Studio Visiting Artist Program

The Palo Alto Art Center Adult Studios Visiting Artists Program is an opportunity for our community members to participate in hands-on workshops with renowned international artists.

This program is made possible by the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. To register, and to see a complete list of all our upcoming visiting Artists workshops, visit the Foundation's website:

Upcoming Visiting Ceramic Artist Lecture and Workshop!

Mastering Volumetric Image Transfer with Forrest Lesch-Middleton

Please join us for an inspiring two-day hands-on workshop with Bay Area local and 2014 Ceramics Monthly Artist of the Year Forrest Lesch-Middleton. Learn how to combine form and surface in new ways that are sure to inform your studio practice for years to come. Integrate wheel-thrown forms and image transfer using the techniques developed by Forrest for creating his unique and decorative functional pots and tile. Participants will learn the ins-and-outs of creating silkscreen transfers and tips that they can then use in their own studio.

Forrest is a professional potter, tile artist, and educator. He has served as President of the Association of Clay and Glass Artists from 2013-17, and was recently awarded a McKnight fellowship from Northern Clay Center, and a Creative Work Fund Grant for his work with Iranian calligraphy artist Arash Shirinbab.

To find out more about Forrest please visit his website at

Participants must be able to throw or hand build a vessel without instruction.

Workshop Registration:
Early Registration, before 6/1/17: $185
Registration as of 6/1/17: $199

Register TODAY!

Upcoming Visiting Artist Workshops in conjunction with
Summer of Photography at the Palo Alto Art Center

Digital Photography with Curt Fukuda

This two-session “crash course” will acquaint you with the basics of photography so you can take better pictures. During the first session, you will learn about the controls on your camera or smart phone and how they affect your images. The class clarifies how light and subject determine what settings you use to provide the best results. The second session of this class covers what to do after you’ve taken your photos. We’ll discuss downloading images to a computer, and then, organizing, archiving, and sharing your photos. You’ll learn about using software like Photoshop and Lightroom to adjust the color and exposure of your images. Although designed for beginners, this class is a good refresher for intermediate photographers, too.
Thursdays, July 27 and August 3, 7-9 p.m.
Free; registration required.

Cyanotype Workshop with Ann Holsberry

Join artist Ann Holsberry for a one-day cyanotype workshop and learn the basics of this simple, elegant photo/print process. Developed in the nineteenth century, cyanotype was originally used for traditional applications such as botanical documentation and blueprinting, and was later adopted by artists drawn to its many expressive and experimental possibilities. In this workshop, participants will create a series of prints using objects (plant materials, lace, keys, feathers, tools), drawings on mylar, transparencies, or photo negatives. Once participants have learned to prepare a surface with photosensitive emulsion, they will use outdoor sunlight to expose and print their pieces, and will have the option of further enhancing their finished cyanotypes with paint, collage, or embroidery.
Sunday, July 30, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$92 includes all materials

Preserve Your Family Photos with
Curt Fukuda

Save your family memories before they fade away! This workshop teaches you how to preserve, archive, and share your precious family photos, and how to scan, retouch, and upload.
Thursday, August 17, 7-9 p.m.
Free; registration required.

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For more information call Studio Program Director, Fanny Retsek: 650.617.3525 or email

Last Updated: Apr 20, 2017