What we're about

Who We Are: Alameda Artists is a Meetup group for all Bay Area Artists and Creatives.

The Alameda Artist Group is for all creative media and practicing at all skill levels. (And you don't have to live in Alameda!) Most meetups are in Alameda but anyone who wants to sketch and draw and make art is welcome. We also have writing meetups, open studio/galleries shows, calls for art, maker space workshops, and many more creative meetups - don't see what you want? Suggest it!

This year (2019) we will be adding some new items to the agenda!

2. Ongoing Call For Art: Studio 23 (http://www.studio23gallery.com) will be accepting submissions every month for the Alameda & Jingletown 2nd Friday Artwalk. Visit http://www.alamedaartists.com/submit-art/ for more information.

3. 3 Dot & Inkblot join Alameda Artists Meetup! 3 Dot (http://www.3dotartgallery.com/) and Inkblot (https://www.inkblotgallery.com/) are local Alameda galleries that host special events, show local artists and have classes. They will now be posting their events and art classes right here on Meetup!

Several more local art events and classes will continue to pop up over 2019 so keep checking back.


Our Mission:
Inspire others or be inspired, learn new techniques to implement or brush up on some old ones. Hone your craft and meet new people with similar interests.

Artist's are currently very active on Facebook, selling work, sharing techniques and cool upcoming art events. Be sure to join us on social media!

Visit us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/alamedaarti (https://www.facebook.com/groups/alamedaartists/)...

Costs: The cost of each class or event will vary depending on supplies needed and the location it is being held. The cost for the class will be announced in the details of that particular event page when the event is created.

Donations go to pay for Meetup.com fees, group art shows, snacks, drinks, rent and other various art supplies. Your donations are appreciated! Suggested donation is on a sliding scale $5-$10.

Don't let the donation suggestion stop you from coming to an art meetup if it is listed as FREE. We want every artist to have a place that they are welcome. However, paid classes are different and that fee would be required to participate. We are supported by local businesses who sponsor us like Flax (https://flaxart.com/oakland-store/) and Digifli (https://digifli.com/).

IMPORTANT! If less then 3 members RSVP for a meetup the meetup may be canceled right up to within a few hours before that meetup. Please check back the day of the meetup and look for cancelation notices in your email. We will do our best to inform you that a meetup has canceled asap.

Please do not RSVP unless you really plan on coming so we know how many artists to expect. If you do RSVP and can NOT make it (even at the last minute or after the event has started) please CHANGE your RSVP so we are not waiting for you!

Upcoming events (5+)

Dive Bar Doodles: A Sketch Meetup

Legionnaire Saloon

Dive Bar Doodles, Sketch Sessions, and music art ... Every 1st & 3rd Monday night I get my drawing practice in .. come out & sit with me at the Legionnaire Saloon and work on your own images! You can sketch your own projects, work on random still life setups, capture bar scenes, or use music its self as a model of sound to translate into a 2-dimensional image. When you need a break, you can always go upstairs & dance for a while. There are awesome DJs there for the Motown On Monday dance party in the loft as well as lovely bartenders to wet your whistle. But if you're not into intoxication, that's ok too. COST: Suggested donations of $5-10 (Venmo @CottonTurner or just bring cash) LOCATION: Legionnaire Saloon, 2272 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, California 94612 ALL SKILL LEVELS encouraged. 21+ only (must have ID for entry) PLEASE BRING: your own supplies and a book light. (you won't be able to see if you don't bring a light with you). Electrical outlets are hard to find so come pre-charged. Outside food is ok to bring. I'll be either downstairs drawing or upstairs dancing. Positive vibes only. RSVP!! If I don't see anyone has signed up, I might decide to sketch somewhere else. However always feel free to go on your own as well. [masked] text me, Yolanda, with any questions & if you need to confirm. .................................... FAQ's .................................... - This event happens every 1st & 3rd Monday night - This is a self-guided social sketch/doodle group for support, feedback, sharing resources, and getting encouragement to be creative. - Motown on Monday dance party upstairs in the loft - Drinks and beer priced right. - Bring your own supplies and a book light. (you won't be able to see if you don't bring a light with you). - Electrical outlets are hard to find so come with devices pre-charged. - Outside food is ok to bring. - 21+ only, ID required at the door - Street parking available - Easy to get to via Uber/Lyft, AC Transit bus, & BART (BART stops running at midnight) - Wheelchair accessible venue (upstairs loft/dance party is not wheelchair accessible) - Suggested donations of $5-10 (Pay here, Venmo @CottonTurner or just bring cash) - Feel free to text me[masked] if you have questions or to confirm before heading out. - Positive vibes only - See you soon! OFFICIAL HASHTAGS #DiveBarDoodles #AlamedaArtists Please use these hashtags when posting about the event - We would love to see your pics & posts here in this event and in our group (you're invited to join) https://www.facebook.com/groups/alamedaartists/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dive Bar Doodles sketch sessions and music art is held every other Monday night in Oakland, CA. Designed to give artists space to practice skills & access to the joyful development that comes from creative output while also giving the community an opportunity to join in on the fun. This allows us to support each other as we seek a creative outlet for mental/emotional wellness, for experimentation with visual expressions with music, for practicing general drawing skills, for music interpretations & dance therapy, and to observe the cultural underbelly of Oakland nightlife.

