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 PresidentFrom the President’s Easel…

Happy Almost Spring to All!                                                         

It’s a great time to be a member of 3CPS.  There are workshops and demos, a 2020 Members’ Exhibit, and lots of pastel painting opportunities coming your way.  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!  And please don’t forget to click the read more link at the bottom of this newsletter to get the full story.  Denise Schryver

General Meetings


March 28 – General meeting and Pop-up Event.  More information to follow.

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


Paint Outs

Plein Air Paint Out – Mount Hollister


Mt. Hollister 3cps paintoutWHEN: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
TIME:  3 to 6pm
WHERE:  Rock Harbor Church, 1475 Quintana Road in Morro Bay

Our March paint-out features Mount Hollister, one of SLO County’s famous Seven Sisters.  This paint-out will be in the afternoon, not the morning, so that we can hopefully catch late afternoon color on the mountain.  Daylight Savings Time will have changed so it will be staying light later.  We’ll meet on the grounds of Rock Harbor Church; there is a nice level lawn with a view of the mountain as show in the photo below. Contact Jim Tyler to RSVP or for carpool coordination:  805-748-2220,


3 CPS Art Central All Member ShopCalling All 3CPS Members! All Member Show (June – August 2020)

On Your (Pastel) Mark… Get Set… Go Paint… 

for the second Bi-Annual 3CPS Members Only Show!

This is a 2-month exhibit at Art Central Gallery. 
Beginners to Professional Artists! The only requirement is that you be a current member in good standing of the California Central Coast Pastel Society.  Details to follow, so stay tuned and start painting your best work!


Alain Picard Workshops, March 4 – 7, 2020 

Alain Picard will be teaching two in-studio landscape workshops and one plein air workshop for 3CPS in March, 2020.
March 4: Just added. One day in-studio workshop. (Same as two day in-studio workshop).  Members $120, Non-members $155.
March 5-6: Two day studio workshop. Members $225, non-members $260. View Flyer
March 7: One day plein air workshop.  Members $120, Non-members $155. View Flyer
The workshops run from 9:30am to 4:30pm each day.  Suitable for all levels.
(Note: 2 day studio workshop and plein air workshops are full. Please call (805) 540-1470 regarding space.
Registration is open for the one day in-studio workshop.

Lorenzo Chavez, 3cps Workshop 2020Lorenzo Chavez 2 Day Plein Air and 2 day In-Studio workshops. May 20 – 23, 2020


2-day Plein Air Workshop, May 20-21 ($275 Members; $325 Non-members)

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

Registration is Open


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 

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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