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Remember to keep sending in your artwork!

We will keep on posting your artwork in our Virtual Gallery

To participate please send images of your recently created artwork to with the subject “Virtual Gallery Submission” & please attach your image as a jpeg. Include your name, along with the title, medium & size of the artwork. And we’d love a few words about your artwork or inspiring thoughts for our viewers! Please note we send out our virtual gallery exhibits only when we have enough images. Be sure to send us pics of your awesome art!

“Outpost” by Steve Andrews
Mixed,  Acrylic / Pencil, Texture over Canvas & small objects. 3-D on Canvas. 30″x 40″x4″. 
“This work came out of an older work by daughter JET,  a “Coco Chanel” collage of small objects. The first step was texture added over all, then acrylic and pencil, to make up this new work. The end result is good surprise, with excitement and fun.  Enjoy.” – Steve Andrews

This exclusive sale ends this Saturday!

Come pick up one of these beautiful Plein Aire Pochade Boxes made by local artist, Gary Parks. You can find them to the left just as you walk through our doors.

AMAZING selection and AWESOME deals through the end of this Saturday July 31st at 5pm!

(art supplies shown in boxes sold separately)

Art Central Workshops

Interpretive Figure Drawing with Jose Lemus

Sat, July 31st, 11am – 2pm

Join Jose for an interpretative figure drawing with a live model. “Experience the joy of creativity by making it fun and interesting rather than being pressured for perfection!”

Must be 18 years or older.

$65 per student, cash payment only

Please bring: 18×24 smooth Newsprint pad, Black Conte crayon medium, and enthusiasm.
products available for sale at Art Central!

To register, please contact Jose at 805-234-2228 or e-mail him at

Discovering Italic Calligraphy with Mary Lou Johnson

Sat, Aug 7th, 10:30am-3:30pm
AND Sun, Aug 8th from 1-3:30pm

In this 2-day workshop, Mary Lou Johnson will start with an intro to the basics of the italic script, a good review for intermediate level, and a great start for beginners. Then Learn the use of broad edge pen proportion, pen angle, and letter spacing using Pilot Parallel Pens. Practice will result in finished weather grams ready to hang in your yard or patio. See her website here:

Ages: Teen and Adult
Price: $45 per student, payable by check
To Register: Contact Mary Lou by email: or text: (805)441-3246

Provided Materials: Paper and other tools for trial
Required Materials: Pilot Parallel Pen(s) 2.4mm (available for purchase at Art Central) 

Bees Watercolor Workshop with Hilda Vandergriff

Friday, August 13th from 10:30am – 12:30pm

Learn how to paint Bees with Daniel Smith Genuine colors.  In this lesson, you will learn how to paint a loose background and how to bring out blossoms. Your main star attraction will be the bees. The bees will have greater delicate details.  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. 

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

*To reserve your spot mail the lesson fee to Hilda Vandergriff, 1854 N. Pamela Ave., Clovis, CA 93619. Fees will not be processed until after the art lesson.  A credit wavier certificate will be issued if you cancel 24 hours before date of lesson. 

Materials Needed (available at Art Central)

-Daniel Smith Watercolor Paint for this Lesson: Rhodonite Genuine, Amethyst Genuine, Turquoise Genuine, New Gamboge, Burnt Sienna, Paynes Grey

-Watercolor brush sizes round #8, #4, a rigger brush, 1” flat brush

-9×12 watercolor pad or Arches 140 lb. paper 

-Watercolor palette 

-Water container 

-Paper Towels 

Layer-On-Layer with Shirley Horacek

Saturday, August 14th from 10:30am – 1:30pm

Watercolor, Elegant Writers, colored tissue collage and watercolor crayons equals a colorful “layer-on-layer” painting. Learn how to combine a variety of materials to enjoy in all your painting ventures!

Fee: $40 per person payable by cash or check
To enroll contact: Shirley Horacek
Ages: 18 Years and older

Required materials – (available at Art Central)

Arches 140 lb Watercolor Paper Cold press, Elegant Writer 1.3 extra fine black pen, transfer paper, *Watercolor crayons or pencils (*Since these are a bit expensive, I am willing to share mine)

Live demo with David Limrite:
Expressive Figure Drawing using oil paint sticks 

August 15th, 1 – 3pm

In this two-hour demo, David will demonstrate creating an emotionally charged, expressive figure drawing with oil paint sticks from a live model.


To register, please contact us at, please include your phone number.

LIMITED TO 12 participants.

*This Demo will be streamed LIVE on our Instagram account @artcentralslo so if you can’t make it or we run out of room, please go and watch the demo on our Instagram.

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

(Children must wear masks)

To register, contact Dorothy by email:

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 

Register now for the next available workshop, September 14th from 10am-4pm

To register: Contact Tricia Reichert at

The Central Coast Printmakers are holding one-day workshops (10am-4pm with a break for lunch) at Art Central on the second Tuesday of each month starting in August. The cost for these workshops is $15.00, some supplies will be provided and the rest can be purchased on-site. (Full vaccination will be required for these workshops).

Maryanne Nucci and Tricia Reichert will be teaching these, along with some of the other members of the Printmaking group.

