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.


Speedball Block Printing w/ Pável

Sunday, April 2, 1pm - 3pm - FREE
FLAX Oakland

Speedball Block Printing w/ PávelJoin Speedball demo artist and printmaker, Pável Acevedo, 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 block printing process from carving the block 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 carving a block or the skilled printmaker looking to learn new tips and tricks!

About the Artist: Pável is an independent printmaker with a strong familiarity of the fundamentals of screen and block printing, and he possesses a talent and passion for the education of printmaking techniques to all experience levels. He earned his BFA in visual arts at La Escuela de Bellas Artes/ Fine Arts School of Oaxaca, and is a very busy man. He travels the US conducting printmaking workshops, has been in two printmaker in residence programs, been commissioned to produce two murals, and his artwork has been exhibited in different group shows between Mexico and the U.S. in public and private institutions as well individually.

Zen + the Art of Urban Sketching

Zen + the Art of Urban Sketching

3rd Saturday of the month, 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 held the 3rd Saturday of the month (April - October) and sells out quickly.

Past Workshops & Events

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

Liquitex Painting on Fabric, w/ Kristen Brown, April 24, Oakland Store

Expressive Sketching with Fountain Pens, w/ Eileen Goldenberg, April 10, Oakland Store