Workshops 2019


From hands-on art making to storytelling and performance, our workshops will inspire your creativity, engage your senses, and expand your ideas.

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  • Sunday, December 8, 2 PM

    Haptic Encounters Workshop

    Useless Initiatives Collective members River Black, Jillian Crochet, and Beatriz Escobar lead a workshop that explores the relationships between bodies and objects. 

    Programmed by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo

  • Sunday, December 8, 5 PM

    Subjects for Further Research: A Collections-Based Micro-Residency

    Filmmaker and curator Alix Blevins leads visitors through her research on experimental films and ephemera in the BAMPFA collection.

  • Saturday, December 7, 2 PM

    Workshop: Your Thriving Space

    Join artists Marcela Pardo Ariza and Juan Carlos Rodríguez Rivera to build a surrealist tiny set, creating a space of possibility.

    Programmed by Denise Kan

  • Sunday, November 17, 1 PM

    Alt-Text as Poetry

    Alt-text is an essential part of web accessibility, making visual content accessible to blind people and those with low vision. Learn to creatively reframe alt-text as a form of poetry in this workshop led by Shannon Finnegan.

    Programmed by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo

  • Saturday, November 16, 1 PM

    Exquisite Corpse Workshop

    To celebrate the centennial of Surrealism, poet Rod Roland and daughter Coco lead an all-ages workshop in creating collaborative drawings and writings using the Surrealist exquisite corpse technique.

  • Sunday, October 27, 1 PM

    RESCHEDULED—Risograph and Photography Workshop

    What’s the difference between a picture, an image, a photograph, a print, a portrait, a piece, a post? Explore this evolving question and learn to print your photographs on the risograph using color separation techniques.


  • Sunday, October 20, 12–2:30 PM

    FLACC Dance Workshop

    In anticipation of the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers, join FLACC artists and dance makers Liz Boubion and Karla Quintero for a workshop in site-specific performance making.

  • Saturday, October 5, 5 PM

    Analog Light Show Special Effects Workshop

    Join the Light Appreciation Society for a participatory dive into mind-altering illuminated experimentation and projection play.

  • Sunday, September 8, 1 PM

    Improvisational Quilt-Print Making Workshop

    Join us in the Art Lab for an afternoon of improvisational quilt making through the lens of collage and risograph printing, led by artist Matt Katsaros.

  • calligraphy by Tetsugen Doko
    Sunday, September 8, 3 PM

    Meditation with Movement

    Experience the exhibition Meditation in Motion in a new way, entering into deep contemplation of an individual artwork through slow physical movement. Workshop led by Stephen Holtzman.

  • Sunday, August 4, 2 PM

    Visual Poem Workshop

    Explore the intersections of language, image, and identity by creating a visual translation of a poem.

  • Sunday, July 28, 3 PM

    East Asian Calligraphy Workshop

    Master calligrapher and painter Kazuaki Tanahashi presents a lecture-demonstration on the history and techniques of brush calligraphy, followed by a hands-on workshop.

  • Saturday, July 27, 11 AM

    35mm Needlework Workshop

    Join filmmakers Linda Scobie and Courtney Fellion to create manipulated textural images with found 35mm slides.

    Programmed by Alix Blevins

  • Sunday, June 30, 2 PM

    Workshop: Painting as a Healing Tool

    Dana Dart-McLean shares experiential exercises designed to increase mindfulness and a sense of flow, encouraging new relationships to painting as a process rather than an outcome.

  • Saturday, May 25, 1 PM

    Holding Space Workshop

    This weaving workshop with artists Angie Wilson and Rashidi Omari offers a place to connect with the experience of embodied art making while working through social justice issues in community.

  • Saturday, May 18, 11 AM

    Personal Flag Generator Workshop

    Work with CCA graphic design professors Jon Sueda and Christopher Hamamoto to construct your own personal flag poster to print on the Art Lab Risograph.

    Programmed by Denis Kan

  • Sunday, April 21, 1 PM

    Unity Day

    Hang out with members of the Unity Queer Skateboarding crew for a day of zine making, skateboard painting, and clothing decorating, plus a DJ set and broadcast workshop by Lower Grand Radio.

  • Sunday, March 24, 12 PM

    Collage Cinema Workshop

    In this workshop led by members of Oakland’s Low Light/Black Hole darkroom collective, learn to use constructive and destructive processes to create a collaborative work directly on 16mm film.

  • Sunday, March 3, 2 PM

    Prompts for Inclusion Workshop

    Join writer, curator, and public scholar Christian L. Frock and friends for a reading and dialogue about how we can foster greater inclusion in public life.

  • Sunday, February 17, 1 PM

    Dream Fields with Nkiruka Oparah

    Explore the use of dreams to illuminate alternative nonlinear timelines, access collective and ancestral knowledge, and map inner landscapes.

    Programmed by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo

  • Saturday, January 5, 6 PM

    Decolonize the Imagination: Future Landscapes with Tosha Stimage

    This collage and weaving workshop focuses on imagining the reconstruction of historical, social, and geographic inequity.

    Programmed by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo