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We are excited to have Lana Köhn come to the LPP Workshop to teach an intro to oil painting class. The two day workshop will be from 4/10 to 4/11. We have a few more spots! Go to our online shop to sign up!

A half Norwegian and half Mexican American born and raised in San Diego, CA, Lana grew up among paints and pencils. Once she realized this was her passion, she obtained a bachelors degree in the Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting and printmaking from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA.

Having always been fascinated by the human form, she is constantly exploring the figure in her work. Primarily using in oil paints, she often works in black and white to emphasize light and shadow within the human body. In her series, “Muse”, she simplifies the body to line work while still capturing the gesture of the form.  

Her latest series delves into a much more conceptual and experimental style as it consists of work on found bones. ”The Bone Series” began as an exploration of anatomical drawings which then evolved into actual bones being used as the primary medium. Each piece combines elements of geometric shapes, forms and color palettes found in nature in order to illustrate concepts of life and death simultaneously. The series aims to serve as a reminder of the density of life we are constantly surrounded by as well as its cyclical nature on both macro and...


Yay! Ski Week is over and everyone was back in class… It was so nice to have the whole gang back together, making the class feel lively and back to normal! This week we explored the work of Kenesha Sneed. She is an incredible painter and ceramist, hitting both last week’s project and this week’s. The kids seemed to take an instant interest in her work, excited to talk about what they saw in the pieces we presented. To check out some of her work yourself, click here.

This week’s design element was ‘texture’ and the project was constructing coil pots! As we already know from last session, the kids’ favorite medium to work in is definitely clay. The excitement was palpable. There was a definite difference in the capabilities from the younger kids to the bigger kids. The younger kids had a bit of trouble constructing the pots with the coils in a way they would stay… We helped and a lot of the end results look great! Most of the bigger kids had the advantage of having made coil pots before. They all surged ahead and had competitions of ‘biggest coil’ and ‘tallest pot’. We gave them the option of glazing their pieces, and surprisingly, a lot of the kids opted out and wanted to leave their pieces the color of the clay – Which I thought was pretty cool.

We are firing the pieces this weekend,...

This week was a funny week. A lot of the kiddos’ schools were on vacation, so our classes were much smaller than normal. We got to work one on one with the kids and really chat with each one about art, life, goofy things. We started off by painting the plaster pieces they created last week. They used the knowledge they gained from learning about mixing colors to create the color schemes for their pieces. We only supplied primary colors, black and white… They made all of the others with their color guides by their sides to reference.

Next, we talked about the work of Jenni Rope and her company Napa Books. Jenni’s work tied into our plaster pieces, we showed some of her installations that had similar vibes. Our next project was to have the kiddos create their own flip books, so it was really great to show some of Napa Books’ examples to get them excited. If you want check out Jenni’s work, click here. And to check out Napa Books, click here.

The kids were very excited over creating their own flip books. They are certainly time consuming, so we will be working on them little by little at the beginning and end of the coming classes. I will upload some videos of final products.

Kelly and I look forward to welcoming back all the vacationing kids next...

We kicked off our second after-school session at LPP this week! We were so excited to learn that every kiddo from the first session will be continuing into our second, plus a few new faces. Both the Tuesday and Thursday classes have all grown comfortable and close to each other, so Kelly and I were happy to continue together.

This week, the kids were taught about the works of  Amy Sherald and, specifically, her use of color. Amy has an original way of incorporating colors into her portraits, using colorful flat backgrounds to create a bold contrast. To check out some of her works, including her amazing depiction of Michelle Obama, click here.

After talking about Amy’s work, we led the kiddos into an introductory look at color theory. Everyone had a palette with primary paints, red, yellow and blue. Together, we mixed secondary, tertiary and practiced shades and tints.

Next, the kids started the first of what will be a two-class project. We constructed shapes out of cardboard, some kids went with themes, some a bit more abstract. They then covered their shapes with plaster strips. Those pieces will dry and next week they will use their paint-mixing lesson to create their own range of colors to paint them with. They will then construct the shapes into a mobile to hang. We are excited how they take these shapes to the...

Wow! We cannot believe our first 5 week session has already completed!

This week was our exhibition week, the previous week the kids worked on learning about block printing.

