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School of Visual Philosophy

1065 The Alameda, San Jose, CA
Arts & Crafts

Book a Birthday Party at School of Visual Philosophy

San Jose’s School of Visual Philosophy hosts unique hands-on classes that are great for company events, team off-sites, and birthday parties for ages 16 and up. Choose from a variety of activities that let your guests get their hands dirty (or wet) while creating something from scratch. Your group will have an amazing time and make something super-cool to take home. The School of Visual Philosophy of an art studio and school dedicated to offering the best art classes in the San Francisco Bay Area, creating a thriving creative community and merging fine art with technology.

Party Packages

Blacksmithing (4 hours)

$500.00 for up to 5 guests
$100.00 per additional guest (limit 15 guests total)
Ages 16 +

In our blacksmithing workshop guests will get to hammer on some metal. This event is very popular for men AND women, so don't be afraid if you have a mixed group. Our experienced instructor will take you step by step through creating your very own utilitarian object, like a bottle opener. Even in 4 hours, guests can make something individual out of steel that each person can take home at the end of the workshop. Includes all materials.

Block-Printed Cards (3 hours)

$500.00 for up to 5 guests
$100.00 per additional guest (limit 30 guests total)
Ages 16 +

In our block-printed cards workshop guests work on their own designs, creating unique cards that each person in the group can take home! Imagine working the way artists did in the old days before Photoshop. Instruction in carving the block and printing are covered. Each team member will be able to try their hand at printing in multiple colors in this one-of-a-kind workshop. Includes all materials.

Hand Lettering (3 hours)

$500.00 for up to 5 guests
$100.00 per additional guest (limit 25 guests total)
Ages 16 +

In our hand lettering workshop guests will learn the basics of creating their own lettering. This is a very unique and creative event that will inspire participants to start reviving the age-old art of handmade signs. After getting an intro into techniques your team will be able to each take home their own chalk sign customized just for them! Includes all materials.

Metal Casting (4 hours)

$500.00 for up to 5 guests
$100.00 per additional guest (limit 35 guests total)
Ages 16 +

Our metal casting workshop is great for teambuilding and morale, but is also just a great time filled with a sense of real accomplishment. Participants create and walk away with metal sculptures of their own. In one day, your team can learn the art of sand casting and work together in this fast-paced workshop that can get a bit competitive! Includes all materials.

Paper-Making (3 hours)

$500.00 for up to 5 guests
$100.00 per additional guest (limit 25 guests total)
Ages 16 +

In our paper-making workshop guests will get to create their own unique handmade papers from scratch. A super-fun (and wet!) event that will have your team getting elbow deep in creativity and hands on fun. All the materials are provided for your team to take home their own group of beautiful papers. Includes all materials.

Screen-printing (3 hours)

$500.00 for up to 5 guests
$100.00 per additional guest (limit 25 guests total)
Ages 16 +

Our screen-printing workshop is a great way to get together and have some fun getting your team's hands dirty with ink. Instill a sense of pride in your team by having them make a one to three color print of your logo (or any other design) and print it on t-shirts they all can wear together. All materials included.

Important Information

Payment policies

  • Initial payment: 50% due at time of booking with credit or debit card
  • Remaining balance: automatically charged to same card 7 days before event
  • Refunds: initial payment is non-refundable
  • Rescheduling: allowed with 1 weeks' notice, subject to availability
  • Twins and triplets: no extra charge
  • Gratuities: accepted, but not required
  • Final headcount: required 7 days before event

Food and beverage

  • Outside food: allowed
  • Outside beverages: allowed
  • Alcoholic beverages: allowed for adults
  • Refrigerator: available
  • Freezer: available
  • Ice: available
  • Cake knife: available
  • Candles: not provided
  • Lighter: not provided
  • Child-size tables and chairs: provided
  • Adult-size tables and chairs: provided
  • Deliveries: allowed
  • We provide place settings, or you can bring your own

Arrival and departure

  • Parking: free street parking
  • Arrival time for organizers: arrive at your scheduled party time
  • Set-up: provided
  • Clean-up: provided
  • Supervision: parents or guardians should plan to stay on-site
  • Signed waivers: required

Other information

  • Due to the nature of our events, it is important for guests to arrive on time.
  • Classes and parties are held in a shared studio space, where private artists have access to their spaces
  • Closed-toe shoes are required for blacksmithing and metal casting activities.
  • Parties are staffed by our team
  • Outside entertainers: allowed

Starting at $500