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

 

Calendar

ART CENTRAL'S 2019 WORKSHOP & DEMONSTRATION SCHEDULE

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, February 28th, March 4th, and March 28th
Saturday, March 23 and April 13th, 10:30AM - 1PM (ongoing)
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:
cerulean777@icloud.com

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Draw THEN Paint 
with Tracy Taylor
Saturday, March 2nd and Sunday, March 3rd, 12:30pm-3:30pm
Fee: $50 (includes materials)

Hi everyone! This is going to be a challenge class. I’m not going to draw for you! I’m going to help YOU learn to draw by setting up a couple still lifes.  Saturday we we will sketch and draw (you need to bring a sketch pad and pencils).  By the end of Saturday we will have a drawing on good watercolour paper, and Sunday we paint!

We'll be working hard and stressing, but having fun at the same time and rockin' out to good music!

To register, call Tracy 805-704-5690  15 people maximum

Get ready to blast off!

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Encaustic Playdate
with Flo Bartell
Friday, March 8th & Saturday, March 9th, 11AM – 4PM
FEE: $50 includes some materials

Join the fun! If you have at least a basic knowledge of encaustic techniques and would like to join other artists for a day or two of painting fun, sign up for our Encaustic Play Days. Paint and medium will be provided. You bring projects/ boards you want to work on, and any special supplies or tools you like to use.  Flo Bartell will be here working in an open studio setting and will be available for consultation. There will be no formal instruction. 

You may register for one day or two. $35 per day. To register, send an email to artcentralslo@yahoo.com.


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Bishop Peak Acrylic Painting
with Drew Davis
Friday, March 15th, 1:00PM - 4:00PM
FEE: $50

Painting Bishops Peak @ Art Central - March 15th Painting Bishops Peak 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.

CLASS DESCRIPTION In this 3 hour acrylic painting workshop, we will explore steps to create a fun representational abstracted painting of the iconic Bishops Peak in San Luis Obispo. Drew will break down his creative process to construct vibrant, energetic paintings in an easy-to-understand way. He will share various universal techniques in regards to shape, value, color and brush strokes to create movement, balance and energy. What you learn can be applied to all painting styles and subject. 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! SUPPLIES - Arrive a few minutes early to purchase your Canvas from at Art Central: 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!
Contact Drew for info by phone: 805-234-2302 or email: drew@drewdavis.com.


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Chinese Brush Lessons Koi/Hibiscus
with Hilda Vandergriff
Saturday, March 16th and Sunday, March 17th 
12:30 – 2:30PM
FEE: $40/day

Have you ever wanted to learn how to paint using Chinese Brush Painting Techniques?

Join Artist, Hilda Vandergriff, for a fun learning experience. You will be learning century old techniques of the Orient. Learn to paint koi and hibiscus using simple brush strokes.

You will receive a lesson handout and follow along the demo step by step. Hilda is passionate about her teaching and wants people to learn about the ancient Chinese art and materials. Her goal is to bring out creativity; she brings lots of enthusiasm and positive thinking in her teaching style.

Learn how to paint with Chinese brushes & ink, specialty papers and more!

SUPPLIES

– Chinese art brushes (large, medium and small for details)
– Black Chinese ink
– Special textured paper, sumi paper, mulberry or rice paper
– Yasutomo Authentic Chinese Watercolor set
– A white ceramic plate for watercolors
– A small bowl for holding black Chinese ink
– Wool felt cloth for laying down the paper to paint on
– 1 water container
– Paper Towels

To enroll contact: Hilda Vandergriff
Phone: 559-322-6557
Email: Hvandergri@aol.com

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Zentangle and the Art of Mindful Creation
with Debbie Gedayloo
Tuesday, March 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 debbiegedayloo@gmail.com or 805-550-2487


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Informal Talk/Q&A: Leon Amyx Mini-Retro Exhibit
with Chet Amyx
Saturday, March 23rd, 2PM – 3PM
FREE- No Registration Required

An opportunity to view Leon Amyx’s Mini-Retro Exhibit and listen to his son Chet Amyx reflect on his father’s accomplishments from 1929 to 1993 – start to finish. To learn more about his exhibit please click here. Chet will be delighted to answer any questions you may have! 


