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


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

Maryann Kot - Maryann has a certificate in nature illustration from the Tucson Desert Museum. The three year certificate program has a strong curriculum in drawing, colored pencil, and watercolor.

Karen Sprague - Jewelry
Full professional studio with torches and everything else required to make jewelry. There is also a jewelry collective where you can use the studio to make whatever you want. If interested please call 925 784-1811.

Jen Lock - Art Classes and Parties ages 2 and up. Jen holds classes/parties in her Dublin studio. Small class sizes, affordable rates with sibling and group discounts. Contact her via or call 925-248-2984.



Photo by Lisa Rigge




PAL Workshop: Plein Air Painting with Bryan Mark Taylor

June 13-14, 2014 from 9:30 to 4:30.
Firehouse Arts Center
4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton

Space is limited. The workshop fee is $199 before April 1, or $209 after that.

PAL Chairperson of Workshops, Rebecca Chou  at 510 209-5348 or email

Click here to download the registration form for this workshop. To register online go to

Make checks payable to: PAL, Pleasanton Art League. Mail your payment with the registration form to Pleasanton Art League, P.O. Box 23, Pleasanton, CA 94566.

Plein Air Workshop

Bryan Mark Taylor's wo day Plein Air Painting Workshop is for painters who want to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of outdoor painting. Bryan will focus on principles of seeing and composing regardless of the media used. The workshop will include demonstrations (in oil), lectures, practices, and critique. He will focus the artist on effectively capturing light, atmosphere, and mood in paint while using strong composition and color harmony.

An accomplished landscape painter, Bryan received a MFA from the San Francisco Academy of Art University where he currently teaches. His award winning work has been featured in Artist’s Magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur and Southwest Art Magazine. He has participated in plein air shows and received numerous awards including “Best of Show” at the Laguna Plein Air Invitational. He is represented by galleries across the west.

PAL Workshop Policies

  1. All balance due checks must be received 30 days before the first day of a workshop.
  2. No refunds will be given after the workshop begins.
  3. Cancellations are accepted prior to 30 days before the workshop less the $50 administrative fee.
  4. Cancellations which find a replacement before the workshop starts will be refunded less a $25 fee.
  5. Emergenclies will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
  6. All cancellations MUST be in writing by letter or email and be acknowledged.
  7. PAL reserves the right to cancel workshops due to insufficient enrollment or any reason beyond their control; all funds will be retuned.
  8. A deposit of $100 will be required with accompanying registration form for each workshop.
  9. Additional fees for models or materials may be needed in addition to the workshop fee.  

Calligraphy Class, Sue Marchand

Calligraphy Class, Saturday mornings, Bothwell Art Center. Sue is a Livermore teacher & artist and is a long time LAA member. Sign up at Way Up Art & Frame. or call 925 443-3388.

Peggy Frank Young Artist's Studio

Peggy Frank has openings for new students in her Young Artists’ Studio 2014 program of art classes for students ages 7 to 18 and beyond.  Classes include drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture and meet weekly. After school time slots are available on weekdays and some Saturday morning space is also available. Classes meet in Peggy’s Livermore studio.  For more information call Peggy at 925 443-8755 or email her at

Figurehead Gallery Spring Art Classes

Classes at the Figurehead Gallery: Please register at or call Ken Ball at 925 353-0419. Figurehead Gallery offers classes on both the weekends and in a weekly format. Classes are at the Figurehead Gallery, 2222 2nd Street, Livermore.

