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 Fall Show


September 1- December 31st Beginners to Professional Artists!

“Changing Seasons”

Denise Schryver, 3cps Fall 2020 Online Show

“Twilight Sparkle”by Denise Schryver

Upcoming Online and Outside Workshops

Sadly, all 2020 in person workshops and demos have been cancelled due to Covid-19.  For more information in these troubles times about workshops, please contact Denise Schryver at

Albert Handell – 4 Day – All Outdoor workshop in beautiful Cambria, CA & Surrounding Area

Albert Hanell, 3cps Workshops 2021
Albert Handell, 3cps Workshop 2021


Registration is open directly through Albert Handell’s website:

For questions contact Denise Schryver, workshop coordinator, at

Cost: $750

Click Here to Register

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.

General Meetings


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

Paint Outs

El Chorro Regional and Botanical Gardens Park

When:  Saturday, January 16, 2021

Time:  9:00am to noon

January’s paint out will be at El Chorro Regional Park and the Botanical Gardens on Saturday, January 16, 2021.  The gardens have winding paths and many different types of trees and plants and there are many wonderful old sycamores and oak trees beyond the gate. Do be aware of poison oak. El Chorro Park is located on Hwy 1 between SLO and Morro Bay across from Cuesta College.  Check the Shows and Events  for directions.

Contact Tom Frey for questions and to RSVP.  Pictures below are of El Chorro Regional Park.

El Chorro Reginal Park, San Luis Obispo, CA
El Chorro Regional Park
El Chorro Regional Park, San Luis Obispo, CA

Santa Margarita Lake

3CPS Paint Out, Santa Margarita Lake

Santa Margarita Lake

When:  Friday, February 12, 2021

Time:  9:00am to noon

We are planning the February Paint Out at Santa Margarita Lake; Friday, February 12, at 9am.  There are several nice spots to paint at the Marina or just a short drive away. There are great views of the lake, waterfowl, trees and reeds, piers and boats.

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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