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 offer several drawing workshops for adults, provides ArtSmart and KidsCreate programs for children, and provides an Internship Program for University students.




    ArtSmart PROGRAM

ArtSmart, the Pence Gallery’s fieldtrip for school groups, engages students in exploring the world through hands-on experiences. Students enjoy learning about the art on display with a docent, and put their ideas to work in their own art project.  Our artists introduce new concepts, materials, and themes in the visual arts. Choose from four projects designed to stimulate your students’ creativity and connect art to different disciplines.

- Culture, Symbols & You

    Dates: Oct. 28 | Nov. 4, 15 | Dec. 2, 6, 2019 | Grades K-6

- Our Land(scape) Exploring Abstraction
    Dates: Dec. 16, 2019 | Jan. 6, 13, 17, 24, 27, 2020 | Grades 1-6

- The Science of Watercolor Painting
    Dates: Feb. 10, 24, 27, 28 | Mar. 2, 6, 9, 12, 23, 2020 | Grades 1-6

- Photography: Capturing Light
    Dates: Apr. 17, 20, 24, 27 | May 11, 15, 18, 22, 2020 | Grades 1-6


PROGRAM TIME: 9:30-11:30 AM
FEE: $7/student
, which includes tour, supplies, and instruction.

TO REGISTER: Email pencegallery@gmail.com to register your class.


with artist
Wednesday, 9-11:30 AM | $120 members |$130 nonmembers
Sept. 11, 18, 25 & Oct. 9, 16 (5 sessions | No class on Oct. 2)
Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20 & Dec. 4 (5 sessions | No class on Nov. 27)

This class is intended for artists who have had some experience with watercolor. Our emphasis will be on painting nature. Studying skies, trees, rocks and water, and how each appears in sun and shade and different weather conditions, will be part of our lessons. We will use photos and live subject matter as the inspiration for paintings. A friendly class environment makes class critiques helpful and stress free.
How to register
- Send a check to Joanne Andresen, 2314 Fortuna Court, Davis, CA 95616
or bring a check that day and call the Pence to confirm
Questions? e-mail: joanneandresen@gmail.com or call 530-902-1072



with Art Therapist AMY VIDRA and
Bereavement Counselor WILLIAM PALMER
Tuesdays, 6-7:30 PM | (FREE)
Oct. 15, 22, 29 & Nov. 5, 12, 19 (6 sessions)

To register, call William Palmer, at (916) 886-7028.

The Pence Gallery Healing Arts Workshop uses art as a healing language for those experiencing grief from the loss of a family member or friend. Art-based interventions can improve a person’s coping skills and their overall quality of life. Creating art projects provides opportunities for discussion, education, and connecting with peers in a safe and supportive space. The art media utilized is carefully chosen to create an outlet for grief, providing tangible ways of memorializing and remembering, and helping to bridge the gap in expressing difficult emotions. Participants must be 18 or older, and no art experience is necessary.

This new program is generously sponsored by Bob and Joanne Andresen.


Watercolor Portraiture Workshop with
Saturday, Nov. 2 | Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 | 10 AM-5 PM
Cost: $225 members | $250 nonmembers

Materials not included | Ages 18 and up | No drawing experience necessary

Click Here to Register!

California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture uses both expressive color and paint application to evoke emotion. In this workshop, you will learn watercolor portraiture that goes beyond the norm with super expressive paint application and wildly intensive colors. No prior drawing experience is necessary. participants will apply a simple techniques to trace contour outlines from photographs that can be easily transferred to any size of watercolor paper, and will learn to paint with economical brush strokes and use minimal color palette.

Saturdays, 12-2 PM
Cost: $5 members | $8 nonmembers

Pay at the door. No pre-registration required.

October 19-Paintings in Motion

Pulling inspiration from the wild lines and repeated patterns in Jamie Madison’s colorful collages, young artists will make gesture drawings and splatter paintings.

