California Central Coast Pastel Society (3CPS)


We want to welcome you to our California Central Coast Pastel Society (3CPS) website! Here you will find lots of information about our organization, its members, the latest pastel news and events. We hope you enjoy your visit, and come back often to stay informed. Feel free to contact us about anything related to soft pastel art. More in depth information about all 3CPS activities is available in the current 3CPS Newsletter. The Shows and Events Page contains a list of upcoming shows, events and requirements.  Thanks for visiting!

Happy painting!

Denise Schryver, 3CPS President

From the President’s easel……Summer 2020

Thank you for being a part of 3CPS! Our 2020 Members’ Exhibit online and it is impressive!

See where we’ve been painting plein air and where the next paintouts will be. They are all in open nature, so plenty of space to feel comfortable together but alone.

As your new president, my goal is to continue building our community of artists, to inspire and to help us become the best artists we can be!

I’m looking forward to meeting each of you in 2020.  Your participation and ideas are what makes 3CPS such a vital and growing society of pastelists. Join us for these great events!



California Central Coast Pastel Society Presents 2020 All Member Show

June – July 2020 Beginners to Professional Artists!

“The Art of Pastel”

Jim, Seaside Flowers by Jim Tyler

General Meetings


 November 7 – General meeting and demonstration – More information to follow.

Paint Outs

We’ve organized a great series of paint-outs for you.  With these locations, it’s easy to maintain social distancing while still enjoying the camaraderie of other artists.  If you’re new to plein air, this is a good opportunity to give it a try.  You don’t need a fancy  set of equipment to start; chances are you already have enough.  If you have questions about equipment or the painting process, just write back and we’ll have one of our plein air artists call you to help you out!  Contact Jim Tyler to RSVP or for more information: jimtylerfineart@gmail

Check out the new look of Paint Outs!  They are always still a lot of fun a lot of fun!  The big picture below was taken at the HWY 46 overlook Paint Out on June 13th. Watch for new ones being scheduled soon.

Saturday, June 13, 9:00am:   Highway 46 Overlooks

This paint-out offers grand vistas of the coastal mountains and the Morro Bay coastline.  The section of road is between Templeton and Highway 1 north of Harmony.  No facilities.  This scene is at the Mile Marker 7 pullout:

3CPS Paint Out, June 2020

Plein Air Paint Out at Manzanita Manor Organic Walnut Farm (To Be Rescheduled)

This  paint-out will be in Adelaide.  MM Organics ( is a working organic walnut farm.  There are vistas of live oak trees, manzanita, Peachy Canyon winery, wildflowers, and mountains almost all of the way to Morro Bay.  There are restroom facilities on site. It also works out perfectly for a post-painting glass of wine at Daou Winery which is just below the walnut farm.


For more information in these troubles times about all workshops, please contact us at directly or call Denise Schryver at 805.440.4579.

Lorenzo Chavez, 3cps Workshop 2020
Lorenzo Chavez
2 Day Plein Air and 2 day In-Studio workshops. May 20 – 23, 2020 (Cancelled: To be rescheduled in 2021

2-day Plein Air Workshop, May 20-21 ($275 Members; $325 Non-members) Workshop is full.  Contact KC Caldwell for waiting list information. (805) 540-1470.

2-day Studio Workshop, May 22-23 ($300 Members; $350 Non-members)

3CPS is excited to bring Lorenzo Chavez to the Central Coast for two incredible workshops!  Whether you prefer plein air painting or studio painting, you won’t want to miss this event.  His suggestive renderings and fluent technique in both Oil and Pastel have earned him numerous awards and many devoted collectors throughout the United States and he is considered by many to be the west’s premier pastel painter.  He has been the recipient of awards and honors from such notable groups at the Pastel Society of America, California Art Club, American Impressionist Society, numerous pastel societies across the United States, Society de Pastelists France, the C.M. Russell Auction, and Artist of the West Pioneer Museum.

Chavez is an active member of. Northwest Rendezvous of Art, Plein Air Painters of America, California Art Club Signature Member, American Impressionist Society and the Pastel Society of Spain.  His work is featured in six galleries in the United States and is included in Private, Corporate, University, and Museum collections nationally and internationally.

August 29 – Debbie Wardrope

Demonstration and workshop.  More information to follow.

Teresa Saia 3-day In-Studio workshop. September 10,11, and 12, 2020.

(More information to follow).   

Registration opens Spring, 2020

Stephanie Birdsall

Coming in 2021 – Stephanie Birdsall 

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California Central Coast Pastel Society (3CPS)  ♦  P.O. Box 13933, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406  ♦

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