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


February 23, 2019 General Meeting, California Central Coast Pastel Society

Art Sherwyn

Challenging the Plateaus, Uncovering New Pathways and Staying Motivated. 
WHEN:  Saturday,February 23
TIME:    10 AM to Noon
WHERE:  SLO County Library Conference Room
Note the new location.  Parking is available in 2 structures on Palm Street.

National “Art Teacher of the Year” award winner, Art Sherwyn, is the featured presenter at our next General Meeting. As a teacher, Art has spoken at local, state and national conferences for the arts and education. Recently, he gave a presentation at Harvard University. Many of his works have won awards. His contemporary pieces hang in museums and in private collections. 
Art Sherwyn stretches all the boundaries!  He will inspire you to step outside your comfort zones in the most delightful way. Blame him for the bags under your eyes. He’ll make you want to stay up all night painting. Come listen and be highly entertained as he describes how artists get better with age. 

Paint Outs


Laguna Lake is full!  Our next paint-out at Laguna Lake will feature views of the waterfowl, mountains, pastures, cows, gazebos, eucalyptus, playgrounds, dog parks, and, of course, the lake!

When:  Sunday, April 21st, 9am to noon.  Rain cancels.

Where:  Laguna Lake Park.  504 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo.  Enter the park; at ¼ mile turn left on the only road possible; drive ¼ mile to the lake; turn right and go ¼ mile to the end of the road. 

Questions and RSVP:  Contact Jim Tyler at (805) 748-2220

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.  Watch for new spring mini workshops!

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, 2019 

Alain Picard will be teaching two landscape workshops and doing a demo for 3CPS in March, 2020.
The dates are as follows:
March 4 – a 2-hour demo open to the public.  Cost is $45
March 5-6 – 2-day studio workshop
March 7 – 1-day plein air workshop
Students can take one or both workshops.  The 2-day workshop is $300; the 1-day plein air workshop is $175.  Total cost for both workshops is $450, a $25 discount.  The workshop runs from 9:30am to 4:30pm each day.  It is suitable for all levels.
Online registration is coming in late May.  To reserve a space before then, please email

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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