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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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Jun
27
Thu
Wine and Design: Garden Landscape Painting
Jun 27 @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Wine and Design: Garden Landscape Painting

Using Filoli’s Garden as inspiration, learn to paint a garden landscape with acrylic paints on canvas. Held in the garden, this class is wonderful way to get creative after your workday or to explore new activities with a friend. A glass of wine and all materials are included in the registration fee. Students are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes prior to class to enjoy the garden and a glass of wine.

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!

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

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

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.

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.

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

This class has been canceled.  If you are interested in Art classes, please view the link below:

https://filoli.org/classes

Oct
25
Fri
Needle Felting: Pumpkins
Oct 25 @ 10:00am – 12:00pm
Needle Felting: Pumpkins

Patty Trower, instructor at Fengari Fiber Arts, will teach you how to craft fall harvest pumpkins and jack o’lanterns to enhance your Halloween decor. Learn the basic techniques to sculpt wool roving with felting needles into your own unique work of art. Take home your needle-felted pumpkin and use it as inspiration to create a pumpkin patch to share with friends and family. Fee includes all materials.

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.

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:

December 6 Nuno Felting: Sparkling Scarves

December 14 Needle Felting: Snowmen

 

Dec
6
Fri
Nuno Felting: Sparkling Scarves
Dec 6 @ 9:30am – 12:30pm
Nuno Felting: Sparkling Scarves

This class introduces a technique known as ‘nuno felting’, in which the fleece fibers are bonded to silk to create a strong yet soft and flexible scarf. In this class, students will be provided a length of silk fabric and fleece of a variety of colors, plus all the materials needed to produce a warm, sparkling winter scarf. 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 by Ginger Summit
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!

Dec
13
Fri
Introduction to Stained Glass: Nightlights
Dec 13 @ 9:30am – 1:30pm
Introduction to Stained Glass: Nightlights

Make a luminous nightlight in this introductory course to the art of stained glass. Choose colors of glass and learn to cut and copper foil the pieces together. Make a nightlight for yourself or give it as a gift. Opportunities to make more than one if time allows. 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 Detail and Materials List

Image courtesy of Gigi Erickson

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!

Dec
14
Sat
Needle Felting: Snowmen
Dec 14 @ 10:00am – 12:00pm
Needle Felting: Snowmen

Learn the art of needle felting by sculpting wool roving with felting needles into adorable snowmen for your holiday decor. Patty Trower, instructor at Fengari Fiber Arts, will teach the basic techniques to prick and jab your way to a snowman that is uniquely your own. Make more at home to give as gifts or turn into ornaments. 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.

Snowmen image courtesy of Patty Trower

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!