Paint-In at Destination:Art - March 20, 2018

FRAN NICHOLS - Paint-In Tuesday, March 20.  Fran will critique your work as you paint.  If you plan to attend please send an email to:
Fran is planning a workshop sometime in March/April so keep your eye on the website!

Tuesdays, 10 AM – 3PM. Drop in, no registration, $15

Other Pastel related workshops and classes at Destination:Art

DAVE WOLFRAM - UNDERPAINTING TECHNIQUES - Have you wanted to try getting more texture in your painting?  This would be a great opportunity to learn more about this and other underpainting methods.  March 12 - April 9, Mondays  $180

OTTO STURKE - GLIMMER & GLASS - Come enjoy a day with Otto learning his various techniques!   Saturday April 7 $75 9:30 - 3:00

DESMOND O’HAGAN - His workshop in September will soon be on the website so those of you who signed the interest sheet, keep your eye open for that chance to register and pay online.  

Go to: and click on “Classes” for more information and to register!  

Paint-out at Abalone Cove Ecological Reserve - June 23,2017

We have a paint-out scheduled for this Friday, June 23,  at Abalone Cove Ecological Reserve. A great place to escape the inland heat, and paint some pretty coastal views.

The park opens at 9:00, and is open until dusk. Parking is $12 per car, but free for seniors 62+.

The address is 5970 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275

What I like to do is keep set up in the same place, and let the sun do the moving, and every 2-2 1/2 hrs start a new painting. I want to promise you a sunny day, but we could just as easily have fog, or maybe both.

There is no food there, so pack a lunch, bring water, a hat, and sunscreen. A cart for supplies might be a good idea, as well.

Hope to see you there,

David Wolfram

Paint-Out at Madrona Marsh - April 8th, 2017

Saturday April 8th, 10:00 - 4:30 Madrona Marsh

It has been a great year for Madrona Marsh with all the rain. This should be a great time for a paintout. The Marsh is located in Torrance, behind Del Amo Mall.

Park at the Nature Center at 3201 Plaza Del Amo, and walk across the street and through the gates to the Marsh. There is a fair amount of walking involved, so some sort of cart for your supplies is recommended. You might want to leave the supplies in the car at first, and go for a walk to see where you might like to paint.


Be sure to bring water, food, a hat, and sunscreen. Please carry your trash out with you
The address is 3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance 90503
Any Questions? Email David Wolfram at

Paint-Out at The Shriver Estate - March 29th, 2017

  Painting by Dave Wolfram

Painting by Dave Wolfram

Wednesday March 29, 10:00 -3:00 The Shriver Estate

Once again, we are fortunate to have access to this lovely old private estate, located behind the gates in Portuguese Bend. Make sure you bring water, food, a hat, and sunscreen. Please take your trash home with you.

For additional instructions on how to locate and access the paint-in site email David Wolfram at


Sign up with David Wolfram to receive information and notices on PSSC paint-outs.

Paint-Out at Abalone Cove - September 22, 2016

Abalone Cove - September 22, 2016

The park opens at 9:00, and closes at 4:00. Parking is free for seniors 62 and over, otherwise, you might want to carpool, as it is $12 for more than two hours. The great thing about painting here is that you can stay in one spot, and let the sun do the moving for you. Come early, bring a lunch, water, and sunscreen.

For more info and directions: Lands: Palos Verdes Nature Preserve - Abalone Cove Reserve | Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

Paint-Out Coordinator: David Wolfram

Come and Paint at Ballona Wetlands - Correction!! -Saturday, May 7th

We got an invite from Paula Brown and its for May 7th, not April 30th!

I am going to go over to Ballona Wetlands to do some painting on Saturday AM for their first Saturday of the month open to the public access day. They open at 9AM and I think close at around noonish...maybe a bit later. I usually docent work with them, but I am going to paint instead!
This is a small area, some good views: old wooden train trestles at a platform to paint from as well as some wetland canal stuff.
If anyone wants to come, feel free to pass this note along...I will be there at 9AM at the sign in desk.

Upcoming Paint-In and Pastel Classes at Destination: Art - April, June 2016

Destination: Art
1815 West 213th Street
Suite 135
Torrance, California 90501


  • Come on out to Destination; Art for our Tuesday Paint-In. Fran is expected to give critiques! 

    • 9:30 to 2:30 - Tuesday, April 26

    • $10 - a very inexpensive way to spend a relaxing day.

    • Bring a lunch or we can order out

  • Studio Landscape Oil/Pastel with Rodolfo Rivademar

    •  9:30 - 12:30 - Friday, April 29

    • $120

  • Pastel Undepainting Techniques with Dave Wolfram

    • 10:00 - 3:30 - Saturday and Sunday, June 4 & 5

    • $170

    • Small supplies charge TBD


If you can, let me know if you will be attending!

Suzanne Kuuskmae, Programs

Madrona Marsh Paintout - Saturday, March 26th


This coming Saturday, the 26th, we will be having our first paintout of the year at Madrona Marsh from 12:00 to 4:00. The marsh is at its best right now, with lots of water, and spring growth, including wildflowers. Park in the lot across from the entrance at Plaza Del Amo. I have included a map to give you an idea of where to go, although there are other nice areas, if you wish to explore before you start painting.. Please be advised that a few areas will be closed off so that the resident wildlife can breed in peace. 

