Does Carmel Visual Arts sell art supplies?

  • Being the studio/gallery that we are, we have a small selection of art supplies for those last minute needs. Most of the time we are stocked with a variety of canvas panels, charcoal, newsprint, Permalba white oil paint, and Gamblin’s Gamsol and Solvent Free Gel. In addition, we do sell individual Plein Air folding metal easels, and studio lights that can be attached to most easel set ups.

Is there an art store nearby?

  • Imagine Art Supplies 309 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950  (831) 372-1388. Locally owned complete art store. Limited brands, but you can get nearly anything you need if you forgot something for a workshop.
  • Spencers Stationery 233 Crossroads Blvd, Carmel CA 93923. The store does not have any oil painting supplies, canvas materials, or sculpting tools. This store is great if you are in need of a great sketchbook, pencils, pens, or paper.
  • Beverly’s Fabric & Crafts 2090 N Fremont St, Monterey, CA 93940 (831) 646-5141
  • Michael’s  121 General Stilwell Dr, Marina, CA 93933 Usually Closes at 9PM (831) 384-0562

What supplies will I need for my class/workshop?

  • Listed under the workshop page on the Carmel Visual Arts website is our upcoming workshop lineup. Each workshop has their own supplies list readily available in a flyout menu.

What is CVA’s cancellation policy for workshops?

Is CVA equipped with WiFi?

  • Yes, please feel free to bring an mobile devices with you to the studio. Our WiFi is password protected, please ask any CVA staff member for the password.

Do I need to bring my own easel to the workshop? What about Monday night figure drawing or Wednesday morning painting class?

  • Our plein air painting workshops require you to bring your own easel. However, workshops in the studio are more flexible. Carmel Visual Arts has about a dozen studio easels, enough to accommodate those without one if need be. All easels will be set up for Monday figure drawing night and Wednesday morning painting class. You are encouraged to bring your own self-contained portable easels.

Where should I stay in Carmel?

  • Carmel is full of unique hotels, and comfy inns. They vary in price depending on the location. Below are the two closest hotels to our studio.
    • Carmel River Inn offers a 15% discount to students attending a workshop at Carmel Visual Arts. Use discount code “CVA” in the “password” field to get your special rate. NOTE: When you book online at http://carmelriverinn.com/ or you can call directly at 831-624-1575.
    • Carmel Mission Inn – Dog Friendly, Walk to class. Located directly next door to Carmel Visual Arts. use discount code “CA” for 15% discount at http://carmelmissioninn.com or you can call directly at 800-348-9090

Do I need to rent a car?

  • Depending whether or not you are signed up for a plein air workshop, or where you are staying will determine if you need a vehicle. Some workshops will sometimes travel down the Big Sur coast line or deep into Carmel Valley. You can usually arrange a ride with someone from the workshop. If you want to wander around the area when the workshops are not in session, it may be a good idea to rent a car if you are enrolled in one of these workshops. Carmel has a decent public bus transportation system, look up ‘Carmel MST’ for more information.

How do I fly with paints and other art supplies?

  • We recommend that you place your paint tubes in a large ziplock bag with the Airline Notice. (Download Airline Notice HERE)
  • You may want to check the TSA website if you are unsure about flying with your materials.
  • Flying with odorless mineral spirits is prohibited, but for a small fee, we offer Gamblin’s Gamsol for those who need it.

What is there to do between workshop times?

  • Carmel-By-The-Sea is full of fun and unique things to do. Take a walk through downtown Carmel, and you can be guaranteed to find fun gift shops, nice restaurants, and excellent wine tasting. Carmel neighbors the beautiful Big Sur coastline, as well as the historic town of Monterey. If you are interested in adventures, great food, shopping, or just relaxing, there is a million great things to do around the area. Here is a link to the Monterey County Visitors Bureau