I have been volunteering with PAL for over 4 months now and I can say PAL is one of the best places that I volunteered in a while. The management goes out of the way to recognize volunteers (free art classes, best volunteer of the year/month. appreciation ceremonies are just few ways PAL honors volunteers) The staffs & volunteers work in such synchronization that you can seldom differentiate between them. If you have some time to volunteer & you love working with great people & in a refreshing environment PAL is the place !
PAL is a terrific center for the visual arts. It is a place to take art classes, show your art, sell your art, and make friends with other artists and aspiring artists. It is a jewel in the heart of Silicon Valley that has been around since 1921.
I just moved to the area and really wanted to find a way to get involved in the community. I found Pacific Art League of Palo Alto and signed up for an Oil Painting class with Jared Sines. I had a wonderful experience - I learned so much about different oil painting techniques, and I really enjoyed the small class size and getting to know the other students. We would often bring snacks and wine to class to enjoy our evenings painting together. I just began my second class - Watercolor with Steve Curl - and have already learned so much in just two classes!
There are very few community places in Silicon Valley where artists can work, learn, display their work and interface with other artists. The Pacific Art League is an oasis in the middle of an ever increasing concrete jungle! People of all ages will find interesting art classes to explore.
Since retirement art has become a passion. I discovered PAL as a unique community resource. Learning how to paint and then to create art was just the beginning for me. PAL offered the early courses and workshops, but there was more. This organization that has been around for nearly 100 years offered the opportunity to meet like minded people, to share experiences, and to contribute to the organization to make it stronger. Helping PAL grow and most recently making the new building a reality has been extremely rewarding. Sure there have been frustrations, but life is full of them. Seeing the progress has been equally rewarding with creating a new piece of art.
The Pacific Art League has been a cultural asset for many years, not only to Palo Alto but also to the South Peninsula area as well.
As an artist and an “aficionado”, I have benefited from the offerings presented by the talented and hard working artists and volunteers of the PAL membership.
Their efforts have never been more appreciated than at the present as they continue to mount excellent and diverse exhibitions under the current difficult circumstances created by the major construction work being done on their primary headquarters. Kudos, PAL!
As an attorney in a very mentally and emotionally taxing field of work, my time at Pacific Art League (PAL) is invaluable. The classes offered are intimate, with individual attention and instruction, and I learned a great deal in a short period of time. The facilities are comfortable, and my classmates were diverse. Because our class was small, I was able to produce a good amount of work and also become friends with some of my classmates. Outside of class, I took advantage of our studio use privileges and found solace in the studio outside of class. PAL offered me a way to use my brain differently, improve my mental health, and learn a new craft. I was very satisfied with what I produced, and very grateful for the class and the space to make art. I can't wait to take my next class!
Pacific Art League is a wonderful organization that offers wide range of fine art classes, workshops and resources. Instructors are very helpful to students. I benefit from Fine Art training from Pacific Art League. It helps me to start my journey to become an oil painter.
As a local art teacher I am always drawn to great art spaces and Pacific Art League is one of the best. Their gallery and exhibitions are inspiring. A course I took with my husband with printmaker Tom Killion helped us achieve one of our lifelong dreams - an art studio in the country. We are now neighbors of Tom's in Inverness because of the experience at Pacific Art League - where artistic dreams DO come true!
I am a serious amateur photographer, relatively new to the field. The Pacific Art League has given me a place to grow as an artist through the many opportunities to exhibit my work. There are three ways this happens. With juried shows every month, each one provides a structure within which to select and enter my best images, a valuable discipline, whether they get into the show or not. Through the community sites program, where an artist installs an exhibit for a local business or office, I have been able to practice putting together bodies of work and hanging them appropriately, while contributing to the artistic life of my community. The culmination of what I have learned, and the most exciting experience, has been to mount two solo exhibits at the Pacific Art League gallery. Choosing a theme and the photographs that exemplify that theme has made me think hard about what my work is about and what I want to communicate through my art. I would never have had this experience without the Pacific Art League.
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.
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!