Studio 23 2nd Friday Artwalk Open Studio

Studio 23

Studio 23 is the working studio/gallery home of the Alameda Artists group. We open up to the public on Second Fridays for the gallery walk from 7:30PM - 9:30PM - Come by and meet fellow artists and people visiting the gallery. We regularly host and display artwork by all bay area artists. There is no hanging fee at Studio 23. Commission 30/70. The artwork displayed will be a mix of artist's around the east bay area. More Info: http://fridayartwalk.com/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/2nd-Friday-Art-Walk/79128038802 https://www.facebook.com/groups/alamedaartists/ Parking: Please do not park in the Studio 23 Parking lot. The cleaners own this lot and they do tow! There is nearby street parking available on Oak Street and Encinal. https://alamedaca.gov/visitors/parking CALL FOR ART: Studio 23’s 2nd Friday Art Shows Call For Art Open: Studio 23 2nd Friday Montly Art Shows Get more information: http://www.alamedaartists.com/submit-art/

2019 12 Month Challenge Still Life Study

Studio 23

Still Life Study: This session will last 4 hours with one break in the middle. Still life drawings are drawings of non-living objects, arranged in a specific way, to create meaning or a visual effect. Common still life objects include things like flowers, fruits, vegetables, and other foods and beverages. This particular practice helps hone skills like perspective, shadows, negative space, depth & so much more. For some this will come naturally, for others it is a discipline. But everyone can benefit from it. This Meetup is on the Sunday following Alameda's 2nd Friday Art Walk. So most of the time it falls on 2nd Sunday, sometimes it falls on the 3rd Sunday. Come get to know other local artists and set time aside to make art with us! 2PM-3:30 Snack, Drink, Draw, Paint. 3:30-4PM Pair in teams to critique each others work. (Optional, no one is forced to share their work.) 4-6PM Complete work. Make sure you leave time for drying if you are painting. What to bring: *Sketchbook, paper or canvas *Paints, pencils, ink, etc *Feel free to bring snacks, drinks although We may also have some snacks/drinks available for a small donation. *Indoor and/or outdoor depending on the number of attendees. So dress appropriately. Note: We also will have limited art supplies to share and a few easels around as well. Suggested donation is $5-$10+. We use this to buy supplies, snacks, drinks as well as pay rent and meetup.com group fees. Your donations keep our doors open. * IMPORTANT (read below) *Parking: Please do not park in the Studio 23 Parking lot. The cleaners and local residents own these parking spots and they do tow! There is nearby street parking available on Oak Street and Encinal. All street parking is free on Sundays. There is also a parking garage between Central and Santa Clara Ave that is free on weekends as well as a parking lot directly across from the Alameda Theater. More parking info: https://alamedaca.gov/visitors/parking *Indoor and/or outdoor depending on the number of attendees. So dress appropriately. We prefer to keep this donation based so no one is ever turned away. However, please only RSVP if you are sure you are coming. You can RSVP up until the night before. *These meetups are about making art. Please keep phone calls outside (away from the group) as well as loud or lengthy conversations. We love for people to connect, that is what we are all about. Please just use common sense and be considerate of other artist's time. We welcome feedback on new meetup ideas for 2018 and other ways on improving our group!

