Workshops

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  • Saturday, November 19, 1 PM

    Fabric Doll Workshop

    Join Art Lab teaching artist Micaela Martinez Saavedra, and learn the process for making small cloth dolls with needle and thread.

    This workshop is intended for ages 7 and older. Space is limited. RSVP required.

  • Sunday, October 9, 1 PM

    San Quentin Prison Studio Art Exchange

    Visitors are invited to create artwork and poetry to send back to the participating artists from the San Quentin arts studio, taking the opportunity to build connections and exchange creative energy.

  • Sunday, September 25, 1 PM

    Art Lab Collage Party

    Join local artists and educators Amy Bergstein and Alayna Tinney for some collaborative collage time in the Art Lab. All ages are welcome!

  • Sunday, September 18, 1 PM

    Teamwork: Collaborative Zine Making with Irrelevant Press

    Oakland and Brooklyn based press and publishing project, Irrelevant Press hosts a risograph printing and zine-making workshop.

  • Friday, May 6, 5:30 PM

    In Song Sing On: A Songbook Sing-Along

    Come join us for an inclusive group sing-along using the In Song Sing On songbook, an ever-growing collection of well loved and newly loved songs selected for the purpose of singing together.

    All ages, Drop-in

  • Sunday, April 24, 1 PM

    The Power of Posters & Civic Engagement with Lena Wolff and Miriam Klein Stahl

    In this workshop, Bay Area artist couple Lena Wolff and Miriam Klein Stahl share their public poster work and lead the group in a project to help create the future we want through poster art.

    All ages, Drop-in

  • Friday, April 22, 2–7 PM

    Earth Day Block Print Workshop

    Join Art Lab facilitator and local educator Nelli Astvatsatrian in some block printing fun on Earth Day.

    Ages 12+, Drop-in

  • Sunday, March 27, April 17, and May 15

    Risograph Zine Making Workshop Series

    Learn the basics of risograph printing with BAMPFA Art Lab facilitator and local artist Alayna Tinney. 

    All ages, Drop-in

  • Saturday, March 19, April 2, and May 21

    Watercolor Workshop Series

    Join Art Lab facilitator and local artist Micaela Martinez Saavedra for a series of three peaceful workshops exploring the expressive potential of watercolor.

    All ages, Drop-in

  • Sunday, March 6, 1 PM

    Weaving Together with Travis Meinolf

    Artist Travis Meinolf hosts a weaving gathering with twenty simple looms prepared for use; together we will weave something big, or many smaller things, or perhaps some combination of bigger and smaller things.

    All ages, Drop-in

  • Saturday, February 5, 12–4 PM

    Community Valentine Mail Art Party with No School

    Come to the Art Lab for a Valentine’s Day mail art making extravaganza hosted by experimental arts education program No School.

    All ages, Drop-in

  • February 2, 3, 4; 3:30 PM

    Valentine Mail Art Mini Camp with No School

    Join us for one, two, or all three days of this afterschool mail art intensive as we make connections between the history of avant-garde, experimental mail art practices and classic Valentine’s Day traditions with celebrated arts education program No School. 

    Recommended for ages 7–17. Limited Space, RSVP required.

  • Saturday, January 15, 11 AM

    Foam Stamp Making

    Learn how to cut foam to create simple abstract stamp designs in the Art Lab.

    All ages, Drop-in

  • Sunday, December 12, 11 AM & Sunday, January 9, 11 AM

    Collaborative Postcard Printing: A Risograph Workshop

    Learn the basics of risograph printing in the BAMPFA Art Lab and go home with a collaboratively designed set of postcards.

    All ages, Drop-in

  • Saturday, November 20, 1 PM

    Fabric Marker Jam

    Taking inspiration from New Time, use the Art Lab’s stash of fabric markers to explore the expressive potential of customizing your style by writing on your clothes or on a provided fabric flag.

  • Sunday, November 14, 1 PM

    Art Lab Studio Session with Yétúndé Olagbaju

    To celebrate the release of a limited edition risograph print created in the Art Lab, join artist, cultural strategist, educator, and maker Yétúndé Olagbaju for an interactive presentation and bring home a copy of the new print.

  • Sunday, October 10, 1 PM

    Risograph Workshop: Your Feminist Icon

    Learn the process of risograph printing in the BAMPFA Art Lab as we make a collaborative poster celebrating feminist icons. Bring a photograph, book, magazine, or printout of your selected icon.

  • Sunday, September 19, 11 AM

    Livestream: Art Lab Studio Session with Saif Azzuz

    Bring your art materials to the table as we spend some time with guest artist Saif Azzuz, who joins us from his studio to share his work and chat with participants about recent inspirations.

