FAMILY DAY

Sunday, March 19 2017
1 - 4 pm, FREE and open to all ages

Join us in beautiful Live Oak Park for a day of community, music and art making. Berkeley High School Jazz performance at 3 pm. Snacks and beverages provided. Bring your own picnic lunch!

Art-making stations:
Flash Floral Lettering with instructor Leila Singleton
Ornamental capital letters — known as drop or initial caps — have been used for centuries to adorn everything from religious manuscripts to magazine editorials. Graphic designer Leila Singleton, who will teach you to hand-draw a capital letter of your choice, complete with rustic botanical flourishes, in just 20 minutes.

In-a-Pinch Pots with Holly Coley
Learn to make the oldest form of pottery, the pinch pot. No experience necessary! Create your own pot or animal out of air dry clay with Bay Area artist Holly Coley.

Semaphore Selfies with Reenie Charriere
Semaphore uses a system of colored symbols to communicate. Families may create their own words using these symbols or they can make their own designs using pieces of plastic, tape and markers. Snap a pic with your flag for the ultimate selfie!

Sponsored by: Josh Oliver & Azar Zavvar

Media partner: Bay Area Parent


Wine and Watercolor
with Wendy Soneson

Sunday, April 9 from 3 - 5 pm
Must be 21+ / Members $20 Non-members $40

Do you love to paint and drink wine? This is the perfect pairing for you. The luminous fluidity of watercolor pairs well with images of grape clusters and voluptuous wine glasses. Instructor Wendy Soneson will demonstrate grape and glass painting techniques as you sample a few hand-picked wines from a local wine shop. (Some watercolor experience helpful.)

Artist Wendy Soneson has been painting murals, costuming theater productions, and writing essays for decades. She has taught at the art for 35 years, publishes a newsletter called Watercolor Weekly and has a Master of Education in the Arts in Human Development, from Lesley University. She lives in the Bay Area, working with elders and teaching watercolor.

Wendy Soneson, Watercolors

Wendy Soneson, Watercolors


Unity Mandala Workshop
with Salma Arastu

Sunday, May 7 from 1 - 3 pm
Must be 18+ / Members $20 Non-members $40

Join your friends and neighbors in creating a group mandala with artist Salma Arastu. Arastu brings together traditions and imagery from many cultures and religions to unify people in collaborative projects. She will begin by sketching out the structure of the mandala and each participant will fill in their own circle with symbols and artwork of their own.

Salma Arastu brings together Eastern spirituality and western techniques of painting. She has exhibited widely, won several awards and residencies, and has published poetry and papers on the topic of art and spirituality.

Click here to register online

Salma Arastu, Unit Mandala

Salma Arastu, Unit Mandala


Alt-Left: LOCAL TREASURES
Artists in Conversation


Saturday, May 20, 4pm
Free for BAC Members / $10 Nonmembers

Join the artists along with exhibition curator DeWitt Cheng for a fascinating conversation about left-leaning surrealism and art-making in the Trump era.

DeWitt Cheng is an artist, collector, freelance art writer, educator, and curator based in San Francisco. His articles have appeared in such publications as Artweek, Art Ltd., Artillery, ArtNews, East Bay Express, East Bay Monthly, Sculpture, San Jose Metro, Stanford Daily, Artslant.com, ArBusiness.com, and VisualArtSource.com.


Hand-carved Rubber Stamps
with instructor Elaine Chu

Sunday, June 4, 1 - 4pm
ages 13 and up
$20 BAC Members / $40 Nonmembers

Learn to carve your own rubber stamps, using linoleum cutting tools. Print a set of unique cards and construct a booklet with bead embellishments. Adults and teens--all ages welcome.

Elaine Chu’s work has been featured in Greencraft and Somerset Studio Gallery magazines and 1000 Artists’ Books. She co-wrote Wood Paper Scissors, a how-to crafts book. A selection of her art can be viewed at EGChuHandcrafted.etsy.com. Elaine received a B.F.A. in graphic design from the University of the Arts and a B.A. in music from Yale University.


Constructed Realities
with Green Art Workshops

Saturday, June 10 from 1 – 3pm
Ages 12 and up. Suggested donation $5

Learn how to express a significant event, dream, or a critical observation about your surroundings using 3D collage techniques. Using various paper ephemera your personal memory will become a surreal maquette!

Green Art Workshop is a hands-on, eco-conscious program that brings teaching artists into Bay Area classrooms and community centers. Participants create imaginative personal and collaborative projects as they re-envision everyday discarded materials. 
Click here to learn more about them.


Light Impressions
with Green Art Workshops

Saturday, July 8 from 1-3pm
open to all ages. suggested donation $5

Depict your dreams of the season through light, shadow, color, and shape. Transform a milk carton, mason jar, cereal box, and other discarded objects into a glowing tabletop sculpture or hanging artwork.

Green Art Workshop is a hands-on, eco-conscious program that brings teaching artists into Bay Area classrooms and community centers. Participants create imaginative personal and collaborative projects as they re-envision everyday discarded materials. 
Click here to learn more about them.


Mix & Match Marionettes
with Green Art Workshops

Saturday, August 12 from 1 - 3pm
open to all ages. suggested donation $5

Forage found images from calendars, greeting cards, and magazines to find the elements for your assemblage. Play with “cut-up” and collage techniques to create your own one-of-a-kind hybrid dancers.

Green Art Workshop is a hands-on, eco-conscious program that brings teaching artists into Bay Area classrooms and community centers. Participants create imaginative personal and collaborative projects as they re-envision everyday discarded materials. 
Click here to learn more about them.