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


Paint Outs

Plein Air Paint Out – Mount Hollister


Mt. Hollister 3cps paintoutWHEN: Saturday, December 7th, 2019
TIME:  1:00 – 4:00 pm
WHERE:  Rock Harbor Church, 1475 Quintana Road in Morro Bay, along Highway 1.

This paint-out features lovely views of Mount Hollister.  We’ll meet in the afternoon, not the morning, so that we can get late afternoon color on the mountain.  Contact Jim Tyler for more information or to RSVP (805-748-2220,

Workshops 2020

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 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.

Teresa Saia 3-day In-Studio workshop. September 10,11, and 12, 2020.

(More information to follow).   

Registration opens Spring, 2020

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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