  • Sunday, August 22, 11 AM PDT

    A Watercolor Painting Date with Leslie Baum

    Translate an interior scene or outside view into a watercolor at this online “painting date”

    with Chicago-based artist Leslie Baum, a shared art-making experience for ages 10 and up.

  • Sunday, August 15, 11 AM PDT

    Art Lab Studio Session with Seth Bogart

    In the spirit of the BAMPFA Art Lab, let’s hang out and make some art together. Guest artist Seth Bogart joins us from his LA studio to share work and chat about recent inspirations.

  • Presented Sunday, May 16, 2 PM PST

    Say It Like You Mean It: Textile Collage as Storytelling

    Join artist and educator Sara Knight to explore storytelling through textile collage in this workshop for all ages and skill levels.

    Programmed by Alayna Tinney

  • Presented Saturday, May 8, 11 AM PST

    Workshop: Evacuation Routes

    In the evolving context of “public space” in response to COVID-19, artist Zeph Fishlyn takes you on a live journey through the landscapes of your neighborhood, exploring notions of habit and perception. Begin at your own front door and join a Zoom call via cellphone.

     

  • Recorded Sunday, May 2, 11 AM PST

    Art Lab Studio Session with Nat Russell

    In the spirit of the BAMPFA Art Lab, let’s hang out and make some art together. Guest artist Nat Russell joins us from his studio to share work and chat about recent inspirations.

  • Presented Sunday, April 18, 11 AM PST

    Virtual Art Lab Drop-In Sessions

    Do you miss the experience of making art in a collaborative, companionable space? In the spirit of BAMPFA’s Art Lab, join facilitator Alayna Boots Tinney for a free-form, all-ages drop-in art session, using any materials and techniques you choose.

     
  • Presented Saturday, February 20, 2021

    Workshop: Community Quiltmaking

    Celebrate quilting as a communal act and collaborate on a patchwork quilt in this virtual workshop for all ages, led by artist Nelli Astvatsatrian. Register in advance to receive materials in the mail; after the workshop, your piece will become part of a finished community quilt.

  • Presented Saturday, February 6, 11 PM PDT

    Workshop: Journeys in Natural Dyeing: Local Color + Design

    Learn about the remarkable palette potential of plant-based dye in this workshop with textile artists Kristine Vejar and Adrienne Rodriguez, authors of the new book Journeys in Natural Dyeing: Techniques for Creating Color at Home.

  • Presented Sunday, January 31, 10:30 PM PDT

    Virtual Art Lab Drop-In Session

    Do you miss the experience of making art in a collaborative, companionable space? In the spirit of BAMPFA’s Art Lab, join facilitator Alayna Boots Tinney for a free-form, all-ages drop-in art session, using any materials and techniques you choose.

  • Presented Saturday, January 23, 4 PM PST

    Workshop: Back Patches with Feral Fabric

    Join this intergenerational workshop and find out how undomesticated cloth can be! We’ll look at fabric’s history as a radical tool for communication and make back patches and flags that reflect ourselves, our communities, and our values.

    Programmed by Alayna Tinney

  • Presented Saturday, December 12, 2020

    Workshop: Painting to Relax

    Psychotherapist Dana Dart-McLean shares techniques for using painting to relax, explore, and express yourself.

    Programmed by Alayna Tinney

  • Presented Saturday, December 5, 2020

    Workshop: Let’s Take a Walk Together!

    Embark on a journey into the unknown . . . in your own neighborhood! In this Zoom workshop, filmmaker and gardener Lauren Iverson discusses ways to approach your routine stroll with fresh eyes.

    Programmed by Alix Blevins

  • Presented Sunday, November 15, 2020

    Mask Makeover Workshop

    Use fabric scraps and found materials to turn an ordinary face mask into a one-of-a-kind accessory in this Zoom workshop with artist Janie Radler.

  • Presented Friday, October 23, 4 PM PDT

    Workshop: Drawing to Soothe the Mind and Relax the Senses

    Meet multidisciplinary artist Rob Moss Wilson on Zoom to explore drawing techniques for feeling free, getting loose, and having fun. All ages welcome!

  • Presented Friday, July 24, 2020

    Zine Workshop with Sydney Barnett

    Tap into the history of zines as vehicles for DIY underground storytelling, activism, and information sharing and learn to make your own in this Zoom workshop with artist Sydney Barnett.

    Programmed by Alayna Tinney

  • Presented Saturday, March 7, 2020

    Fabric Postcard Collage Workshop

    Join quiltmakers Stacey Sharman and Kristen Takakuwa of Berkeley’s Hello Stitch Studio to explore the art of quilting as you create fabric postcards.