Fine Art

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Overview

The picturesque surroundings of Filoli make a wonderful venue for art and artists, providing inspiration and a range of valuable resources. Students can experience one-on-one instruction and personal guidance while attending one of our 2 – 5 day classes or work on their own during special Artist Access Days. Artists are invited to join our registry of art exhibitors. A new schedule of exhibits is revisited annually.

Learn more about the knowledgable Instructors Filoli has to offer

“Susan is a wonderful encouraging instructor. I love her teaching style.”
—Student of Macro Photography Workshop with Susan Rosner

“Loved this class and look forward to learning more from Caroline.
—Student of iPad Art I with Caroline Mustard

“Wonderful teacher — very pleased.”
“I shall come back for the next class.”
—Students of Oil Painting for Beginners with Laurie Johnson

“Wonderful class and instructor.”
—Student of Landscapes in Pastel with Jan Prisco

“This was a fabulous hands on class. Guy is a master teacher as well as a master artist.”
—Student of The Fall Palette with Guy Magallanes

Upcoming Programs & Classes

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Jul 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
11:00 am
Days: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (except on evening walk dates – see below), 2nd and 4th Thursday and 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, May 25 through November 4 (except June 3) Evenings: … Read More
Jul 27 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
5:30 pm
Explore the profound effect of the close up. Macro photography is primarily used for scientific purposes, but it can be easily utilized to create stunning images of small and very tiny objects. We will discuss … Read More
Jul 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
6:00 pm
Enjoy a guided walk in the historic House as you learn about our exquisite historical art collection.
Jul 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
6:00 pm
Wednesdays, March 15, May 17, July 19, or September 20, 2017, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Thursdays, June 8 (cancelled), 22 (cancelled), July 13, 27, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Guide: David Landsidle, Filoli Docent … Read More
Jul 28 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
9:30 am
MULTI-DAY CLASS: Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 Begin this workshop by make a bounty of beautiful fabric flower blooms and profusion of companion leaves, developing speed and accuracy over the hours, and varying the … Read More
9:30 am
SERIES (MULTIDAY): Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29, 2017, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm Be guided through a floral image from start to finish as the instructor explains composition, approach and technique so you … Read More
10:00 am
The summer Garden is full of brilliant colors, wonderful aromas, inspiring collections of art and is surrounded by one of the most beautiful nature preserves. The sights, smells and tastes of the summer garden are … Read More
10:00 am
The summer Garden is full of brilliant colors, wonderful aromas, inspiring collections of art and is surrounded by one of the most beautiful nature preserves. The sights, smells and tastes of the summer garden are … Read More
10:00 am
The summer Garden is full of brilliant colors, wonderful aromas, inspiring collections of art and is surrounded by one of the most beautiful nature preserves. The sights, smells and tastes of the summer garden are … Read More
Aug 2 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
9:30 am
SERIES (MULTIDAY): Wednesday, August 2, Thursday, August 3 and Saturday, August 12, 2017, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm This class is for those with experience in using the lead holder and will focus on creating … Read More
Aug 3 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
4:00 pm
  Participate in this new fun evening format of sipping wine, nibbling tasty treats, painting in the Garden with one of our knowledgeable instructors, and creating a beautiful painting of your very own. The instructor … Read More
Aug 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
6:00 pm
Days: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (except on evening walk dates – see below), 2nd and 4th Thursday and 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, May 25 through November 4 (except June 3) Evenings: … Read More
9:30 am
SERIES (MULTIDAY): Friday and Saturday, August 4 and 5, 2017, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm Have you admired botanical art but questioned whether you could do it? If so, this is just the class for … Read More
Aug 5 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
9:30 am
Learn the basics of the copper foil technique and leave with a finished project that you made yourself. In these fun and engaging hands-on classes, you’ll learn about design and patterns, cut and grind glass … Read More
Aug 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
11:00 am
Days: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (except on evening walk dates – see below), 2nd and 4th Thursday and 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, May 25 through November 4 (except June 3) Evenings: … Read More
Aug 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
11:00 am
Days: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (except on evening walk dates – see below), 2nd and 4th Thursday and 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, May 25 through November 4 (except June 3) Evenings: … Read More
5:00 pm
Filoli will host an artist reception to celebrate this remarkable exhibit. Artists are on hand to share their botanical art knowledge and experiences. Listen as the curators share insight into the exhibit and present the … Read More
Aug 10 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
5:30 pm
Looking for both subtle differences and dramatic settings will help students develop a personal approach to representing nature. Wildlife and bird photography will be discussed and demonstrated. Explore the estate and capture “the feeling of … Read More
9:30 am
Bring life to your subjects by mastering the finishing touches! Dry brush techniques are essential to capture the fine details of your botanical subjects. This class is held in the Roth Room on the second … Read More
Aug 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
6:00 pm
Days: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (except on evening walk dates – see below), 2nd and 4th Thursday and 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, May 25 through November 4 (except June 3) Evenings: … Read More
Aug 18 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
9:30 am
Crewelwork is a great technique for learning and exploring interesting stitches. Using traditional crewel wool, you will learn practice highly textured stitches, such as turkey rug, French knots, coral stitch, woven picots, trellis, and a basic … Read More
Aug 19 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
9:30 am
Discover the artistry of embroidery through hands-on lessons using a range of embroidery stitches that have been used in embroidery through-out the ages.   Listen to interesting historical accounts as you practice stitching. Experiment with a … Read More
Aug 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
11:00 am
Days: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (except on evening walk dates – see below), 2nd and 4th Thursday and 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, May 25 through November 4 (except June 3) Evenings: … Read More
9:00 am
SERIES (MULTIDAY): Thursdays, August 24 through September 21 (except August 31), 2017, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm While using western letterforms inspired by the pointed brush, students will learn various ways to add shadows and … Read More
Aug 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
11:00 am
Days: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (except on evening walk dates – see below), 2nd and 4th Thursday and 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, May 25 through November 4 (except June 3) Evenings: … Read More
Aug 24 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
4:00 pm
Filoli extends the opportunity for artists and photographers to experience the quiet beauty and stunning vistas of this rare and historical country estate. Individuals may have access to the Garden on a select day each … Read More
Aug 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
5:00 pm
A special evening is planned for the artists and our guests. There will be sculptors and docents on hand to share their knowledge, experiences and insight and, complimenting the evening, will be a variety of … Read More
9:30 am
Using a variety of colorful crepe paper learn to create beautiful and realistic garden cosmos flowers in different hues and finishes. The instructor will also demonstrate how to create a delicate cosmos leaf. Each student … Read More
Aug 29 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
9:30 am
SERIES (MULTIDAY): Tuesday, August 29 and Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm The orchard at Filoli covers 6.8 acres and contains heirloom fruit varieties of both familiar and uncommon fruits. With more … Read More
Sep 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
11:00 am
Days: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (except on evening walk dates – see below), 2nd and 4th Thursday and 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, May 25 through November 4 (except June 3) Evenings: … Read More