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!

General Meeting


California Central Coast Pastel Society

Getting Late. The Light Is Almost Gone by LaVone Sterling

An inspiring demo by LaVone Sterling was featured at the General Meeting on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Art Central. A half day workshop followed.

If you would like to learn more about us and are not a member, you are welcome to attend the General Meeting. And if you like what you see, won’t you lend your support by joining our growing group of pastel lovers?

Coming Soon!  Info on the next General Meeting.

Paint Outs


Paint Out, HomneOur next paint out opportunity offers magnificent views of Bishop’s Peak. Come join the fun!

When: January 23rd, 9am to 11am (Rain cancels)
Where: 951 Pasotiempo Drive, San Luis Obispo, near Bishop’s Peak in the Ferrini Heights neighborhood.
Questions: Contact Jim Tyler at (805) 748-2220

Click Here for Bishop Peaks Paint-out flyer.  Check the Shows and Events Page for more Paint Out information.

Future Paint-outs:  Feb. 12 – To Be Determined.  

Up Coming Half Day Mini Workshops and Fun: See Shows and Events


Join in one of our great workshops to further your pastel skills, or to discover pastels for the first time.  See our Shows and Events Page for more information

  • Jim Tyler – “Pastels 101”,  Saturday, January 26 from 9:00 – 4:00.

Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival,  January 18-20 2019


Home, Morro Bay Bird Festival

The Goldfinch by Frabritius 1654

3CPS will have a booth at the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival in January 2019. In the meantime, we have been getting together to paint birds so that we’ll have a lot of original bird art to show and sell at the show. If you have missed our bird painting sessions, no worries, create some beautiful birds on your own. Set up and start painting!

The show is January 18-20, 2019 at the Morro Bay Community Center.  Our booth is part of a complete exhibition featuring on birds of all species.  This is a non-juried show with no awards.


To enter your art at the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival fill out and submit the following prospectus. 

2019 Bird Show Prospectus (pdf)

Pastel Artists of the Central Coast William Schneider Workshop, June  19 – 22, 

Workshop Prospectus (pdf)

Workshop Registration Is Online Only  –  Online Workshop Registration

William Schneider was awarded signature status in Oil Painters of America (OPA). In addition the Pastel Society of America has recognized him as a “Master Pastelist,” IAPS (The International Association of Pastel Societies) has named him to the Masters’ Circle and AIS made him a Master Signature Member (AISM).

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

For more information about the activities on this page visit the Shows and Events page.


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

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