Workshops

Purchase Now
Exploration of Abstract Painting

Exploration of Abstract Painting

Mar 7, 9:30am - Mar 9, 4:00pm

Art Center Morro Bay
835 Main St
Morro Bay, CA  93442 Map

SOLD OUT

Morro Bay Art Association is proud to welcome back award winning artist, Krista Harris, for a workshop in abstract painting.

Krista is a professional artist of international fame. Her masterful use of vibrant color evokes energy, strength and simplicity. Her captivating work will lure you in, to explore richly layered designs that reveal a deeper place – somewhere pure and personal.

Open to both beginning and intermediate students, this workshop is an authentic and creative experience in exploring and understanding nonobjective painting.

Explore ways of thinking and visualizing, abstractly. Learn to use materials, methods and ways of resolve, to advance your own studio practice or simply have the gift of 3 days of nothing but art and camaraderie with other artists. The theories and practices taught can be applied to those who work in a realistic manner or artists who are curious about abstract painting but not sure how to make the leap.

Krista earned her BFA from East Carolina University, and her work is collected widely in private and corporate collections throughout the world, including Duke Memorial Cancer Center, Durham, NC; Northern Trust Bank, Chicago, IL; and the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Grand Cayman Island. Krista currently lives in Southwest Colorado and participates in international art fairs including SOFA NYC, Chicago and Palm Beach International Art Fair.

WHAT: Workshop “Introduction to Abstract Painting”
WHEN: March, 7, 8 & 9, 2018 10am – 4pm
COST: $475. MBAA Members or $500. Non Members
Non refundable deposit of $100. to hold a seat. Must be paid in full no later than February 7, 2018.
WHERE: St Benedict Episcopal Church, 2220 Snowy Egret Ln, Los Osos, CA 93402
Preregistration Required, contact: Lynn Douglass 661-619-2461 or purchase online artcentermorrobay.org/index.php/shop

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpExESXgQuw&t=7s
#mbaaworkshops
#mbaaevents
... See MoreSee Less

Start to Finish - A Take Home Collage

Start to Finish - A Take Home Collage

Mar 22, 9:00am - Mar 22, 12:30pm

Art Center Morro Bay
835 Main St
Morro Bay, CA  93442 Map

1-Day Workshop

Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present a one-day workshop in Mixed Media Collage given by award winning artist Page Graeber. Her captivating work includes a variety of artistic mediums which signify bold and vibrantly rich color. Her skilled use of media conveys an eye for the dramatic, composition and subject matter.

During Page’s workshop, students will learn several techniques at one time to create a stunning collage. Beginning with a sturdy foundation, setting a mood, layering mixed media and adding embellishments to your composition for a unique finish.
Students do not need prior experience and supplies will be provided.

Page is a member of several local art groups. She is a past President of the Paso Robles Art Association, Signature Member of Watercolor West International, International Society of Acrylic Painters and Central Coast Watercolor Society. Her work is fun and vibrant as she states, "My work is a projection of my personality".

Don’t miss this fun filled mixed media workshop!

DATE: March 22, 2018
TIME: 9am – 12:30pm
COST: $65. MBAA Members or $70. Non MBAA Members
May cancel registration up to 7 days of scheduled workshop.
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St., Morro Bay, CA 93442
REGISTER: 805-772-2504 or online: www.artcentermorrobay.org

#mbaaevents
#mbaaworkshops
... See MoreSee Less

Introduction to Soft Pastels and the Art of Pastel Painting

Introduction to Soft Pastels and the Art of Pastel Painting

Apr 13, 1:00pm - Apr 15, 4:00pm

Art Center Morro Bay
835 Main St
Morro Bay, CA  93442 Map

Greg Trombly’s Pastel Magic!

Introduction to Soft Pastels and the Art of Pastel Painting
Landscapes of fields, forests and floral

Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present a workshop in soft pastel by award winning artist, Greg Trombly, PhD. Discover the magic of pastels in a relaxed and supportive environment, focusing on basic drawing and observation skills. This workshop is designed to provide plenty of hands on guidance, allowing students to work from reference photos of their choice. Students from beginner to advanced are welcome.

This course is held April 13, 14 & 15, 2018, 1-4pm. Emphasis will be placed on composition, color and value. Greg will begin each workshop with a short demonstration, followed by independent work from personal reference photos and instructor guidance. Students are encouraged to bring a reference photo of a field, forested landscape and flower arrangement. Images will be provided for reference to those who do not bring their own.


