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 2021

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

2021 All Member Winter Show


January 1- April 31st

Beginners to Professional Artists!

“Winter’s Delight”

Lia Anisgard, 3CPS Winter Online Show

“Life on the Edge” by Lia Anisgard

Upcoming Online and Outside Workshops

For more information in these troubled times about workshops, please contact Denise Schryver at

Susan Kuznitsky 3cps Online Workshopp

“Farm Life” by Susan Kuznitsky

Susan Kuznitsky  –  “Capturing the Light in Pastels”

A Four Session Online Course

Thursdays March 18, 25 and April 1, 8, 2021, 10 AM – 12 PM PST

Cost:  $200

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Join award-winning artist, Susan Kuznitsky for a four-session pastel class. The focus will be on capturing the light. No matter the season or the subject, it is the light that draws us in. Whether you are a landscape painter or figurative painter you will benefit from this highly popular virtual class. Each class will be focusing on different aspects of color as well as different approaches to the underpainting.  Susan will demonstrate a variety of subjects. You will have the option to paint along from the same image or work from your own reference material. Or just watch and paint later. Demo images will be emailed prior to each class. You will get a link to each demo to download and review. There will be time for personal and constructive feedback during the four-week course. This class is appropriate for all levels of skill.  For more information about this online workshop, please check our Shows and Events page.

Albert Handell – 4 Day – All Outdoor workshop on the beautiful Central Coast of California and Surrounding Areas


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Albert Hanell, 3cps Workshops 2021

Pastel Painting by Albert Handell

Albert Handell, 3cps Workshop 2021


Registration is open directly through Albert Handell’s website:

For questions contact Denise Schryver, workshop coordinator, at

Cost: $750

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Join Albert in this exciting 4 day OUTDOOR painting workshop. In the morning demonstrations in oils and pastels you will see and learn what to select and emphasize and what to play down or even take out of your paintings in order to make a strong design statement, and then work sensibly towards finish. It will be an opportunity to see how a Master Artist works on location.

All painting and demos will be held outdoors and we typically have gorgeous weather in May but if there is inclement weather we have available a huge, airy outbuilding we will use with more than enough space.

Lorenzo Chavez

“Pacific Impressions” by Lorenzo Chavez

Lorenzo Chavez Four Day Plein Air Workshop in the beautiful California Central Coast and Surrounding Areas


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Lorenzo Chavez

October 27,28,29 & 30, 2021

What:  Plein Air Workshop with Lorenzo Chavez

Cost:  $625 members/$650 non-members

Where:  Four days of painting under the tutelage of renowned artist, Lorenzo Chavez. Two days painting on a private organic farm in the beautiful Adelaide area near Paso Robles, CA followed by two days painting on the stunning coast in Montana de Oro state park, Los Osos, CA.

Hosted by California Central Coast Pastel Society- 3CPS.  For more information contact Denise Schryver-805.440.4579,  or visit our Shows and Events page.

 Visit Lorenzo’s website to view more information about his workshops.  Lorenzo Chavez Workshops

General Meetings


Due to Covid 19 no meetings are scheduled at this time.

Paint Outs

Tiber Canyon Ranch

3cps paint out, Tiber Cyn Ranch, San Luis Obispo

Tiber Canyon Ranch in San Luis Obispo

When:  Saturday, March 20, 2021

Time:  9 – 1

Will Carlton and Chris Anderson, owners of Tiber Canyon Ranch, welcome 3CPS to a Paint Out at their olive orchard ranch. The property displays many acres of live oak, eucalyptus and manzanita trees, olive trees, several rustic cabins, excellent views of Edna Valley. Will indicated painters can bring a lunch/beverage and sit on their deck after painting for paintings review. A restroom will be available.

For directions or more site information visit our Shows and Events page.

Contact Tom Frey for questions and to RSVP.

Be a part of the growing California Central Coast Pastel Society. Click here to join!


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

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