Last week we taught the kiddos about block printing through the works of Jen Hewitt. Jen is a local print maker, Little Paper Planes have been a big fan of hers for years. To check out her amazing works, click here. Jen works on textiles mainly, so it was fun to show the kiddos how some of the clothing they see every day was created through the very art they were learning that evening.

We taught the kids how to block print through drawing and carving on foam sheets, rather than carving lithograph blocks (safety). The kids took right to it, but had some difficulty finding the balance of too much ink/not enough/how to get their image printed the way they wanted. The littler kids were excited to see the results no matter how they looked. The bigger kids felt a bit of frustration with how many iterations it took to get it exactly how they had envisioned it. It was fun to work with them on the problem solving and adaptations they had to make each round. Overall, both kids created pieces they were happy with, some even adapting the project into one completely unique to themselves.

This week was...


This was the third week of our after-school program. The kids learned about contemporary artist Nikki Maloof and her uses of space and composition. Through Nikki’s example, the kiddos made their own tapestry wall hangings. First creating a space, later adding a figure to create a unique composition. They used fabric markers and oil pastels on canvas. Kelly will later sew a dowel into the finished canvas pieces, ensuring a presentable piece for our gallery night!

The kids were the most creative we have seen them, thus far. They made pieces featuring women in history, flying nachos in space, turtle astronauts, dinosaurs, and a whole lot of cats. The goofy chatter and friendship connections continued from the previous week. It’s hard to tell who is having more fun, the kiddos or Kelly and I.

We are super excited for next week, as we will be working on block printing with the kids. It will also be our last week creating before our 5th week gallery night.

To check out this week’s artist, Nikki Maloof, click here. And don’t forget to check out the second session of the after-school program, president’s day camp, spring break and a heap of summer camps! You can see them all by clicking here.

 We are excited to have Bridget Watson Payne come to the LPP Workshop to teach a Creatives in Publishing workshop. The workshop is 2/10 from 3-5. We have a few more spots! Go to our online shop to sign up!

Bridget Watson Payne is a writer, artist, and art book editor. She is the author of the books How Art Can Make You Happy, The Secret Art of Being a Grown-Up, This is Happening: Life Through the Lens of Instagram, and New York Jackie: Pictures from Her Life in the City, all from Chronicle Books. With fifteen years of experience in the publishing industry, she has collaborated as an editor with hundreds of authors and artists to make their book ideas a beautiful reality. She has taught at Makeshift Society, the ICON Illustration Conference, and Sketchbook Skool; spoken at the Book Manufacturer’s Institute, California Library Association, California Writer’s Club, Photo Alliance, California College of the Arts, ARLIS NorCal, APA SF, ASMP NorCal, and RayKo Photo Center; reviewed portfolios at PhotoNOLA, Photolucida, and Review Santa Fe; and served on juries for the Society of Illustrators, Critical Mass, Something Personal, and the Lucie Awards. Bridget has been featured on KTVU Mornings on 2, KATU TV...

This week was the second of our kiddos after-school program. This week we looked at form and texture through the works of Anna Valdez. Anna is an artist that is based in Oakland, Ca. She works on large scale, creating paintings that depict colorful architecture with botanical accents. She creates dreamy settings, making you want to pack your bags and escape there immediately. To see more of her work, click here.

Inspired by Anna’s use of flora and fauna in her paintings, Kelly created a series of sculptures of potted plants. Both classes of had fun with their own interpretations and creations. Majority created something different from the example, and we love that! Because at the end of the day we just want to foster their creativity. It’s never been about having them copy what we do, we want them to find their own voice and they all seem to be doing just that. We had a wide range of animals (lots of bunnies), abstract pieces, and even some nachos.

This week was even better than the last. Students were way more comfortable with each other, and us as teachers. This lead to goofy conversation and a more free feeling while creating. They were even help each other create bowties for turtles, plates for nachos and other things they were rushing to do before parent-pickup. Its all wonderful to witness and assist. We cant wait for next week!

We now have a...

This week was our first week of our FIRST EVER kids after-school art program! This has been the culmination of so much anticipation, and it absolutely was everything we had hoped for and imagined. Watching the kids learn and create with such enthusiasm re-inspired both Kelly and myself to create in our own art practices.