November 16-Tasty Impressions
Through printmaking and short writing activities, children are invited to use their sense of taste and relationship with food to create a tasty masterpiece taking inspiration from artist Jose Arena’s paintings.

December 14-Scent(sational) Art

Exploring natural scents, children will craft fragrant handmade pieces of art for home or as gifts for loved ones.

Make Stuff is supported, in part, by a grant from the City of Davis Arts & Cultural Affairs program.


Painting Foundations Workshop with ELIO CAMACHO
Friday, Jan. 25, 2020 | 9 AM-5 PM
Cost: $105 members | $115 nonmembers

Click Here to Register!

Nationally known Bay Area teacher, artist, and colorist Elio Camacho will help you build a strong foundation for your painting in this one-day workshop! The workshopis structured for beginners through advanced students and includes demos, ands-on participation, and instruction in you choice of oil or acrylic still-life painting at the easel.


An Abstraction by Design Workshop with
Saturday, April 4 | Sunday, April 5, 2020 | 10 AM-4 PM
Cost: $275 members | $300 nonmembers
 (Open to all levels.)

Click Here to Register!

2- Days 3-Panels - Corner to Corner.
This workshop not only tackles the square, we tackle the squares within the square. In other words we work on the classic grid to create mixed media artwork. Bring your abstract ideas and your aesthetics to this workshop, as we use our compositional skills and apply the techniques of glueing, painting, sanding, peeling and collaging to create our square abstractions, all within the grid format.



Artist Talk by JAMIE MADISON
Artist Talk: Oct. 27, 2-3 PM (FREE)

Jamie Madison’s mixed media abstract work is largely concerned with the shifting play between light, color, shape, and overall design. In her collage work using acrylics and found images, she is always pushing the line forward in her work. Her palette of neutrals and geometric shapes is activated by line, gestures, and areas of saturated color.

Sponsored by GoodHome Group Real Estate


A Conversation with the Artist, MARK BOWLES
Artist Talk: Dec. 15, 2-3 PM (FREE)

Enjoy a lively talk with Mark Bowles and Director Natalie Nelson on Bowles’ career as an artist, his current series, and more.  Bowles will answer questions from the audience as well. No RSVP necessary.

Sponsored by Will Uecker & Karen Fess Uecker


Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 6:30 - 9:30PM | $15/person

Whether you've drawn from the model before, or this is your first time, everyone is welcome! Come hang out on Wednesday evening and draw the figure. This group is for both experienced artists and amateurs to have an opportunity to draw from the nude model. If you have never drawn from a live model before and would like to join us, you are very welcome! The atmosphere is relaxed and non-competitive. This is not a class, and no instruction is provided. People of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to join the group.

Payment: cash, check, or credit card (Visa/Mastercard/Discover) in person

- Experienced Male and Female Models | Wet and Dry media Welcome!

For more information, go to the Davis Figure Drawing Meet-up Site or email Katharine Schultz, pencegallery@gmail.com

JOIN US NOW! @ www.meetup.com/davisfigure or just come!



Stories on Stage Davis pairs short fiction selections by established and emerging writers with regional actors who read the pieces to a live audience. Second Saturdays at the Pence from September through June.

Click here for a schedule of upcoming writers and stop by.

The Pence Internship 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 relating to exhibitions, curating collections, and arts administration.

The Pence is a nonprofit art organization that depends upon volunteer support and expertise. We welcome your involvement!

Please download the pdf version of Volunteer Opportunites form by clicking the link below and complete the form and
-   fax back to 530-758-4670
-   email it to Katharine Schultz, pencegallery@gmail.com or
-   drop off at the Gallery at 212 D Street, Davis, CA 95616

Volunteer Opportunties Form


212 D Street, Davis, CA 95616 | phone 530.758.3370 | fax 530.758.4670 | Open Hours Tue-Sun 11:30 AM - 5 PM | 2nd Friday ArtAbout Reception 6-9 PM (free admission)

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