Artist Groups

Procreate Monthly Artist Group

with Dena Kuhn

March 6, 2024 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Every first Wednesday 1pm - 3 pm
Cambria Center for the Arts - Green Room

Together, we will work on our own projects in the wonderful iPad app PROCREATE.

Every month we focus on a different way to utilize Procreate, often starting with a “how-to” video. 

This collaborative space is designed to nurture your creativity, and together, learn this very enjoyable mode to “do” art (without the mess)! Over time & with your own searches for specific YouTube videos for your projects, we'll all learn the basic tools: Brushes, Layers, Un-do & Re-do, Altering size, Color & Blending modes, Layers & Exporting your image. Explore calligraphy tools, practice a still-life, and create a portrait watercolor landscape. Possibilities are unlimited!

Excellent soundtrack provided.
Bring your own iPad with Apple Pencil.
In February’s session, we’ll be looking at the symmetry feature & text.

Organizer: Dena Kuhn

Materials: absolutely none - except your iPad (with Procreate APP) & pencil if you have it, or it will be provided

Fee: $10 - CCA members free - to benefit CCA

Painting Critique Group

March 19, 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.

Figure Drawing Group

March 22, 2024 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Every 4th Friday of the month
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

Drawing/Painting Group

March 28, 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

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.

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

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