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NEW From Punilabo!

Come in and grab a new pencil case for you, or maybe one for a friend! We have gorgeous felted zipper pouches in a variety of colors and two styles of the ‘oh-so-cute’ animal cases. Bet you can’t buy just one…

AND… Goodbye…


Art materials are ever subject to the whims of the corporate almighty, and now the bell tolls for our friend Aureolin Yellow. Production of the pigment ceased some time ago, and it seems that artist’s paint manufacturers have tapped into their final reserves. We would like to take a few moments to say some words and reflect on the life of this unique pigment.

Aureolin (sometimes spelled “Aureoline”) was first introduced to the world in 1831 by German chemist Nikolaus Wolfgang Fischer. He dubbed the concoction of potassium cobaltinitrite “doppelsalz.” Two decades later came the second independent synthesization by chemist Edouard Saint-Evreand, which spurred the widespread use of Aureolin in artists’ paints. The pigment has the designation PY40. It is commonly employed in watercolor and oil paints, less so in acrylic.

potassium cobaltinitrite

Aureolin, also referred to as Cobalt Yellow, is a warm, transparent, non-staining yellow. The color boasts a strong, green-grey leaning hue at full strength. A golden undertone becomes beautifully apparent in washes and glazes. It mixes strongly but lifts well, and was originally blended with Prussian Blue for Hooker’s Green. These qualities quickly made Aureolin a valuable pigment for portrait and landscape artists alike, and it became a welcome substitute for Gamboge (which is less lightfast and also a toxic laxative).

swatch of Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor Aureolin

Although Aureolin has enjoyed a plethora of use, its legacy has been plagued by contradictory data. Varying accounts have praised or scoffed at the pigment. To some, it is only viable for oils, others claim superior handling in watercolors. How the pigment is processed, both in the refinement stage as well as which additives the paint manufacturer chooses to include, may alter the integrity (lightfastness) of Aureolin over time.

The term “fugitive” (referring to colors that fade rapidly) cannot be universally applied, as Aureolin’s lightfastness is directly affected by how the paint manufacturer incorporates the pigment into their binder. There are a variety of additives that manufacturers put into their paints, things to control wetting, drying time, and so on. Based on the disparity of permanence in Aureolin between manufacturers, it is likely that certain proprietary additions react adversely with Aureolin over time. For example, the offerings from Winsor & Newton and Daniel Smith list Aureolin with lightfastness ratings of II, which the American Society of Testing and Materials deems “Very Good.” For reference, the scale goes I (Excellent), II (Very Good), III (Fair), IV (Fugitive).

It should be noted that in the tube, Aureolin, like some other pigments, can build up pressure over time, so old tubes should be opened slowly, with the business end pointed away from the handler!

Regarding current availability, Winsor & Newton has discontinued Aureolin. It is yet to be seen if the pigment will be discontinued by other manufacturers as well. We still have some inventory for the 14ml and 5ml sizes by Winsor & Newton. So it’s not yet too late to come and try this historic pigment for yourself.

Alas poor Aureolin, we knew you well.

Workshops at Art Central

Be Sure to Reserve Your Spot!

Enroll via @mcrobbinsstudios on Instagram or text:

Class Fee:
$25 per class (Cash Check or Venmo)

Ages: 5+

Class limited to 12 students

Join the “Golden Poppies” class at Art Central where children will learn to paint our state’s favorite flower with a soft pink background. This is the first of many courses Meagan Robbins will be offering throughout June and July. Meagan specializes in the arts, especially working with young artists and providing space for children who are interested in learning art or expanding their creative outlets. 

Weekly Classes

Email Virginia Mack to Enroll:  

Class Fee:
$35 per class

Limited to 12 spaces

This is a watercolor class designed to let you jump in and try out this engaging medium through experimentation. As we progress, we will experience and develop the basic techniques of watercolor painting and realize the characteristics of the medium.

This class is designed for beginners and for those with watercolor experience who wish to expand their knowledge of painting in watercolors.

Email Virginia Mack to Enroll:  
Class Fee:
$35 per class
3rd Wednesday session will be held around the county “En Plein Aire”

Limited to 12 spaces

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.

