Workshops and events


Our Gallery is a great environment for workshops, product demos, Playdates, and team building events.  This unique setting is the stage for a variety of events. We host drawing & painting classes, art marketing seminars, we have non-instructional Playdates, where participants can discover new materials and have fun, and much more!

We are integrating a new Outreach program to allow people to find the freedom to be creative with new and exciting products away from our store. 

Questions about signing up or making a payment for a workshop? Contact the instructor directly, unless stated otherwise.  Art Central is frequently updating the workshop list so check back often!

If you are an instructor interested in teaching a workshop, please contact us well in advance. Workshops are organized on a first come first serve basis. We are open to creative ideas!

Past workshops have include sculpting, drawing, zentangling, mandalas, watercolor, oil painting, mixed media, acrylic painting, acrylic pouring, encaustic painting and sculpting, ink drawing and painting, silk painting, print making, clay, paper-mache, journal making, finger painting, perspective, calligraphy, abstract painting, landscape painting, still life painting, and much more!



Current Workshops



We are working to add new workshops & demonstrations to our lineup...
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Painting SEASCAPES With Strong Values
with Harwood "Woody" Benton
Thursday, January 17th, 10:30AM - 1PM (ongoing, every other Thursday)
FEE: $45 per class

Watercolor painting is the process of staining heavy paper with water based pigment. With practice and patience, you can learn to capture the subtle shapes and light in the world around you. Watercolor, at its best, is about being in the moment and finding the essence of a subject rather than getting caught up in all of the minute details. In this class, we will start from a blank page and learn to bring to life a seascape scene from start to finish. Woody will demonstrate technique and show you how to create relationships with strong values, guiding each person as they try their hands at this wonderful medium.

This class is for adults. You do not have to have any prior experience. Woody has inspired adults for decades to add this form of moving meditation to their self-care regime. Paper supplied, students supply their own paint & brushes. To enroll, please contact by e-mail:


Watercolor Painting with Strong Values
with Harwood "Woody" Benton
Saturday, January 19th, 10:30AM- 1PM
FEE: $45

Similar to Woody's class, and a great introduction to Woody's style of teaching. Woody will be supplying paint and paper, all you’ll need is a brush and a palette!

To enroll, contact by email:


Encastic Demo
with Flo Bartell
Saturday, January 19th 2PM - 3:30PM

Learn the properties of encaustic materials and the techniques used in this versatile and beautiful medium from encaustic artist Flo Bartell.

ADVANCE SIGN-UP appreciated! Please contact Art Central by phone: 805-747-4200 or email us at:


French Dyes on Silk Demo
with Jeanne Miller, Dana Kimberly Hixson and Martha Sparta
Saturday, January 20th 1PM - 3PM

Learn the techniques of local silk artists who are currently exhibiting at Art Central Gallery. Learn the Serti (enclosing or fence) technique, a method used to outline design with gutta resists before french dyes are then applied to white silk. 

Join this free demonstration! No sign up required.


The Wonder of Wax
with Flo Bartell
Saturday, January 26th, 11AM – 4PM
FEE: $125 includes most materials.

This class will include beginning encaustic techniques, safety precautions and studio requirements.

If you wish to participate, please contact Flo at or 805-528-7983. Space is very limited, so reserve your spot early!


Beginner Copperplate Calligraphy
with Mary Lou Johnson
Saturday, February 2nd, 11AM – 4PM and 
Sunday, February 3rd, 12:30PM - 3:30PM
FEE: $65 includes all materials

Great introduction to copperplate script … suitable for beginners and a wonderful "brush-up" for other lettering artists. Mary Lou has an abundance of experience with all kinds of calligraphic lettering, but absolutely adores this style. It is suitable for wedding invitations and greeting cards, as well as informal everyday elegance. Students will be able to use the copperplate script with pencil and/or a pointed pen by the end of this workshop. This workshop includes a complete review of pen cleaning, set-up, and troubleshooting inks.
Bring your lunch and relax with Mary Lou and your fellow students, and enjoy perusing Mary Lou's collection of samples and books!

To register, please contact Mary Lou at 805-441-3246 or e-mail her at


Watercolor Painting With Strong Values
with Harwood “WOODY” Benton
Saturday, February 16th, 10:30AM - 1PM
FEE: $45

Similar to Woody’s ongoing class, and a great introduction to Woody’s style of teaching.

Woody will be supplying paint and paper, all you’ll need is a brush and a palette!

To enroll, contact by email:


Pleine Aire Primer – DEMO
With Jonathon Gaetke
Saturday, February 16th, 2:00PM – 3:00PM

Come learn about pleine aire oil painting through this demo. The instructor will be able to answer your questions and give you a sense of his teaching style if you are interested in taking a pleine aire class yourself.

No registration required.


Deconstructed Flowers Acrylic Painting
with Drew Davis
Sunday, February 17th, 12:30RM - 3:30PM
FEE: $50

3- hour Acrylic painting workshop with Drew Davis: Drew has over 18 years experience as a professional artist working in oil and acrylic paint, and has been teaching art workshops for over 4 years. He works with numerous subject matters in a colorful, loosely impressionist style.
In this 3 hour acrylic painting workshop, we will explore how to deconstruct images of flowers to create representational abstract paintings. Drew will break down his creative process used to construct vibrant, energetic paintings in an easy-to-understand way. He will share various techniques he uses with shapes, values, colors and brush strokes to create movement, balance and energy. In this class we will work from supplied printed photos, but you are welcome to bring your own images. Students will receive individual focus that is unique to each person’s needs. This class is for all skill levels!
– Please arrive a few minutes early to purchase your canvas from at Art Central.  You will need 1 small (8″x10″) & 1 larger (16″x20″)
– Paints, brushes and other materials will be provided.
You are welcome to BYOB.    Come join the fun!(Limited to 15 spaces)
Contact Drew for info by phone: 805-234-2302 or email:


Zentangle and the Art of Mindful Creation
with Debbie Gedayloo
Tuesday, February 19th, 10:30AM – 1PM
FEE: $40 for new students, $25 for continuing students

Spend the afternoon exploring your creative self. The Zentangle Method is designed to expand your way of seeing things and to help you quiet your mind, all while playing in the realm of art.

No artistic confidence is needed in order to have fun and focus using this process of creating.

It’s yoga on paper!

$3 discount if paid by cash or check. Pre-payment reserves your place in the class, must be paid at least 48 hours in advance. Non-refundable. To register, please contact or 805-550-2487


Pastel Workshop
with Jim Tyler

Tuesday, February 23rd, 1pm-4pm

More details coming soon.


Draw THEN Paint 
with Tracy Taylor
Saturday, March 2nd, 12:30pm-3:30pm

More Details coming soon.