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The picturesque surroundings of Filoli make a wonderful venue for art and artists, providing inspiration, a range of valuable resources, and unique class offerings.

January-May classes are listed below. The June-December class schedule will be available in spring of 2019.

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Apr
27
Sat
Hike and Sketch
Apr 27 @ 10:00am – 12:00pm
Hike and Sketch

Filoli’s Estate Trail provides a unique view of the historic House and Nature Preserve. Learn how best to capture the beauty of nature while on the trail. This class is open to beginners as well as seasoned artists and is a wonderful way to get creative after a work week or to explore new activities with a friend. Fee includes all materials.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations up to 2-weeks prior to a class are subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations less than 2-weeks prior to a class are non-refundable. Filoli does not issue credits for future classes.

Program Details and Materials List

Proceeds from your purchase support Filoli’s mission, from the care of the historic House, magnificent Gardens, and vast Nature Preserve, to the events and programs that will keep Filoli culturally relevant for the next 100 years. Thank you!

May
9
Thu
Plein Air Painting in the Nature Preserve
May 9 @ 9:30am – 3:30pm
Plein Air Painting in the Nature Preserve

If you are interested in other Plein Air classes see the link below:

10/24/2019 Plein Air Painting: Fall Colors in Oil

MULTI-DAY CLASS: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 9, 10 11, 9:30am – 3:30pm

Experience the tranquility and beauty of Filoli’s Nature Preserve while learning to paint plein air, or “in the open air.” Understand the process of composing a plein air painting from equipment use and preparation to drawing and painting. One-on-one critiques at the easel and group discussion will be held daily. Class size is limited in order to provide students individual attention. The focus of this class is oil; however students wishing to work in other mediums are welcome.

Prerequisite: some painting experience

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations up to 2-weeks prior to a class are subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations less than 2-weeks prior to a class are non-refundable. Filoli does not issue credits for future classes.

Program Details and Materials List

Proceeds from your purchase support Filoli’s mission, from the care of the historic House, magnificent Gardens, and vast Nature Preserve, to the events and programs that will keep Filoli culturally relevant for the next 100 years. Thank you!

May
18
Sat
The Art of Paper Flowers: Peonies
May 18 @ 9:30am – 2:00pm
The Art of Paper Flowers: Peonies

This class is sold out. Please contact Filoli to be added to the wait list: 650-364-8300 option 1.

Tiffanie Turner, author of The Fine Art of Paper Flowers will share how to make gorgeous faded coral charm peonies. She will demonstrate her unique techniques to make stamens and form, shape and style voluminous petals and leaves. Students receive extra materials to continue their projects at home. Fee includes all materials.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations up to 2-weeks prior to a class are subject to a 25% cancellation fee.  Cancellations less than 2-weeks prior to a class are non-refundable.  Filoli does not issue credits for future classes.

Image: Coral charm peonies by Tiffanie Turner
Program Details and Materials List

Proceeds from your purchase support Filoli’s mission, from the care of the historic House, magnificent Gardens, and vast Nature Preserve, to the events and programs that will keep Filoli culturally relevant for the next 100 years. Thank you!

Jun
1
Sat
Scratchboard
Jun 1 @ 9:30am – 3:30pm
Scratchboard

Scratchboard is a form of direct engraving where the artist scratches off dark ink to reveal a white or colored layer beneath. This technique allows the artist to use both additive and subtractive methods to create black and white pieces with rich contrast and depth. Students will be given choices of a botanical subject from Filoli’s Garden that will shine in this unique media. Fee includes scratchboard.

This class counts as an elective for the Botanical Art Certificate program but is open to all Art and Botanical Art students.

Recommended: experience with pen and ink or graphite

Image courtesy of Charlotte Ricker.   
 

Program Details and Materials List

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations up to 2-weeks prior to a class are subject to a 25% cancellation fee.  Cancellations less than 2-weeks prior to a class are non-refundable.  Filoli does not issue credits for future classes.

This class takes place on the second floor of the historic House. Access to this class is by stairs only. For questions about accessibility, please contact the Education office by email at classes@filoli.org or by phone at 650-364-8300 x 263.

Proceeds from your purchase support Filoli’s mission, from the care of the historic House, magnificent Gardens, and vast Nature Preserve, to the events and programs that will keep Filoli culturally relevant for the next 100 years. Thank you!

Jun
12
Wed
Introduction to Painting with Acrylics
Jun 12 @ 9:30am – 12:30pm
Introduction to Painting with Acrylics

MULTI-DAY CLASS: 8 Sessions, Wednesdays, June 12 through August 7 (no class July 3) 9:30am – 12:30pm. 

This class will teach your eyes to see color in new ways and give you the basic skills to translate your vision into paint on canvas. You will develop a common vocabulary about composition, form, color, and brushwork, and deepen your appreciation of the creative process. Instruction and demonstrations in color, composition, and painting technique will be provided. The class subjects will be a series of progressively more complicated still lifes. Some drawing experience is required. All painting supplies are provided, including a canvas for each class session. Please check materials list for the other supplies needed.

