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.


Fall Cardmaking Workshop with Nicola Franklin – Ages 16 & Up

Dates: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 10am – 1pm
Fee: $35 general + $25 (optional) take home supply kit


Get a jump start on your holiday cards! This workshop will teach you how to personalize cards through experimentation & exploration. You will learn different printing techniques to compose your own artwork for cards.

Combining 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. Feel inspired by the cooler weather of the fall season and turn them into handmade & deliverable pieces of art!


Drawing the Human Face with Cuong Nguyen

Dates: Saturday & Sunday, November 4 + 5, 2017
Time: 10am – 4pm
Fee: $275 TMA member, $295 non-members


The human face is one of the most challenging subjects to draw, especially for beginners. Cuong Nguyen is returning to teach this special class focusing on how to draw realistic human faces. You will learn to use pencil or conté to draw eyes, nose, lips, and ears, and then how to put them together with realistic proportions. If you are at all compelled to become a portrait artist and really want to master the art of drawing faces that are realistic and lifelike, this course is for you! Join award-winning artist Cuong Nguyen for a 2-day workshop covering pastel drawing techniques.

Cuong Nguyen's Bio

Trained to be a traditional portraitist at the age of 10 in his native Vietnam, Cuong has always had a passion for drawing human faces. His paintings depend on the dramatic portrayal of light, shadow and environment to create their mood and sense of realism. Cuong has won many awards for his paintings, including Prix de Pastel at the IAPS’s 2011 Master Circle Exhibition and Grand Prize Award 2010 Pastel Journal Magazine. Cuong earned his PSA Master Pastelist, Master Circle status of IAPS, and Distinguished Pastelist of PSWC.


Jewelry Making Workshop with Breeta Toma – Ages 12 & Up

Dates: Saturday, December 02, 2017
Time: 10am – 12:30pm
Fee: $35 general + $10 for supply kit* - (*additional supply kits available for purchase at workshop)


In this 1-day workshop, students will create a piece of jewelry that merges jewelry design and fine art! Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of jewelry making, beading and more. Learn concepts to create unique and wearable art -- perfect for yourself or to give as a gift. All students will be able to produce a specially designed necklace to take home!

Breeta Toma holds a Bachelors in Studio Art and Education from San Jose State University, and a degree in Jewelry Design from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), in addition to being a practicing jewelry artist. She is currently an active volunteer and jewelry guild member with the Jewelry Art Program at San Jose State University. She has been teaching groups of all ages formally and informally for over 25 years.


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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