All Classes & Workshops

At Cole Art Studio, we encourage and inspire our students in their artistic process, no matter their level or preferred style.

In a warm, inviting environment and in everything from oils, acrylics and pastels to watercolors, encaustics and more. Check out our Workshops & Classes page to see what we have going on. We constantly add new class offerings, so be sure to check back with us often.
Discover the Artist Within You!

Part 2: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
w/ Kim Brayman

5 classes / Tuesdays / 6-8:30 pm
July 25, Aug 1, 8, 15, 22

If you've taken Part 1 from Kim Brayman in the past, whether here at Cole or at ARTspot, this 5-week class will continue where the first one left off. Join Kim in exploring deeper into the curriculum in "Drawing on The Right Side of the Brain".

Watercolor & Ink Sketchbook Journaling
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

Saturday / Aug 5 / 9:30-3:30 pm

Have you wanted to capture the beauty of your travel memories in ink and watercolor? To paint your surroundings, whether across the globe or in your own backyard, in simple and easy strokes? Joe’s experience in leading painting trips to Italy uniquely qualifies him to teach you the art of sketchbook journaling. 

Exploring Color with Pastels
w/ Janis Graves

Sunday / August 6 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Spend the day exploring color in pastel! Janis will teach you how to use color boldly and fearlessly, focusing on value, hue and intensity. She will also touch upon color relevance and how color is effected by local color. This is one color class you do not want to miss!

At Cole Art Studio our instructors provide fascinating demos and hands-on assistance to each of our students. We limit class sizes to insure each participant get the attention and help they need.

At Cole Art Studio our instructors provide fascinating demos and hands-on assistance to each of our students. We limit class sizes to insure each participant get the attention and help they need.

Paint Splash!
w/ Tracy Felix

Saturday / August 12 / 11-5 pm

Explore the wet flowing nature and looseness of acrylic paints. You’ll be able to experiment, discover new effects and ways to handle this great medium. Drizzle, squirt, pour, splatter, manipulate and have fun! Paint Splash only comes around once a year, so don’t miss out!

Intro to Oil Painting
w/ Angela Bandurka

Sunday / Aug 13 / 11:30-5:30 pm
(The Aug 13th workshop is full) 
Saturday / March 24, 2018 / 12-5 pm

Maybe you've wanted to learn to paint with luscious oils, but never come across the right instructor, the right class? Been a bit intimidated?  Nervous about being the only beginner in a class? This is the class for YOU! A fun, helpful place to learn the basics and build your confidence! Just for brand new beginners, Angela will gently guide and encourage you through some basics so you can create your own beautiful oil painting. Come on – you can do it! Angela can help!

Painting Life with Life
w/ Bev Jozwiak

2017: Tues-Thurs / Aug 15-17 / 10:30-4:30 pm

2018: Fri-Sun / June 8-10 / 10:30-4:30 pm

The 2017 workshop is full. Please call the gallery to sign up on the waiting list, or sign up for the 2018 workshop. We often fill last-minute cancellations from the waiting list. 425.697.2787

“Life” as in people and animals, and “life” as in energy and excitement. Learn to paint boldly with vivid color! Think outside the box, and paint outside those lines! Designed to help students at every skill level to master techniques, you’ll learn Bev’s tips and tricks, work on design, develop good composition, basic color mixing, and strong values.

Painting City Life in Oil or Acrylic
w/ Jennifer Diehl

Special Demo: Fri / Aug 18 / 6-8 pm
Workshop: Sat-Sun / Aug 19-20 / 10:30-4:30 pm

If you share the love for the hustle and bustle of the city and all the bright lights that dance around you while you walk the streets, come paint the city with Jennifer Diehl. Working one on one with each student, Jennifer teaches the simplicity that takes an otherwise overwhelming subject and makes it something not only manageable, but fun! 

