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What’s Happening at Art Central – September 17 – October 7

By September 17, 2018No Comments

Look at all of the great things happening in the next three weeks at Art Central!

  • Saturday, September 22 –  Watercolor Painting Workshop with Woody Benton
  • Sunday, September 23 – Oil Painting Workshop with Sydney Hall
  • Saturday, September 29 – Mixed Media Workshop with Lynn Bacigalupo
  • Sunday, September 30 – Landscape Oil Painting and Watercolor Pencil Workshop with Spencer Poulter
  • Saturday, October 6 – Art Business Workshop with Sydney Hall
  • Sunday, October 7 – Acrylic Painting Workshop with Drew Davis

To get all of the details and information on how to register:

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.

Workshop: Mixed Media
Sunday, September 30, 12:30-3:30pm
Landscape Oil Painting and Watercolor Pencils on Claybord
with Spencer Poulter
Fee: $40

Have you always wanted to try oil painting or using water color pencils? Do you want to improve your technique?

For this class, we will be painting local scenes from around San Luis Obispo County. We will be going over the basics of layering a landscape with an emphasis on light and shadow. Artists are encouraged to bring their own reference photos, but references will be available. All skill levels welcome. Some materials provided.

See Spencer’s work at:

To enroll, please contact Spencer at (559) 250-3081 or email

Workshop: Art Business
Art Business 101 and Then Some – Lecture and Q & A

Saturday, October 6, 12:30-3:30pm
with Sydney Hall
Fee: $20/*$15 with student school ID

The workshop will be a lecture followed by Q & A and will focus on the fundamentals essential to striking out on your own as a fine artist and the business aspects essential to this endeavor.

This is about the real bare bones of choosing the path to be an artist and the business aspects which will be crucial for you to do so. We are talking a real life non-academia perspective from the gutter on up of the art biz as lived by a professional painter of 21 plus years. We will discuss and explore “all the hats” you will need to wear for this business to sustain itself, your product, marketing, budgeting, organizing and so much more… All manner various tools you will need including a thick skin and the ability to laugh at yourself. Please email me as far in advance as possible a few of your questions for the Q & A. Be succinct, as I will be sorting through a gamut of them for us to discuss after the informational talk. We will have fun and laugh a lot as well I am sure, as the life of an artist often contains a broad brushstroke of colorful anecdotes. I look forward to meeting you!  and  

15 Student minimum.  Payments to be received by Tuesday, October 2nd please. (Students will be emailed further information when class is confirmed.)

Interested students should contact Sydney Hall by email: with Art Central Art Business 101 Workshop in the subject line or phone:  805-782-9288.

*Intended student age: over 18.

Workshop: Acrylic Painting 
Sunday, October 7 – 12:30-3:30pm  
Loosely Landscapes
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, Drew will break down his creative process used to construct vibrant, energetic paintings in an easy-to-understand way. We will explore how to use a photograph and break it down into its simplest painted form. 

He will share various techniques on 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 one small warm-up piece and one larger. Paints, brushes and other materials will be provided. Canvas and additional materials can be purchased at Art Central. You are welcome to BYOB. Come join the fun!

Reserve your spot by clicking here or contact Drew: 805-234-2302,