Go Figure Draw at Studio 23 Alameda

Studio 23


Studio 23 partners with The Bay Area Models Guild to bring you our 3-hour figure drawing session hosted by Yolanda Cotton-Turner. IMPORTANT UPDATE: Meetup recently changed the way they accept payments. If you experience any issues paying or are coming in last minute please text,[masked]. Note: We can no longer require pre-payments. * Spots belong to those who have prepaid (or worked out seperately). If you are having some kind of trouble with paying please contact us. * If you have directly paid us via Studio 23's Paypal and can not RSVP on Meetup.com, please text so we can have a accurate headcount. [masked]. Thanks for your help while we adjust to the new settings. STUDIO SESSION INFORMATION - - - - - Arrive Early: Please arrive early! WE LOCK THE DOOR to the studio to protect the privacy of the model at exactly 7 pm. If late, wait outside, we will open the door at the next break. Breaks happen every 20 mins or so. This is a 3 hour, self-guided, no pressure workshop for adults of all skill levels to practice translating the human form! We meet once a month, every 3rd Friday ... please come out and practice with us! Location: Studio 23, 2309-B Encinal Ave., Alameda, CA 94501 How To Find Us: Studio 23 is located on the corner of Oak & Encinal Ave in Alameda just off Park St. We are near Jack In The Box, directly behind Revelation Cleaners, only a few steps away from Lucky 13. Early Arrival & Setup: 6:30PM-6:45PM Session Begins: 7PM sharp! (Door locks at 7:00PM) Breaks: TBA (Periodic breaks in between for the model & you TBA) Session Ends: 10:00PM Clean Up: 10-10:15PM Supplies: Please bring your own easel and art supplies however you do not need to have an easel to participate. Many artists just bring a sketchbook. We may have a couple extra easels if you need one. Feel free to sketch, paint, charcoal, ink, whatever floats your boat. We have limited community supplies available to use. Model: http://www.bayareamodelsguild.org 1/18 Sarah The Pose Schedule: We normally start with short (1-2 minute) gestures and end with longer 20 minute poses. Contact Info: Text[masked]. It may be more difficult to reach us the day of a meetup. Yolanda: https://www.facebook.com/cottonturner/ Alameda Artists: [masked] Studio 23: http://www.studio23gallery.com/contactus.cfm Official hashtags: #AlamedaArtists #GoFigureDRAW Food/Drinks: Light snacks are sometimes available for a donation during breaks. I encourage you eat before arriving. Drinks are also available for a small donation. Feel free to BYOB. Keep your own snacks and drinks near you so you do not have to disrupt the class. Breaks: We have regular breaks throughout the session. Use that time to get drinks, stretch and use the bathroom. Cell Phones / Cameras: No photography or video permitted. No cell phones or mobile devices can be used in the studio during the session. Turn off the ringer. Parking: No parking in the Studio 23 parking lot! These spots are residential and/or belong to the cleaners (yes they do tow). Street parking along Oak and Encinal is usually available. Meters are free after 6pm. Session Cancellations: If we do not get enough sign-ups 7 days prior, we may cancel the session offering a refund to anyone who has already signed up and paid. Refunds: We offer a partial refund minus a small meetup.com transaction fee if your cancellation is 7 days or more before the event. Age / Conduct: Must be 18 years old or more. We will not entertain immature or unprofessional behavior. Although we have never had any situation like this arise, please understand that we will remove anyone from the session and/or the premises, without a refund, if your behavior is distracting to others or threatens the safety of anyone. You will not be able to sign up for our meetups again.

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Dive Bar Doodles: A Sketch Meetup

Legionnaire Saloon

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