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Welcome Back, Students!

By August 20, 2021August 24th, 2021No Comments

We are busy bees here at Art Central as we gear up for our college students coming back into town!

Please be patient with us if we are running a little slower than usual – we have been building hundreds of Art and Architecture kits for Cuesta and CalPoly students and we are busy!

‘Tis the season for learning!
Join in the fun and take one of our art classes, more info below!


We are looking for art instructors

We are grateful for our customers and want to do our part to help where we can! Connecting artists and supplying them with the right tools to grow in any direction – Join us in helping our local art community. From painting to drawing to sculpting and much much more!

Would you like to partner with us in teaching at our gallery? This is how it works:

  • We host, you coordinate! Teachers are responsible to communicate with students and handle registration/payment.
  • Our maximum number of students per class is limited to 12.
  • Art Central will provide tables, chairs and table easels if needed.
  • Workshops or demos must be held during store hours.
  • Art Central charges a set fee the first 3 hours of class, and a small fee for each additional hour.
  • Art Central does not charge a fee for free demonstrations.
  • Students and Teachers must adhere to current pandemic safety guidelines – ask us about them!

Contact us to start teaching at our gallery!

Workshops and Demos at Art Central:

Be sure to read the information and register with the correct contact for the classes you are interested in.

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.

Until further notice, we ask all participants must be masked during classes.

Imaginative masks with Dorothy

Aug 21st from 10:30am-12:30pm
Ages 7yrs -11 yrs old (parents may participate)
Cost: $20 per student, plus purchase a mask from Art Central ($4 ea)

What: Come join in the fun! Use brightly colored paper, maps, feathers, pictures and text from magazines, beads and all kinds of bling to adorn your mask!  Make it happy, spooky, silly… make it a reflection of yourself or something or someone you’d want to be.  The possibilities are endless!

*we will photograph images of completed projects to use as advertising in future classes

Registration in advance only.

To register, contact Dorothy by email:

In Stitches – Bookbinding Workshop with Mary Lou Johnson

August 28th from 10:30am – 4:30pm with an hour lunch break

Learn the basics of bookbinding, paper folding, punching, and stitching for 3 book structures: Stab Binding, Long Stitch File Folder Book and a Clarkson Book made from one sheet of paper. Limited to 6. Complete kits to be provided. Bring tools. Tools list available for those registered. 
materials available at Art Central.

Fee: $45 includes material costs!

Stab Binding
Clarkson Binding

To register, Contact Mary Lou by email: or text: (805)441-3246

Hilda Vandergriff – Bird of Paradise Watercolor Lesson

Thursday, September 9th 10:30am – 12:30pm

Learn how to paint a beautiful Bird of Paradise flower painting using watercolors.  In this lesson, you will learn how to paint a loose background and how to bring out flowers with vibrant colors. Your main star attraction will be the colorful flowers. A lesson handout will be emailed to you so you can prepare your watercolor paper once payment is received. You will watch demo steps on the painting process. This is a class for anyone, no experience is required. Come have fun painting and learn about watercolors. 

To enroll contact: Hilda Vandergriff
Phone: 559-679-5099
Fee: $49.00 per person, payable by cash or check
Ages: 8 Years and older

Hunakai Studio What is the Difference Between Oil Paints and Acrylic Paint?

Spencer Poulter – Color Theory using Oil Paints!

Saturday, September 25th from 12pm-2pm

Have you ever wanted to try oils without having to make a huge investment? This is a perfect class for beginners or those making the switch from acrylics or watercolors to oils. Color mixing is a skill that translates to all art mediums! In this class, students will learn about how to properly mix and match oil colors. Some Materials provided. 

To register: email Spencer at
Ages: 11+
Price: $40 per student – Venmo or cash preferred 
Materials needed: Any Palette Knife, Grey palette paper (12″x16″), 1″ Bristle Brush, 1″ synthetic flat or filbert brush. (paints provided)

Monthly Printmaking workshop with the Central Coast Printmakers

Cost: $15 per person
(High School and College students will receive a discount if they show student ID).

The first workshop is NOW FULL on Tuesday, August 10th from 10am-4pm AND September 14th from 10-4pm

Register now for the next available workshop, October 12th from 10:30am-4pm

To register: Contact Tricia Reichert at

For more about this opportunity and the group click HERE

Ongoing classes with Virginia Mack on Wednesdays… please e-mail her for specifics!

Beyond the Basics

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10am-12:30pm at Art Central (Not every Wednesday, please check with her for details)

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.

Price: $35/session
To register: contact Virginia Mack:  

Beginning Watercolor: Watercolor without Fear

1:30-3:30 pm at Art Central (Every Wednesday)

This is a watercolor class designed to let you jump in and try out this engaging medium through experimentation. We will push colors around, discover what we can do with the brushes, and enjoy the process.

Your results will let you discover the possibilities that watercolor offers you.

We will work with various subjects and with all subjects, we will explore different approaches. You will find your best approach, along with your favored palette of colors.

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.

Join us!

Price: $35/session
To register: Contact Virginia Mack:

Learn more on other local classes and Art events in our area

Be sure to check out the new page on our website – lists of other local Art Classes, demonstrations, online sessions, gallery exhibits, artist opportunities, and more. Press this button:

1975 People Places Things
1975 People Places Things

Imaginative 1975 People Places Things

Sep 4th – Opening Reception from 1pm-3pm
Exhibit runs through Dec 01, 2021

What: Maureen Thompson and Larry Borges have restored Black and White photos from Europe taken nearly 50 years ago while Maureen studied photography in Salzburg, Austria.

Refreshments will be available.

For more information, contact Maureen by phone:


I am looking to borrow or rent a heat press for about a week. I would like to try a technique and before I purchase the press. I live near Avila Beach. Can anyone help me? Thanks – Patricia Martin. Please e-mail me at

and last, but certainly not least…


Hello everyone,  I am so excited to announce that I have been accepted into SLO Gallery, at 1019 Broad Street in San Luis Obispo! We are having our grand opening Saturday, September 4th from 6 to 8 pm. 805.926.5050  
All are welcome!
Hope to see you there!
Greg Moni

Happy Painting!