Each after-school program will consist of five week sessions. Four weeks of learning about contemporary artists and creating a project inspired by that artist. The final week will be a gallery night, where the kids get to present their creations from the previous four weeks. They can invite friends and family, showing off what they have learned. We have age 5 – 8 year olds on Tuesday evenings, 9 – 13 year olds on Thursday evenings.

This week the kids learned about shape and color through the works of Alice Tippit. Alice is an artist based in Chicago, her works perfectly illustrate how you can use shape and color in both bold and subtle ways. To learn more about Alice and to see more of her works, click here.

The kid’s project this week was to create a paper mache bowl. Layering tissue paper and glue on a balloon, created the foundation of the bowl. They then cut shapes  our of construction paper and adorned them to the bowl, followed by one last layer of glue. For...

LPP is so excited to have Cathleen Bishop join us on Sunday 10/29 to teach a fun workshop on how to make a macrame plant hanger. This workshop is sold out, but keep your eyes peeled for a fun announcement from LPP on how to learn how to make macrame plant hangers soon! And keep reading to learn a bit more about Cathleen!

Cathleen Bishop is an artist and graphic designer based in San Francisco, CA. She grew up in San Diego and moved to the city to complete her degree. Here, she is able to pursue her passions in culturally and technically diverse surroundings. It has been her goal over the past year to experiment with alternative techniques and expand her creative arsenal. On her days off, you’ll find her hiking with her puppy, Willow, tending to her plants, or harnessing a new skill. She never leaves the house without a sketchbook and a sweater, but often leaves without her phone. Bishop’s artistic passions lie in illustration, photography, layout, typography, fiber arts, and printmaking. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Design from University of San Francisco in 2016.

You can view more of Cathleen’s work by clicking here.

What is your favorite part of creating/making? I love to work with my hands. I spend a lot of time on the computer and it’s a really nice break to move my eyes away from the screen...

We are excited to have Alice Gould come to the LPP Workshop to teach a ceramics workshop. The workshop is 10/28 from 12-4. Each student will receive an LPP Art Kit with all materials included to work in the class and at home! We have a few more spots! Go to our online shop to sign up!

Alice Gould received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, both in the field of Painting. She grew up in Portland, Oregon, has lived primarily in California’s Bay Area, and often spends time exploring wilderness areas. Nature informs her work. Large oil canvases, spirited gouache works-on-paper, and nature photography are homages to life forces, weather and plant dynamism. Color, craftsmanship and the materiality of art-making are important considerations in her work. She now lives in Oakland. Please visit to view her work and CV.

How did you start painting? 

I had always loved to draw then took a painting class at the Portland Art Museum when I was 13. The assignments felt too rigid, but introduced me to paint. At home I played around with making geometric patterns, then...

We are excited to have Holly Coley come to the LPP Workshop to teach a ceramics workshop. The workshop is 10/22 from 1-4. Each student will receive an LPP Art Kit with all materials included to work in the class and at home! Students will pick up their wall hangings two weeks after the class once it has been fired. We have a few more spots! Go to our online shop to sign up!

Holly Coley is an SF based interdisciplinary artist and teacher working in clay and illustration. Four years ago she founded Holly Coley Designs, a small batch handmade ceramic company and has turned more then a few heads at curated craft shows in the Bay Area with her whimsical living sculptures, sloths and clay narwhals. Check out some of Holly’s creations and follow her studio practice on Instagram @hollycoley. Artist website

We are excited to have Shaine Drake come to the LPP Workshop to teach the art of paper marbling. The workshop is 10/21 from 1-3:30. Each student will receive an LPP Art Kit with all materials included to work in the class and at home! We have a few more spots! Go to our online shop to sign up!Shaine Drake is a weaver and marbling artist. She lives and works in San Francisco, CA. 1. How did you get into marbling?

A little over 5 years ago I was working at an art supply store in the city and discovered a
basic starter kit for marbling. I love old books and recognized marbling from the paper used for
the inside covers and spines. I was pretty much instantly attracted to the process. It’s become
really cathartic for me actually. Marbling requires a lot of letting go and leaving things to
chance. The kit didn’t give me the results I really wanted though so I became obsessed with
figuring it out myself. I’m still looking things up online and finding new and old books about the
craft all the time. There’s so much you can do with marbling, I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it
or stop learning new techniques.