Don't forget, bring a hat, sunscreen, water, something to sit on, and maybe somehing to eat. The marsh is open at 10:00, if you wish to come early, and the gates are locked at 5:00.

It should be a nice day, hope to see you out there!

Best regards,

David Wolfram


Download map






Paint-In & Oil/Pastel Class at Destination: Art - February 2016


Just a reminder that you are invited to paint on Tuesday at our usual Paint-In held at Destination: Art. Come join the fun!

  • PSSC Paint-in Tuesday February 16 from 9:30 - 2;30

We also have a class on Fridays with Rodolfo Rivademar from 9:30 - 12:30 in which he is advising both oil and pastel students. $130 for four sessions or $35 for individual classes. Let me know if you are interested in joining us; the next session begins this Friday.

  • Oil/Pastel Painting class with Rodolfo Rivademar Fridays from 9:30 - 12:30

Paint-In at Destination: Art - January 26, 2016


The paint-in for PSSC Members is on Tuesday, January 26, and Fran Nichols will be there to give critique.  There will also be members of Destination: Art who are studio artists attending so we will have some others we can show our art work.

We also have paint-ins for Associate members on January 12 & 19 from 9:30 - 2:30.  If you were thinking of becoming an Associate or plan to continue membership, it is time to sign up for 2016;  fill out the form found on our website and send in your $50.  You will get a 10% discount on classes, Tuesday paint-ins, plus an Associates show in our gallery in June!

Let me know if you plan to attend.  

Thanks,  Suzanne Kuuskmae

Paint -in at Destination: Art - October 20, 2015

Hope to see you at your special day, October 20 for a great day of painting. Check your calendar, and Let me know if you plan to attend.If you need a calendar for the new year, our special edition of our paintings of historic buildings in Old Torrance is just hot off the press for $12.Ask to see it when you are there.

Happy painting,

Suzanne Kuuskmae

  • 9:30AM to 2:30PM

  • Bring your lunch or order out from nearby restaurants

  • Room charge is $10

  • Destination: Art

    #135, 1815 W 213th St, Torrance, CA 90501


Paint -in at Destination: Art - August 18, 2015

Join us at Destination: Art on August 18th from 9:30 to 2:30. It's fun painting together, and we can order out for lunch from one of the great restaurants in Old Town Torrance.  Order out for sandwiches from the Torrance Bakery or walk across to the Mexican restaurant or hamburger joint.  Or bring your lunch!

Fran will be there to give you assistance and critique at the end of the day.  We also have space outside for those who like the fresh air! 

Room charge is $10.

Destination: Art

#135, 1815 W 213th St, Torrance, CA 90501

Paint-Outs in April and May 2015

 Painting by Dave Wolfram

Painting by Dave Wolfram

The April Paint-out will be at the Shriver Estate in Palos Verdes on Friday the 24th from  9:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Dave has also organized a paint-out at San Juan Capistrano which is scheduled for May 21st.


Contact Dave Wolfram to sign up for these paint-outs. He will add you to his contact list to receive additional information and updates.

Paint -in at Destination: Art - December 16, 2014



Come take a look at our new Gallery/Studio Coop  and participate in our first paint-in there led by Fran Nichols from 9:30 - 2:00 on Tuesday, December 16.




1815 W. 213th Street, #135, Torrance, CA

We will have lots more room at this location.  Plus we have extended the hours a bit so we can get more done.  Fran is always willing to give you some pointers on your painting throughout the session, and we complete it with a critique during the last half hour.  

It is fun painting together, and we will order out for lunch from one of the great restaurants in Old Town Torrance.  We also have space outside for those who like the fresh air!  Room charge is $10.

Email me to sign up. I will send more directions after I gather the list of participants.  

Sue Kuuskmae

Paint -in at Joslyn Center - November 4, 2014

Our next PSSC Paint-In is on Tuesday, November 4, from 9:30 - 1:30 at the Joslyn Center in Manhattan Beach.  Please let me know if you are able to attend.  Bring your easel, a table/floor covering, your pastels, and a project or two.  Lunch?  

The cost is $5, which is a nominal amount because PSSC is subsidizing us.  We paint till around 1:00 and then have a critique, which is quite helpful to all. I wanted to make sure that Fran could make it to the paint-in so I have changed the date to November 4th.

Those of you have not been attending, please let me know if a change of venue would be attractive to you; it would be in the Torrance area.  

Thanks,  Suzanne Kuuskmae

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Tuesday, November 4th from 9 - 1:30 p.m.

Joslyn Community Center

 1601 N. Valley Dr, Manhattan Beach CA, 90266

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Paint -in at Joslyn Center September 23, 2014 9:00 am-1:00 pm


Our next paint-in will be at the Joslyn Center, Manhattan Beach, on Tuesday, September 23. Bring your easel, floor/table covering, pastels, $5, and lunch/snack for our monthly paint-in together.  It is possible to paint outside as well.  We are lucky to have Fran Nichols (and sometimes Dave Wolfram) to give us a few pointers as we progress with our painting; a critique comes at the end of the session.  Let me know if you can make it as space is limited.

 Sue Kuuskmae

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Tuesday, September 23rd from 9 - 1:30 p.m.

Joslyn Community Center

 1601 N. Valley Dr, Manhattan Beach CA, 90266

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