If You're Going to San Francisco... Check This Flower-Themed List of Fun Spring Classes!

March 18, 2016

You don't refer to yourself as an artist -- that would be pretentious. But you can safely say that it’s true; artists do view the world differently. However, sometimes the ‘artistic lens’ can be downright depressing.

So -- in the spirit of spring and in the spirit of San Francisco (the song and the city), ditch your dreary perspective, start looking at the world through rose-colored glasses, and make some art to match. Plus, with those sweet new spectacles and a pair of bell bottoms, you could bring the sixties back in a big way.

There’s nothing quite like San Francisco in the spring to shake you out of your funk and thaw those creative juices. These classes will make sure that your artistic talents blossom along with the flowers.

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    Pencil, Charcoal, and Conte Drawing (2Hr)

    The pen may be mightier than the sword, but a picture is worth a thousand words! This professional 2-hour drawing workshop is your chance to add to your creative arsenal that's sure to conquer hearts and minds! You'll be developing your drawing techniques in a laidback arts studio, as you learn to use the standard supplies of pencil, charcoal, and conte to creative vivid works. Under the guidance of a professional artist, you'll build your understanding of elements like value and contrast and get personalized instruction to take your drawing ability to the next level. Using plaster molds and live models, you'll also be getting hands-on experience in developing your understanding of proportion and anatomy. If you have artistic aspirations, this is your chance to get things in line!
    Pencil, Charcoal, and Conte Drawing (2Hr)

    28 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo

    • Develop your sketching skills under the guidance of a professional artist in a low-key, social, 2-hour drawing class
    • Enhance your understanding of essential drawing techniques, such as shadow, contrast, proportion, and more
    • Work with plaster molds or live models to refine your ability to create lifelike works
    • Unleash your artistic side and create your next masterpiece in an inspirational studio environment
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    Oil, Acrylic, and Watercolor (2Hr)

    Got artistic aspirations? Brush up on your technique with this colorful class! Set in a vibrant, social studio, and taught by a professional painter, in this 2-hour class you'll learn to use paints to create beautiful works of art. You'll learn all about color theory and strengthen your grasp on basic elements such as perspective, harmony, and contrast to create vivid works. By the end of this class, you will have a more developed and refined style and will have added oil, acrylic, and watercolor paints to your creative repertoire. Looks like there's actually more than one way to paint the town!
    Oil, Acrylic, and Watercolor (2Hr)

    28 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo

    • Develop your painting skills under the guidance of a professional artist in a low-key, social, 2-hour painting class
    • Enhance your understanding of key artistic elements such as color theory, values, contrast, harmony, and more
    • Learn different brush techniques to the creative vision of your choice to stunning life
    • Unleash your artistic side and create your next masterpiece in an inspirational studio environment
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    Painting Class

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    Dab, sip, stroke. Repeat, til masterpiece status is reached. At Canvas and Cabernet, you'll combine 2 of life's pleasures: Painting and wine. With the help of an expert instructor, you'll emulate the night's painting of choice, while still putting your own unique spin on your work. As the night progresses, both in terms of your developing technique and the wine you've been consuming, don't be surprised if your painting starts to look pretty good. The next morning though? Who knows.
    Painting Class

    1421 Locust St, Walnut Creek

    • Learn to paint by creating a facsimile of a beautiful work, all the while drinking fine wine
    • Let the alcohol loosen up your creative muscles, and see what your art skills look like while uninhibited
    • Take home an artistic masterpiece that bares your distinct style
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    6 positive reviews
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    Clay and Coffee Play

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    Start your weekend off right with a hot cup of coffee and a cool hunk of clay. Enjoy the cup in your hand while you learn to make a new one. You'll learn basic throwing techniques as you craft your own personal coffee mug on the potter's wheel. Or, if you'd prefer, you can make one from a slab. Come unleash your creativity in this fun, laid back class. The mesmerizing practice of sculpting is a great escape from the daily grind, and the fresh ground pot of coffee doesn't hurt either.
    Clay and Coffee Play

    1045 Sutter St, San Francisco

    • Learn the fun, relaxing fundamentals of throwing on the potter's wheel
    • Craft your own coffee mug as you enjoy a freshly brewed cup yourself
    • Forget the week's stresses as you learn new creative skills
    • Enjoy a fun, relaxing way to start off the weekend
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    11 positive reviews
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    Paint & Sip