Image courtesy of Jim Caldwell

 

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations up to 2-weeks prior to a class are subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations less than 2-weeks prior to a class are non-refundable. Filoli does not issue credits for future classes.

This class takes place on the second floor of the historic House. Access to this class is by stairs only. For questions about accessibility, please contact the Education office by email at classes@filoli.org or by phone at 650-364-8300 x 263.

Program Details and Materials List

Proceeds from your purchase support Filoli’s mission, from the care of the historic House, magnificent Gardens, and vast Nature Preserve, to the events and programs that will keep Filoli culturally relevant for the next 100 years. Thank you!

Jun
15
Sat
Roses in Pastel
Jun 15 @ 9:30am – 3:30pm
Roses in Pastel

Combine the radiance of Filoli roses with the magic of pastels; the closest form of pure pigment. Learn to layer the pastels to create depth, volume, and beautiful color harmonies. Open to beginning and experienced artists. Fee includes all materials.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations up to 2-weeks prior to a class are subject to a 25% cancellation fee.  Cancellations less than 2-weeks prior to a class are non-refundable.  Filoli does not issue credits for future classes.

Image courtesy of Deborah Shea

Program Details and Materials List

Proceeds from your purchase support Filoli’s mission, from the care of the historic House, magnificent Gardens, and vast Nature Preserve, to the events and programs that will keep Filoli culturally relevant for the next 100 years. Thank you!

Jul
13
Sat
Needle Felting: Quail
Jul 13 @ 10:00am – 12:00pm
Needle Felting: Quail

This class introduces the technique known as ‘dry felting’, in which fleece fibers are turned into objects using a barbed needle. You will first make a basic shape using white fleece and felting needles. Then the body will be embellished with colored fleece to create a quail, either realistic or flight of fancy! You will also learn how to make and attach legs to help the bird either stand or perch to fit your decor. Fee includes all materials.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations up to 2-weeks prior to a class are subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations less than 2-weeks prior to a class are non-refundable. Filoli does not issue credits for future classes.

Proceeds from your purchase support Filoli’s mission, from the care of the historic House, magnificent Gardens, and vast Nature Preserve, to the events and programs that will keep Filoli culturally relevant for the next 100 years. Thank you!

Program Details and Materials List

Other Needle Felting classes:

October 25 Needle Felting: Pumpkins

December 6 Nuno Felting: Sparkling Scarves

December 14 Needle Felting: Snowmen

Jul
25
Thu
Hike and Sketch
Jul 25 @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Hike and Sketch

Filoli’s Estate Trail at dusk provides a glowing view of the Historic House and Nature Preserve. Artist Caroline Mustard will demonstrate how best to capture the beauty of nature while on the trail. This class is open to beginners as well as seasoned artists and is wonderful way to get creative after a workday or to explore new activities with a friend. Fee includes all materials.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations up to 2-weeks prior to a class are subject to a 25% cancellation fee.  Cancellations less than 2-weeks prior to a class are non-refundable.  Filoli does not issue credits for future classes.

Program Details and Materials List

Proceeds from your purchase support Filoli’s mission, from the care of the historic House, magnificent Gardens, and vast Nature Preserve, to the events and programs that will keep Filoli culturally relevant for the next 100 years. Thank you!

Aug
3
Sat
Sketching Birds
Aug 3 @ 9:30am – 3:30pm
Sketching Birds

World renowned wildlife artist Edward Rooks will take you through the steps of sketching and creating a composition. First draw in the studio from images of birds commonly found at Filoli. Then go in the Garden and Nature Preserve to sketch birds in the field. The class is open to beginners and experienced artists.  Materials will be provided.

Image courtesy of Edward Rooks

Program Details and Materials List

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations up to 2-weeks prior to a class are subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations less than 2-weeks prior to a class are non-refundable. Filoli does not issue credits for future classes.

Proceeds from your purchase support Filoli’s mission, from the care of the historic House, magnificent Gardens, and vast Nature Preserve, to the events and programs that will keep Filoli culturally relevant for the next 100 years. Thank you!

Oct
24
Thu
Plein Air Painting: Fall Colors in Oil
Oct 24 @ 9:30am – 3:30pm
Plein Air Painting: Fall Colors in Oil

MULTI-DAY CLASS: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, October 24, 25, 26, 9:30am – 3:30pm 

Capture the beauty of a fall landscape using Filoli’s Nature Preserve as a subject. Strengthen your oil composition through simplified shapes and value patterns and find the light and dark patterns in a landscape. Beginning artists are welcome. Students should bring their own materials for oil painting. A materials list is provided on the website.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations up to 2-weeks prior to a class are subject to a 25% cancellation fee.  Cancellations less than 2-weeks prior to a class are non-refundable.  Filoli does not issue credits for future classes.

Image by Ellen Howard
Program Details and Materials List

Proceeds from your purchase support Filoli’s mission, from the care of the historic House, magnificent Gardens, and vast Nature Preserve, to the events and programs that will keep Filoli culturally relevant for the next 100 years. Thank you!