Pleasanton Art League

Pleasanton Art League Workshop Update for 2022

PAL is pleased that the Firehouse Art Center of Pleasanton is open again after being closed for most of 2020 and part of 2021. We hope to schedule workshops in their upstairs studios soon. The PAL Workshop Committee hoped to bring back Watercolorist and Chinese painter Lian Quan Zhen to the Firehouse Art Center but Lian has cut back on all of his live workshops for 2022. Since we will not be able to see Lian live this year, we have attached information about his Zoom workshops.

Nancy Roberts will be doing a one-day Plein Air workshop for PAL and the TriValley artists in late April or early May 2022 at the Alviso Adobe. We have also booked local Photographer Lisa Rigge to do a workshop on hand tinting black and white photos using her special pastel technique. Lisa recently presented background on tinted photos. This will be available on YouTube soon. More information will follow on both of these workshops.

Lian Quan Zhen, Watercolor Master and favorite Pleasanton workshops instructor for several years, held 13 online workshops in 2021 to the delight of watercolor artists around the country. Lian follows the same format that students have loved in his live workshops. His online workshops are small and interactive giving each student the chance to ask questions and get feedback while painting. Lian provides reference photos, does multiple demonstrations each day, records the demos for playback while students are painting, remains online and available and then offers critiques.

Students appreciate being able to paint from home with a day off in between workshop days to allow them to catch up, and sometimes even start a fresh painting. Lian uses an online gallery to let workshop participants share their finished paintings if they choose. Lian’s 2022 workshop schedule includes a variety of subjects. From now through March, they will be held on Thursdays and Saturdays, from 9:30 am West Coast Time to 1:30 pm. Recordings from each day are included in the workshop fee of $195. Also in 2022, Lian is offering some exciting one-day intensive classes; the specific focus will be on a specific skill development rather than completing a painting. The fee is $98 per class. For more information on Lian Quan Zhen’s classes, contact Lois Erhartic at

George & Linda Garbarino, PAL Workshop Chairs

Other Classes and Workshops

Two Evening Figure Drawing Opportunities are coming soon to the Bothwell Arts Center. Ghada Jamal, is starting a new Figure Workshop on Thursdays and a Figure Drawing Instruction Class on Wednesdays, starting on March 9th & 10th. Both will be from 7:00 to 10:00 evenings at the Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 Eighth St., Livermore (usually in the West End of the building.) If you are interested contact Ghada at Here’s a link to the pages online: drawing-workshop/

Bothwell Information: Anne Giancola, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center Visual Arts Manager,, 925 447.ARTS,

Figure Drawing Workshop, Friday mornings, 9:30 to 12:30, Bothwell Arts Center, Livermore. No instructor. Open to all artists over 18, under 18 with parental permission in writing. Professional models are from the Bay Area Models Guild and pose mostly nude, but sometimes with costumes or props. We average about 5 female models to 1 male, all different body types and ages. We start off with gestures, then two 10 minutes poses, then 20 minute poses (unless we love it and we have the model do it again). We do gestures and then one long pose on the last Friday of the month. Tables, chairs, drawing boards and table easels are provided. Bring your own standing easel and drawing/painting materials. Only odorless turpenoid please. Soft music is played. Refreshments are served. Contact Barbara Stanton for more information or to be put on the reminder list. or 925 373-9638. (Holidays or other closed days are posted on