  • Figure Open Studio: Long Pose
    Third Saturday of the month , Mar. 15, Apr. 19, May 17, June 21
    with Jacob Hankinson, Ozell Hudson, or Carolyn Lord.  9 am –1 pm. $30.
  • Watercolor Skills Workshop
    Weekday Session: Monday & Tuesday, March 10-11, 2014, 9am-4pm
    Weekend Session: Saturday & Sunday, March 22-23, 2014, 9am-4pm
    Fee: $200 for each session.
    Instructor: Carolyn Lord 
  • Introduction to Perspective Drawing, Level 1
    Friday, January 24 April 4, 2014, 79 pm (10 Lessons) No Prerequisite
    Fee: $250.
    Instructor: Carolyn Lord

Watercolor with Dennis Collins at the Bothwell

DennisClass starts every Thursday April 17th - May 15th 
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Class Fee:       $100.00 for 5 sessions
Bothwell Art Center, at 2466 8th St. Livermore, CA
To sign up please contact Way Up Art and Frame at 925-443-3388 or email us at:

Dennis Collins has twenty years of experience teaching art in public schools, Colleges, and Universities, He is a signature member of The National Watercolor Society. Dennis works with transparent watercolors, employing both Wet-On-Wet and dry brush techniques. Over the years he has mastered control over the media and produces award winning Artwork.

Maryann Kot - Color Pencil: Basics and Beyond

Maryann KotClass Fee: $100.00 for 5 sessions
Morning Classes on Mondays, starting April 14th, 9:30-12pm for five weeks (no class April 28)
Evening Classes on Tuesdays, starting April 15th, 6:30- 9pm for five weeks. (no class April 29)
Class location: Bothwell Art Center 2466 8th St. Livermore, CA To sign up please contact Way Up Art and Frame at 925-443-3388 or email us at:

Maryann Kot has a certificate in nature illustration from the Tucson Desert Museum. The three year certificate program has a strong curriculum in drawing, Colored pencil, and Watercolor. Maryann has had group and one man shows in Tucson AZ, and in the Bay Area. She has received awards that include The Best of Show at the 2012 Spring Art Show in Livermore. For more information visit her website.

Linda Ryan - Acrylic Basics

Lind RyanClass Fee: $100.00 inludes materials
Class Starts Tuesdays, March 4th, 1:30-4:30 pm for 4 weeks
Class location: Bothwell Art Center 2466 8th St. Livermore, CA
To sign up please contact Way Up Art and Frame at 925-443-3388 or email us a:

Beginning with what acrylic is and what it does best - and how to make it do what you want it to - this course is designed to give you a solid understanding of the medium to build your paintings with. Learn different ways to increase drying time without sacrificing the integrity of the paint film, blending wet on wet or dry-glazing, uses of transparency and opacity and color-blending tips, beginning color theory, best brushes and tips for the direction you wish to explore, painting-wise. Instructor Linda Ryan is an accomplished and award-winning artist known for her fluidity and expertise in this medium. Classes aren't offered often by this busy teacher and is limited in size. Her next course will be "Gel, Color and Medium Play", offered on Tuesday afternoons in May, exploring many of the gels and mediums and further exploring color theory with fun, different mediums.

Lea Decosta - Intro to Collage and Mixed Media

Lea DecostaClass Fee: $100.00 for 5 sessions
Class Starts Tuesdays, March 18th - April 22, 9:00-12:00 pm
Class location: Bothwell Art Center 2466 8th St. Livermore, CA
To sign up please contact Way Up Art and Frame at 925-443-3388 or email us a:

Collage involves adhering different materials to a surface to create a unique work of art. What makes it so fun and interesting is that it can be a finished piece on it's own, or used to expand upon other techniques, such as drawing, painting, photography, etc. This makes it perfect for both beginners, as well as experienced artists looking for new ways to enhance their current methods. Please join me for a fun class that will explore various collage techniques, and ways of incorporating collage into other types of art. Instructor: Lea DeCosta is a collage and mixed media artist who recently relocated to northern California, from the New York City area. Her work may be viewed, and any questions regarding this class may be asked, through the website www.CareAndFee

Barbara Stanton Painting Help

Painting Help and Studio Class on Friday Nights: Classes are small with individual instruction in either drawing or painting in a variety of mediums, depending on the student’s skill levels and goals. Info and signups: . 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Art Glass Classes

Art Glass Studio, 5043 Preston Ave., Livermore. 925 447-1962 or email to


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