Once Upon A Canvas

Art, Artists, Classes, Exhibitions

Once Upon a Canvas Benicia was created by a group of local artists who came together to provide a place to show their work, as well as the work of other artists within the community. All share their knowledge and experiences, and have fun while so doing.

Guest instructors lead classes throughout the year, including working with various mediums and our ever-popular painting-parties for your group, clubs or friends. For your next gathering, reserve space for a class led by one of our resident artists/instructors.


Painting with Charles White.

Sunday:  Drawing and Painting with Tom Contreras from 2:30 to 4:30
Monday:  Drawing and Painting from 11 to 1
Tuesday:  Painting with Charles White from 1-3
Wednesday:  Drawing and Painting with Tom; Clay Sculpture with Megan from 4 to 5
Thursday:  Painting with Sharon.  11 to 5.  Free.
Friday:  Kid’s Class from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Saturday:  Clay Sculpture with Megan at 11:30
Ongoing:  Art Classes and Birthday Art Parties.

Megan Peterson

Clayworks with Megan Peterson.

Clayworks with Megan Peterson.

Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Explore your mind, body and soul through the tactile art of creating three-dimensional clay sculptures.

Small class size and individual attention is ideal for beginners through experienced artists and everything in between. Classes focus on hand building techniques including slab, pinch and coil, and examine differences between utilitarian and non-utilitarian ceramics.

Drawing Classes with Tom

Play Ball. Tom Contreras.

Play Ball. Tom Contreras.

Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sundays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Drawing, Watercolor and Acrylic Painting.

Learn various techniques. Each class begins with basic drawing instruction and continues at  your pace into creating a watercolor or acrylic painting. Single or series of classes through the month are available.

Once Upon A Canvas Benicia
129 J 1st Street
Benicia, California
Please visit our website for upcoming classes and exhibitions.