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Archive for March, 2013

Journaling on Vacation Workshop

We all love remembering our journeys and vacations through photos and mementos. Personalize your journey further by creating an art journal!  Don’t worry, art journaling does not require any special artistic talent! Anyone interested can join this workshop and learn how to make their own customized journaling kit.  The workshop will be given by Ardella Swanberg and takes place on Thursday, March 28th, from 1 – 4pm here at Art Central.  Contact Ardella to register – or call (805) 995-3181.

09 Seward Alaska

08 park in Spain

14 Calvi Italy

15 Wheaton Illinois

26 Tahiti illuminated letter and collage

March 9th Collage Day Event

We still have spaces available for our collage day event! PLEASE call us to sign up if you are interested, let us know you want to participate! Invite your friends and family! 805-747-4200

Art Central’s Spring WORKSHOPS!

hi! finally, finally – thank you all for your patience – here is our schedule for this Spring  –  Please contact the instructors as soon as possible, if you’re interested in their classes.

We are now offering the classes in our Gallery, so there’s a LOT more room . . . We look forward to seeing you!

Saturday, March 16th  Meryl Perloff “Creative Boxes” One day Workshop (5 hours) 10 am – 3pm

Fee: $50 + Materials if registered by Monday, March 11.   ($55 + materials after March 11th)

A guided approach to learning the basic techniques for making decorative and functional boxes is the focus of this workshop. After learning the basics, adding variations, additional elements and other creative possibilities are available to explore. Unique handmade structures can be fun to make and may be functional or just inventive. Exercise your imagination with us!  Skill level: proficiency with cutting tools (utility and craft knives) and a patient temperament.

Contact Meryl at or call 805-544-4554 to register.

Thursday, March 28th Ardella Swanberg “Art Journaling” 3 hour workshop 1 – 4pm

Fee: $15 if registered by March 22, $20 after March 22nd.

Have you always wished you had kept a record of your trips, life or thoughts? This class will discuss the various types of journals available and how to use them. Have you ever thought of altering a book to make a journal? Watercolor, watercolor pencil, acrylic, pen and ink will be demonstrated and available experimentation. You will learn how to make a small journaling kit ready to go on your next cruise or the next time you step outside on a sunny day. There will be many examples of various approaches, journals and materials.

Contact Ardella at or call (805) 995-3181

Saturday, April 6th Shirley Horacek: “Watercolor/Mixed Media Using Elegant Writer” 3 hour workshop, 10 – 1pm.

Fee: $30 + materials if registered by April 1.  ($35 + materials after April 1st)

Enhance your watercolors with mixed media by creating lines using an Elegant Writer, adding collaged rice paper, spotlighting color with Neocolor II Aquarelle Crayons.  This process creates strong value contrasts.

Contact Shirley Horacek at, or call 929-1614 to register and receive materials list.

Saturday, April 13th  Jason Mayr  “Oil Painting 101”  One-day workshop 10 – 5pm

Fee:  $75 Includes materials if registered by April 8th.  ($85 after April 8th)

This Class is a short introduction to oil painting. We will go over basic supplies, a working process and do a monochromatic painting together.  For beginners or artists looking to try a new medium.

Contact Jason at or call 234-6941 to register.

Saturday, April 20th Shirley Horacek: “Watercolor Batik Using Masa Paper” 3 hour workshop, 10 – 1pm.

Fee: $30 + materials if registered by April 15.  ($35 + materials after April 15th)

A lovely batik-look texture is created using watercolor on masa paper.  Fun to learn process that can be used with any subject matter.  Some materials provided.

Contact Shirley Horacek at, or call 929-1614 to register and receive materials list.

Thurs-Sat, April 25th-27th  Jo-Neal Boic: “Intro to Drawing” 3 day workshop, 10 – 4pm.

Fee: $125 + materials if registered by April 20.  ($150 + materials after April 20th)

This 3-day workshop will be an introduction to drawing. We will cover the fundamentals, including contour line, form and modeling and experience a variety of media. You will learn techniques to improve your observational drawing skills and will find that as your abilities improve, your perception of the world around you will as well…in a good way!

Contact Jo-Neal at or call 831.345.9052 to register and receive materials list.

Thurs –Sat, May 9th-11th  Chris Van Winkle  “Advanced Watercolor Techniques” 3 day workshop, 10 – 4pm.

Fee: $150 + materials if registered by May 3.  ($170 + materials after May 3rd)

This 3-day intensive workshop is for intermediate and advanced students, and will be an opportunity to refine your technique;   includes how to plan for a successful painting, the role of value in a painting, and the effects of color – both intense and muted – on the drama and visual excitement of your scene.

Contact Chris at or call 805-772-8875 to register and receive materials list.

spring 2013

Art Central Gallery CALL FOR ART! (Open with care!)

Call for Artists!
Art Central Gallery is looking for emerging and established artists for our new exhibit:
“Body Parts and Other Unreal Things”
We want bold, sensuous, eye-opening pieces for our edgy April exhibition!

Abstract, otherworldly, uncanny… give us something to go home thinking about!

Submission guidelines: Shock is okay, but explicit is not.

Download and print out contract:  Gallery Contract – April 2013

Students are encouraged to participate!  We are always looking for fresh and exciting new work.

Show runs April 4th-30th. Artists’ Reception during Art After Dark, Friday, April 6th, 6-8pm.

Drop off for art is April 3rd, but please e-mail us and tell us the size and medium of your image.  If you have them, we like getting jpegs of the images for use in advertising!

We look forward to seeing you and your art!


Art Central Collage Day Event

After having such a blast collaging with friends, we thought it would be a great idea to host an event ourselves!

Come by Art Central this Saturday, March 9th, for a collage play day! We will supply paper and materials, but you can also bring any other images/mixed media you choose. If you have never collaged before, don’t worry, this group event will spark your creativity and imagination!

Collage Materials



Singles: $20
You + a friend: $35

Please call and let us know you are coming! E-mail or call for more info. / 805-747-4200

-Etty and the Art Central crew