Upcoming Events

Our 2019 Activities Calendar is here!

Click here for the full list! We have great workshops, hikes, and tours planned for the New Year!

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

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!

Silver Point Technique with Bernard Halliwell, Saturday, September 21, 2019
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Location: Atherton Arts Foundation Center
Holbrook Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave, Atherton

Leonardo used silverpoint and so can you. Silverpoint is an elegant and delicate drawing technique first used by medieval scribes. One draws with a piece of wire on a surface that has been coated with gesso or some sort of primer to give the surface a slight tooth.

Experience with graphite drawing will be helpful.

There will be a $25 fee for materials (all necessary materials will be provided), payable to Bernard on class day.

Please bring lunch for yourself. There is a refrigerator and microwave available.

Contact Bernard Halliwell, Instructor, with questions, about silverpoint: 415-383-6701

Please RSVP to Dorothy Hunter, dlhunter@ix.netcom.com 650-323-8580 to reserve a space.

Thank you for your interest in silverpoint, hope to see you soon!

Bernard and Dorothy

Tobacco plant by Hendrick Goltzius

Beautiful Pointed Pen Calligraphy for Botanicals Workshop with J.P. Panter, Thursday, October 10, 2019, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Location: 18215 Constitution Avenue, Monte Sereno at Margi Connelly’s home

Cost: $40 NCalSBA Members and $50 Non-Members

Click here to purchase your ticket to this event.

“J.P.” Panter is a professional artist with a degree from Western Michigan University (BFA Painting special emphasis on watercolor) and attended the acclaimed Academy of Art University (MFA for Illustration, editorial work). She is a member of local and nationally recognized calligraphy guilds and is a past member of the California Watercolor Association. As a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, her current interests center around the marine life of the Pacific Ocean.

In this class you will learn the basics of Engrosser’s script calligraphy also known as Copperplate. We will explore the foundations of upper and lowercase text as well as numbers. J.P. will show you how to handle a traditional oblique pointed pen (aka: dip pen), including how to clean and prepare nibs, and choose inks for your paper type. You will learn how to measure and space your script, as well as understand how to create letter spacing, flourishing, and design to add interest to botanical art.

The aim of this class is to introduce and build skills in pointed pen, create a good exploratory workspace where students can try various tools and materials, understand why things fail, and how to best apply these techniques to future artworks.

Click here for the materials list.

Please contact Elaine Goldstone for any details or questions: elainegoldstone@sbcglobal.net

Painting Dahlias in Watercolor: Vincent Jeannerot NCalSBA Exclusive 3 day Workshop, Friday, October 25 – Sunday, October 27, 2019, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM


Location: Woodhall, 501 Orinda Woods Drive, Orinda

Cost: $350 NCalSBA Members and $400 Non-Members
(No refunds unless a waitlisted person accepts your spot in the class)

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Vincent Jeannerot is an internationally represented botanical artist; in addition to several French exhibitions, he has exhibited in London, Melbourne, Moscow, Seoul, and Florence. He is a much sought after botanical art instructor and has taught workshops in the USA, New Zealand, Italy, Japan, Latvia, and South Korea. NCalSBA is thrilled to be able to offer this three day workshop with Vincent as part of a collaborative project with the Botanical Guild of Southern California, which will offer its own three day workshop at the Huntington Gardens. Vincent Jeannerot’s gallery, Aquarelles Botaniques, is located in Lyon, France. Vincent’s website: www.vincent-jeannerot.com

Workshop Description: This workshop will feature specially selected dahlias. On Day 1, Vincent will focus on subject composition, finalizing your drawing, and beginning color work. Day 2 will continue with color work with an emphasis on greens and browns, and Day 3 will wrap up with shadow techniques and finishing. Vincent will incorporate demonstrations throughout the workshop to meet participants’ needs. Upon paid registration, you will receive a supply list and a detailed workshop outline.

Questions may be directed to Susan Mark-Raymond at (707) 888-9508 or email for further information.
The class is full. Please contact Susan to be placed on a waitlist.

2019 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!