Try It! Renegade Encaustics: Colorful Palette
w/ Tracy Felix

Friday / August 25 / 6-8:30 pm

This workshop is full. Please call the gallery to place your name on a waiting list as spots do open up! (425) 697-2787

A "Try It!" class is so much fun! Just 2-1/2 hours and a small supply fee, you can try something out and see if you'd like to get into it further. Or you can use it as a great time with friends or a fun date-night!

f you love color and patterns and want to learn how to create it in beautiful wax colors, this is the “Try It!” class for you! Tracy will show you how to paint with hot, pigmented wax, layering color and creating patterns using stencils. You’ll finish your encaustic painting with alcohol ink to add even more color and shine! Great for all levels.

Painting Florals from Life
w/ Kimberly Adams

Sat-Sun / Aug 26-27 / 10:30–4:30 pm

This workshop is full. Please call the gallery to place your name on a waiting list as spots do open up!  425.697.2787

Summertime is blanketed with a palette of delightful colors. In this two-day workshop, you will join art instructor Kimberly Adams and explore loose impressionistic finger-painting techniques while painting from floral arrangements. Perfect for all levels - even beginners!

The Basics & Beyond in Watercolor
w/ Ron Stocke

Fri–Sun / Sep 8-10 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Perfect for all levels of watercolor students, especially those wanting to learn great direct painting technique! Award-winning artist and instructor Ron Stocke will show you the important steps of a watercolor painting from beginning to end. Learn how to start, develop, and successfully finish paintings, achieving strong values and simplified shapes. The 3-day format will allow each student to complete paintings of their own to take home.

Drawing Lab 1~ Great Basics for Beginning Drawing
w/ James Farrand

4 classes / Mondays / 1-3 pm
Sep 11, 18, 25 & Oct 2

Students rave about this course! Drawing Lab 1 is the first part of a 2-part series to introduce you to drawing and then build on your abilities. Each course, of 4 classes each, will cover all the basics of Drawing! Discussion, demo and practice will be the method. DL1 will be the "basics” – where you need to start if you are a beginner. You'll be learning, understanding, and practicing with the basic materials, techniques, and concepts that are the foundation of observational drawing.

Watercolor Step One
w/ James Farrand

4 classes / Mondays / 6-8 pm
Sept 11, 18, 25 & Oct 2

Watercolor Steps 1 and 2 – two separate sessions, of 4 Monday evenings each, which will cover all the basics of painting with Watercolors! Watercolor Step 1 will be the “Basic basics” – an introduction into the amazing world of Watercolor, focusing on materials and basic techniques. This is THE place to start if you are a beginner. WS2 will build on the first series. Take just one, or take both!

Try It! Renegade Encaustics: Design and Colors in Wax
w/ Tracy Felix

Friday / September 15 / 6-8:30 pm

A "Try It!" class is so much fun! Just 2-1/2 hours and a small supply fee, you can try something out and see if you'd like to get into it further. Or you can use it as a fun time with friends or a fun date-night!

Paintings in natural wax can have such intriguing subtlety. And it’s amazingly simple and fun to create these effects! In this class, you will get to use various tools to create line designs in your wax painting, and then add color with oil colors and finish with highlights of sparkly mica powder.

Try it! Finger Painting with Acrylics
w/ Kimberly Adams

Friday / Sept 22 / 6-8:30 pm

What?? Finger painting?? Yes! It’s the cool new thing! And you can Try It for yourself in our quick, fun, evening format with our awesome Fine Art Finger Painter, Kimberly Adams! If you’ve been wanting to check out this new technique, here is your chance. For a minimal investment and maximum fun, grab a friend - or schedule a date night - and come to Edmonds for a great evening.

Lino-cut Printmaking:
Step 1 and/or Step 2
w/ Chris Minor

Sat-Sun / Sept 23-24 / 10:30-4:30pm

Take this as a 1-day class – either Step 1 or Step 2 -  or take both days!

“Step 1” (Saturday), you’ll spend an enjoyable, stress-free day creating your very own, one-of-a-kind block print! Your instructor will guide you step-by-step through the process. Great workshop for ALL, whether no art background, or a seasoned artist checking out a new medium.  If you want to continue to learn, sign up for both days (and get the price break).

