Academy Program

Beyond Technique: Finding Individual Expression through Oil Painting


June 9, 2023 - June 11, 2023
Hours are 10 to 1 and 2 to 5 with an hour for lunch from 1 to 2
Cambria Center for the Arts - Classroom 12

The workshop will:

  • Continue in the tradition of the 20th Century California Barbizon movement (“intimate works, painted with a limited palette; softly expressive, suggestive rather than detailed”)
  • Focus on emotional responses to nature
  • Encourage the individual artist’s expression while balancing the forces at play in creation of a painting. 
  • Topics will include design and composition, color and lighting, positives and negatives, simplification of shape, and atmospheric effects. 
  • Small class settings only. Please sign up early!

A painter's painter, Frank Eber works in a direct, loose style influenced by the Old World masters. Typical in his art are color mixes and light that evoke nostalgia while remaining absolutely in the present. Frank's oil painting workshops reach beyond technique, encouraging individual expression and observing the elusive balance of forces that create beauty in painting. 

Students should have an understanding of the oil painting medium and of simple one point perspective. 

Frank stresses a solid foundation in the basics, “…so that our focus is on creating timeless art. An emotional link is necessary in our work, as well as the connection to the vibrancy of everything we paint.”


Frank grew up in Europe and was mentored by Italian master painter Renato Casaro in 1994 and 95. In the ’80s and ’90s Frank worked as a professional illustrator for video cover sleeves and as a portrait artist by commission.

He strives to create timeless art in both oil and watermedia and works in a direct, loose style influenced by the Old World Masters. He lived for three years in the south of France and has painted on location in many countries around the world. He is also an accomplished Portrait painter.

Frank is an award-winning artist and Signature member of the American Impressionist society (AIS), American Watercolor Society (AWS), the National Watercolor Society (NWS) He is a juried Artist member of the prestigious California Art Club. Frank conducts workshops and demonstrations locally and at the national and international level. Professional artist since 2010 has been painting all his life. Painting apprenticeship with Italian master painter in the late 80's. Frank has 12 years teaching experience around the country, overseas workshops, in both traditional painting both watercolor and oils. 

Please download the list of supplies to bring. You may bring what you have that is similar. It is very important that you bring a tarp to cover the floor under your space.

Drawing/Painting Group

June 22, 2023 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Every 4th Thursday of the month
Cambria Center for the Arts - Green Room

 CCA holds still life drawing/painting sessions from 1:00 to 3:30 on the 4th Thursday of each month.  Located in the Green Room at Cambria Center for the Arts,

You will need to bring your own supplies, an easel if you choose to paint and a drop cloth to protect the floor and tables.  There is no teacher, just lots of practice and support from others.  A still life will be provided. 

There will be no instructor. Artists just gather to draw or paint

Fee: $10 - CCA members $5