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Paint Your Pet
with Karyn Blaney
Saturday, March 30th, 12:00 – 2:00pm
FEE: $45

Karyn will walk you through the process of painting your very own beloved pet. All skill levels welcome, no prior painting experience is necessary.

To enroll, RSVP to artsocial805@yahoo.com and pay via PayPal to kfblaney@yahoo.com or Venmo (Karyn-Blaney-1). Need to pay w/cash or check? no problem, just let Karyn know!


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Intro into Oil Painting
with Drew Davis
 
Saturday, April 6th, 10:00AM – 4:00PM 
FEE: $70

In this workshop Drew will introduce you to the beautiful richness of painting with oils.  We will cover basic use of brushes and tools, various oil mediums and their advantages, preparing canvases and panels for painting, mixing colors, how to plan out a painting and more!

Supplies:
Paint
-Quinacridone red (or Alizarin Crimson)
-Pthalo blue -Cad yellow light -Raw sienna
-Titanium white -Thinner/Medium
-Odorless mineral spirits
-Liquin or Galkyd
Brushes/Knifes
-#4 bright -#6 bright
-#12 flat -Pallete knife Other -Palette (small baking tins or glass work well)
-Brush tub with mesh
-Paper towels/rags
-canvas
Fee: $70
To enroll, click here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-into-oil-painting-art-central-tickets-50935544585


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Watercolor Painting Class
with Harwood "Woody" Benton
Thursday, April 11th and April 13th
10:30AM – 1:00PM

FEE: $45

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, contact Woody Benton

Email: cerulean777@icloud.com.


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25% OFF ART SUPPLIES SUPER SALE!
Saturday, April 13th from 10AM - 5PM

25% off ALL our art supplies! 
Sorry, SUPPLIES only - the awesome art in our gallery is not included in this amazing sale! Sale pricing may not be combined with any other discounts. While supplies last, no rain-checks. No discounts on memberships or membership renewals. Members will receive their normal discount if the normal member % is higher than the 25% on certain items. 

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Zentangle
with Debbie Gedayloo
Tuesday, April 16th, 10:30am – 1:00pm
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 enroll, please contact Debbie Gedayloo
Email
: debbiegedayloo@gmail.com Phone: 805-550-2487

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Encaustic Playdate
with Flo Bartell
Thursday and Friday, April 18th and 19th, 10:30am – 4:00pm
Fee: $35 materials fee per day. 
You may register for one day or two.


Join the fun! If you have at least a basic knowledge of encaustic techniques and would like to join artists for a day or two of painting fun, sign up for our Encaustic Play Days. Paint and equipment will be provided. You bring projects/ boards you want to work on, and any special supplies or tools you like to use.
Flo Bartell will be here working in an open studio setting and will be available for consultation. There will be no formal instruction.  

To enroll, contact:
artcentralslo@yahoo.com

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Watercolor Painting Class
with Woody Benton
Thursday, April 25th, 10:30am – 1:00pm
Fee: $45


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, contact Woody Benton Email: cerulean777@icloud.com.

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Intro to Interpretive Drawing of the Human Figure with Jose Lemus
Saturday, April 27th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
FEE: $45

Class will be geared towards beginning and intermediate students. (Jose defines “beginning” as a student that has an interest, is willing to take chances and have an enjoyable time producing art).  This class will look at the complexity of the Human Form and explore methods of simplification. Methods and techniques will be explored that lead to the use of simplicity in lines, forms and values.

A live model will be providing a variety of poses and students will produce multiple interpretive drawings that reflect an appreciation of the human body.

Class size will be limited to 12 artists. Material will be dry media and will be available for purchase at Art Central. 

To enroll, contact Jose Lemus Text: (805) 234-2228 Email: 
imdjose344@gmail.com