Email Rachel to Enroll

Class Fee:
$30 per class (Cash or Venmo)

Ages: 10+

Class limited to 12 students

Only 2 more classes:

Thursday, May 19th and June 2nd

This is an explorative acrylic painting workshop, meant to expose the ideas in your mind and express them on canvas. Artists of any skill level are welcome to join. We will find patterns in our mark-making, and explore our creativity as we slowly recognize images in our creations.
Required supplies: canvas or gesso board and your favorite big and small brushes. 
-Rachel will supply primary colors and black/ white. If you have a favorite color you’d like to paint with, please bring it! All other supplies can be purchased from Art Central. 

Email Rachel to Enroll

Class Fee:
$15 per class (Cash or Venmo)

Ages 16+

Class limited to 12 students

THURSDAYS from 10:30 – 12:30 PM

Only 2 more classes:

Thursday, May 19th and June 2nd

Want to better understand every body? Come draw with Rachel and work on style, proportions, and loosening the fixed perspectives we have on art and ourselves. A live, clothed model will pose from 1-20 minutes over a 2 hour period. Bring your mark-making tools, sketchbooks and your friends!  Veteran figure drawer? Pick up some toned paper and white conte or charcoal from Art Central.


Email Ardella to Enroll

Class Fee:
$40 per class

Ages: 16+

Class limited to 12 students

NEW! Ardella Swanberg’s specialty is watercolor but she is interested in how other media interact with it. So in this class, she proposes to MIX IT UP! explore using watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and any other water-soluble media. Each media has unique characteristics. Some play well with others and some don’t. Let’s find out what they do. We can paint watercolor over gouache, add pastel or charcoal, or even acrylic. We will work small on different surfaces to find out what works best. Bring your favorite media and she will supply the rest.

Only Two Spots Left! Woodblock Printing – starting June 14th!

Email Tricia Reichert to Enroll:

Class Fee: $210 for a 6 part workshop series
(some supplies included)

2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, 1 – 4:30 pm
June 14th, 28th, Jul 12th, 26th, Aug 9th, 23rd

Limited to 10 spaces
*(Full vaccination and masking will be required )*

-Join The Central Coast Printmakers in exploring the very interesting and varied world of hand-made prints. In this series, you will be learning the process of carving and executing the ancient art of woodblock printing. All ages are welcome and no prior experience is necessary to attend these workshops.
-Some members will also be attending each of these workshops to join in and help you along the way. If you enjoy the workshops and printmaking, we’d like to invite you to become a member of the printmakers.
-Maryanne Nucci and Tricia Reichert will be teaching these workshops.

Enroll via @mcrobbinsstudios on Instagram or text:

Class Fee:
$25 per class, or $60 for the 3 June classes (Cash Check or Venmo)

Ages: 5+

Class limited to 12 students

Meagan is offering 3 classes – all will use 8×10″ canvas and acrylic paints. Each painting will include some type of sparkle/glitter at the end. “The reason I like to incorporate glitter is to give students the freedom to create designs with glue before bringing them to me. We add glitter, shake off the extra, and reveal their very own sparkly design and individuality.”  All paintings work on strengthening a steady hand, along with learning the correct techniques of layering and mixing colors. 

Email Spencer to Enroll

Class Fee:
$25 for one child – $40 for two

Ages: 5-11

Class limited to 10 students

Join local artist and Art Central Staff Spencer Poulter in an hour-long children’s art class, with new lessons each week! Supplies not included in class fee, check our events calendar for specific lessons and required materials lists, all supplies available at Art Central!

Discovering Italic Calligraphy with Mary Lou Johnson

Email or Text Mary Lou Johnson to Enroll:
805-441-3246 or

When: Saturday, June 25th 12-4pm

Fee: $35, a Parallel pen and $5 material fee

Class Limited to 6 Students

Learn the basics of Italic Script using a Pilot Parallel Pen. (2.4 mm suggested size, available at Art Central) Upper and lower case letters will be reviewed and demonstrated. Italic letters are fun to write and are a great choice for many creative projects. We will explore the versatility of the Pilot Pens featuring a broad edge. Bring your favorite short quotation suitable for lettering a weathergram.

