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 Meetings


General Meeting for all members, potluck lunch and a slideshow of the Morro Bay Natural History Museum Show! Satuday, April 27th 11am – 12:30pm.  Union Bank Community Room, 995 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo.

Additional general meetings will be held on June 22 and August 24 at Union Bank in SLO.

On November 9th, our general meeting will include a demo and half day workshop by Linda Mutti.  This will take place at the Nipomo Community Presbyterian Church. 


Paint Outs

Our next 3CPS paint-out will be at San Luis Bay Inn (, which is the big, pink timeshare between Avila Beach and Port San Luis.  We’ll have special access to paint gorgeous views of Avila Beach, the pier, San Luis Obispo Creek, and Fossil Point.

New to plein air?  C’mon, give it a try!  We may be able to provide a mentor if you’re interested.  And if you’d like to get a head start, just sketch the above scene in your studio and concentrate on pastels while you’re on site!


When:  Wednesday, June 5th, 9am to noon.  Rain cancels.

Where:  San Luis Bay Inn, 3254 Avila Beach Drive.  We’ll meet and paint at the lower parking lot, which is just to the right when you turn into the Inn.

Questions, RSVP, or to get a higher res photo of this Avila Beach scene:  Contact Jim Tyler at 805-748-2220 or

Museum of Natural History, HomeCalifornia Central Coast Pastel Society is proud to present their 1st Annual Spring Open Exhibition, a juried show with cash and merchandise awards!


Two Worlds Meet: Living Together Along the Shore.


Two Worlds Meet: Living Together Along the Shore will be exhibited by the Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay, a part of California’s unique state park system. This special event inside the beautiful setting of Morro Bay State Park features a collection of exceptional pastel paintings by talented artists from across the nation.  Artist entries are accepted by electronic submission only. Download to view prospectus and/or to register.

Exhibit Dates:  April 3 through May 31, 2019

Location:  Morro Bay State Park, Natural History Museum

Address: 10 State Park Road, Morro Bay, CA

Juror and Judge:  Dottie Hawthorne

For more information on entering your work, please see our prospectus. 

Online Entry Opens February 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM


William Schneider Workshop, June  19 – 22, 

Workshop Prospectus (pdf)

Workshop Registration Is Online Only  –  Online Workshop Registration

This four-day pastel workshop (oil painters are also welcome) is for advanced beginners and above. You will learn:
• The secret to glowing, realistic skin tone
• How to Take advantage of the unique properties of pastel
• Power through suggestion
• One simple technique to create sparkling color
• How to avoid “unpleasant detail”
• Masterful edge control
• The key to turning the form with temperature

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).

Alain Picard Demo & Workshop, March 4 – 7, 2020 

Alain Picard will be teaching two landscape workshops and doing a demo for 3CPS in March, 2020.
The dates are as follows:
March 4: Two hour demo open to the public.  Cost TBD.
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 workshop runs from 9:30am to 4:30pm each day.  It is suitable for all levels.
(Note: 2 day Workshop is nearly full. Please call (805) 540-1470 regarding space.

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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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