We have what you need, plus inspiration!

Everyday low prices - Discounts from the manufacturers suggested list prices are commonplace in our shop. Come visit and check us out vs. the competition, and we're sure you'll find that we have great deals throughout the store. Sign up for our e-news or follow us on facebook and you'll be in the know for special sales, coupons for added discounts, and all special events and news!

Discounts! - Yes, everyone wants a deal. Well at  California Art Supply, college students, art students and all teachers get a 10% discount off every purchase, every day. Call or ask when you're in for details, but suffice to say we're here to support the arts! We also have an extensive "Affiliate" program, so if you're a member of one of our local art groups or studios, talk to us when you're in the shop to see if you're eligible for a discount above and beyond our normal discount prices as well. And finally, one of the best routes for everyone else to receive special Cal Art deals comes by signing up for our emails, and/or following us on facebook.

Fine art materials - In the realm of art materials, the list of available brands and mediums can be overwhelming. Oil paints, acrylics, watercolors, gouache, all are here, from companies like Winsor Newton, Golden, Chroma, Holbein, Daniel Smith and more. And of course you'll need something to put that color on, so there we offer a variety of supports. We love wood panels and our variety of canvas' is vast, from teeny tiny to super huge. The reality is that we want to lend inspiration and try and remove any obstacles that might be stalling your creative talents.

Drawing materials - Local brands like General Pencil to the finest European materials from companies such as Faber Castell can be found here, along with a huge variety of journals and pads. Whether you just want to sketch with graphite pencil, or watercolor with some watersoluble color pencils, we've got you covered. Remodeling a room? We've got architectural drawing supplies as well.


Bookbinding - All the basic tools and adhesives, along with a selection of book cloth, binderboard, and decorative papers to complete your project.


Crafts - Clays, adhesives, foamboards, felt, feathers, rubber stamps, and googly eyes? All the basics plus all the other great creative products we sell, will get your art or craft project done in style.


Youth - For children we'll have plenty to offer. Cool pens or pencils, or even just a fun eraser or sharpener can make getting up and going to school just that much more fun. Kids are our future, and we want them to be inspired when they visit us and we want them to touch....almost everything. And there will always be a place for them to paint or draw in our studio, free of charge. So the next time your kids are bored at home, bring them to Cal Art for inspiration!


What makes us special - Some of our more unique lines: Hahnemuhle pads and journals, Noodler pens and inks, Blackwing pencils, Rhodia pads and pencils, MTN spray paints, Posca Paint Markers, Copic Sketch Markers, Nitram charcoal, Holbein paints, Jacquard products for fabric painting and screen printing, Michael Harding Oil Colours, a full line (247 colors) of Daniel Smith watercolors, Kuretake Wink of Stella and Clean Color Real Brush pens, and much much more.The bottom line is that we continue to morph our new store based on your needs. And as we gradually learn more about our customer base on the peninsula, we'll add or remove lines as needed based on your input. In the meantime special orders are simple and fast. We truly look forward to serving you!

California Art Supply Co.

3600 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA. 94403, T 650.350.1990

Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30 to 7, Sun 11 to 5

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