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


Saturday Night Paint Party

with Lury Norris
Saturday, March 30: 6 pm - 8:30 pm (Willow)
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.


PRAA Atelier 101: Painting Workshop

with WB Eckert
Wednesday, April 3 & 17: 9 am - 12 pm
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This clinic is for acrylic painters who are looking for an opportunity to paint with like-minded painters and who would also like an opportunity to share guidance and direction with instructor WB Eckert. Bring your own painting, or work from a provided set up. This is a great opportunity to bring that painting that you are struggling with, work on it in the clinic with some constructive direction. Bring your own materials. $25. Drop-ins welcome.


PRAA Painting With Acrylics For Beginners

with WB Eckert
Wednesday, April 10: 9 am - 12 pm
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This is a hands-on beginners class for those interested in learning how to paint with acrylics. Paints, brushes, and equipment supplied. Materials needed: 8 - 8x10" canvas boards, clothes suitable for painting. Limited to 6 students. $45 per student. Click here for more information or to sign up or call 805.238.2001.


Still Life Oil Painting Workshop

with Elio Camacho
Saturday, April 13 - Sunday, April 14, 2019: 9 am - 4 pm
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As a painting instructor, Elio Camacho's mission is to provide students with the foundation necessary to be creative. His goal is to assist students in capturing the particular mood of the moment and to express themselves in a bold and colorful way, while capturing the beauty and spontaneity of nature.

Elio's workshops are very hands on, with an emphasis on easelside critiques. He believes that giving instruction is important, but showing students how this instruction applies to their individual work is crucial. Based on the student’s level and goals, Elio develops a program for improving each individual’s ability as a painter. $275 ($50 deposit).

Method of Instruction:
• Demos
• Hands-On
• Instruction at the Student's Easel

About Elio Camacho
Elio is currently represented in galleries throughout the United States.

“The works have a looseness and spontaneity that goes beyond just rendering every detail.” - Bonnie Gangelhoff, Southwest Art Magazine----Artist to Watch, July 2009

“At Leipers Creek (Gallery) you can also see landscapes by Elio Camacho that are very appealing, beautifully done, but quite innovative.” - Gary English, Nashville Arts Magazine, March, 2009


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.

A Testimonial from a Recent Student of John Cosby
"I just wanted to write and give you some personal feedback to your workshop. First of all, it was wonderful! I know that much of what you covered I had heard before, but apparently this time it “stuck” and I am thrilled with the results. Your love of teaching really shines. First of all, your initial concept of creating puzzle pieces to form a composition right off the bat by covering the entire canvas and filling in big shapes with the right value and temperature and them colorizing them afterwards is brilliant. Also focusing on linking the dark and light patterns and separating the values really hit home. This also appeals to my more abstract and graphic sensibilities and it’s been making my paintings stronger. I am making improvements on understanding values by using your puddle method, something that I just couldn’t grasp well before, but now it seems so right and obvious. I always thought of myself as a more intuitive painter, not needing to take the time to lay out the values, but no more." -S.A.


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.