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Class Kits Available!

We’ve made back-to-school shopping easy with ready-to-pick-up class kits for select art and architecture classes at Cuesta!

Art Central’s kits have been updated for FALL 2023 and everything in them has been approved by your Cuesta professor.

Buy online or walk in & pick one up!

Enjoy our “SLO Grown” exhibit – see how our local artists have honored our Central Coast agriculture.

We’re Hiring!

Are you an artist with business & people skills? We are looking for someone to be a key part of our team. Our primary focuses for our customers are exemplary service and competitive pricing. We’re looking for someone with some retail experience, including inventory management, merchandising, marketing and sales, as well as a solid knowledge of various art supplies.

This is a part time position:  14-20 hours (may rarely include evenings), looking for someone available 2-3 weekdays 10-6, Wednesdays a must. (At this time we are NOT looking for new staff for Saturdays or Sundays.)

Greeting customers, offering assistance, escorting them to appropriate products; suggesting items.

Providing information on products.

Receiving shipments, checking stock, pricing product.

Assisting with social media, gallery exhibits, workshops & events.

Cleaning and organizing product and store.


must be able to lift up to 50lbs.

must have basic computer skills.

must be a team player.

must be VERY self-motivated.

must be VERY comfortable in a busy, multi-tasking environment

Please stop in to fill out an application.

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.

Grown Up Finger Painting with Paste Paper with Mary Lou Johnson

Unleash your inner child by decorating papers with colored paste with combs, sponges, brushes, and yes, your fingertips!

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When: Saturday, August 26th, 1:30-3:30pm

Ages: All

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When: Thursdays, September 7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th, 10:30am-1:30pm

Ages: All

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When: Saturday, September 9th, 1-4:30pm

Ages: All

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When: Saturday, September 16th, 1:30-4:30pm

Ages: All

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When: Mondays, Sept. 11th – Dec. 18th, 3:30-4:30pm

Ages: 6-12

“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, August 14th

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

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

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


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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Join Mary Lou Johnson on Monday, August 14th from 3-5pm for a free demo and lecture on calligraphy!

In this interactive demo, you’ll have an opportunity to use different brushes, pens, and ink that are the tools of the Calligraphy trade.

“Colors of Conservation” 2023 – Exhibit – SLOPE Painters

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County and SLOPE announce, “Colors of Conservation”, Summer 2023, an annual exhibit of original landscape paintings of our precious open spaces, historic ranch lands, waterways, and coastal areas.

For details go to their website or call (805) 544-9096. The event will be held in the Milking Parlor at the Octagon Barn Center Friday, August 25, 5-8pm, and Saturday, August 26, 10am-4pm. 

Join this 4-day workshop taught by David Limrite from October 7th-10th.

In this workshop, students will be challenged to look for what could be, instead of seeing what is. If you are looking for a fresh perspective for your creativity, an energy boost for you and your work, or if you are just looking for a different workshop experience, then this workshop is for you.

More info here!

Check out the Central Coast Artists Collective’s newsletter for more local art news!

Let’s keep in touch!

– and remember –

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.

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