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We will be closed Sunday, July 4th

Sorry for any inconvenience
We will be open Saturday, July 3rd and Monday, July 5th with regular store hours (10am – 5pm)

We need art instructors!

We are resuming our workshops and demos here at Art Central and are looking for more instructors to work with! If you would like to teach any classes please contact us at with the subject “Art Teacher Inquiry”

If you’re interested in teaching a class at Art Central, please download and fill out the PDF form. Send your completed forms to

We want your artwork for our Virtual Gallery!

Please send us your artwork for our Virtual Gallery exhibit! We will be posting our next one as soon as we get enough artwork. Thank you to all of those who have sent us their art so far!

Here’s how you can participate!

Send images of your recently created artwork to with subject “Virtual Gallery Submission” & please attach your image as a jpeg. Include your name, along with the title, medium & size of artwork. Although not required, we’d love a few words about your artwork or inspiring thoughts for our viewers!

Some of our highlighted items were so popular that we sold out! We’ve gotten more in stock, so please stop by!

Stay up-to-date with our Art World in and around SLO

Be sure to visit Morro Bay’s ART IN THE PARK this weekend! So much amazing local talent!

Be sure to tune into Facebook for a Virtual Art After Dark, follow instructions HERE

SLO County Arts’ Newsletter

Open Studios Tour Artists Information 2021

Morro Bay Arts Association’s Newsletter

Virtual Field Trips

Arts Educational Resources

Classes and workshops

Classes at Art Central:

Beyond the Basics With Virginia Mack:

This is a class for those who love imagining ways to further their visual expressions. We are mostly watercolor-based but branch out into other media. We discuss all elements but mostly color and its interactions, and we explore composition, intention, and process.

July 14th, 21st, Aug 11th and 18th
To enroll please contact Virginia Mack: 

Interpretive Figure Drawing with Jose Lemus:

July 17th 10-2pm

More information to come!

Classes with Craig Orback:

Wednesdays 10am to12:30pm (Pacific Time) July 14 – August 18 (6 week workshop)
Online using Zoom. 
The first class in a three part series will cover, paint colors, brushes, surfaces, how to paint a color wheel, brush strokes, mixing colors and values (monochromatic geometric forms). This class will set you up nicely for the slightly more advanced beginning acrylics 102.
Out of class drawing assignments required.
Supply list will be provided upon registration. For more information and to register, email Craig at

It is not a prerequisite to have taken Illustrating Children’s Books Part I.
Thursdays 1:30pm to 4pm (Pacific Time) July 15 – August 19 (6 week workshop)
Online using Zoom. 
In the second class in a three part series, we move beyond the basics covered in children’s book illustration I and create finished children’s illustrations in color in the medium of your choice. We will cover watercolor, pen and ink, colored pencil, acrylic and/or oil, computer art as well as other various mediums. You can continue with the projects started in the series I class or begin something new. It is not a prerequisite to have taken Illustrating Children’s Books Part I. 
Craig Orback is an award winning children’s book illustrator with over 20 books published for such clients as Simon and Schuster, Little Brown books and Henry Holt books.
For more information and to register, email Craig at

Thursdays 10am to 12:30pm (Pacific Time) July 15 – August 19 (6 week workshop)
Online using Zoom. 
Explore the fun versatile mediums of acrylic or acryla/gouache paint through landscape painting. If oil or water color paint are too intimidating then either of these quick drying water based mediums might be the perfect fit. Explore several landscapes based on your own photos in this class for beginners or those looking to explore a new medium.
For more information and to register, email Craig at

Classes with Tricia Reichert:

Find a full list of Tricia Reichert’s Classes HERE

We are all really enjoying my current online Foliage and Foregrounds in
Pastel class. Here is my painting of Birches in the Forest from last
week’s lesson.

A new Pastel Class on how to paint Skies in pastel is now listed on my site for next month. There are 8 spots available in
this new interactive online class. Here is one dramatic sky possibility
in pastel (original photo courtesy of Lia Anisgard).

I also have a new Interactive Watercolor class coming up in July where
we will be exploring Negative Painting and Color Combinations with
Trees. There are 3 spots left in this interactive online class.

In person Watercolor Classes in the studio have now started and that
information is on my web site at

Outdoor sketching classes are a lot of fun and we are painting in
different locations each week. Please contact me if you are interested.

Thanks so much,

AND – Watercolor classes starting up again in her garage Studio. You will find all the information about what will be coming up and when on her web site at (on the Classes and Workshops page).  If you are interested in joining any of these classes, please contact her.

Pastel Classes will stay online until the Fall. There are a few places
still left in the latest Pastel class – ‘Foregrounds and Foliage’ on
Friday mornings starting next month. Look under Live Sessions at

Finally for those of you who live out of the area or prefer to work from
home, some Live Session drawing and painting classes and Webinars will
also continue at The first one, ‘Exploring Color with Trees and Negative Painting’ starts at the end of June. (Look for that listing under Live Sessions).

Questions? please contact Tricia 805-473-8961

Classes with Jason Mayr:

Mayr Studio: New Online Courses for Artistic Development

This has been something Jason and I have wanted to do for a really long time and to see if happening is really exciting.  On the school site you’ll find ongoing live classes as well as individual courses you can take at your own pace on your own time schedule.  For instance right now we have a Charcoal Sketching – The Fundamental Forms course that’s been wonderful for all levels of sketchers.

Our next session of Online Painting Classes “Exploring Color” is starting on Monday, June 7th and you won’t want to miss this one! During this new course you will be starting with the fundamentals of mixing oil paint. Then you’ll explore color scheme & color runs from a portrait reference, later from a still life and then moonscape reference. There will be Artist exercises of color mixing & charcoal sketching, you will explore Master’s color runs and also have 3 demonstrations.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out Jason and Cindy Mayr.

Don’t miss out – this is something that many never teach!

Online Plein Air Painting Classes with Ken Christensen:

Ken is starting a great new series of painting classes available online. These classes condense his normal four day on-site workshops into a series of 22 episodes. He leads students through the complete process of plein air painting, from the materials you will need to the final touch-ups and cleaning. There are two complete paintings demonstrated on-site as he explains each step of the way.

For more info visit this site:

and view more about Ken visit his site here:

Sculpture class with Deborah Flocco and Bill Gnictel

Start your journey in clay scupture with a new online class with amazing ceramic artists Deborah flocco and Bill Gnictel.

Learn to sculpt the human form in clay, beginner’s are welcome and encouraged.

No experience necessary, all skill levels accepted for these classes. For more information on dates, prices, and registration call (845) 598-4453

Happy Painting!