There are a number of days of the week painters gather to paint indoor and plein air in Central California and this is a partial list. All painting groups are open to the public.
The Watercolor Connection - Open Painting Group - San Luis Obispo
This group meets Tuesday afternoons 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 2075 Johnson Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Our group includes all skill levels from absolute beginners to advanced artists. About 6-12 of us paint together indoors in a fun and encouraging environment. We begin each session with critiques of paintings (completed or in progress) and announcements, then paint, sometimes with a mini lesson or subject focus, or often doing our own thing with extra help for beginners or anyone else requesting it. Our group welcomes visitors and new members.
Directions: Driving up Johnson (away from downtown), pass French Hospital on the right. Continue on Johnson across the next intersection (Ella St), and turn right into the first driveway of the church parking lot. Enter through the glass door at parking lot level. We meet in a room down the hallway.
Email Betty for details. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday Painters 9:00 am to 12:30 pm Plein Air Each Thursday
Locations listed below as they change each week.
Everyone welcome. Come at 9 am and until noon; bring your sack lunch and a portable chair to sit on. After lunch there is a group critique of all paintings (completed or in progress). All levels of experience are welcome.
Contact is Debby Veldkamp (805) 801-3617
July & August 2017
Contact Joan Faubert-Suttle; email@example.com (805) 709-3435 or Debby Veldkamp firstname.lastname@example.org (805) 801-3617
Bring a lunch and something to sit on for lunch critique, rain cancels
July 6- Botanical Gardens in Chorro Park, SLO
From SLO drive north on hwy 1. At the light opposite Cuesta College turn right on Dairy Creek Road, drive up the hill past the park kiosk and down and around to the gardens, park in lot. Views of gardens.
July 13- Laguna Lake, SLO
From hwy 101 exit and drive west on Madonna Rd. and turn right into park on Dalidio (across from the blue Post Office off Madonna Rd.). Park and paint anywhere along the lake road.
July 20- Froom Ranch, SLO by Home Depot- On Los Osos Valley Road (LOVR) next to Home Depot-on the east side of the Nursery dept. Views of the old ranch house and water tower, barns and farm equipment to paint. We can walk and paint all over the ranch but at the owners request Do NOT to go inside any buildings!
July 27- Avila Village Woodstone Store and Deli- Avila
From SLO go south on Hwy 101, take Avila Beach Drive and make a right into the Village store parking area. Quaint picturesque village to paint and facilities to use.
August 3- At the beach in Pismo, on Park (street is just Park)Pismo Beach
From SLO go south on hwy 101 to the Pismo Beach hwy 1 off ramp. Go straight through on Dolliver Street. (hwy 1) and continue south and turn right onto Park Ave. Go to end and park in the large parking lot on the left.
August 10-- Elfin Forest, Los Osos
Go out LOVR to South Bay Blvd. turn right (at light). Turn left on Santa Ysabel Ave.(traffic light) turn left onto Santa Ysabel and then right on 16th St. (second street on right) go to the end of 16th St. park where you can find room. The boardwalk is easy to use and gets you to many unusual views of the estuary and bay.
August 17- Mark & Charlotte Jorgenson’s - SLO- 340 O’Connor Way, 3 houses up the street from Debby Veldkamp’s home – a lovely piece of property with lots of very old outbuildings, sheds, horses, pasture, and an old adobe house- that’s painted white sitting in some dark evergreen trees.
August 24– Talley Vineyards- From SLO go south on Broad street (past the airport) Broad street becomes hwy 227. Turn left on Biddle Ranch Road and right on Orcutt Drive. Go south all the way to Lopez Drive. Turn left on Lopez Drive and left into Talley Vineyards.
August 31- Oceano Dunes State Park, Oceano (formerly called Pismo Dunes- but large sign says Oceano Dunes)
From SLO go south on hwy 101 to Pismo Beach, exit Hwy 1 off ramp and go straight through to Dolliver St. (hwy 1) and follow it to Grover Beach/Oceano. Turn right on Grand Ave. and park in the large parking lot on the right (this is also a part of the State Park but we do not drive onto the beach). Ocean views.
Paso Robles, Friday Plein Air Each Friday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Paso Robles now has it's own plein air group that meets every Friday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., including an informal critique. If you are interested contact Ron Robinson at email@example.com . The group decides about a week ahead of time where they will go for the next week. An email announcement then goes out to the list of interested artists and includes directions on how to get to the selected painting site.
Wednesday Irregulars. Plein Air - Cambria 9:00 am; Each Wednesday.
Meet at 6576 Moonstone Beach Drive, (Art Van Rhyn Art Gallery), before 9:00 am (Try to be there between 8:45 to 8:50 am) and then the group will decide the location for the plein air painting session. The Location is taped on the front door after the group departs. Generally in the Cambria and down to Morro Bay area. Bring your lunch and there will be a group critique through lunch.