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Education in the visual arts is one of the main purposes of the Pence Gallery. Frequent lectures given by the exhibiting artist or curator are an important part of each show. The Gallery also offers an several drawing workshops for adults, provides ArtSmart and KidsCreate programs for children, and provides a Curatorial Fellowship for University students.



The Pence Gallery has an impressive schedule of art exhibits to involve your students in exploring the world through hands-on art experiences. Professional artists teach the projects, which are designed to introduce new concepts, art materials, and themes in the visual arts. Enjoy three great projects to stimulate creativity and connect art to different disciplines!

Pop-Up 3D Art
December 4, 6, 9, 12, 18

Following a tour of historic and present-day pop-up books and cards, dating from 19th century European examples to more well-known pop-up art books and stories, students will create their own pop-up cards using paper cutting and paper engineering techniques with artist Maria Winkler. Winkler's collection forms the basis for this great exhibit.
Cost: $5 per person

Art & Science Mix
January 15, 17, 23, February 3, 6, 12, 24

Students will learn about the amazing connections between the fields of art and science as they explore this juried exhibit of sculpture, paintings, photography, and textiles on the theme of the merging of the visual with the scientific. With an emphasis on how the eye enables us to see light and color, students will create a painting that plays with the viewer's sense of reality.
Cost: $5 per person

Blooming Still-Life paintings
March 12, 17, 20, April 4, 10, 14

Still life paintings and sculpture rendering the beauty of flowers will inspire students' interpretations of blooms as a subject in their own paintings. Students will learn basic ink wash painting traditions with painter Stacey Vetter, rendering both the parts of the flower, as well as conveying a specific mood.
Cost: $5 person

Ceramics That Shout
May 14, 16, 19, 22, 28, June 2, 5

Our ceramics exhibit, Controversial Clay, includes the work of reputed artists Clayton Bailey, Robert Arneson and Richard Notkin, shows that the medium of clay is perfect for communicating a social or political message. Following a guided tour, students will learn hand-building techniques and how to represent an issue through humor, surprise and exaggeration.
Cost: $7 person (includes firing fee)

TO REGISTER: Call 530-758-3370 to register your class. Fee is $5 or $7 per student, which includes tour, supplies, and instruction. Program Time: 9:30-11:30 AM.

Reservations should be made at least 2 weeks in advance and are confirmed with payment. Each group needs two chaperones in addition to the teacher. Groups up to 36 students can be accommodated. Homeschool groups are welcome! Teachers are encouraged to preview exhibit content before their visit.



Deladier Almeida

Friday, April 4th, 6:30-9:30pm | Saturday, April 5th, 9am-5pm

Aritst Deladier Almeida has painted portraits of well-known artists, collectors, and sports figures
from all over the world. His painting workshop this year focuses on the figure.
On Friday, April 4 from 6:30-9:30pm, and Saturday, April 5 from 9am-5pm,
Almeida will demonstrate his technique, and instruct others in how to paint the figure
when working with a live model.

Fee is $120 (nonmembers $130) and covers both days, although people can pay for just
one sessiion. Call 758-3370 to RSVP by April 2nd.
A list of materials will be provided.
Novice and experienced artists are welcome.

Flower Power

Gayle Workshop

Sunday, April 13 | 12pm - 4:30pm

Flower Power is an acrylic painting workwhop for adult, led by artist Gayle Rappaport-Weiland.
Create beautiful floral compositions on canvas using gel medium and molding paste.
Gayle is an experienced instructor, who believes in giving direct instruction to guide
participants to bring out their creativity in a risk free, success oriented environment.

A materials list will be provided.
Cast is $80 (nonmembers $89)
RSVP to the Pence by April 11th.

Figure Drawing @ the Pence
Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 6:30 - 9:30PM
Come hang out on Wednesday evening and draw the figure.
Cost is $14, dry media only please.
For more information, go to the
Davis Figure Drawing Meet-up Site

A safe and Gentle Flow to Flexibility, Strength and Relaxation


Classes on Tuesdays, Monthly
5:30 PM: Multi-level Series
7:30 PM: Basic Level

For more information, or to register on line via PayPal, visit or contact:
Kamala @ or 530-746-8456

Brunelle Curatorial Fellowship

The Brunelle Curatorial Fellowship is offered to qualified college-age students seeking to enter the museum/gallery profession. Fellows work closely with the Director on all aspects of gallery management and also complete projects literature relating to exhibitions, curating collections, and arts administration.

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