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Archive for March, 2014

Paint the Day Away with Sue


Paint what you love with Susan Jenkins!

Spend the day with talented Sue – Bring a photograph of something you love and would love to paint.
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She will show you how to do it … how to draw it, and paint it …. all in one day! 

 S Jenkins lavender house S Jenkins black oaks S Jenkins rose vineyard S Jenkins above the water line
Visit her blog to see more of her incredibly vibrant style and methods:
Pick any canvas size up to 16×20 for this fun 1-day workshop. She’ll teach a loose, fun style with LOTS of color!
All levels are welcome – come and bring what you love!

Saturday, June 7th 10:30am – 4:30pm

$75 per person, plus materials.

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Please contact Sue to register & receive the material list- Please e-mail her at to sign up! 




Brush up on your sketching skills!

Saturdays sketching & perspective drawing with umut toker  

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Class 1 – Basic Sketching with Pencil 

April 26  – 11AM-3PM

Morning Session: Sketching Basics I –  Sketch Media, Negative Space, Contour Drawing, Tone and Detail

Afternoon Session: Sketching Basics II  – Sketch construction, using grids, defining frames

Class 2 – Intermediate Sketching with Pencil 

May 3  –  11AM-3PM

Morning Session: Sketch Rendering  –  Tone, texture, shade and shadow, details and patterns

Afternoon Session: Field Sketching –  Selecting the scene, framing the scene, observation, finishing

Class 3 – Perspective Drawing

May 10  –  11AM-3PM

Morning Session: Perspective Drawing I  –  One and two point perspective views, horizon line, vantage points, setup

Afternoon Session: Perspective Drawing II –  Perspective drawing in the studio – selecting the scene, framing the scene, finishing

Class 4 – Sketching and Perspective with Ink

May 17  – 11AM-3PM

Morning Session: Ink Sketching & Drawing Basics –  Ink media and materials, size, basics in ink drawing

Afternoon Session: Ink Sketching & Perspective Drawing in the field –  Selecting the scene, framing the scene, observation, finishing

Materials list for classes 1, 2, 3

– Pencils – 2H, HB and 2B

– Pencil sharpener

– Kneaded Eraser

– Medium surface drawing pad, 6”x8”

Materials list for class 4

– Ink pigment liners (black) – 0.1, 0.3, 0.5mm.

– Pen / ink sketch pad, 6”x8

Fee: $50 per class. PLEASE e-mail Umut at to register.

Classes will be held here at Art Central!

Call for Artists! “MINIMAL COLOR”

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What a great opportunity for you color minimalists!   We’re looking for


…black and white or a monochromatic color scheme…

Drop off date April 2, 10-4pm here at Art Central.

PSSSST!!!  Don’t forget to send in jpegs of your image for our BLOG, FACEBOOK page, and other advertising!  

See attached contract for details.   2014-4 Minimal Color

Painting for fun AND a Cause!

Come Support ARTS Obispo on April 12th with the irrepressible Tracy Taylor!

A great cause, plus Art, Chocolate, Wine and Creative Fun!  What could be better? 

Art Central will be hosting a painting workshop as a fundraiser for ARTS Obispo.  Artist Tracy Taylor will demonstrate her painting process, then help each guest to create their own vibrant watercolor painting! 

While painting, enjoy a festive atmosphere with good company, wine & chocolate!    Many heartfelt thanks to Adelaida CellarsMama Ganache and Art Central for their generosity! 

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The fun begins Saturday, April 12th at 1:30pm.

Go Paint Crazy for 3 hours at Arts Central! 

A Tax Deductible Donation of $65 per person will be taken at time of registration.

Fee includes all painting materials, wine, chocolate and laughter!

Sign-up ASAP to reserve your spot as space is limited to 15 people.

Guests must register in advance –  Please stop by or call Art Central (805) 747-4200.

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 All proceeds benefit ARTS Obispo; the County non-profit who advances the visual, literary and performing arts.  For further information, please visit

St. Patty’s Day Sneaky Blog Sale!

St. Patty’s Day Fun…This Monday, March 17th ONLY!!!!

If it’s GREEN, extra 15!!!!!

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green kid things

all day Monday, 3/17!

Sorry ….  No green beer!

Sale doesn’t apply to Artwork in our Gallery!

No rainchecks – store stock only!

books, books, books, and MORE books!



We just got in 3 huge boxes of BARELY used art books – what an awesome deal!

We’ve priced them anywhere from 50-75% off their regular price….   and there are even some freebies!  

Amazing variety – many of these are still in print, and a lot of them look completely new! 

Stop by NOW for this great selection!

See you soon!

Gelli Printing Plates are in!!!


Long awaited Gelli Printing Plates have arrived at Art Central!  Gelli plates are a versatile and reusable way to create MONOPRINTS without a press.  

For even more fun & super cool textural effects, try using the Catalyst Contours, Blades, and Wedges on the Gelli Plates!  

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(Psst…  Mention that you saw this blog, and get 10% off your Gelli Plate!)

Play-Date: Creative Collage!

Play-Date!  Creative Collage


Art Central’s Play-Date events begin again!  Play-Dates are a chance for you to try new mediums, materials and techniques in our friendly space.   For a small fee, lots of materials are provided as you explore a new avenue of artistic expression!

Our April 5th Play-Date will be Creative Collage!  

Use all kinds of mixed media to create compelling collages.  Printing ink, watercolor, collage paper, feathers, sparkles and other fun stuff will be provided – See what kind of magic you can create!

A BIG PLUS….  Shirley Horacek will be joining the group and doing a demonstration of Monoprinting  from 12pm to 1pm… at no extra charge!   Try incorporating monoprinting into your collage process!


This Play-Date will run from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, April 5th.  Stay for an hour or two, or for the whole time, all materials are included with a $20.00 fee.  Please call 805-747-4200 or email us at to reserve your place.  We look forward to creating with you!

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Have you told your friends about Jason’s upcoming class?

Hi, all!

Just a reminder that Jason Mayr is going to do a FANTASTIC 3 session class … JUST FOR BEGINNERS!

Thursday:   March 20th, 27th and April 3rd.

*** Please sign up by MARCH 11th…  ***


Oil Painting:  A Foundation


“This class will introduce and re-enforce the fundamentals of oil painting through a series of demonstrations and exercises with personalized feedback and assistance. We will be painting in black and white so that the complexities of color do not confuse the issues.”


Have you ever wanted to try painting in oils? Have you been painting in oils but would like to firm up your painting skills and understanding?

Sign up for this basic three week class with Jason! 

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10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

$90 plus supplies

Email: Phone: 805-234-6941

Circle Art Central Logo Thank you!

You’re Invited!

  Bring on Spring!

Join us for the Opening and Artists Reception for

” A Riot of Color”

Art After Dark, March 7th, 6-8pm

Reflections[1]Reflections-Jan Swarbrick

Dorothy Modafferi- Garden Poppy  Garden Poppy – Dorothy Modafferi

Invasion1[1]Invasion 1-Kristopher Doe

Hilary Saner- Duet 2  Duet (detail) – Hilary Saner

birds photos with trypod 008-Susan Jenkins Landscape-Susan Jenkins

Magenta Orchid- Dianne O'Quinn BurkeMagenta Orchid-Dianne O’Quinn Burke

Terri Quinn Sun Circle PastelSun Circle-Terri Quinn

Judy Chapel Early WineEarly Wine-Judy Chapel

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Show runs thru  April 1st during our regular store/gallery hours M-F 10-5:30pm Sat 10-5pm

Etty Klinger-Vermilion Glow Vermillion Glow – etty

Come support your local artists!