - 11, Oakland Store

Lascaux Extravaganza!, June 30 & July 1, Oakland Store

Speedball Block Printing w/ Pável, June 4, Fort Mason Store

Winsor & Newton Oil Paint Demo, May 28, Oakland Store

Pen Faire & Sale, May 20, Oakland Store

A-Z of Golden Acrylics, May 13, Oakland Store

Speedball Block Printing w/ Pável, April 2, Oakland Store

Daniel Smith Watercolor Seminar, March 26, Oakland Store

Daniel Smith Watercolor Seminar, March 5, Fort Mason Store

Semi-Annual Oakland Pen Faire & Sale, November 19, Oakland Store

Speedball Block Printing w/ Pável, October 16, Fort Mason Store Store

Zen + the Art of Urban Sketching, October 8, Fort Mason Center Store

Winsor & Newton Watercolor Demo, September 18, Fort Mason Store

Sketch Odyssey East Bay, September 17, Oakland Store

Liquitex Acrylics Lecture & Demo, August 21, Fort Mason Store

Speedball Block Printing w/ Pável, August 7, Oakland Store

Winsor & Newton Gouache Demo, July 24, Oakland Store

Screen Printing Demo with Speedball, July 17, Oakland Store

Daniel Smith Watercolor Seminar, July 10, Oakland Store

Still Life Painting with Winsor & Newton Artists’ Oil Colors, June 12, Oakland Store

Semi-Annual Oakland Pen Faire & Sale, May 14, Oakland Store