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Archive for December, 2013

There is still room in Lian Zhen’s Paso Robles workshop!

Lian Zhen still has room in his workshop in Paso Robles at Studios on the Park  in January!  (13-15th, 9am to 4pm the first and second days (with one hour lunch), and 8:30am to 3pm (with half hour lunch).

Turtle Wc         Buffaloes

Sign up for this workshop at Art Central.  Please download this PDF:  Lian Zhen Jan 2014 workshop and materials list   For questions or more info, please e-mail us at

Lian WC 3         OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA        Moose Wc

Course Title:  East Meets the West – Chinese painting and Watercolor    

Class description (3-days):

First day: Chinese painting in spontaneous style

Students learn how to use the Chinese brushes, ink and colors, as well as the theory of the Asian Art.  Subjects will be flower and landscape.

Second and third day: watercolor

Students learn basic techniques such as compositions and coloring, as well as Lian’s techniques including the “Color Pouring and Blending”.

Use 3 primary colors to achieve beautiful effects. Subjects: animal – Elephants or buffalos or moose (one and half day) on 1/2 sheet watercolor paper;  Grapes or fish (half day) on 1/4 sheet watercolor paper.

Corn Chinese painting

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Last SNEAKY Blog sale of the year!

Our wood floor easels and drafting tables are still on sale from Christmas… 

the “University” Easel…European 880525    

the “Halley” Easel… Halley 880600    

Tell us you saw this blog, & we’ll give you an EXTRA 15% on top of the sale price!

(for example, the “Halley” easel retails for $975, is on sale for $635, and with the extra discount is only $539.75!)

photo 2 - CopyAlvin Onyx   kids easel

For all other furniture items NOT on sale, (including our chairs, print bins and metal easels) mention this blog and we’ll give you 25% off

No rainchecks – store stock only… 

Sale ends December 31st!


etty & crew

10 Sliding Drawer Taboret 

Happy Holidays!

dear friends and fellow artists –

Have a happy and loving holiday, and a new year filled with creativity and color!

Etty, Eimi, Margaret, Debbie, Will & Shauna
Our holiday hours are as follows:
Monday, Dec 23rd   10 – 5:30pm

Tuesday, Christmas Eve   10am – 3pm

Closed Christmas Day

Thursday, Dec 26th – 10am -5:30pm

Christmas at Art Central…

Need a gift for your favorite artist?

 Christmas gifts photo 2 Come by and check out all the goodies available!

We have  some awesome deals for you.  There are gifts for kids of all ages and we have great items on sale!  See our selection of sets… paint sticks, pastels, watercolor crayons, encaustics, pencils, screenprinting and more!  Also some great deals on select pads and sketchbooks!

Pavilion drafting table           Cristmas gifts photo 3                 Alvin prof drafting table

And of course,  gorgeous easels and drafting tables!

    European 880525      kids easel      4.1.1

Don’t forget the Gallery has many wonderful  ‘one of a kind’ pieces by local artists too!

Eileen Braun Ornaments     Paso River Bed     GAmyx     ??????????????????

gallery treasures          gallery treasures 2            scarves