Rating: 4.75 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 227 Forest Avenue (Temporary) Palo Alto CA 94301 USA

Mission: The Pacific Art League's mission is to enrich lives through art: education, exhibition and community.
Results: Over 1600 students a year take classes and workshops and our Palo Alto studios and now through our partnership with Peninsula Gallery in San Mateo.
Target demographics: adults, youth, famalies and coporations
Geographic areas served: Silicon Valley, north to Burlingame and south to San Jose
Programs: EDUCATION --Classes in various art media (drawing, watercolor, oil painting, acrylic painting, pastel, mixed media, print making) from novice to professional EXIHBITION --Galleries - Main Gallery --Art Rental Program - juried (member and non-menber) artists rent their work to local corporations. --Community Site - juried (member) artists display their work at local non-profits, government offices and restaurants MEMBERSHIP -Opportunities to interact with fellow artists both formally (via lectures, workshops, events) and informally --Opportunities to interact with the community, to participate in and organize competitions OUTREACH --art experiences for children of all ages in special circumstances related to physical, socioeconomic or emotional challenges VOLUNTEERING --A program for the artist and the non-artist to contribute to the health and growth of Pacific Art League COMMUNITY EVENTS First Friday(Every first Friday of the month)
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Rating: 5 stars  

I took a beginner's drawing class last term and it was a great experience. I am in my mid fifties and never took an art class before this. My teacher, Ray Mendieta, was very clear in his instruction and took us step by step through the basics. He impressed upon us that anyone can learn to draw. It just takes practice and strict adherence to some of the rules of the craft. I bought myself an easel, sketch pad, charcoal pencils, and I am looking forward to the next class. i hope to advance and learn to paint with oils. I've met really nice people in the class and found everyone very supportive and friendly. I love my little routine: drop the kids off at school, drive to downtown Palo Alto, stop by Paris Bagette for a cafe au lait and croissant, park underground on Hamilton, and head to class.

Karen Patou

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a Senior who was not able to progress in developing my passion for artistic expression until I moved to the Bay Area at the age of 75, I was delighted to discover the quality of basic instruction in drawing and painting skills that I had sought unsuccessfully for years in other Bay areas, including the famed art center, Carmel, CA. The range of classes, from the vital basics to the esoteric are here and thriving at the Pacific Art League of Palo Alto! I've found the instructors at PAL to be exceptionally well trained and delightfully engaged in supporting the development of the artistic process in each of their individual students. As an educator, I understand that many gifted artists are simply not gifted teachers. The instructors at PAL are not only talented in their chosen medium, but also possess the gift of translating and communicating technique in a positive supportive manner to each of the students in their class, regardless of the student's level at that point in time. My joy and gratitude for this amazing nonprofit is beyond my capacity to express. I look forward to living to be 100+ to catch up with the many artistic discoveries before me! Thank you, PAL and your talented instructors!

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I am delighted that you are renovating your space and look forward to many exciting years at PAL .

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