April 13, “Fields”
Introduction to pastel with an emphasis on basic drawing technique, color and value. Greg will provide a demonstration from selected compositions of various fields of grass, hay and wheat. Students will work independently from reference photos while they learn to bring life to their subjects.

April 14, “Flowerscape”
Review of previous day’s work. Greg will provide a demonstration of a floral composition. Floral arrangements and leaf structure with be discussed. Students will work independently from personal reference photos. Photos will be provided for those who do not bring their own.

April 15, “The Forest”
“How to see the forest for the trees”. Demonstration of trees and foliage. Students are encouraged to begin a new project or complete a previous painting.

Dr. Greg Trombly holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Education from State University of New York at Oswego and State University of New York at Albany. In addition, he holds a PhD in the Cultural Foundations of Education from Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Trombly has been an educator and administrator for the public school system and at the university level. He has continued art education by participating in workshops from acclaimed artists such as Terri Ludwig and Daniel Greene. He exhibits artwork in New York, and his artwork is held in private collections throughout the country.


Connect with other artists and learn basic skills in soft pastel. This class is not utilizing oil pastel, rather “soft pastel”. A materials list will be provided.


Greg will give an interactive demonstration of soft pastels prior to this workshop on Monday, April 9, 2018 from 3-5pm. This demo is free and open to the public.

COST: $30. Members; $35. non-Members per class.
May cancel registration up to 7 days of scheduled workshop.
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA
WHEN: April 13, 14 & 15, 2018, 1-4pm
PRE-REGISTER: Reserve your space online at www.artcentermorrobay.org
CONTACT: 805-772-2504
#mbaaworkshops
... See MoreSee Less

Joy of Plein Air Landscape Painting

Joy of Plein Air Landscape Painting

Jun 12, 9:00am - Jun 14, 4:00pm

Art Center Morro Bay
835 Main St
Morro Bay, CA  93442 Map

Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present, Joy of Plein Air Landscape Painting, a 3-day workshop by award winning artist, Debra Joy Groesser.

Debra Groesser earned a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Bellevue College, Bellevue, Nebraska. Debra paints many subjects, however, is noted for her impressionistic style, plein air landscape work. Debra states, “Painting is such a spiritual experience for me. Nothing inspires me more than being out on location, capturing the subtle nuances of color, light and atmosphere that can only be achieved by painting from nature. Debra also paints portraits and figurative works. In 2011, she was commissioned by Omaha Performing Arts to create a large portrait of Richard and Mary Holland, which hangs at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Debra is a signature member and President/CEO of the American Impressionist Society, a Master Signature member of Plein Air Artists, Colorado, a Signature member of Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and American Plains Artists. She is an elected artist member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters and the Salmagundi Club in New York. Her work has been featured in several national art publications including Art of the West, American Art Collector, Southwest Art and a feature article in the October/November 2014 issue of Plein Air Magazine. She was a finalist in Southwest Art Magazine’s 2012 Artistic Excellence competition. Debra was a faculty member for the 2014 and 2015 Plein Air Conventions in Monterey, California

Debra is represented by SouthWind Art Gallery, Topeka KS, Mary Williams Fine Art, Boulder CO, Vanessa Rothe Fine Art, Laguna Beach CA, Montgomery-Lee Fine Art, Park City UT and The Mission Gallery, St. George UT.

Prior to the workshop, Debra will give a demonstration, free and open to the public on Monday, June 11, 2018, 3-5pm. This workshop will begin with an indoor class encompassing preparation, use of value and tools. The following 2 days will be held out of doors, on location. This schedule may be modified, due to inclement weather.

This workshop is appropriate for beginners to advanced.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCdd1H0eWcs

WHAT: Joy of Plein Air Landscape Painting workshop
WHEN: June, 12, 2018, 9am – 5pm (Classroom). June 13 & 14, 2018, 8am – 4pm on location.
COST: $375. MBAA Members or $400. Non Members, Non refundable deposit of $100. will hold a seat, must be paid in full by May 12, 2018. May cancel registration up to 7 days of scheduled workshop.
WHERE: Demonstration and Classroom: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA 93442. Outdoor location to be determined.
CONTACT: Lynn Douglass 661- 619-2461 or Patricia Newton 805-423-1100
#mbaaworkshops
... See MoreSee Less

Portraits in Pastel

Portraits in Pastel

Aug 2, 10:00am - Aug 2, 5:00pm

Art Center Morro Bay
835 Main St
Morro Bay, CA  93442 Map

Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present award winning artist, Cuong Nguyen for a three-day workshop, “Portraits in Pastel”.

