Classes & Workshops

Come to Studios on the Park—let our well-equipped studios, talented and supportive artists, and beautiful parkside setting bring out the artist in you!

Upcoming at studioS    

Paint Party Fundraiser for North County Paws Cause

with Lury Norris
Sunday, October 20: 3:30 pm - 6 pm
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Come have some fun and paint "kitty at the window" to raise awareness and funds for North County Paws Cause for cats and kittens! Studios on the Park resident artist, cat lover, and Paws Cause volunteer, Lury Norris takes you step-by-step through creating your very pawsitively purrfect painting. Please bring your own snacks and beverages to enjoy in the process and get ready for a cat-tastically fun afternoon! Space is limited. Sign up today! $40 per person includes all supplies and should be paid directly to the instructor.


California Impressionism Workshop

with Karl Dempwolf
Wednesday, October 23-Friday, October 25: 9 am - 4 pm
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For decades, Karl Dempwolf made it his life's work to learn from the paintings of California Impressionism’s great masters and figure out just how they made such wonderful compositions, found such rich yet tasteful colors, and used such wonderful brushwork.

In this rare workshop, Karl reveals the priceless techniques he discovered and shares his years of experience so that you can take your paintings to the next level. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate painter, or an experienced professional work en plein air or in the studio, there is value for you.

Smaller, on-location studies are the focus of the three days. Karl says “I prefer that the students work small on location, 9×12 or 8×10 or smaller forcing the student to decide on masses and shapes in a relatively confined area, and therefore reducing the amount of information they are able to include in a painting. The student can use any medium he or she prefers, they can use a minimalist pallet or a full complement of colors, the only requirement I have insisted on for years is that they bring a sketch pad and pencil where some of the students thinking is exposed and an early critique will assist them in their efforts.”

Participants should bring plein air easels and supplies and plan to paint outside in beautiful Paso Robles wine country. In case of rain or a heat wave, an indoor option is available and participants may bring larger paintings to work on.

$400 cash/check, $425 credit.


Intermediate Drawing Tutorial

with Lury Norris
Thursday, October 17, 24, 31: 3:30 pm - 5 pm
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If you've got some drawing ability and want to expand your drawing experience, improve your ability, or perfect your accuracy, this is the class for you!

Materials list: drawing pencils (preferably H, HB, B and 2B), erasers (white plastic or pink pearl and some kneaded), and sketch paper (11"x14" best). RSVP required 24 hours in advance. $20/class.


Ultimate Beginning Drawing Tutorial:

Seeing and recording forms, shapes, and edges accurately

with Lury Norris
Thursday, October 17, 24: 5:30 pm - 7 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 H, HB, B and 2B), erasers (white plastic or pink pearl and some kneaded), and sketch paper (11"x14" best). RSVP required 24 hours in advance. $20/class.


Just Eyes

with Lury Norris
Saturday, October 26: 1 pm - 6 pm
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Come spend an afternoon learning how to draw soulful eyes. Lury Norris, the queen of eyes, shows you the tricks of the trade to capture really penetrating eyes in your drawings. The class also covers how to draw eyes looking in different directions. Materials to bring: drawing paper, drawing pencils, erasers, ruler.

Ages 12 and up. $60. RSVP before October 25.


Painting with Light Using the Camera Always with You
A Workshop for Veterans on How to Create Art with Your Smartphone

with Michael V. Messina
Saturdays, October 26, November 2 & 9: 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Free of charge for all approved veterans as part of Veterans' Voices III. Made possible in part by the California Arts Council, Deprise Brescia and Arts Obispo. Space is limited so please sign up in advance.

All veterans and their families invited to join recognized fine art photographer and mobile device photography educator Michael V. Messina and explore creative ways to create personal expressions of art using the Smartphone (iOS & Android devices) and selected editing apps.

This three day, 12-hour workshop covers:
*Smartphone camera set-up and basics
*Fundamentals of composition and lighting
*Using the power of editing apps
*Exploring the concept of art and artistic voice
*Shooting with purpose & creating a concept for art exhibits
*B&W photography basics for the Smartphone
*Using HDR
*Writing an artist statement


Fundamentals of Accuracy: Classical Drawing

with Lury Norris
Saturday, November 2, 9, 15, 23: 12 pm - 2:30 pm
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Take this class with Lury Norris to really improve and polish your level of accuracy with your subjects, whether they are 2-D subjects (using photo references) or 3-D subjects (from life). You can be a beginner or experienced artist. This class will give you the freedom to choose the level of accuracy and realism you would like to use in your work by giving you the skill set to have that choice. We will be using Bargue plates and plaster casts in our process. Lury looks forward to working with you! $180.


Studios Life Drawing Group

Facilitated by Lury Norris
Monday, November 11, December 9: 2 pm - 5 pm
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Welcome all artists, painters, drawers and sketchers to the return of life drawing with a model in Paso Robles! Come join the fun in a relaxed, inclusive environment! These unguided, non-instructional sessions facilitated by Lury Norris are for artists of all levels to come and draw, unhindered and in whatever medium and style they choose! Expect a a different professional live nude model every session. $15 participation fee, no model fee but tips are appreciated. Materials are not provided so please bring paper and pencil or whatever you prefer to work with. Lury suggests vine charcoal, hard charcoal and 18"x24" paper (newsprint or sketch). There are tables and chairs for your use but no easels. We ask that you please clean up your area after the session. There is also a sink if you need water for wet media.


Beginning Cookie Decorating for Fall & Thanksgiving

with Arty McGoo
Saturday, November 16: 3 pm - 5:30 pm
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Come learn the art of cookie decorating with Arty McGoo! We'll discuss cookie basics and decorate a set of festive cookies perfect for fall parties and your Thanksgiving feast. It's edible art! You will learn the basics of piping, flooding, wet on wet designs, and more! Come join us for fun, friendship, and fabulous cookies! This class is appropriate for everyone ages 12 & up. Limited to 20 students. $50 price includes all supplies used during the class.



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