Drop-in Programs

These programs provide a unique opportunity to work independently in the company of other students and artists. Bring your own supplies. Attend when you can. No registration is required. No formal instruction is provided. For more information contact Fanny.Retsek@CityofPaloAlto.org


The Art Center Adult Studios will be closed to the public from December 23, 2017 through January 2, 2018.

Drawing Circus
Mondays through 11/20/17, resumes 1/8/18
6:30-9:30 p.m. in Studio A at the Art Center
Fee $20-25 based on number of drop-in participants per session.
Drawing Circus is fun and visually stimulating, with sensory extras that may include a moving model, performance, props, projected films, music or sound. Participants are encouraged to interpret their observations and explore their personal visual language.

Afternoon Drop-in Life Drawing and Painting

Every Tuesday through 12/19/17, resumes 1/9/18  (costumed model) and
Every Thursday through 12/21/17 (except 11/23/17), resumes 1/4/18 (nude model)
1:30-4:30 p.m. in Studio A at the Art Center
$10 per session paid to group liaison
These long-pose sessions are your opportunity to work from the figure to develop a finished work of art. 

Tuesday Evening Life Drawing

Every Tuesday through 12/19/17 EXCEPT 11/21, resumes 1/9/18
7-10 p.m. in Studio A at the Art Center
$8 per session paid to group liaison
Working from a nude model, participants start with short warm-up poses gradually moving to longer poses. 

Every Wednesday through 12/13/17, resumes 1/10/18
10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Studio B at the Art Center 
$5 per session paid to group liaison
Join us for student-directed projects in collage, paper-altering techniques, book arts, and assemblage.

Open Jewelry Studio Program
Program membership is required. Membership is available to experienced students age 18 and up who meet eligibility requirements. Membership is $30/month for Palo Alto residents and $40/month for non-residents. Day pass is $10. Schedule below is subject to change due to monitor availability and occasional special jewelry workshops. Monthly schedule emailed to members. Contact Fanny.Retsek@CityofPaloAlto.org for more information.


 Day  Time
 Sunday   1-5 p.m.
(11 a.m.-5 p.m. when classes are in session)
 Tuesday  11 a.m.-5 p.m.
 Thursday  2-10 p.m.
 Friday  11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

11 a.m.-5 p.m.


The ceramics studio is available during non-class times to currently registered ceramics students only. Advanced students may register for Self-Directed Projects and use the studio during drop in times for a flat fee. Please enroll at the front desk. Students enrolled in instructed classes may get either a quarterly drop-in pass for unlimited access, or a day pass for $10. Passes available at the front desk or studio office.




10 a.m.-5 p.m.

 Monday 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


1-10:00 p.m.


10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.*
*Studio shared with kid's wheel class 2:00 - 5:30


1-6:30 p.m.


10 a.m.-5 p.m.


1-5 p.m.


Last Updated: Nov 21, 2017