Gary Francis
About the instructor:  Gary Francis is an East Bay native and a lifelong artist with experience in many forms of art including painting, figure drawing, photo-realistic drawings, cartoons and animation. Always passionate about art, Gary recently entered the world of photography. After two years attending the Academy of Art University in San Francisco he transferred to Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in animation.
 He thoroughly enjoys teaching the art of cartooning to children and he hopes to continue teaching for many years.
Watercolor by Wendy Soneson

1 Session ~ ONLINE
Basics of Watercolor with
Wendy Soneson

Sunday, January 24
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

$40 Members; $50 Non-members

Learn the fundamentals and technique of watercolor techniques.

Pumpkins by Margaret W. Fago

6 Sessions  ~ ONLINE
Color Dynamics in Watercolor
Margaret W. Fago

View free online demo here!

Beginning - Intermediate

Feb. 8, 15, 22 and Mar. 8, 15, 22
Mondays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Intermediate - Advanced

Feb. 9, 16, 23 and Mar. 9, 16, 23
Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

$120 Members; $162 Non-members

Come develop your painting voice while learning watercolor techniques.

Begin - Interm -
Interm - Adv -   
                  Glass in watercolor by Wendy Soneson

1 Session ~ ONLINE
Glass in  Watercolor with
Wendy Soneson

Sunday, February 21

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

$40 Members; $50 Non-members

Learn how to see as an artist: shapes, edges, colors in three dimensions, and values.

Photograph by Amy Patick

1 Session Workshop ~ ONLINE
iPhone Photography 101
with Amy Patick

Day and time to be decided by Amy and student

Fee for 1.5 hrs.: $50 Members;
$60 Non-members 

Learn essential features of your iPhone, simple editing techniques, and basic principles for great pictures.

Cartoon by Gary Francis
1 Session Workshop - ONLINE
Creative Cartooning with
Gary Francis

Saturday, January 23
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

$45 Members; $55 Non-members

Next Workshop: 
Saturday, February 6

Lessons are taught in the traditional way - constructing solid characters in classic Looney Tunes and Disney cartoon style.

                Drawing by Colleen Gianatiempo

1 Session ~ ONLINE
Drawing and Brain Exercises with
Colleen Gianatiempo

Saturday, January 30

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

$40 Members; $50 Non-members

Let’s get rid of old programming and stimulate your brain!

    Gourd drawing by Margaret W. Fago
6 Sessions ~ ONLINE
Drawing Dynamics
with Margaret W. Fago

View a free video online!

Feb. 10, 17, 29 and Mar. 10, 17, 29
Wednesdays, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

$120 Members; $162 Non-members

Learn how to create design and form through line, shading, black and white shapes and tonal values.

Watercolor and ink by Emily Weil

1 Session - ONLINE
Paint with Watercolor! Draw with Sticks and Ink! with Emily Weil

Saturday, March 6
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

$55 Members; $65 Non-members

Watercolor class and drawing-with-ink class with a slight twist -- using sticks and found objects instead of pens.

Watercolor by Wendy Soneson
1 Session ~ ONLINE
Copy a Master in Watercolor with Wendy Soneson

Sunday, March 21
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

$40 Members; $50 Non-members

Learn a unique way of copying a painting by the great watercolor master, John Singer Sargent.


If you are interested in teaching  online with the Frank Bette Center, please contact programs or visit our website here.
Alameda Island Poets
1st Wednesday, February 3 ~ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hosts: Nanette Deetz and Cathy Dana                         

Alameda Island Poets Workshop 
2nd Thursday, February 11 ~ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Marilyn Flower and Cathy Dana                                             
In our Main Gallery...
Orange Crate Art:

Inventing the

California Deam 

from the collection of John Orr

January 16 - January 30
In our Signature Gallery...


January 16 - January 30
Unsold artwork from previous years. Did you see something you liked but didn't purchase it? Find out if it is still available.
The Lodge at Harbor Bay...
Mix It Up II

Photography by Mike Gifford

The Lodge is currently closed to the public for viewing of this exhibit.
  Here He Is by Mike Gifford                                                                         Read more...    
                                        801 Island Drive, Alameda, CA 94502  

Call for Applications

2021 Alameda On Camera

Application Deadline for Adults and

Youth:  Sunday, January 31
 Going Outside by Ginnie Chabre                                     Read more here..                                                  
                   Special call for art: FAAS/FBCA Fundraiser

The Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA) and the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) will be co-sponsoring an online fundraiser.  We are seeking art that features animals (predominantly but not exclusively) and highlights FBCA talented artists.
Online Auction and Sale ~ March 4 - 14

Deadline for All Submission (All Media):  Monday, February 15

Read and download forms here..
In our Main Gallery...
 Call for Art:  Alone Together

February 5 – March 27

Receiving art: Sun., January 31  
11:00 am-5:00 pm

Unsettled relationships, isolation from in-person interaction, social media communication; contradictions; contrasts; control of technology; mask wearing; opaque; hidden; superficial; connections.
Mountain View Silhouette by Andrea Bishop                      Read more here... 
In our Main Gallery...
In our Signature Gallery...
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On to Phase Three

Many thanks to Lary Heath from Enluma who has done
such a great job illuminating our upstairs rooms.  But we aren't done.  Phase Three will entail illuminating the stairwell. Please donate. Thank you.
Thanks to our

2020 Alameda

On Camera 


Thanks to our

sponsors for the

2020  Plein Air


A Big Thank You to Alameda Shade Shop

for donating new shades for our

upstairs classroom. 

Thank you to
eon Computer Technologies
of Alameda!
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