Upcoming Events

See our 2020 Activities Calendar! Click here!

Please Note: Reservations for events are non-refundable. However, if you are unable to attend, you may transfer your reservation to another participant.

Have an idea for an event. Contact the president (president@ncalsba.org).

Meanwhile, please be sure to visit our Exhibits page for information about any exhibits we have coming up. And be sure to check out the Other Events page for exhibitions and other activities in which our members participate. And don’t forget to watch for Calls for Entries deadlines!


Camellia Tour & Drawing, Saturday, March 7, 2020, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

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Location: Holbrook Palmer Park, Evans Center for the Arts
150 Watkins Ave., Atherton

Cost: $40 NCalSBA Members and $50 Non-Members
(No refunds unless a waitlisted person accepts your spot in the class)

Click here to register for the tour.

We will meet at the Holbrook Palmer Park (HPP) between 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM and set up our art supplies. At 9:40 AM we will carpool to the home of Barbara Tufflie. She will share her exquisite, acre garden of camellias with us. After our tour and talk, we will return to the park and draw! You may choose the medium of your choice: colored pencil, graphite or watercolor. Emphasis will be on using colored pencil and the technique of using an embosser (provided) for the stamen.

Bring your art supplies and a lunch. Microwave and refrigerator will be available for your use.

Questions may be directed to Dorothy Hunter email for further information or to be added to a waitlist.



Egg Tempera Techniques for Botanical Painting with Carrie Di Costanzo, Friday, July 24 – 26, 2020, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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Location: Woodhall, 501 Orindawoods Drive, Orinda, CA

Cost: $325 NCalSBA Members and $350 Non-Members

(Sorry, we are unable to refund cancellations unless a waitlisted person is able to take your place, applicable fees apply)

Included in cost: 3×5 inch and 8×10 inch panels and Paint Pigments

Click here to register for the class.

Learn to capture the luminosity of Egg Tempera technique with Carrie Di Costanzo. Egg Tempera is a centuries old painting medium that can be used to render the highly detailed subjects of botanical painting while also effectively creating a radiant and ethereal quality. This workshop will introduce the materials and techniques used to create botanical paintings with egg tempera.

Carrie Di Costanzo earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. After graduating, she worked as a fashion illustrator before shifting her focus to botanical art in 2008. Carrie has exhibited extensively with the American Society of Botanical Artists and other group exhibitions throughout the US. Her work is held in the Botanical Collections at the The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, and private collections.

Questions may be directed to Susan Mark-Raymond at 707-888-9508 or email for further information or to be added to a waitlist.

Image by Carrie Di Costanzo


Board Meetings

All members are invited to attend our board meetings.
Contact the president (president@ncalsba.org) for details of location.

In the Works

As always, if there is something you’d be interested in that we haven’t considered, please let us know!. And be sure to check back often for updates!