classes and workshops, Workshops and Demos

Get creative for the holidays at Art Central… thru December 22nd!

Happy Thanksgiving – We are so thankful for our loyal customers – we truly appreciate you.  Have a wonderful holiday!

Our Thanksgiving week hours are as follows:

Wednesday – Nov 27 – 10am – 2pm

Thursday – Thanksgiving Day – CLOSED

Friday – Nov 29 – 10am – 5:30pm

Saturday – Nov 30 – 10am – 5pm

Sunday – Dec 1 – 12pm – 4pm

Come get creative with us!!

• Wednesday, December 4th, 11th, & 18th – Drawing Beyond the Basics with Virginia Mack (ongoing)

• Wednesday, December 4th, 11th, & 18th – Basic Drawing with Virginia Mack

• Saturday, December 7th – Free Holiday Card Making Event for kids of all ages!

• Sunday, December 8th – Beginning Linocut Class with Esperanza Bonilla

• Monday, December 9th – Beginning Fused Glass with Sheri Klein

• Saturday, December 14th – Painting the Sierras with Pastels with Jim Tyler

• Sunday, December 15th – Holiday Chalkboard Class with Esperanza Bonilla

• Tuesday, December 17th – Zentangle and the Art of Mindful Creation with Debbie Gedayloo

Please remember that we have a small parking lot. If you are attending one of our demonstrations or workshops, and it is not a physical hardship for you, please park on one of the nearby side streets. We appreciate your consideration.

NEWSFLASH! OUR Sennelier Artist Oil Paints are now 40% off EVERY DAY for our members! Try this beautiful paint – you’ll fall in love!



WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4TH, 1st of 3 classes

10:30AM – 1PM

Coming up… DECEMBER 11TH & 18TH

BEYOND THE BASICS – 3 class sessions


FEE: $35/session – Advance sign-up required

You know that a masterpiece lurks within you, but it is elusive. You are a devoted artist, a painter, but each piece is missing something. What is it? How can you push to the next level? You are ready to go Beyond the Basics.

In Drawing Plus: Beyond the Basics, we will work our way through drawing exercises that will further awaken you to the dynamics of painting and drawing: composition, color interactions, the impact of choices of medium. Join us. Your masterpiece awaits!

This is a series of workshops designed to be experienced in an open-ended way. You may continue as long as you wish, or try just one or two sessions. Each month, there will be a new series of dates for the sessions. (If you are an experienced artist, you do not need to take Drawing Plus before taking these workshops.)

Basic materials will be supplied. To enroll, contact Virginia by email: or phone: 805-975-5374


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4TH, 1st of 3 classes

10:30AM – 1PM

Coming up… DECEMBER 11TH & 18TH

IMG_20190518_122017559.jpgBASIC DRAWING –  3 class sessions


FEE: $40/session – Advance sign-up required

With a pencil, a drawing pad, and a smile on your face, you are ready!

This series of classes will allow you to gain the skills you need to capture what you see with accuracy and spirit.

In each class, we will address a specific area of drawing, and as you proceed, you will gain confidence and mastery.

We will use a variety of media (samples provided,) and will develop both sketching and drawing techniques. Skill areas will include understanding basic drawing processes, the techniques used with each medium, use of elements (line, shape, volume, value, color, and texture) in developing naturalistic subjects, and principles of composition. The class is designed for both beginners and those with developing drawing skills already in place. 

Join us!

To enroll, contact Virginia by email: or phone: 805-975-5374

REMINDER:  We will close early on Wed, Nov 27th, and we’ll be closed for Thanksgiving Day.  


FREE HOLIDAY CARD MAKING EVENT!Image result for christmas clip art"

Join us for exciting holiday card making here at Art Central! Kids are encouraged to create! Your 1st card is free, all supplies included. Children under the age of 10, please bring an adult with you! You and your adult will each receive a card to create. Want to make another one? Extras are only $2 each! 

