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Positive/Negative Space?

Upcoming Workshop!

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Will (of Art Central’s staff): “Contrasts Workshop”
Saturday, March 19th, 12pm-3pm
$30 workshop fee + some materials

Ever hear the terms “positive and negative space?”  Ever wonder how you can use them to improve your art?  This upcoming workshop will explore positive/negative space and tonal contrast with a multitude of traditional water soluble drawing materials.  Bring your own project and supplies and work in a relaxed and fun group environment.  Some materials provided but feel free to bring any drawing supplies you wish to explore with.  A preferred  brush (not too expensive!), drawing material (water soluble recommended), and appropriate substrate required.  Total cost of materials should be no more then $10!
Please sign up in advance through email at:
or phone: 805-747-4200

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What a Workshop!

Juliana’s 2-D Mixed Media Workshop was Great!

Participants had a great time exploring new kinds of medium and broadened their knowledge of design… All while having FUN!


Stay tuned to our blog so you don’t miss out on more fun events at Art Central! 

Next Saturday – Collage Play Date!

Upcoming Collage Play-Date – Saturday, March 5th!

Art Central’s next Collage Play-Date is Coming March 5th!!!

Come in on Saturday, March 5th from 11am to 2pm for our play date.  For a $15 fee, all collage materials will be provided!

Collage Materials

Please sign up in advance by phone: 805-747-4200 or

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!  And you get to meet other great creative folks, too!

A Great Anniversary!

Our 5th year anniversary
celebration was a huge success!

Thank you to all our loyal (and new) customers that came out on Saturday to help us celebrate!

We couldn’t be here without you!!!

2016 Exhibitions: Call For Artists!

Check out this year’s line up of awesome Art Central’s Gallery shows!

We are having more “OPEN” shows this year … we hope this gives you more time to prepare!


        An exhibition of artwork depicting the elements of our world. What is your interpretation? Any medium accepted for this show.
2/5/16 – 2/29/16


        For this show we will accept Photography… any style or subject.   4/1/16 – 5/2/16  2016-4 Local Lenses

MAY – OPEN TO ALL “Sea Scapes”
        We will be looking for ocean related art in any medium for this show. Show us what you’ve got!
5/6/16 – 5/30/16

JUNEOPEN TO ALL “The Human Form”  –All mediums accepted.  6/3 – 6/27

        An exhibit of artwork representing invertebrates in unique ways. All mediums accepted, but no live specimens please!
7/1 – 8/1/16




        An exhibition of art, must be priced to sell for $100 or less, perfect for holiday gifts! All mediums will be accepted.
11/4/16 – 1/2/17


*Please remember to send us images of your artwork you intend to submit to More information to come on exhibition details.

 Here is a printable version of our Gallery exhibitions:

2-D Mixed Media Workshop!

Juliana’s 2-D mixed media workshop is just around the corner.
Don’t miss out on this fun and informative workshop!


Juliana Welch: “Unfold: 2D Mixed Media Development”
Saturday, February 27th and Sunday, February 28th, 12pm – 3pm

Fee – $30 for each day
This explorative mixed media workshop uses unexpected items in partnership with traditional 2 dimensional media in order to create unique works of art. All levels of experience are welcome! Students will be taught various techniques and encouraged to think outside of the box, break the rules, and enhance their overall creativity. This workshop is aimed toward the creative process rather than product. Students should bring an object or reference photographs which inspire them, as well as the additional listed materials. Some materials will be provided. For signups please contact me by email at: or phone: (858) 829-8463
Materials students must bring: Micron pen or equivalent archival ink pen- fine tip (i.e. .001-.005) Sharpie pen – standard size-black Pencils – preferably one HB and one 6B 2-3 sheets acid-free paper (either bristol or watercolor/mixed media paper) at any comfortable working size paintbrushes: at least 1 flat brush (any size), and 1 round brush (any size) Optional:  Higgins Drawing Inks (Yellow, Red, Blue, Black).

You’re Invited!


– A San Luis Obispo High School Exhibition –

An exhibit of student’s artwork that explores the theme of identity.

Support local student artists by joining us at their show opening
Art After Dark, Friday, March 4th from 6-8pm. Show runs thru March 28th.

Andrew Toh

Andrew Toh – ‘Boreal Warmth’

Nicole Kasper

Nicole Kasper – ‘Beautiful Words’

Vanessa Davalos

Vanessa Davalos – ‘African Inspired Mask’

Weilu Pan

Weilu Pan – ‘Since the Spring’

Chantella Stenvall

Chantella Stenvall – ‘Little Ballerina’

Please visit to see all the great art receptions this Friday night!