A professional artist of international acclaim, Cuong Nguyen, works in both oil and pastel. Though casual viewers may have difficulty distinguishing the two media in his hands, Cuong almost never blends strokes, yet achieves a level of detail and smoothness of gradation that is unusual in pastel paintings!

Mr. Nguyen studied at the Academy of Art in Saigon, Vietnam. He earned a degree in Illustration & Graphic Design from San Jose State University and established a successful career as an icon designer with a prominent Silicon Valley company before becoming a professional artist. Ultimately, Cuong’s passion for art resurfaced. He began to create sidewalk chalk drawings. These ephemeral artworks were as large as 16' x 24'. Cuong soon established a reputation for painting amazingly lifelike portraits on asphalt. He began to exhibit in international art fairs and returned to his studio, where he spent endless hours refining techniques with more traditional media.

Cuong Nguyen is a member of Oil Painters of America, International Guild of Realism, a Distinguished Pastellist with Pastel Society of America and Pastel Society of the West Coast, Master Pastelist with Pastel of America and Master IAPS Circle with International Association of Pastel Societies. His work has been exhibited at national and international exhibits; the Triton Museum in Santa Clara, California and the Haggin Museum in Stockton.
Cuong is currently represented by John Pence gallery in San Francisco, California.

Learn about drawing, values, edges and composition, in a workshop designed to create in a relaxed, informative yet focused environment, for all skill levels. Students will concentrate on drawing the human head and creating life-like skin tone colors using the green foundation technique, while developing new skills in soft pastel and pastel pencil. This workshop will feature live models.

Preregister Required at: artcentermorrobay.org/index.php/shop/

www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSI8FKHrc08

WHAT: “Portrait in Pastel” workshop
WHEN: August, 2, 3 & 4, 2018 10am – 5pm
COST: $375. MBAA Members or $400. Non Members, must be paid in full by July 1, 2018. A non fefundable deposit of $100. will hold a seat, must be paid in full by July 1, 2018
WHERE: St Benedict Episcopal Church, 2220 Snowy Egret Ln, Los Osos, CA 93402
CONTACT: Lynn Douglass 661- 619-2461
#mbaaworkshops
... See MoreSee Less

Creatively Embellished Pine Needle Pendant or Brooch

Creatively Embellished Pine Needle Pendant or Brooch

Nov 13, 10:00am - Nov 13, 5:00pm

Art Center Morro Bay
835 Main St
Morro Bay, CA  93442 Map

Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present a pine needle jewelry workshop by award winning artist, Sheri Smith. Students will learn to create a unique pendant or brooch with creative embellishments.

A passion for creating jewelry and baskets, has taken Sheri on the path of exploring the countless ways a piece can be adorned as it’s being created. Sheri uses traditional pine needle coiling and weaving techniques, and embellishes her works of art with fibers, ribbons, beads, wire and hardware.

Sheri attended University of Oregon EMU Craft Center Continuing Education. She taught youth arts, workshops and Smithsonian Arts through Nature. Sheri is a member of The Pine Needle Group, Columbia Basin Basketry Guild, National Basketry Organization, Art Forum Eugene, Oregon and Willamette Baskets Group. Sheri’s pine needle creations have been featured in numerous publications, and she authored a tutorial for a French magazine, Le Lien Creatif, on pine needle pendants.

This workshop will explore a variety of ways to begin coiling while adding colorful embellishments, using various fibers, beads and wire to complete a unique piece of jewelry. Learn the basics of coiling with longleaf pine needles, colorful waxed linen and beads to create a pendant or a brooch you can wear home! Perfect for beginning to advanced students. These techniques can be later used in making sculptural coiled baskets and jewelry. All materials provided. Students will need to bring a good pair of embroidery scissors.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn techniques from an experienced pine needle coiler and weaver. Sheri will be giving a free demonstration, open to the public on Monday, November 12, 3-5pm.

Pre-registration for this workshop can be made at Art Center Morro Bay or online at www.artcentermorrobay.org Refunds may be given for cancellations made seven days prior to class with the exception of a $30. non refundable, registration fee.

WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA
WHEN: November 13, 2018, 10am – 5pm, lunch break 1-2pm
CONTACT: 805-772-2504 or www.artcentermorrobay.org
COST: $125. MBAA Members or $130. Non Members
#mbaaworkshops
... See MoreSee Less