“Step 2”(Sunday) - If you have taken this as a 1-day in the past, “Step 2” is the next step you’ve been asking for! Sign up for one day or both!

Color Theory + Color Mixing
w/ Tracy Felix

Saturday / Sept 30 / 11-5 pm

Color! Mysterious, wonderful Color! Having a working knowledge of how colors mix is fundamental to painting in acrylics and oils. Tracy will take out the mystery and replace it with a great understanding of pigments, through some fun exercises and cool tools, making your painting more satisfying and successful.

Landscape Painting for Beginners in Oil or Acrylic
w/ David Marty

Sat-Sun / Oct 7-8 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Have you ever wanted to paint landscapes, but just didn’t know where to start?  Don’t be intimidated or put it off any longer ~ this class is tailored just for you! With demos, step-by- step guidance, and through personal instruction as you work on your own painting, David will teach a simplified approach to painting the landscape. You’ll even get the basics of color mixing! For beginning or inexperienced painters. This will be fun and encouraging class.

The Drawing Experience Pt. 1
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

5 classes / Wed / 10:30-1:30 pm
Oct 11, 18 (skip 25th), Nov 1, 8 and 15

Even if you think you can’t draw a stick figure, Joe really can teach you how! Fall in love with drawing - THE basis for all your future art endeavors. With art instructor and artist Joe Mac Kechnie, you will develop basic drawing skills using an approach that combines left and right brain abilities. Most of all, you will thoroughly enjoy yourself in a fun and non-intimidating environment.

Great for beginners and a refresher for all levels.

The Drawing Experience Pt. 2
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

5 classes / Wednesdays / 2-5 pm
Oct 11, 18 (skip 25th), Nov 1, 8, 15

Ready to take your drawing skills to the next level? If you have basic drawing skills already, or have taken Joe’s Part 1 of Drawing Experience, you’re ready for this! You’ll explore more complexity with charcoal, Conte, ink and pastels. Don’t miss this great chance to improve your overall artistic experience.

Watercolor Experience Part 1
 w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

5 classes / Thursdays / 10:30-1:30 pm
Oct 12, 19 (skip 26th) Nov 2, 9, and 16

Watercolor paintings are so beautiful! And you’ve always wanted to give it a try, right? Join this experienced artist and beloved instructor and learn simple techniques to master the basics of creative and fun watercolor painting. What a perfect way to spend 5 wintry Wednesday afternoons! 

Orchestrating Great Compositions in Pastel
w/ Amanda Houston

Sat-Sun / Oct 14-15 / 10-5 pm

This 2-day workshop will have just the right mix of theory, technique, and experimentation for learning. Amanda will share all her knowledge of how to paint with pastels, using different techniques on different surfaces to achieve different results. Packed full of good design fundamentals, this class will focus on creating and orchestrating great compositions in landscapes. You’ll get tricks and tips on how to paint inspiring skies and landscapes in pastel.

Rugged & Wild Landscapes
w/ Mike Wise

Fri-Sun / Oct 20-22 / 10:30-4:30 pm

This workshop is full. Please call the gallery to place your name on a waiting list as spots do open up!  425.697.2787

Join Mike Wise as he shares the secrets of creating paintings of the Northwest landscape with mood and atmosphere. The mystery of the landscape can be captured through lost edges, a cool palette, and a variety of brush and palette knife work. Mike will cover color mixing, paint application with brushes, knives and silicone shapers, and more!

Renegade Encaustics: A Wax & Resin Full Day workshop
w/ Tracy Felix

Saturday / Oct 21 / 11-5 pm

Experience two new sensations: the feel of hot melted encaustic wax; the fun of pouring some clear resin over top to create amazing shine. ARTspot owner, Tracy Felix has cooked up a totally unique “Try-It” class you won’t find anywhere else! You’ll get to use a smorgasbord of art supplies, learning how to build up layers of colorful wax and textures, and finish with a resin pour to make it lustrous and shiny.

