Kath Macaulay
About the instructor:  Kath spends her time painting and teaching Pocket Sketching™ workshops.  She produced three hour-and-a-half DVDs covering a three-day basic workshop and published a book, Pocket Sketching, the Portable Workshop. Kath also produced a 13 episode show for PBS, Pocket Sketching with Kath Macaulay to be released nationally to all PBS stations.  To learn more about Kath Macaulay, please visit her website here! 
Cartoon by Gary Francis
1 Session Workshop - ONLINE
Creative Cartooning with
Gary Francis

Saturday, February 20
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

$45 Members; $55 Non-members

Next Workshop: 
Saturday, March 13

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

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.

Pumpkins by Margaret W. Fago

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

View free online demo here!

Beginning - Intermediate

April 12, 19, 26 and May 3, 10, 17​
Mondays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Intermediate - Advanced

April 13, 20, 27 and May 4, 11, 18
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 -   
Alameda Island Poets
1st Wednesday, March 3
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Nanette Deetz and Cathy Dana

Alameda Island Poets Workshop 
2nd Thursday, March 11
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Marilyn Flower and Cathy Dana
If you are interested in teaching  online with the Frank Bette Center, please contact programs or visit our website here.
                Drawing by Kath Macaulay

5 Sessions ~ ONLINE
Pocket Sketching
Kath Macaulay

April 7, 10, 14, 17, 21
Wednesdays and Saturdays

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

$175 Members; $200 Non-members

Learn the perfect technique for travel journaling! Capture what you think you see in 25 minutes or less

                  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.

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.

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

View a free video online!

April 14, 21, 28 and May 5, 12, 19
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.

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.

In our Main Gallery...

Alone Together

Up until Saturday, March 27

Mid-show Reception:

Friday, March 12

Online 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mountain View Silhouette by Andrea Bishop                                 
In our Signature Gallery...


Mel O. and Yarra McClure  

Up until Saturday, February 27 
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  
In our Signature Gallery...

Color Journeys

Nancy Roberts

March 5 - March 27

Opening Reception: Online

Friday, March 12 
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
In our Main and Signature Galleries...

2021 Alameda On Camera

Friday, April 2 - Saturday, May 29

Opening Reception:

Friday, April 9

Online ~ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
"...and Tyler too" by David Bock, A)C Marketing Award                            Read more...
                   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 Extended:  Thursday, February 25

Read and download forms here..
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1601 Paru Street
Alameda, CA 94501
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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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