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45th Anniversary Seal Serving you for over 45 years, Lenz Arts offers the largest selection of fine art supplies and the oldest custom frame shop on the Central Coast. Described as "one of the last real art stores on the West Coast," people drive for hours to take advantage of our selection of materials. From the finger-painting toddler to the professional gallery artist, we've got you covered!
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Lenz Arts
will be closed September 1
in observance of
Labor Day.

 

Hear what one of our young customers says about Lenz Arts:
(Yes, unrelated and yes, not paid!)

 

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In-Store Demonstrations - Free!

Old Master's Techniques in Drawing and Painting
Saturday, September 13, 1-3 p.m.

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Jonathan Chorn, Lisa Silas, and Matthew Riggs are all trained in realist techniques that go back through the French Atelier lineage to Gerome and Charles Bargue from the 16th century with influence of the 19th century artists such as John Singer Sargent and Anders Zorn and the Boston Schools. They have recently opened a school of art called The Neoteric Renaissance Arts Cooperative at The Tannery Arts Center. They teach a full time program designed to provide the student with a great understanding of the techniques it takes to create a realistic work of art. This is a time honored, focused, challenging arts program for the artist willing to work to extraordinary lengths and push themselves to great levels.

We will have lots of one-day sales on the day of this demonstration!

 


Strathmore Papers - The Essentials of Paper
Saturday, September 20, 10:15-11:45 a.m.

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Glenn Brill, Artist Educator for Strathmore Artist Papers™, will present The Essentials of Paper, a hands-on presentation on Strathmore Drawing and Watercolor Papers. The presentation will focus on how understanding a paper’s fiber, weight, texture, surface, grade and permanency affect an artist’s choice and usage of fine art paper. Attendees participate in hands-on exercises, using a selection of papers and drawing materials. The goal of the presentation is to provide information to help artists select the right papers for their medium and techniques.

The presentation will cover all aspects of fine art drawing papers including:

  • History of Writing Surfaces: parchment to papyrus to paper
  • History of Paper: from China to Europe
  • How Paper is Made: past and present
  • Handmade paper vs. Machine made paper
  • Components of Paper: fiber, watermark, surface texture, sizing, weight, permanence.
  • Environmentally friendly papers and alternative fibers: cotton, wood, hemp
  • Types of Paper: newsprint, sketching, drawing, bristol, illustration, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, mixed-media, printmaking
  • Grades of Paper: 300 , 400, 500 Series: for students, artists, professionals
  • Paper Storage

About the Presenter:
Glenn Brill has presented over 300 educational presentations throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. Currently an Adjunct Professor at San Francisco State University, Glenn has also taught at California College of the Arts, San Francisco Art Institute and University of California at Hayward. Glenn has been involved in art material product development and education for over 15 years. He has worked for some of the premier art material companies as Director of Education, helping to develop and test oil and acrylic paints, brushes, canvas, paper, and drawing materials. Glenn has been the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Visual Fellowships, Author of “Beyond the Brush” and co-author of “The Acrylic Handbook”. His artworks are in the permanent collections of the Archives of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, San Jose Museum and Phoenix Art Museum. Glenn holds a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts, an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and is a Tamarind Master Printer. His work can be viewed at: glennbrill.com.

And remember that we will have lots of one-day sales on the day of the demonstration! Plus a free raffle and free samples for those who attend this demo!

 


Drawing for Absolute Beginners
Saturday, September 27, 1-3 p.m.

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The easy-going and encouraging Rob Court, local drawing coach from The Scribbles Institute, will be conducting a hands-on introductory drawing class for people who are scared of drawing. He'll cover how to hold a pencil, drawing from observation, and basic composition. This is a session for rank beginners!

Class space is limited. The class is free but there is $5 deposit which will be refunded in the form of a store credit when you arrive for the class. ("No-show = no dough!") Students are required to have a 9x12 sketch pad and 2B, 4B and 8B drawing pencils. Students may buy a sketch pad at 40% off for the class!

We will have lots of one-day sales on the day of this demonstration!

 

And more demos coming. . . check back for more information!

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Wow! Charbonnel Aqua Wash Etching Inks!

 

Silk Cut Lino
Lenz Arts is now stocking Silk Cut Lino, the pinacle of printing linoleums!

Lenz Arts Store Front
Our 10,000 square foot location—wall to wall artist supplies!

 

Sales/Information: (831) 423-1935
Custom Picture Framing: (831) 425-7111
Hours, directions, and full contact information.

 

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