Plein air painting at St. Mary's College

It was a lovely day for capturing the iconic mission-style chapel on canvas with a visit to the St. Mary's College campus.

Members get together monthly to visit beautiful paint-worthy spots all over the Bay Area. Even if you've never tried plein air painting before, our trips are the perfect way to give it a try. Paint, sketch or photograph an inspiring vista, outdoors in the fresh air - you'll love it!

plein air painting St Marys college

plein air painting Concord Art Assn

plein air painting Concord Art


Printing with linocuts

concord art association linocuts

At our May meeting, we learned how to print with linocuts - loading the brayer with ink, inking the linocut (hand-carved linoleum), then pressing a sheet of paper on top to transfer the ink with a wood spoon or Japanese baren.

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Linocut on left, print(s) on right
concord art association printing linocuts
A tracing of a photo is transferred to linoleum for carving

printing linocuts concord art


May sketch night

CAA sketch night

Our monthly sketch nights are a great way to unwind from the stress of the day, meet up with fellow artists, try out your new pencils or pens, and spend some quality time in search of artistic inspiration. In May, we hung out in the International Garden at the Markham Arboreteum - it was serene and gorgeous!

sketch night markham arboretum
Carol J.

sketch night

sketch night concord art
Sharon P.
sketch night concord art association
Catherine H.


Spring Art Show recap!

If you missed our Spring Art Show & Sale at the Concord Library last weekend, you might just be kicking yourself! But fret not, you can still see some of our member's work in our rotating galleries around town and come back to shop our Summer Art show at the end of August.

Your talented local artists had much to offer - beautiful paintings, prints, cards and more - a gift of original art or a handmade craft is so thoughtful. We loved helping people shop for Mother's Day, birthdays and even early Christmas gifts.

We gave away cute little handmade soaps to the women who visited, and we listened to delightful steel drum music by Benjamin Glasgow on the patio.

Email us at concordartassociation@yahoo.com for help connecting with any of our members to see or purchase their work.

Check out the slideshow below to see more!


May meeting - printmaking with lino cuts

Join us at our next member meeting to learn more about printmaking from Pat Calabro and Roger Renn - Tuesday, May 10th at 1-3pm at the Concord Library. Our meetings are also open to the public.

After sharing some information about the history and different methods of printmaking, we'll get to see how to create a lino cut, which is a form of relief printing using cut linoleum - it's like creating a rubber stamp.

Pat Calabro discovered her artistic skills later in life, after taking an oil painting class. 

In addition to painting, she enjoys Japanese inking techniques and creating digital media.

Roger Renn shared his art and plein air painting tips with us last year. He is the Executive Director for the Contra Costa County Arts & Culture Commission