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    Put on your finest beret, your favorite smock, and prepare your paints and palate -- Or throw on a pair of dirty jeans and just show up. Grab a complimentary glass of wine and follow along with your instructor as you recreate a masterpiece stroke-by-stroke. The reproduction will be of such a high quality you could send it off to the Louvre and they would be like, "Mon Dieu! How did we not notice this was missing!" Ok, probably not -- But this is a great way to get in some creative time, while also picking up some painting fundamentals. By the end of the night you will have created a thing of beauty, a real work of art. Who knows how it will look in the morning . . . Bottoms (and brushes!) up!
    Paint & Sip

    1888 S Norfolk St, San Mateo

    • Paint your very own masterpiece with the help of an experienced instructor
    • Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine to get the creative juices flowing
    • Learn to express your creative side in a fun and relaxed environment
    • Hang with your friends and make something to hang up at your apartment (maybe)
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    10 positive reviews
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    Metalsmithing 101 - Beginners Workshop

    This 3 hour introductory workshop is the perfect place to begin your journey into the world of metalsmithing. With the help of a professional artist, you'll learn the technical and creative concepts behind making beautiful metal jewelry. Solder metals and see how heat and force impact your creation. Discover new design ideas and begin to develop some of your own. Feel the creative energy radiate around you as you take your class at Hunters Point Shipyard Artists, the largest artists colony in the country. What better environment is there to bring your inner artist to life?
    Metalsmithing 101 - Beginners Workshop

    379 Hunters Point Blvd, San Francisco

    • Learn to manipulate metals into beautiful works of wearable art
    • Try your hand at soldering as you play with various design concepts
    • Experience a timeless art in the largest artists colony in the country
    • Build foundational skills to perfect your jewelry making technique
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    Oil, Acrylic, and Watercolor (3Hr)

    Got artistic aspirations? Brush up on your technique with this colorful class! Set in a vibrant, social studio, and taught by a professional painter, in this 3-hour class you'll learn to use paints to create beautiful works of art. You'll learn all about color theory and strengthen your grasp on basic elements such as perspective, harmony, and contrast to create vivid works. By the end of this class, you will have a more developed and refined style and will have added oil, acrylic, and watercolor paints to your creative repertoire. Looks like there's actually more than one way to paint the town!
    Oil, Acrylic, and Watercolor (3Hr)

    28 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo

    • Develop your painting skills under the guidance of a professional artist in a low-key, social, 3-hour painting class
    • Enhance your understanding of key artistic elements such as color theory, values, contrast, harmony, and more
    • Learn different brush techniques to the creative vision of your choice to stunning life
    • Unleash your artistic side and create your next masterpiece in an inspirational studio environment
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    Trash to Treasure Furniture Transformation

    You know what they say: one man's trash is your treasure! In this 3 ½-hour class, the rules are simple: you bring in a small piece of furniture (think a jewelry box or chair) that needs a little work (i.e., that you found buried in a thrift store or attic), and use all the tools of a professional studio to get it in tip-top shape! With the help of experienced professionals, you'll bring both your vision and your furniture to life with all the necessary paints, tools, and techniques used by industry insiders. The best part? You can be as messy of an artist as you want without having to clean up the studio! All you have to do is take home your new finished, fabulous furniture!
    Trash to Treasure Furniture Transformation

    1419 Park St, Alameda

    • Enjoy personally fixing up a piece of furniture from your own home or collection in a professional studio
    • Bring your artistic vision to life with professional guidance, as well as a wide collection of high-quality paints, tools, and techniques
    • Take home a fantastic piece of finished furniture that you'll want to brag to all your home guests about
    • Work in an open, supportive, and friendly studio environment where your creativity will be encouraged and inspired
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    Patina & Rust Workshop

    We all know that fine wine gets better with age, but this workshop will show you why the same is true for furniture -- and how to replicate that incredible aged look! In just 6 hours, you'll learn how to skillfully use copper, bronze, iron, and rust paints and patinas, as well as stencils and textures, to make give new pieces that uniquely beautiful, vintage look. You'll also get the chance to test out these new skills by creating your own weathered 5-letter word sign, which you can proudly display in your own home or give as a one-of-a-kind gift. This is the only class of its kind in the San Francisco Bay Area-- so if you're interested, come check it out!
    Patina & Rust Workshop

    1419 Park St, Alameda

    • Learn the skills to easily create beautiful, weathered effects on furniture and decorations
    • Gain insider tips and tricks on using copper and bronze paints and patinas as you create your own one-of-a-kind five-letter sign
    • Enjoy learning from an experienced professional in a fun, supportive studio environment
    • Take your new skills home to start easily transforming your own furniture into envy-worthy pieces
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