You’ll leave with 2 finished projects to show your friends! All supplies are included in the $50 supply fee!

Discovery! A Very Beginning Drawing Experience
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

Sunday / October 22 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Welcome to our new “Discovery!” series – just for beginners! If you think you can’t draw, if you’ve ever said ‘I can’t even draw a stick figure’, if you are totally convinced no one could ever teach you to draw… this is the class for you!  Joe Mac Kechnie will patiently show you, in a cheerful and non-intimidating environment, how fun and easy drawing can be.  Yes, you CAN draw! Stay tuned for more intro classes – look for “Discovery!”

Drawing Lab 2 ~ Creating Great Compositions and True Proportions
w/ James Farrand

4 classes / Mondays / 1-3pm
Oct 23, 30, Nov 6 & 13

Drawing Lab 2 is the second part of a 2-part series. If you’ve had beginning drawing, and feel like you need to learn more on this topic, you can take this class, even if you haven’t taken James’ Part 1. Focus will be on techniques for making accurate measurements and techniques for transferring that information to your drawing. Additionally, students will learn and understand how to arrange and place all the elements of a given drawing into a cohesive and unified composition - which is much more engaging and compelling for the viewer.

Dramatic Landscapes and Skies in Acrylic and Oil
w/ Andy Eccleshall

Sat-Sun / October 28-29 / 10:30-4:30 pm

In this 2-day workshop, you will learn to paint dramatic landscapes with those gorgeous skies you love in this artist’s work. Andy will guide you through the stages of creating these compelling landscapes, and of course his drama-filled skies that complete the look. 

Finger Painting Colorful Fall Foliage
w/ Kimberly Adams

2-day / Sat-Sun / Nov 4-5 / 10:30-4:30 pm
3-day / Sat-Mon / Nov 4-6 / 10:30-4:30 pm

This workshop is full. Please call the gallery to place your name on a waiting list as spots do open up! 425.697.2787

Calling experienced finger-painters! Here is a workshop for students who have taken at least one finger painting workshop with Kimberly. Fall is a wonderful time of the year to explore the use of vibrant autumn colors in a landscape. In this two-day or three-day workshop, Kimberly will teach advanced finger-painting techniques that bring fall foliage center stage. Or you can choose to paint your own subject matter. Come and dive deeper into this wonderful technique and create a masterpiece of your very own.

Not suitable for beginners; at least one finger painting workshop with Kimberly is required.

Try It! Renegade Encaustics: Beeswax & Collage
w/ Tracy Felix

Friday / Nov 10 / 6-8:30 pm

A "Try It!" class is so much fun! With just 2-1/2 hours and a small supply fee, you can try something out and see if you'd like to get into it further. Or you can use it as a great time with friends or a fun date-night!

You’ll create a wonderful painting with encaustic (melted beeswax) and collage! Tracy will bring cool papers and other “found objects” for you to use to create your collage. Your finished piece will have wax layered over your collage, and more collage layered into your wax! Great for beginners!

Carving your own Ceramic Vase, a Three Dimensional Experience!
w/ Mary Jane Elgin

Saturday / Nov 11 / 10:30-5 pm

Have you ever wondered how Ceramicist Mary Jane Elgin gets all those holes and cutouts into her pieces without them collapsing? Learn all her secrets while carving a vase of your own, and have fun adding a new dimensionality to a simple ceramic vessel! Make a gorgeous piece of art for yourself or for a wonderful present for a special someone.

Winter Watercolor Cards & Miniatures
w/ Denise Cole

Saturday / Nov 18 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Have a blast in this fun one-day workshop with the Queen of Fun! Join Denise for a hands-on class exploring the fun of miniature watercolor painting and hand-made cards.  Eat holiday treats, drink spiced cider, and create your own gorgeous watercolor minis! One or two will end up being your fave Christmas card to copy and give to all your friends!