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Sadly, Nupastels aren’t available in open stock anymore (sets are still available)

So we’ve brought in pastels from Cretacolor!

These unburnt pastel sticks yield a rich color laydown due to the high pigmentation of their colors, which are exceptionally lightfast. All colors are blendable, can be smudged or dissolved with water, and produce a velvet-soft, oil-free stroke.

Enjoy our new exhibit “SLO Grown”! See how our local artists have honored our Central Coast agriculture.

Stencils = Texture

Check out this piece made by Micah Goguen who used stencils to create texture!

“Where I Am” 12″x 12″ Acrylic piece on Gessoboard

Give his technique a try with the many beautiful stencils we stock!

Rooms and Views with Judy Gittelsohn

Have you wanted to try acrylic, but weren’t sure where to start? Well, here is a fabulous opportunity to try a variety of paints and gel mediums at Art Central SLO – NEXT Saturday, July 22nd!

Judy Gittelsohn will be sharing tips and tricks for manipulating paint and allowing your vision to bloom across a canvas. Most supplies included, as well as the expert advice of a Golden representative!

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When: Saturday, July 22nd, 1:30-4pm

Ages: All

To sign up contact Judy at See you there!

After retiring from a long career with the Department of Defense, Eileen Shibley took her first art class. She knew her life was about to change as the three-hour class flew by in what seemed to be 20 minutes. Eileen’s book As I See It meshes social issues with whimsical images using vivid descriptions to create an imaginative world.

“My art is my escape into the world of the possible. I see life in bright, bold colors, and my art reflects that vision and perspective” (Shibley 133).

Upcoming Classes & Workshops

For more info on each class, click on the “click here” button for more info about each class, or click on the class title which will take you to our calendar!

Please remember that we have a small parking lot. If you are attending one of our demonstrations or workshops, and it is not a physical hardship for you, please park on one of the nearby side streets. We appreciate your consideration.

Beginning Watercolor with Jan French

Come and tango with watercolors! Enjoy the paint’s response as you dance into a fascinating relationship with this lively medium.

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When: Thursdays from July 13th to August 3rd, 10:30am-1:30pm

Ages: All

Acrylic Painting with Catherine Lemoine

Have fun learning new techniques, paintings flowers, structures, and composition. Beginners are welcome; you have to start somewhere!

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When: Sunday, July 16th, 1-4pm

Ages: All

FREE Golden Paints Lecture Demo with Judy Gittelsohn

Learn about Golden products with Golden Paints Working Artist Judy Gittelsohn, she’ll share her wealth of knowledge about acrylics and mediums to help you achieve anything. Learn valuable information about acrylics! 

Please register by emailing us at with “Judy G Lecture” in the subject line

Saturday, July 22nd, 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Intro to Derwent Inktense with Linda Cunningham

INKTENSE” are vivid water-soluble pencils that blend beautifully – Learn how to use and enjoy this beautiful medium!

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When: Sunday, July 30th, 12:30-3:30pm

Ages: 15+

Painting On a Black Canvas with Catherine Lemoine

Painting with Golden Acrylic iridescent and interference is fun – challenge yourself to try something new!

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When: Saturday, August 5th, 1:30-4:30pm

Ages: All

Paint Your Pet with ArtSocial805

Please join us through the process of painting your very own beloved pet and creating a one-of-a-kind masterpiece!

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When: Sunday, August 6th, 1-3pm

Ages: All

Discovering Italic Calligraphy with Pilot Parallel Pens with Mary Lou Johnson

Join us to learn the basics of Italic script – this style is created with the broad edge of a fountain pen making it versatile and fun!

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When: Saturday & Sunday, August 12th & 13th, 12:30-3pm

Ages: All

“Slo Drawz” Drawing & Social Club

Want to improve your drawing skills while also building a community of supportive creatives? Then join the drawing group Slo Drawz!

  Artist: Cody Wood

2nd and 4th Monday of each month, 5-7 pm

Next Session Monday, July 24th

Please join us, sessions are $20 each with a suggested tip for the fabulous models! Advance registration is suggested – maximum of 15 people per session! Please sign up by messaging the Instagram @SloDrawz or at

Watercolor Without Fear with Virginia Mack

When: Tuesdays, 10:30am-12:30pm

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When: Wednesdays, 1:30pm-3:30pm


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Beyond the Basics Watercolor with Virginia Mack

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When: Wednesdays, 10:30am-12:30pm

Ages: 16-100

Heads up… we’ll be having a figurative open exhibit in September.

Community Bulletin Board

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“Art Outside the Box” – Call for Artists – Arroyo Grande Public Art

The City of Arroyo Grande and Arroyo Grande Public Arts announce the second phase Call For Artists for “Art Outside the Box” utility box painting project. The continuing goal is to beautify and enhance the city with 4 additional painted utility boxes. This is a juried competition and there is a $1,000 stipend plus $250 for materials included for each box.

Deadline for submissions is July 31, 2023

Find more info here & the application here!

Transcending the Photo Reference in Paint with Alyssa Monks – Workshop – Willow Pond SLO

This workshop, held September 8th-11th, is designed to guide the students toward creating a painting from a photo reference, using both indirect and direct traditional painting techniques.

You’ll learn how to create a useful photo reference, covering topics such as ideal lighting, camera settings, lenses, Photoshop, and printing.

Click here for more information & to register!

Find more local happenings in the Central Coast Artists Collective newsletter.

Check out what’s going on with the Atascadero Art Association.

Let’s keep in touch!

– and remember –

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.

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