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Pleasanton Art League
P.O. Box 23
Pleasanton, CA 94566

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Workshop Information

For PAL Workshop Information, contact Rebecca Chou at 510-209-5348



For lodging near the PAL workshops see the accommodations listed in the Tri-Valley area at Hotels on Hopyard Road in Pleasanton will be closest to most workshops.


Private Instructors

Peggy Frank
Young Artists Studio

Openings for 2014 summer, students ages 7 and older. Also weekly school year lessons. Contact her at 925 443-8755 or email


Do you give private lessons? Let us know and we'll put your information here.


Wanted: Instructors

Looking for Instructors to run kids classes after school and on weekends. We may also include preschooler classes during the day.  Classes will be in the basics of drawing, painting and related topics. Class size is about 10 students ages 5-14. space and materials provided. Instructors free to structue classes and times.  Please contact John at the Golden Apple 925 460-5163.


Photo by Lisa Rigge


Other Classes & Workshops in
the Area

Figurehead Gallery

Bothwell Art Center

Way Up Art & Frame


PAL Workshop 2015 - Francesca Pastine’s Drawing Workshop

May 2-3, 2015 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Firehouse Arts Center 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton, CA

Pastine Workshop

The fundamentals of drawing are the bedrock of any art practice. This intensive PAL workshop provides training in drawing techniques--line, value, form, space, perspective, sighting techniques, gesture, mass, and texture--through a supportive atmosphere with both group and one-on-one instruction. Participants will develop their personal connection to drawing and expand their understanding of art and painting while acquiring a sound understanding of materials and the methods that lead to successful drawings. Through a series of demonstrations and exercises based on the still life, landscape, and expressive drawing techniques, this workshop will give you the drawing skills to open up new possibilities in your work.

Francesca Pastine

Instructor Francesca Pastine is a visual artist and teacher living in San Francisco. Born in New York, she received a BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She was the recipient of a Fleishhacker Grant, a Pollock Krasner Grant, and a Kala Fellowship. Pastine’s work has been shown at galleries, art spaces, and collections including the Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia, Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in South Carolina. Her work has been widely reviewed by the press including The Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, In The Make, and New American Paintings, 2010, Issue #91. She is represented by Eleanor Harwood Gallery in S.F. Pastine has taught at the SFAI, The California College of the Arts, UC Berkeley Extension, City College of San Francisco, and Diablo Valley Community College.

The workshop fee is $199 early bird before March15, 2015 or $209 after that.
To register on line, go to To register by mail, please provide name, address, phone, email and mail it with your check payable to Pleasanton Art League, c/o Workshops, P.O. Box 23, Pleasanton, CA 94566.

Want to see the flyer? Francesca Pastine Workshop

See PAL workshop policies here.

Linda Beach Painting Class

Linda Beach Painting Class

Fabric Impressions workshop, February 27

Denise MillerDenise Oyama Miller and Nancy Ryan are going to be teaching their fabric impressions technique for Empty Spools Seminars from Friday, February 27 – Wednesday, March 4, at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove. For more information:, or email Denise at

In this class students will create two original landscape wall quilts – one small and one large. Shapes and images in this impressionistic style are created using a technique of cutting and slicing fabric to create a pallet. Layering colorful bits of fabric on batting, adding a covering of tulle and then machine quilting the entire piece gives an impressionistic look, interest and depth. It is a technique that every skill level can accomplish and be successful.

La Romita Workshop Introduction February 28

Carol Maddox and Lisa Guthrie invite you to an “Italian Afternoon in Pleasanton” on Saturday, February 28 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm to learn more about La Romita, the ideal “artist’s working vacation” in the Umbrian Hills of Italy. Films, photos, paintings & sketchbooks will be on display. Carol and Lisa will “team-teach” this 10-day workshop August 21-31, 2015. Please call Carol for address and directions: 925 462-8866 or email

Carol Maddox, “Capturing the Green Heart of Italy” 

This workshop at La Romita in the Umbrian Hills will be led by Carol Maddox and Lisa Guthrie. They invite you to paint and sketch along with them, following in the footsteps of Renaissance artists.This will be a 10-day session, 21-31 August, 2015. For more information, visit La Romita’s website at or call Carol at 925 462-8866 or Lisa at 414 461-1419.

Karen Frey workshop in Italy

Karen Frey will be teaching “Eat, Sleep, Paint”, a workshop at La Romita in the beautiful Umbrian region of Italy from May 4 to 18, 2015. Focus will be on both painting en plein aire and developing a sketchbook. For more
information contact Karen at or 510 652-9837. To learn more about La Romita please visit their website at


Bothwell Classes and Workshops

Lisa Rigge

Lea DeCosta at Bothwell

Collage & Mixed Media - See more about this class at the Bothwell Center here.
Carolyn Lord

Carolyn Lord at
Firehouse Arts Center

Perspecitve For Painters
Plein Air Painting
Drawing & Painting

More information here.

Mark Shawver

Mark Shawver at Bothwell

Watercolor - See more about this class at the Bothwell Center here.

Lisa Rigge

Lisa Rigge at Bothwell

Dream Collage - See more about this class at the Bothwell Center here.


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