We will offer opportunities to try stamping, calligraphy, sparkly pens, watercolor pencils, and lots more!  Instructors will be on hand to help you make beautiful cards!


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8TH, 12:30pm – 3pm



FEE: $30 or $25 with college student ID

Learn how to carve your own linocut print from start to finish! 
In this beginning class, you will carve a beautiful California oak tree and make 
multiple prints to take home with your freshly carved printing block. No
experience is necessary. To enroll, visit

Please purchase 4×6 “Speedy Carve” block – available at Art Central

ALL other supplies are included!





FEE: $35

Are you looking for a couple hours of creative escapism? You will love the simplicity of this fused glass workshop.

You choose the project you want to make – some options are bowls, trays spoon rests, tiles, wall hangings, magnets, wind chimes and hanging vases. Use one of samples presented in class as a guide or come up with your own design.

This class includes all the supplies you will need to construct some great fused glass pieces using pre-cut components. Materials include a variety of colors of sheet glass plus lots of extras, including fusible decals, frit, stringer, and rods. Every project is guaranteed to be unique!

You will tack-glue your piece together in class. Sheri will take it home to fire in the kiln and it will be ready to pick up in one week.

To register, contact Sheri Klein at


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FEE: $85

In this Art Central workshop, we’ll cover all of the basics for applying pastels with the side, edge and ends of the stick; how to layer and blend pastels; the different kinds of pastel and paper; and we’ll talk about how to frame a pastel painting. Also, we’ll start with an underpainting technique to add an inner glow to the art.

What you should bring:
– Your pastels. If you don’t have your own pastels, Art Central sells some great sets. I recommend a set of Sennelier half sticks, as much as your budget allows. A less expensive option is to get a set of 48 hard pastel sticks, although in the long run you’ll probably want to get softer pastels. If you don’t have the budget to buy your own pastels, I have a limited number of sets available to borrow for a fee of $25.

– An 8″ x 10″or 11” x 14” piece of sanded paper, plus a little scrap paper. I recommend UArt, 500 or 600 grit. This is also available at Art Central.

– A backboard to mount your paper on. This can be matboard or foamcore or anything similar. Tape your paper to your board using artists tape or masking tape.

– A rag to keep your fingers clean.

What I’ll provide:
– A reference photo for each student.
– Miscellaneous pastel supplies
– Tables, chairs and table easels.

Please let me know if you have questions. I’ll send out a reminder right before the workshop starts. To reserve a spot, please inquire about availability and then send a check for $85 to the address below.

Jim Tyler
104 Twin Ridge Drive,San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

WORKSHOP: SIGN MAKINGImage result for holiday chalkboard signs"




FEE: $30, $25 with college ID

Learn how to make your own chalkboard sign choosing from a variety of
custom calligraphy templates. You’ll learn how to use paint markers and
practice basic calligraphy techniques. These signs are perfect as a gift
or to hang in your kitchen. No experience is necessary. Please purchase
chalkboards in store, all other materials will be supplied.
Supplies Provided:
Paint markers
Sign templates

To enroll, visit


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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, 10:30am – 1pm



FEE: $40 for new students, $25 for continuing students.

Spend the afternoon exploring your creative self. The Zentangle Method is designed to expand your way of seeing things and to help you quiet your mind, all while playing in the realm of art.

No artistic confidence is needed in order to have fun and focus using this process of creating.

It’s yoga on paper!

$3 discount if paid by cash or check. Pre-payment reserves your place in the class, must be paid at least 48 hours in advance. Non-refundable. To register, please contact or 805-550-2487 

Please remember – help us feed pups in need!!!

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Art Central will be accepting donations (dog food or checks gratefully accepted) now thru Christmas Eve!

All donations will go to Second Chance at Love, a no-kill animal welfare organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of dogs in dire need.

Please make checks payable to Second Chance at Love Humane Society.

Visit their website for more info!

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