Since opening our doors in 1995, Sinopia has been known for instructional seminars on topics related to pigments and traditional painting techniques. While we can no longer offer these seminars in our store, we do offer more extensive classes in various locations around the Bay Area.

These classes are taught by founder of Sinopia, Alex Warren. Alex Warren has been making his own paints for over 20 years and has become an expert in the field pigments through his experience of running Sinopia since 1995. Alex Warren is also available for teaching seminars to small groups outside of the San Francisco Bay Area. For further information and details, please contact Sinopia:

For more information about Alex Warren, please read this article published in the San Francisco Examiner:
Alex Warren collects, studies and sells pigments

Upcoming Seminars:
A full day seminar taught by Sinopia owner Alex Warren in San Francisco, CA is scheduled for January, 25th and May 30th, 2020. Course will cover paint making with pigments and grounds for painting. Each student will take home a panel that they covered themselves with a traditional chalk ground. The seminar starts at 10am and will go until 5pm, with a lunch break. Please follow the link below to sign up.

Please click on the link below for full class description and to sign up!

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