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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Zen + the Art of Urban Sketching

Zen + the Art of Urban Sketching

Saturday, June 11, 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 2nd Saturday of the month and sells out quickly.


Still Life Painting with Winsor & Newton Artists’ Oil Colors

Sunday, June 12, 1pm - 4pm - FREE
FLAX Oakland

Join artist Kristen Brown for this informative and fun demo in which Kristen will help take the mystery out of oil painting and the products used to create them while working on a still life. Follow along as Kristen breaks down the basics of oil painting so that you can feel confident in your own oil painting efforts.

Oil color has been around for 600 years but it can still be daunting. Luckily Winsor & Newton has been at it for long time too! In this demonstration, Kristen will share the attributes of the new Winsor & Newton Cadmium Free Oil Colors, part of a color range with the highest level of pigmentation consistent with the broadest handling properties, giving artists excellent covering power and tinting strength. This guided workshop will lead participants through the steps of creating a still life painting in oil. Students will walk away with a greater knowledge of color mixing, glazing, and impasto techniques.

About the Instructor: Kristen Brown is a teaching artist for Colart Americas (Winsor & Newton). With a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Saskatchewan and an MFA in Painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Kristen has achieved a lot of exposure for her work. She has exhibited at the de Young Museum, San Francisco Arts Commission, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Berkeley Art Center, Sanchez Art Center, Gearbox Gallery and many more. and her paintings and drawings have been featured in Fresh Paint Magazine (now Create! Magazine), Relish, Art Maze Mag and elsewhere. Kristen's artwork explores themes of dissociation, transience, memory, and truth.

Sign Up for this FREE workshop at the right.


Modify Your Pilot Parallel Pens! with Eileen Goldenberg

Sunday, June 26, 1pm - 2pm - $65
FLAX Oakland

Modified Parallel PensCalling all calligraphy enthusiasts! Eileen Goldenberg is back with a unique and highly informative class on how to modify and customize the Pilot Parallel Pen.

Eileen will demonstrate how she modifies these calligraphic pens into a custom collectible item, and then have you modify your own pen! She will show numerous ways to customize the fountain pen and share the different uses for sketching, drawing and writing. By giving the pen an angled tip, it is easier to get line variation for FUN sketching and calligraphy. One Parallel Pen is included in the class fee as well as paper, ink and all other materials.

About the Instructor: Eileen P. Goldenberg is an award winning artist, an avid Urban Sketcher and fountain pen expert. She has been teaching art for over 50 years. Her style of teaching is with a positive, fun approach.

Sign Up for this workshop at the right. $65 fee.

Past Workshops & Events

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

Zen + the Art of Urban Sketching, April 9, Fort Mason Center Store

Sketch Odyssey, March 27, Oakland Store

Daniel Smith Watercolor Zoom Demo, June 25

Semi Annual Pen Faire & Sale, May 22 and 23, Oakland Store

Daniel Smith Watercolor Seminar, January 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