What’s the line-up for the BIG day’s events?!


We have such great stuff lined up for you to see and try! 

In the gallery – Demonstrations and an opportunity to TRY STUFF!!!

10:30am – Winsor & Newton NEW Pigment Markers – totally blendable – and they won’t fade!  JohnMark will offer you the opportunity to try them!


12pm – Ever want to just try encaustic briefly, to see if it’s as much fun as it seems to be?  With Flo, you’ll get the opportunity!  We’ll have R&F Encaustic cakes and pigment sticks, & Ampersand Encausticbords to work with!


1pm – Try FW Acrylic Ink and Golden High Flow Acrylics with Sandy, and learn about some great gesso, too!  Try it, you’ll like it!


2pm – Watch Sandra paint using Holbein Watersoluble DUO Oil paints.  And while she is doing this, Dawn will have canvas so that you can try it, too!



10am – Play with Dawn & try a whole bunch of great stuff made by GLOBAL – they have great papers, and all kinds of amazing products to use with them – including a NEW product that I’m not going to tell you about, other than to say it is SO cool!  You’ll have opportunities to try everything!


10am – Sandy will be showcasing a product that WE DON’T SELL!!  Huh?  Kuretake has some fantastic markers – and we want to know if you like them!  She will have an assortment out for you to try, AND… if you like ’em, buy some!  We have a display of them that we brought in JUST for the anniversary, and they will all be on sale.  If y’all like them, tell us, and we’ll make them a permanent part of our inventory!


11:30am – Sandy will give you the opportunity to try NITRAM Charcoal – tell us how you like it!  Beautiful velvety sticks – YUM!


12pm – Try GOLD LEAF!  It is so much easier than it looks!


2pm – Do you love the look of PATINAS? Have you ever wanted to try to mimic that wonderful oxidized look of antique metal?  Come and play  – it’s so easy to do, and the effects are awesome!


2pm – Join Will as he shows off the pigment markers that JohnMark will have demonstrated earlier – along with a couple of other awesome new products!  FUN!


ALL DAY PLAYSTATION:  Try CRETACOLOR Woodless Watercolor Pencils – rich creamy color and awesome detail to go with it!   We’ll have Ampersand Aquabord and Global Watercolor paper to try them on!


ALL DAY PLAYSTATION:  Try Fabric painting with TEE-JUICE MARKERS!  Paint on our canvas bags, or bring your own cloth to color!  Great markers, rich and vibrant – easy heat-set and go!



Five Years!!!

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Time flies when we’re having fun!!!


5th Anniversary Celebration
Sale & Event!!!


Art Central’s celebration is going to be AWESOME!  


libbydemo-eimi     Informative and FUN Product Demonstrations!
R&F encaustics, Winsor & Newton pigment markers, FW acrylic inks, Holbein Duo W/S Oils, and more! 


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  Monster Savings on In-Store Items:

Storage Carts, FW acrylic inks, Global Sketch Journals, “Best” Wooden Easels, Holbein Duo Oils, Nitram Charcoal,  and more!


 HUGE Selection of Clearance & Closeout Items!

  Jacquard silk painting colors, Clear-Carve carving blocks, Winsor & Newton oil paints and SO MUCH more!


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Incredible Pre-Order Sales:
Montana Gold Spray Paints, Cradled Wood Panels & Pre-Stretched Canvas!



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 Hands-on Play Stations:

Pilot Parallel pens, Nitram fine charcoals, Watersoluble Pencils & Artgraf Ink Blocks, Tee Juice fabric markers, Assorted Markers, Mixed Media  and TONS more!


Workshops, Demos, Giveaways, Sales…!!!
Make sure you join us THIS Saturday, February 20th for our BIG celebration!  Our doors open at 10am!

Be one of our first 50 customers, and get a fantastic gift bag CHOCK full of great products, compliments of our generous manufacturers!


Oil Painting Workshop!

Jason Mayer’s three day oil painting workshop is almost here.
Don’t miss out!

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Jason Mayr – “Painting Mysteries – The Unresolved”
Thursday, Friday and Saturday   February 11, 12 and 13,   1pm – 4pm
Fee – $150

In this oil painting workshop we will be approaching painting from a little different angle. All levels are welcome, from beginner to professional. The first half will be spent doing exercises exploring ways to manipulate paint. The second half we will do a painting together using what we have learned. The workshop is open to anyone willing to look at painting from a different perspective. To register contact Jason Mayr at or 805-234-6941