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Come get creative with us!!

• Saturday, June 1st – Colorful Sculpey Clay Beadmaking with Shauna Jellison

• Sunday, June 2nd – 3-D Model Painting Class with Andrew Hagan

• Monday, June June 17th – Advancing in Watercolor with Ardella Swanburg

• Wednesday, June 5th – Artwork Drop-off for THE PAINTERS GROUP Art After Dark, 10-4pm

• Thursday, June 6th, June 20th & Saturday, June 22nd – “Painting in Watercolor with Strong Values” with Harwood “Woody” Benton (ongoing)

Friday, June 7th – Join THE PAINTERS GROUP for Artist’s Reception during Art After Dark 6-8pm

• Saturday, June 8th – Golden Acrylic Lecture/Demo with Judy Gittelsohn – Morning

• Saturday, June 8th – “Materials As Metaphor” Golden Acrylic Class with Judy Gittelsohn – Afternoon

• Sunday, June 9th – Free Summer Series: From Charcoal to Oil Paint – The Beauty and Joy of Making it Easy with Jason Mayr

• Saturday, June 15th – Still Life In Action: Acrylic Painting Workshop with Drew Davis

• Wednesday, June 12th, 19th, & 26th – Drawing Plus with Virginia Mack

• Monday, June June 17th – Advancing in Watercolor with Ardella Swanberg

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!


SATURDAY, JUNE 1st, 1PM – 3PMsculpey-beads-



FEE: $10 each, SOME materials included 

Hand make your own creative beads, possibilities are endless! With an oven-bake colorful polymer clay, sit down, relax and create beads for a personalized necklace, bracelet, key chain, or earrings as a gift or for yourself to enjoy!

Materials available to purchase at time of class
-minimum of 2 colors of Sculpey clay, variety of colors available in store.

To enroll, email:


SUNDAY, JUNE 2nd, 1PM – 4PMmodel1.jpg



FEE: $45

Color your Sunday afternoon by learning how to paint your very own finely detailed mini-figure from start to finish while having a great time getting hands-on with a brush and your imagination.

All skill levels are encouraged and welcome and we will customize your experience accordingly.

If you have never painted a 3D figure of any kind, this is the time and place to try it! You will learn all the basics about the entire process from choosing your supplies to having a fully painted model in your hand to bring home after the class.

If you are familiar with model painting, this workshop will be a great way to practice your painting skills while working on a new model, ask questions and learn new painting techniques.

We will provide: small plastic model and a selection of acrylic model paints

What you need to bring to class: brushes, palette, cup for water.
You can also bring your own model and paint if you like.

If you don’t have something from the list, supplies are available for purchase at Art Central.

About the instructor: Andrew Hagan is a long time artist, hobbyist and experienced model painter. He loves painting figures for table-top war games. He won several prizes with his painting skills.
Who can participate: Both kids and adults are welcome to attend. Bring your friends and family!

To enroll, contact Andrew by phone: (732) 268-9915 or email:

CLASS: WATERCOLOR – starting date changed

MONDAY, JUNE 17th, (1st of 8 classes) – 1st and 3rd Mondays, 1PM – 4PM920 Bridal Veil.jpg



FEE: $200 for 8 Classes payable by June 12th, 2019

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.

Lesson 1 (6/3): Materials and planning a painting
Bring a sketch book and a pencil to class. I will talk about good paints, paper and brushes. I will give you a list and talk about what you need to buy.

Assignment: In class plan a painting using the steps provided.

Lesson 2 (6/17): The Elements and Principles of Art.
Bring your finished painting to the next class for critique. Also bring your own photo of a landscape. I will talk about designing a painting.
Assignment: You will apply the Elements and Principles to design a painting.
To enroll, contact:, 1-805-234-1754


THURSDAY, JUNE 6th, JUNE 20th, & SATURDAY, JUNE 22nd; 10:30AM – 1PM (ongoing, every other Thursday, and once a month on Saturdays)




FEE: $45 one session
$150 for 5 consecutive classes

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 the subject of choice from start to finish. Woody will demonstrate technique and show you how to create relationships with strong values, guiding 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. Paper supplied, students supply their own paint & brushes.

To enroll, contact Woody Benton

New exhibit at Art Central:  ART AFTER DARK – JUNE 7th, 6 – 8pm

The Painters Group – “A Closer Look”


SATURDAY, JUNE 8th, 10:30AM – 12:30PM00620-acrylics2ww-m




The Golden lecture/demo is a fast paced one and one half-hour free educational presentation on acrylic paints, gels and mediums: an advanced technical explanation of acrylics, and their inherent possibilities. It covers information about the different types of pigments, viscosities, types of paints, grounds and color mixing. Various gels and mediums are demonstrated.