2. Is there an artist who’s work you are really excited about lately?

There are so many people making incredible work right now! I love Sheryl Oppenheim’s
work. She’s a marbler as well...

We are excited to have Isabella Hill come to the LPP Workshop to teach the art of embroidery. Her workshop is 10/15 from 1-5. Each student will receive an LPP Art Kit with all materials included to work in the class and at home! We have a few more spots! Go to our online shop to sign up!

Isabella Hill is a native San Franciscan who grew up in a community of artists and creators. Her grandparents were heavily involved in the Hippie art and fashion scene, and her mother was a weaver and clothing designer. From a young age, she understood that clothing is a powerful form of personal expression. She began customizing clothing with embroidery and beading a few years ago as a form of creative release. Her idiosyncratic, playful style quickly gained a following. She has created collaborative pieces with designers Creatures of Comfort and Evan Kinori, as well custom clothing for musicians, artists and other flashy dressers. Her inspirations include Victoriana, vernacular photography, outsider art, country music and the American West.

LPP’s Dylan Johnson who also shares a love of embroidery asked Isabella a few questions about her craft!

When did you start working with embroidery?

I started doing embroidery when I was a child. My grandfather Jerry Wainwright was the photographer behind Native Funk and Flash, a book of hippie fashion that has kind of a cult...

“Amanda Boe (b. 1978) is a photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. She also works as a freelance photo editor at The New York Times. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally, including at SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco Camerawork, RayKo Photo Center, The Griffin Museum of Photography, The New York Photo Awards, Southern Exposure, Project Basho Gallery, and Photographic Center Northwest. She received an MFA in photography from the Academy of Art University in 2011 and a BA in architecture from the University of Minnesota in 2001″

You can see more of Amanda’s work here and on Instagram.

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Our October workshops are up in the online shop! (and in shop as well) Go check it out, we’ve got some great stuff lined up for y’all!

Will Bryant’s color-charged compositions throb with enthusiasm and kinetic imagery. An accomplished illustrator and designer, he’s also growing a body of personal work that’s loose, fun, and inviting.

Print 1, Worn Out But Grinning Through It Print 2, No One Cleans the Baseboards Anymore

MH: Can you talk about how you got into design and illustration? It sounds like it wasn’t always your path and that something sparked for you in college. 

WB: Illustration was not really on my radar until undergrad at Mississippi State. Honestly, I didn’t know what illustration or graphic design was until an intro class with Kate Bingaman-Burt (one of my best friends/mentor/hero). I had some “creative endeavors” in high school and was into things outside the average classmate, but what I ended up having a career doing is a total surprise. I attended Mississippi State because my parents did, and I grew up cheering for the Bulldogs—not very good reasons. I thought that I would major in business, but the fear of numerous math classes and the charm of a dilapidated art building turned me towards graphic design. The  program and community inspired me to pursue a lot of personal projects and take a few painting classes.

One of those projects...

“I’m looking for the gaudy. Thick, garish, and fierce. My gaudiness is about intensity, density, and the provocation to frazzle—a clowder of cats—their eyes sparkle in the night. A delusion of grandeur heavily weighted by its own encrusted mass. I paint things over again and again to get to this encrusted mass. An accretion of imagery—driving in Los Angeles can be a gaudy experience—a profusion of dabs—iridescent pavement—colorful strokes, smears, stains, washes, tangents, indentations building up a surface.

The main thing is to know how to set about it, to be able to concentrate your attention on a single detail, to forget yourself sufficiently to bring about the desired hallucination and so substitute the vision of a reality for the reality itself.1

The gaudy is a fragrant saturation. Devotion, desire, and detail are the dials that gauge the grandeur of the gaudy. Like a cat brushing its head on objects to scent and communicate with a space (bunting), I paint things over again and again with an obsession to get closer to the texture of the world. My paintings are a filmy membrane of translucence, not opaque as to block or impede sight, and not transparent, as to cloak or be an unerring wraith, unattainable to vision, but rather a glowing mesh that gleans new sights—To cast the glamour. Painting as an engine of endurance that frazzles the senses, pushes the body to the brink of exhaustion while holding it there...

Kumi Yamashita (山下 工美 Yamashita Kumi) is a New York City–based Japanese artist. Yamashita is best known for her light and shadow sculptures constructed from everyday objects.

To see more of her work, click here.