Kala Art Institute’s mission is to help artists sustain their creative work over time through its Artist-in-Residence and Fellowship Programs, and to engage the community through exhibitions, public programs, and education.

The heart of Kala’s mission as a vital, California art-making hub is supporting artists and engaging the community. Kala offers professional facilities to those working in and across printmaking and digital media, installation, sound, and performance.

Adult Classes

2018 Classes Online!

Kala’s adult education programs connect communities of learners. We provide unique studio opportunities that align with Kala’s overall mission to help artists sustain their creative work. Kala classes are taught by working artists and utilize our exceptional equipment. Develop a new skill, build on previous experience, or take a class just for fun! Private group instruction and tutoring sessions are also available.

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Class Spotlight on: Hand Lettering to Polymer Plate Letterpress

hand lettering into polymer plate letterpress

Find new meaning in your doodles, scripts and quirky lettering! Transform your hand lettering into polymer plate letterpress prints. We’ll walk you through the entire process from creating hand drawn letters and type elements to digitally scanning your design and making a photo polymer plate for letterpress printing on the Vandercook Cylinder Press. The four-session class will cover: various techniques for creating hand-drawn fonts, how to create vector art from drawings, plate making, press operation and printing. All levels welcome.

Space is limited, so sign up today!

Tuition: $315
Location: Kala Gallery and Classroom
Thursdays, April 12th, 2018 — May 3rd, 2018

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Camp Kala

Engage in hands-on art activities while working in a professional studio environment at Kala Art Institute. Class sizes are small so everyone receives individual attention from Kala’s fabulous teaching artists and assistants. Each week offers new projects and materials culminating in a gallery exhibition and celebration of student work. Discover new creativity this summer at Camp Kala!

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Events & Performances

Guillermo Galindo


Guillermo Galindo: Sonic Borders III
Saturday, April 7
Performance at 7pm, Doors at 6:30pm

Collector’s Panel
Saturday, April 14, 3-5 pm

Art I Kala 2018 Spring Gala and Auction
Saturday, April 21, 6-9:30 pm


Calendar of Events

Artist-in-Residence Program

The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program provides accepted artists with 24-hour access to Kala’s Print Studio and Electronic Media Center. Established in 1974, Kala’s Artist-in-Residence program is geared towards providing short- and long-term communal studio space at low monthly rates to both emerging and established artists. The program has steadily grown to reach its current annual population of approximately seventy-five artists from the Bay Area and beyond.

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