CCP would like to introduce more people to the very interesting and varied world of hand-made prints. We are pretty passionate about all of the possibilities of contemporary printmaking and we are looking forward to sharing some of them with you. All ages are welcome and no prior experience is necessary to attend these workshops, just a desire to learn, explore and experiment. 

Some of our members will also be attending each of these workshops to join in and help you along the way. 

Also, if you enjoy the workshops, we’d like to invite you to become a member and join in with us as we learn and share with each other in our various studios throughout the year.

The *Central Coast Printmakers* is a dedicated group located in California’s San Luis Obispo County. CCP was founded over 25 years ago by Barbara & Rosey Rosenthal. With 30+ diverse active members, CCP’s mission is to maintain the tradition of making art prints & designing plates by hand. Our printmaking processes include etching, linocuts, woodcuts, silkscreen, collagraphs, & monoprints. Members participate in local demos, open studio tours, education, exhibits & community events.

To join the Central Coast Printmakers group,
Please contact Tricia Reichert at or Evy Justensen at

ALSO – “Printmakers out there who have not found us yet are very welcome to come to our meeting on August 1st at 2pm.” Meet these awesome printmakers! This meeting will be held at Art Central. We ask that if it does not create a physical hardship for you, that you do not park in our lot for the meeting. There is free all-day parking on Pepper Street. Thank you for your cooperation!

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

To reserve your spot mail the lesson fee to Hilda Vandergriff, 1854 N. Pamela Ave., Clovis, CA 93619. Fees will not be processed until after the art lesson.  A credit waiver certificate will be issued if you cancel 24 hours before the date of the lesson. 

Materials Needed for Lesson: 

-Daniel Smith Watercolor Paint: New Gamboge, Imperial Purple, Cobalt Teal Blue, Ultra Marine Blue, Permanent Rose, Payne’s Grey

   -Watercolor brush sizes round #10, #8, #4, and a rigger brush

   -9×12 watercolor pad or Arches 140 lb. paper  

   -Watercolor palette 

   -Water container 

   -Paper Towels 

We need art instructors!

We recently started resuming our workshops and demos here at Art Central and are looking for more instructors to work with! If you would like to teach any classes please contact us at with the subject “Art Teacher Inquiry”

If you’re interested in teaching a class at Art Central, please download and fill out the PDF form. Send your completed forms to

SOME CLASSES THAT PEOPLE ARE ASKING FOR: Gel Plate printing, Sculpting, Alcohol Inks

Stay up-to-date with our Art World in and around SLO!

REMINDER ~ “toMORROw’s Sculpture” Call for Art Deadline: Sun | Aug 1st!

Central Coast Sculptors will host an open themed in-person exhibit, “toMORROw’s Sculpture,” representing a wide range of artistic expression, scope & materials through diverse 3-dimensional art, on view at Art Center Morro Bay on CA’s Central Coast.

–> ENTRY DEADLINE is Sunday, August 1, 2021 for up to 3 submissions processed by EntryThingy. Get Call for Art HERE:

Be sure to tune into Facebook for a Virtual Art After Dark, follow instructions HERE

SLO County Arts’ Newsletter

Open Studios Tour Artists Information 2021

Morro Bay Arts Association’s Newsletter

CURRENT EXHIBIT – Art Center Morro Bay

Virtual Field Trips

Arts Educational Resources

LOCAL CLASSES – In Person and Online

Classes with Jason Mayr:

The most important decisions about a painting are made before the paint even touches the canvas. Mayr Studio’s new 13-week course “The Wonders of Oil Painting” will begin August 2nd, 2021. This is an essential course for those ready to slow down and take the time required to do it right. The course will cover the process from concept to varnishing your finished piece. Everyone willing to learn, practice, and grow is welcome regardless of your current skill level. There will be 6 weeks of study and preparation, 6 weeks of executing the painting, and 1 week to review and celebrate our time and growth together. These 13 weeks will go by regardless of your decision. But only one decision will result in the tremendous growth of your artistic development. Join Jason and Mayr Studio and let’s grow better together. To register:

Find Jason on Facebook – Instagram –
and on YouTube –

Don’t miss out – this is something that many never teach!

Classes with Tricia Reichert:

Find a full list of Tricia Reichert’s Classes HERE

We are all really enjoying my current online Foliage and Foregrounds in
Pastel class. Here is my painting of Birches in the Forest from a recent lesson.

Thanks so much,

Tricia Reichert’s in-person class offerings for the Fall can be found
on her website at <>
 Her on-line classes for the Fall and Video watercolor classes can be
found on her online site at at <>

Questions? please contact Tricia at 805-473-8961

Ken is starting a great new series of painting classes available online. These classes condense his normal four-day on-site workshops into a series of 22 episodes. He leads students through the complete process of Plein air painting, from the materials you will need to the final touch-ups and cleaning. There are two complete paintings demonstrated on-site as he explains each step of the way.

For more info visit this site:

and view more about Ken visit his site here:

Online sculpture class with Deborah Flocco and Bill Gnictel

Start your journey in clay sculpture with a new online class with amazing ceramic artists Deborah Flocco and Bill Gnictel.

Learn to sculpt the human form in clay. Beginners are welcome and encouraged.

No experience necessary, all skill levels accepted for these classes. For more information on dates, prices, and registration call (845) 598-4453

Happy Painting!