Classes & Workshops

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Organizing a Scene Into a Compelling Work of Art

A Painting Workshop with John Cosby
Monday, April 22 - Friday, April 26: 9 am - 4 pm
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The Paso Robles area is so paintable with all its country charm and Studios on the Park has a wonderful studio classroom in which to work. Organizing a scene is the key to a successful painting. This 5-day workshop with acclaimed American Impressionist Painter John Cosby is a very effective way to learn these skills with two days of study in the studio and three out in nature. The studio days inform your color and design skills and the outdoor days apply those skills. John has found that if you cannot place your shapes correctly and with tonal accuracy in the beginning your chances of finishing well diminish.  He tends to paint with strong, saturated color. This is the way he sees the world and have worked hard to figure out how to balance strong color with being true to the mood of the scene. For John finding a way to control small movements in both tone and color temperature was the key. There are many methods to achieve this control but the one John teaches and paints with involves mixing 3 to 4 tonally correct pools of color and then mixing small changes out of each pool. John has found that this method can be passed to a student relatively quickly and then once practiced will allow that artist to express themselves in a more direct manner. If you want to capture the light and atmosphere of a place you have to be organized and execute your design with confidence. John will show you how to do that. $700 ($350 to register, refundable until 30 days out unless we can find a replacement). Click here for the workshop supply list.


Earth Day Journal Class

with Janice Strakbein
Monday, April 22: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Celebrate Earth Day by making a journal with artist and educator Janice Strakbein. Make stencils and stamps with everyday items, learn various painting techniques to create interesting backgrounds. Janice will teach how to bind signatures into a book to take home as well.

Drop-ins are welcome but advanced registration is appreciated. $30 class fee includes all materials.


PRAA Mixing Colors to Get the Color You Want

with WB Eckert
Wednesday, April 24: 9 am - 12 pm
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This class focuses on the techniques of mixing color, the properties of color that will give us the colors we want; strategies for identifying and mixing color, and hands-on exercises. We will be using acrylics, but the exercises are applicable to any painting media. Limited to 6 students. Paint and brushes and equipment included. Material you supply: 1 - 9"x12" Bristol board pad, clothes suitable for painting. $45 per student.


Ultimate Beginning Drawing Tutorial:

Seeing and recording forms, shapes, and edges accurately

with Lury Norris
2nd & 4th Thursday Evenings April 25: 4:30 pm  - 6 pm
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Learn how to truly record what you see. With patient guidance and expert instruction from Lury Norris, this class is for the true novice, for the person who says they can “barely draw a stick figure.” Lury teaches you to work with pictures and still lifes, using pencil and charcoal on paper. Study at your own pace and gain the ability to take your subject and record it with true accuracy. Materials list: drawing pencils (preferably 2B and 4B), erasers (white plastic or pink pearl and some kneaded), and sketch paper (11"x14" best). RSVP required 24 hours in advance. $20/class. $10 optional materials fee.


Advanced Cookie Decorating

with Arty McGoo
Saturday, April 27: 10 am - 4 pm
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Become a cookie ninja with Arty McGoo! We will be combining many skills and techniques, learning about the intricacies of royal icing, using different tools and textures, and painting with food coloring to create 6 amazing and beautiful cookies! Your supplies, lunch, and a gift bag are all included. Come join us for fun, friendship, and fabulous cookies!

Previous enrollment in Beginning and Intermediate Cookie Decorating is not a prerequisite. This class is appropriate for everyone ages 12 & up. Limited to 20 students. $150.

All supplies are included in the $65 ticket price, even gloves! Come alone or as a group for an evening of fun!

* Attendees must be 21 years or older.


Saturday Night Paint Party

with Lury Norris
Saturday, April 27: 6 pm - 8:30 pm (Old Oak)
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It's paint party time! Make the most of your Saturday night by uncorking your inner artist while sipping on Paso’s finest wines. If you've never painted before, this is a fun way to get started! Local, professional artist Lury Norris takes you step-by-step through creating your very own gorgeous masterpiece painting in acrylics. This fun and easy painting experience is surprisingly rewarding and all supplies are provided. Studios Winery Partner wines available for purchase. Limited to 12 students. $40 fee includes all materials.


Sand + Succulent Terrarium Workshop

with Zest it Up
Sunday, April 28: 3:30 pm - 5 pm
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Lovingly known as desert terrariums, these beautiful creations are a perfectly modern trend to bring some panache into your home. Come learn about the care and propagation of succulents while you create your own beauty out of an assortment of vessels, sands, and succulents. We will discuss form, color and texture as we begin arranging together. A floral arranging class without florals!

As always, Zest includes yummy nibbles during the workshop, so no one gets hangry while they create! Please feel free to BYOB if you are hankering for that end-of-day-glass. This is about creativity and community as we develop our green thumbs together!

The $45 ticket includes all supplies.

Due to limited seating and high demand of workshop tickets, we have a 48 hour cancellation policy to receive a refund or to reschedule. We have a workshop minimum of at least 5 people. If we need to cancel the workshop we will notify the guests at least 3 hours in advance. Either a refund can be issued or credit can be kept on file to be used at a future workshop. Thank you for understanding!



PRAA Splashing Paint with the Painters' Guild

Tuesday Mornings: 9 am - 12 pm
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Painters of every media meet and paint together, share ideas and provide friendly critiques. Furnish your own art supplies. For artists of all skill levels - beginners welcome.

Sponsored by Paso Robles Art Association. Free for PRAA members and $5 for non-members. For more information, call Page Graeber at 805.239.7337 or email