Treat yourself to a weekend that focuses on honing your artistic skills. Personal and encouraging critiques of all student work will be provided. This workshop is open to painters of all experience levels. The only prerequisite is a desire to make still-life paintings that look “real.”

Limited art supplies sold in the museum store. Discount for members.

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3-Day Composition for Impact Workshop with Mike Bailey

Dates: Wednesday - Friday, March 22 – 24
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $355 TMA member, $375 non-member


Join us for an intensive three days of exploration and experimentation to find the best ways to present the painted. Virtually ANY subject can be made to grab the viewer and to hold their attention to the extent that an emotional response occurs. Students will examine alternative ways to practice space division, value distribution, shape design and color variation. Discussions may include geometric layout, composition patterns, different contrasts and relational design principles. Mike Bailey ensures a safe, positive environment and plenty of exciting fun.

Students are asked to bring a completed painting of any subject of their choosing. The objective will be to conduct a session of repainting of that subject, analyzing alternatives to dramatize the presentation. This workshop will NOT be covering technique. It will focus on revisions of design elements to achieve maximum impact. The content of this class will have LOTS of visual examples, albeit no actual painting demos. This workshop is about strengthening student work and spending three days with lots of individual help to do so.

Instructor Bio

Educated in Business and Engineering, California native, Mike Bailey, began painting at age 46 in 1988. Studying the wisdom of a few standout watercolor painters, such as Ed Whitney, he has made the study of design his personal quest. Mike developed a curriculum for and taught a ten-week course about fine art design for the University of California at Santa Cruz and has expanded that venue to art societies in the San Francisco Bay Area over the last 15 years. Focusing on helping others learn the aspects of design, his magnetic and vigorous teaching style makes him a highly sought after instructor. His work has been published and he has garnered various awards from national and international exhibitions. He is a member of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society, is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society (AWS) and signature member and past president of the National Watercolor Society (NWS). Energetic, positive and full of passion, Mike can often be found plein air painting where he lives in Santa Cruz, California with his lovely wife, Diana.

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Printmaking Workshop with Nicola Franklin

Days: Saturday & Sunday, April 1 – 2, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $205 TMA member, $225 non-member (+ $35 for supplies)


This workshop is all about layering through demonstration. You will learn different monoprinting and relief block techniques. Combining these different printing methods will give you the opportunity to create unique pieces of work, which will have rich layers of color, texture, pattern and images. This is a very flexible way of working that allows you to be expressive and experimental. each print you do will give you lots of new ideas for the next one!

Students are encouraged to bring images, textures, patterns and anything that inspires them to the workshop, as they can be used in class.


Plein Air 2-day Workshop with Steve Curl

Days: Saturday & Sunday, April 22 - 23, 2017
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Fee:$205 TMA member, $225 non-member


Here is a painting workshop that gets you out in it! With the easily portable medium of Watercolor, we will capture the beauty of nature in this 2-day workshop on location. Emphasis will be on strengthening observational & design skills, mixing accurate color, exploring techniques and completing paintings in the time alotted.


Steve Curl is an award-winning fine artist and teacher who resides in Palo Alto, California.

His fine art focus is the natural landscape in the medium of Watercolor. Most of his paintings are inspired from his travels and hiking trips to Yosemite & the High Sierra, the Colorado Rockies, and the local Bay Area foothills near Palo Alto. HIs paintings have been accepted into the prestigious yearly Yosemite Renaissance Exhibition. Currently he shows his work at the Portola Art Gallery at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, CA. (

Steve has been teaching Watercolor Painting since 1990 at the Pacific Art League of Palo Alto where he has a regular following of enthusiastic students and has earned a "Teacher of the Year" award several times. Steve also teaches yearly at the Yosemite Art & Education Center as part of the Yosemite Conservancy Visiting Artist program.

Following graduation from Ohio’s Denison University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Steve furthered his fine art education at the San Francisco Academy of Art College. He continues to develop his watercolor skills in workshops with Charles Reid, Ron Ranson, Alvaro Castagnet, Tom Lynch, and other long-established masters of the medium.


iPad Art with Sumit Vishwakarma

Dates: TBA
Time: TBA
Fee: $40 TMA member, $50 non-member


This two-hour workshop covers expert instruction in use of major art apps developed for the iPad or mobile tablet. To encourage and inspire their imaginations, students will be given a project including portraits, landscape, still-life or even abstract art depending on the student’s individual creative choices. At the end, each student will walk away with a portfolio of digital art they can display and share digitally or in printed format.

Sumit Vishwakarma is the founder of Mobile Art Academy and curator of mDAC Summit. Professionally an engineer and an artist at heart, Sumit exclusively creates art on iPad and tablets using different apps, his fingers or a stylus. His goal is to educate kids, teens and adults about simple digital techniques that can be applied with traditional painting skills to create beautiful artwork on tablets. He researches with new apps, app mashing and develop creative 'app-flows'. His scope of mobile creativity covers a wide spectrum from digital art to animation, 3D modeling to media creation and movie making.

He has been featured speaker at Macworld, National Creativity Summit - Pittsburgh, TEDx, Mobile Creativity & Innovation Symposium - NZ and several mobile art events. His work has been featured in various art galleries including the first Mobile Art Festival in Los Angles, Apple flagship store in San Francisco, Autodesk Sketchbook news, Macworld Digital Art gallery and other art & tech blogs such as cult-of-Mac, TUAW, iCreate Magazine.

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