Casual Pointed Pen with Mary Lou Johnson

Email or Text Mary Lou Johnson to Enroll:
805-441-3246 or

When: Saturday, July 16th 12-4pm

Fee: $35 plus a $5 material fee

Class Limited to 6 Students

An easy introduction to cursive style lettering with a pointed pen. Practical guide to lettering capitals and minuscules will be the focus of the class. Suitable for those new to a pointed pen and great review for those who are experienced with Copperplate and pointed pen. 

Bring a few blank envelopes for tips and tricks on envelope addressing.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Expressive Collage and The Art of Drawing with Chantelle Goldthwaite have been cancelled.

Call for Artists – We want your Western Art!

“The Good, The Bad and The Lovely”


This exhibit runs from August 5th through October 3rd.

For this open exhibit, we are accepting all mediums! Give us the best of your west! Our region has a rich history of cowboys and grit – We want to see what you think of when you imagine the gold seekers, shantytowns, bucking broncos, golden hills and Chaparral. Find more details in the contract below. If you are interested in participating, please send us an image of your artwork to by July 15th.

To participate, please download and fill out this artist contract and bring it in with your artwork on Aug 3rd between 10am-4pm

Workshops and Demos in the Area

In-person and online classes with Tricia Reichert:

The Central Coast Printmakers will be leading a workshop in printmaking. You will learn the difference between relief and intaglio as you work on a linoleum plate. You will use cutting tools in a way that you can print in relief by hand (as you could continue at home).

You will also be taught to ink your plate in the intaglio method (think etching and engraving) and print it with an etching press. In this way you will have a good introduction to two common

printmaking techniques without the use of acid on a metal plate. Experienced printmakers will enjoy experimenting with this process as well.

Printmaking Workshop with artists Rosey and Barbara Rosenthal

For more information about the instructors: Here

COST: $100 Members; $135 Non-Members
***Materials fee is included with the 2-day class
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA
WHEN: June 11-12, 2022
TIME: 10am – 3pm with an hour lunch break. Bring your own lunch or enjoy the local restaurants


Materials: linoleum plates, papers, inks, and use of tools and other materials are all Included.

Bring your own notebook, apron, and personal gloves are optional. We have disposable gloves in a rather large size for inking and cleanup.

Contact: Kirsti Wothe (805) 996-0937

There are two main approaches to take:
– the critical state of the environment due to the impact of human presence. Think locally and globally. Confront global warming, drought, wildfires, climate change, extinction of species, pollution, ocean plastic garbage patch, polluted air, etc. If you are a landscape artist, question the truth beyond the beauty or the present visions for the future. Mixed media artists are challenged to use the plastic waste directly or find visual ways to expose the truth beneath the glossy illusion of objects that are embedded with underpaid labor and utter waste of natural resources. 
2) HUMAN CONDITION – let us dare to confront our broken nature. Figurative, representational and abstract artists exposing our psyche. Defy monstrous Big Pharma practices ensnaring humans into opioid addictions, the broken health care system, the fragile and neglected brothers and sisters and the divide in the nation.This exhibit is a challenge to dare. To pose raw questions, expose current states of matter and to envision the solutions. Let us address the consequences of our choices and urgent need to live sustainably within Earth’s resources and within our own psyche.

Art Center Morro Bay – “BROKEN NATURE”

TAKE-IN: Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 10am – 2pm
WHEN: Exhibition, May 26 through June 27, 2022
RECEPTION: June 5, 2022, 2-4pm
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442 CONTACT: 805-772-2504 or

BROKEN NATURE will be on display in the main gallery concurrent with UNDER PRESSURE, which will be on display in the Main gallery downstairs from May 26 through June 27, 2022.

Space is limited to MBAA members only in the Virginia Russell Gallery (upstairs) Members may submit up to (2) wall hung art pieces, 10 note cards, 5 print bin items, (3) sculptures (depending on size) and jewelry.  (One large wall hung artwork is OK) Please submit artwork with entry forms and wire tags, in person on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 10am – 2pm. 3D FORMS 2D FORMS WIRE TAGS