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Workshops & Events

We hold all our workshops in the San Francisco store, and they are always free. They often fill to capacity before the event date, so don’t delay – sign up now!

See our full calendar of upcoming events.

Blue Orange GamesBlue Orange Games Galore

December 20, 1:00 - 3:00pm


Love playing smart, local games the whole family can enjoy? Then you will want to stop on by FLAX to check out Blue Orange Games Galore! Back by popular demand this holiday season, is the award winning game collection by San Francisco's own Blue Orange Games, with even more fun games than last year. Come play with a Blue Orange game expert and see how easy it is to have fun!

No sign up required

Michael Capozzola with fans

Live Drawing with Michael Capozzola

January 10, 2015, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Local cartoonist, illustrator, comedian, actor, and purveyor of in-your-face subtley, Michael Capozzola returns to Flax as our guest artist in our Live Artist series.

Mike will be drawing while answering any questions you might have about the business, his illustrations, or the Cartoon Museum. Kids love watching Michael draw so bring your junior cartoonist to get first-hand tips from our favorite local hero.

Mike Capozzola is a Bay Area based published cartoonist. and stand up comedian. He’s contributed to WIRED, TED Talks, The Humor Times, McSweeney's and Mad Magazine. His cartoon, "Surveillance Caricatures" ran for four years in the San Francisco Chronicle and he’s contributed over 40 premises to the award-winning, nationally syndicated cartoon, “BIZARRO”. He volunteers regularly as guest cartoonist at 826 Valencia and has been Cartoonist-in-Residence locally at the Cartoon Art Museum and the Charles M. Schulz Museum. He’s been invited to appear at the De Young Museum and the California Academy of Sciences. 

Stop by FLAX and say hello!

Chris KoehlerPentel Arts Inking Workshop

January 17, 2015  1:00 - 3:00pm

Due to the growing demand of Pentel’s drawing and illustration pens, we welcome back Pentel’s Featured Artist, Chris Koehler. Chris will be discussing Pentel for use in sketching, drawing and finished illustration as well as various other techniques.

He will be using the Pentel Pocket Brush, Hybrid Technica pigmented ink pens, Stylo and Tradio sketch pens and other great Pentel products. Chris will also define the differences between certain inks; pigmented permanent ink, water-based or water-soluble inks and their uses.

Chris Koehler is an award winning artist and illustrator who is an alumni of California College of the Arts and now teaches in their Illustration Department. His work is regularly shown in galleries.

Chris has worked with Wired, Google, Coca Cola, MTV, Kenneth Cole, and The NFL, among others. The awards he has won include Communication Arts Illustration Annual 52, Creative Quarterly Journal 24, 3×3 Illustration Annual 8 (merit) and 2011 AltWeekly Awards (3rd Place).

Safe Art SuppliesSF Safe Art Program

January 24, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Artists, it's time to commit to your health and to a healthy environment. In conjunction with the San Francisco Department of the Environment, the SF Safe Art Program is coming your way here at FLAX. Learn what you can do to safely improve your working practices. Ask questions, voice your concerns, and get advice from people who want to help. This is a first time event here at FLAX and we think it will be a popular one, so please sign up early!

2014 Workshops & Events

Pitt Artist Pens with Kelly Avery, Drawing WorkshopNovember 15, 1:00 - 3:00pm

Explore Golden Paints with Seth Golden - November 8, 1:00 - 3:00pm

San Francisco Pen Faire & Sale - November 1, 2014 (next one: May 2015)

The Great Rubber Stamp Event - October 18, 2014

MTN Water Based Spray Paint – Try it Event and Workshop - October 11, 2014

Understanding Contemporary Oil Painting Materials - September 27, 2014

Moab Digital Papers Workshop - September 13, 2014

Copic Marker Table Top Demo - August 26, 2014

Screen Printing Workshop - September 6, 2014

Logan Mat Cutting Demo - August 16, 2014

A to Z of Acrylics with Artist Tesia Blackburn, & Book Signing - August 9, 2014

Montana Aerosol Workshop - August 2, 2014

Kidsfest - July 27, 2014 (next one: July 25, 2015)

Image Transfer with Encaustics Workshop - July 19, 2014

Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress Demo - July 12, 2014

Watercolor with Winsor & Newton - June 28, 2014

Crescent Workshop Featuring Krink Markers and Rendr Books - June 21, 2014

Williamsburg Oils Table-top Demo - June 7, 2014

SolarFast Seminar—Sun-powered Photography and Printmaking - May 31, 2014

Liquitex Acrylics Workshop - May 24, 2014

Dreamweaver Stencils Tabletop Demo - May 17, 2014

San Francisco Pen Faire & Sale - May 3, 2014

Aqua Wash Printing Inks - April 26, 2014

“Making Art” with Ed Brickler, Discussion and Book Signing - April 12, 2014

Michael Harding Artist Oil Colours - April 5, 2014

Watercolor Pencil Drawing Workshop - April 5, 2014

Book Signing with Austin Kleon - April 1, 2014

Mixed Media Art with Jacquard - March 29, 2014

Transfer This! Workshop - March 15, 2014

Flashe Acrylic Paint Workshop - February 8, 2014

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  • 1699 Market Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
      Mon - Sat, 9:30am - 7pm
      Sunday, 11:00am - 5pm
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    San Mateo, CA 94403
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