The possibilities will blow your mind!

You will learn how to extend paint to save money, and how to mix paints with gels to create unique textural surfaces. Get key information on color mixing, blending and controlling drying time. Learn how to use different products to make surfaces for watercolors, graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, oil and soft pastels. Techniques for the use of iridescent and interference paints will be shown. The lecture covers, lightfastness of pigments and health and safety concerns.
The lecture will also include a brief explanation of the new Qor Watercolors and an overview of the stunning color palette of Williamsburg Oils.

A packet of literature and free samples of paint and gels are available for all those who attend.

Presenter – Judy Gittelsohn, Certified Golden Paints Working Artist

PLEASE e-mail Art Central IN ADVANCE to sign up for this free demonstration!


SATURDAY, JUNE 8th, 1PM – 4PMSeed, Sow, Be, 2019 three panels 24 x 90



FEE: $65

Judy Gittelsohn, Certified Golden Paints Working Artist leads Materials As Metaphor: a three-hour Golden Paints workshop featuring three separate projects!

Wild Water
Using watercolor paper and plenty of water, plunge into the flow and enjoy the voyage. Experience effects of Golden High Flow and Golden Fluid Acrylics. Wet into wet with water leading the way.

Deep Ravine
Now on board (acid free backing board), learn how to add depth, texture and interesting dimension. Golden Heavy Body Acrylics will help you scramble down the gulch, scale the shale, scratch at the edges, shimmer at the shore and explore the heady world of rough Golden Gels. Pumice gel, Glass bead gel and more.

Forging the Stream
A Fierce offering.
Formulate a theme, a symbol, something simple, an emblem and then some. A synthesis on canvas. Blending and layering and delaying and engaging. Then selecting and eliminating and refining and highlighting.
Delighting, in your findings.

The blank canvas manifest.

Please bring one canvas 16 x 20 or larger. All other materials are provided, and you may bring brushes and tools of your choice. All levels welcome. 

To enroll, contact Judy Gittelsohn by or phone: 650-248-5381


SUNDAY, JUNE 9th, 1PM – 2:30PMPicture1

Also: JULY 27th & AUGUST 10th



FREE! Registration required.

These presentations will explore how we can create powerful paintings with just a few simple concepts and tools . Beginning with a blank mind and blank page the ideas will be introduced with clear and simple illustrations. We will then turn to masterpieces of the past and present to see how the concepts were employed in their master works. The presentation is aimed at artist and non-artist alike.

Each presentation will build one upon the other but each one can also stand alone. You can come to one or come to all.

Contact Jason by email: or phone: 805-234-6941 to register.
The event is free but registration is required.


SATURDAY, JUNE 15th, 10:30AM – 1:30PM

still life in actionSTILL LIFE IN ACTION


FEE: $50

In this 3 hour acrylic painting workshop, Drew will guide us in the exploration of painting a still life in an exciting and impressionistic way. Drew will break down the creative process he uses to make vibrant, energetic representational abstract paintings in an easy-to-understand way. He will share techniques using shape, value, color and brushwork to create movement and balance in your paintings.

In this class we will work from a live still life set up of Drew’s choosing, however you are welcome to bring any props you would like. All supplies needed for the class will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your favorite brushes, tools or paints if you have them. Students will receive personal attention in addition to general instruction each step along the way. This class is for all skill levels!


Please arrive a few minutes early to purchase your canvas from at Art Central:

1 small (8″x10″)

1 larger (16″x20″ or 18″x24″)

Easels, paints, brushes, aprons, palettes, water jars and all other materials will be provided.

You are welcome to BYOB. 🙂 Come join the fun!

To enroll, visit:


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12th, 19th, & 26th, 11AM – 2PM

IMG_20190518_122017559.jpgDRAWING PLUS


FEE: $35/session

You are on your kayak, on a walk, or in your yard. What you see before you grabs your attention. At this moment, some would pull out their cameras, but not you. You reach for your drawing pencils, pens, ink, and watercolors. You want to create your response to what you are seeing. This 3-part workshop will build the skills you need to do so.

Learn how to use materials fluidly, moving in and out of media as you respond to subject matter. We will build drawing skills while experimenting with interactions between media: ink work and watercolor washes, open color and pencil work, pen and ink, ink washes, and watercolor. Learn how to build basic forms, textures, and set mood. This class is for both beginning and experienced students. Basic materials provided for the first session.

To enroll, contact Virginia by email:  or phone: 805-975-5374