Welcome to California Art Institute

We are many things. First, we are a school for artists by artists; successful artists, both in the commercial and fine arts. We train, mentor and support all artists. Whatever your goal, skill, or age - we are here to help. As a not-for-profit enterprise, we are able to offer classes at reduced prices.

What do you want to become? Spend a few minutes to browsing our website: check out our amazing instructors, our class descriptions, and our schedule. If you are undecided, call us or stop by the school and take a look around. Kate, the owner, or Meghan, the assistant director, will be happy to help you. Our office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10-5, and Tuesday and Thursday from 10-1. We are here to help and we love to talk about art.

We run four 10 week terms: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Year round, we have two Uninstructeds (open model studio time), Tuesday 10-1 pm, and Fridays, 10-1 pm. Once a month, we host First Fridays with the Gallery Girls, with two models on two stages from 7-10 pm!

Please sign up for our newsletter (it's short and sweet) and join the California Art Institute Figure Workshop at Meetup for weekly updates of the models for the Uninstructeds.

Come join the brotherhood of artists that is CAI.

-Kate Burdick Barnholtz

What's Happening at CAI

Glen Orbik Class Update

By now many of you are probably aware that long time CAI instructor Glen Orbik had to undergo surgery this past term. His recovery is going extremely well, but he will be taking this current term off. He will, however, be returning for our Summer term starting July 7th. If you are looking for a drawing class this spring, we do still have a couple other options available: 

Open House This Week!

Ophelia workshop

Welcome back Spring Students! Open House all week! Try out a class. If you like it, sign up, if not, don't worry.

Monday, April 7th:

5:30-8:30 pm -- Drawing Fundamentals with Chris

Tuesday, April 8th:

10-1 pm -- Uninstructed Quick Sketch Workshops

6-9 pm -- Watercolor Painting with Joe 

Wednesday, April 9th:

10-1 pm -- Still Life Painting with Dan

10:30-1:30 pm -- Portrait Painting with Johanna

7-10 pm -- Fundamentals of Painting and Color with Bobbie

Spring Special Events and Workshops

Millie Greene Workshop

Spring has sprung! Not only is our Spring term starting this week, but we have some special events to kick it off and an exciting workshop coming in May!

Tonight at 7pm - It's First Friday with the Gallery Girls. Models Jennifer and Aryiel will be recreating the flower strewing loveliness of Ophelia. We will have two stages, one for 25 minute poses and one with a single long pose for painting. $20 obo at the door. There will be food, drinks, and music!

Spring Cleaning!

It's Spring cleaning week at CAI! We're doing our best to get the school in tip top shape for our upcoming term. Next week is Open House week, please stop by and send your friends. The following week -- classes start

Uninstructed workshops are running unimpeded through the break, don't let your painting and drawing skills get rusty.