Artist Groups

Drawing/Painting Group

June 27, 2024 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 free - to benefit CCA

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Figure Drawing Group

June 28, 2024 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Every 4th Friday of the month
NO group in June
Cambria Center for the Arts - Green Room

Join us for Figure Drawing!

CCA holds figure drawing sessions from 11:00 to 1:00 on the 4th Friday of each month.  Located in the Green Room at Cambria Center for the Arts.

We supply a costumed or minimally clothed model. We begin with short gesture poses to warm up and then increase up to 5 or 10 minute poses.  The longest pose will be a 20 minute pose.  We will have a 5 minute break every 20 minutes.  Bring your own supplies, sketch pad, pencils or charcoal, whatever you wish to use. Bring your own easel and drop cloth if you plan to paint.  Tables and chairs are available.

These are uninstructed sessions; we learn from practice and support from others.

Space is limited.

Fee $25 - CCA members $15

June group has been canceled 

Painting Critique Group

July 16, 2024 10:00 am - 11:30 am
On the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am
CCA - Green Room

This Group is for CCA members who are already painting. Once a month people will meet indoors for a critique of current paintings.

The group will meet once per month
On the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am.

For more info contact Cindy Stiles at or 661-703 2391

There is limited space. Please sign up below.

Mindful Marks Inspired Drawing Group

The question is not what you look at, but what you see. — Henry David Thoreau

July 17, 2024 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Third Wednesday of each month
Cambria Center for the Arts - Green Room

A group of us took Lynda Monick_Isenberg's two delightful workshops this past February and March. Observational Drawing and Mindful Marks. The basic premise of both workshops, in Lynda's words was: "Drawing is at the core of all art making; it is the way we first make our mark in the world. Drawing is expressive and unique to each hand. It is as personal as our signature and as joyful as drawing in the sand. Drawing is not a talent. It is a learned and practiced skill. Participants in this short course are guided through traditional and nontraditional drawing exercises to develop personal drawing skills, techniques and strategies in support of their own new or renewed creative practice. Most importantly they are offered new ways of seeing, looking and engaging with the world through the act of drawing in a supportive community." 

As class participants we became attached and intrigued with the drawing process, and with each other. We formed a monthly group on the third Wednesday of each month. This group is based at the Green Room in CCA, but occasionally we may meet in members' beautiful homes, or have field trips possibly on different days of the month. We take turns providing inspirational exercises to trigger the creative process. While it is not required that you attend each month, we sure hope that it will continue as a community where we all participate as creators, guides, and an inspirational support group for the creative process. If you were not in these workshops, but are inspired by what we have to say here, you are welcome to join us. 

Lynda may teach a few virtual classes throughout the year. These will  be announced and listed separately. She will return next year for another in person workshop which will be announced at a later date. 

Meanwhile we want to keep our creative spirit alive and expanding, along with the joy of a supportive creative community.  So please join us and sign up each month!  Free for members! 

Plein Air Painting

painting by Jo Swanberg

Have you ever painted in the great outdoors or are you interested in starting? The Wednesday Irregulars have been meeting and painting each week for over three decades. And we are always looking for new people to join in the fun.

It’s a friendly group, very flexible, fun and we offer good, honest critique about your work. Everyone is welcome, but there’s one rule: If you want to come with us, you have to show up. People do oil, acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink, mixed media and more. The Irregulars meet on Wednesday mornings and paint in various locations near Cambria and surrounding areas. If you’d like to be added to the email list or would like more information, contact Cam Arnold at

Participate in the Member Artist Showcase


One of the benefits of being a member with CCA is for artists who would like to have an online portfolio of their work. The Member Artist Showcase is a great venue for artists. Artists can upload an image of self, include a bio of up to 300 words, include 12 works of art, and even include a video. Click the link below to open the Artist Portfolio interface. Type in your email address to verify you are a current member and add your content. You can come back to this same interface at any time to change the content.

This same content will be used to create the Artist Book found in the Gallery for visitors to view.

Creating an artists’ community for artists

Since 1952, the non-profit Cambria Center for the Arts (CCA)- the Allied Arts Association – has supported the community, sharing the artistic vision of locals with residents and visitors alike.

Our mission is to raise awareness and appreciation of art through education and community outreach, as well as the display and promotion of member art.

CCA is hosting a variety of workshops for the community from painting to critique. The organization has grown over the years to include many talented and generous artists.  You don’t need to be a well-known professional to join.  Amateur artists and art enthusiasts are also welcome.

One of the original members of the association, Art Van Rhyn, and his contemporaries formed the Wednesday Irregulars, a 30-plus year, ongoing, painting group.  This hearty group of Plein Air painters gather weekly to paint in the scenic outdoors of Cambria and surrounding communities in all kinds of weather, to capture visually the changing landscapes of the Central Coast.  Newcomers are always welcome.

Our center houses the Art Van Rhyn Art Library and reading space.  Come in to borrow a book or just for a relaxing afternoon perusing fabulous art books.

Please join us. Bring your enthusiasm; there are many ways to become involved.  Anyone can volunteer; we can all learn from each other and share what we’ve learned. Artists helping artists!

If you are interested in seeing our other classes offered at CCA, the "Academy", or want to offer classes "Instructor" through our organization, please select the links below.

If you are interested in getting involved with us, please select the "Get Involved" link or "Volunteer", and come have some fun with us!

Here is a list of other art associations in our area. Reach out and support them as well! 

Morro Bay Art Association
Location: 835 Main St., Morro Bay, CA

Paso Robles Art Association
Location: 1130 Pine St., Paso Robles, CA

Studios on the Park
Location: 1130 Pine St., Paso Robles, CA