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What’s Happening at Art Central – September 10 – 30

By September 10, 2018No Comments

Workshop: Acrylic Painting – POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 7th – Sorry!
Friday, September 14 – 1-4pm  
Deconstructed Flowers
with Drew Davis
Fee: $45

Drew has over 16 years’ experience as a professional artist and 4 years of teaching art workshops. In this 3-hour acrylic painting workshop, he will break down his creative process used to construct vibrant, energetic paintings in an easy-to-understand way. We will explore how to break down images of flowers to create vibrant representational abstract paintings of them. 

He will share various techniques in how to use color and brush strokes to create movement, balance and energy. There will be individual focus that is unique to each person’s needs. This class is for all skill levels!

We will be working from printed photos, but you are welcome to bring your own images. We will be doing several small warm-up pieces and one larger.

Paints, brushes and other materials will be provided. Canvas and additional materials can be purchased at Art Central. Snacks will be provided and you are welcome to BYOB. Come join the fun!

​Limited to 15 spaces! Reserve your spot by clicking here or contact Drew: 805-234-2302,

Demonstration: Watercolor Painting
Painting Seascapes in Watercolor
with Harwood “Woody” Benton
Saturday, September 15 – 10am-12pm
Fee: FREE!

Come watch as the 2018 Recipient of the Judge’s Choice Award recipient for the Central Coast Watercolor Society demonstrates how to plan, develop and bring to life seascapes from the local area.

Woody Benton has been painting for over forty years in the challenging medium of watercolor. He has been teaching adults new to painting as well as those with some knowledge how to capture the beauty of landscapes, seascapes, architecture and people from around the world.

Please join us – no signup necessary!

Workshop: Pastel Painting
Painting Big Sur with Pastels
with Jim Tyler
Saturday, September 15 – 1-4pm

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:

Workshop: Acrylic Painting
Van Gogh Sunflowers
with Hilda Vandergriff
Sunday, September 16 – 12:30-2:30pm

Fee: $40

You will receive a lesson handout and watch demo steps on the painting process, using bold, bright colors and harsh brush strokes. This is a class for anyone and you will take home a finished painting. Come have fun painting and learn about Vincent Van Gogh and acrylics. 

Hilda is passionate about her teaching and wants people to learn art techniques while having fun.  Her goal is to bring out creativity; she brings lots of enthusiasm and positive thinking in her teaching style.

Bring your own supplies, including acrylic paint colors: Titanium White, Hansa or Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Quinacridone Magenta, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue and Dioxazine Violet. Acrylic brushes: Flat size ½, Filbert size ½, flat ¼ inch.  Pre-stretched canvas – size 11” x 14″. A pen and a light-color pastel pencil, disposal palette pad 9×12, 2 water containers and paper towels.

To enroll, contact Hilda by phone: 559-322-6557 or email:

Popular class, enroll today!

Workshop: Watercolor Painting
Painting Strong Values in Watercolor
with Harwood “Woody” Benton 

Saturday, September 22 – 10:30am-1:30pm
Fee: $40 

Watercolor painting is the process of staining heavy paper with water based pigment. With practice and patience, you can learn to capture the subtle shapes and light in the world around you. Watercolor, at its best, is about being in the moment and finding the essence of a subject rather than getting caught up in all of the minute details. In this class, we will start from a blank page and learn to bring to life a seascape scene from start to finish. 

Woody will demonstrate technique and then guide each person as they try their hands at this wonderful medium. This class is for adults. You do not have to have any prior experience. Woody has inspired adults for decades to add this form of moving meditation to their self-care regime.

To enroll, please contact by e-mail: 

Woody will be supplying paint and paper, all you’ll need is a brush and a palette! 

Workshop: Oil Painting
Finding and Using Color in Painting
with Sydney Hall
Sunday, September 23 – 12:30-3:30pm
Fee: $35

Vibrancy of Color – This painting class will focus on the fundamentals essential to oil painting. Emphasis is placed on properly starting a painting and relationships found within a subject. We will discuss equipment, design concepts, abstraction, tone, color, and paint handling.

Fine tuning will be ongoing and we will explore and learn to see color; simplifying your creation; shadow planes vs. light planes; color change vs. value change; perspective; pushing distance; adding the opposite on the color wheel does not make your shadow color; white is not the answer to making something lighter; and more. We will have fun and laugh a lot as well. I look forward to working with you! This particular class is expressly for oil painters.   —

All levels welcome, no experience needed. Students will be emailed a supply list when class is confirmed. A list may also be picked up at Art Central. Intended for adults (this particular class is not for children.)

Five student minimum; payments to be received by Wednesday, September 19th, please.

Interested students should contact Sydney Hall by email: with Art Central Oil Painting Workshop in the subject line or phone: 805-782-9288.

Workshop: Mixed Media
Calm & Centering Mandalas

with Lynn Bacigalupo
Saturday, September 29, 1-3pm
Fee: $25 

When you create space in your life, a whole world of possibilities opens up. Come experience the calming benefits of meditation through the art of creating mandalas.

We will explore this ancient art form of using symmetrical patterning to center your mind. 

Please bring a black or colored micron pen (0.5mm or finer), available for purchase at Art Central. 🙂   Class includes guided meditation and mandala creation.  All levels welcome, no experience needed. 
To enroll, contact Lynn by email: or phone: 805-242-6802.