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New Workshop with Jim Tyler & Workshop Reminders

By August 27, 2018No Comments

Award-Winning Jim Tyler…

…is Teaching a Workshop on the Basics of Pastels!

Painting Big Sur with Pastels
Saturday, September 15, 1-4 pm

Fee: $50

In this workshop we’ll learn all about pastels while completing a painting of the Big Creek Bridge area of Big Sur.  Pastels are one of the most direct mediums in art: just choose a color and put it on the sanded paper. There is no mixing of paints on a palette. During the workshop, you’ll learn the techniques of applying pastels with the side, edge and ends of the stick; how to layer and mix pastels; the different kinds of pastel and paper; and how to frame a pastel painting.
Limited to 8 students. No prior experience with pastels is needed; all levels are welcome. Some materials provided. Class materials list on hand at Art Central.
Contact Jim Tyler for questions or registration by phone: 805-748-2220, or email:


And, don’t miss out on these great workshops with Flo Bartell and Ardella Swanberg!

Encaustic in 3D Workshop with Flo Bartell
Saturday, September 8th 11am – 4pm & Sunday, September 9th, 12:30-3:30pm
Fee: $275

Let the aroma, rich colors, and sensual feel of wax seduce you!

Learn encaustic basics, how to add dimensional elements to your paintings, and how to combine other media with wax. Most supplies will be provided. (A list of other supplies will be given after registration.)

Interested students should email with encaustic in the subject line.



Advancing in Watercolor   Ardella Swanberg
Mondays and Thursdays: 
Sept. 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, Oct. 8, 11
1-4pm each day
Fee: $180

After learning the basics of painting you need to learn more about how to make an outstanding composition. This class leads you beyond copying photos and paintings into your own vision with unusual color schemes, design, and abstraction in easy to understand steps. Use your own photographs and drawings for originality. The classes will cover planning a painting, negative shapes, elements and principles of art, color theory, lively whites, designing with collage, value patterns, and how to save a painting. These principles will help to have your paintings accepted into competitions.

For more information and to register, contact Ardella at (805) 234-1754 or