All Classes & Workshops

At Cole Art Studio, located in the heart of Edmonds WA, we encourage and inspire our students in their artistic process, no matter their level or preferred style.

We offer over 100 classes and workshops a year in our warm, inviting studio environment. Classes are in every medium from oils, acrylics and pastels to watercolors, encaustics and more. Cole Art Studio is regularly adding new  offerings, so be sure to check back with us often.
Discover the Artist Within You!


Beginning Drawing
w/ James Farrand

3 different sessions to choose from!
Each session has 4 classes

Monday / June 18, 25, July 2 & 9 / 1-3pm
Monday / August 20, 27 (skip Sept. 3), September 10, 17 / 6-8pm
Monday / October 29, November 5, 12, 19 / 1-3pm

Students rave about this course! Beginning Drawing is a great introduction to drawing – right where you need to start if you want the basics. During this 4-week course, you'll be learning, understanding, and practicing with the basic materials, techniques, and concepts that are the foundation of observational drawing.

Beginning Watercolor Painting
w James Farrand

3 different sessions to choose from!
Each session has 4 classes

Monday / June 18, 25, July 2 & 9 / 6-8 pm
Monday / August 20, 27 (skip Sept. 3), September 10, 17 / 1-3 pm
Monday / October 29, November 5, 12, 19 / 6-8 pm

James starts out with “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. Students LOVE this class!  Later we will offer "More Watercolor". Take just one or take both!

Color Workshop for Watercolor Students
w/ Susan Waite

Saturday - Sunday / June 23-24 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Calling all watercolor students! Join acclaimed artist Susan Waite and learn the secrets of creating colorful, bright watercolor paintings. You’ll learn how to mix colors to get the tones you want (without making mud) and you’ll get tools you can use in all your watercolor paintings. Then put all your newfound knowledge to work as you paint a simple, beautiful landscape painting. This experienced instructor and artist is well known in the PNW and we’re excited to bring her to Cole students!


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

Two Dates To Choose From:
Friday / June 29 / 6-8:30 pm
Friday / November 16 / 6-8:30 pm

“Try It!” is a FUN way to try something new! Just 2 ½-hours on a Friday night, and no supply list: come with a friend or make it a date night – or come by yourself and make some new friends! Great for beginners! This Try It! is all about learning how to create a wonderful painting with Encaustic (hot, melted beeswax) and collage. Tracy will bring everything for you to use for collage. Your finished piece will have wax layered over collage, and collage layered over the wax - a work of art you'll be proud of! 

Exploring Color with Pastels
w/ Janis Graves

Saturday / June 30 / 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 local color effects color. This is one color class you do not want to miss!

Finger Painting Florals from Life
w/ Kimberly Adams

Saturday-Sunday / July 7-8 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Summer’s flowers are bursting with delightful colors that you love to paint, and we’re bringing back this summertime favorite workshop for you! Join our wonderful finger painting instructor Kimberly Adams and explore sumptuous impressionistic techniques while finger-painting from multiple floral arrangements. Perfect for all levels - even beginners!


Painting with Oils, Acrylics or Pastels w/ Janis Graves

Five-week Study Course
Tuesdays / July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7 / 10:30-1:30

Learn more about painting in the medium of your choice – whether in Pastel, Oil or Acrylic. In this 5-week course, Janis will share from her wealth of knowledge in all 3 mediums, covering a range of topics such as composition, design, surface preparation, color choice and mixing. You can bring in your own work and references, and Janis will help you take your skills to the next level. This will be a great class!

Painting the Portrait in Oil in the Russian Impressionist Tradition
w/ Pam Ingalls

Demo: Thursday / July 12 / 6-8 pm
Workshop: Friday-Sunday / July 13-15 / 10:30 - 4:30 pm

With renowned impressionist Pam Ingalls, this class is designed to take each student through the basics of painting portraits with oils, in the Russian Impressionist's tradition. Starting with a demo on Thursday evening and continuing for 3 days, you’ll have 2 models to choose from each day as you build your skills, and feel the joy of your painting coming alive!

We suggest that you have had at least a little experience in drawing heads or faces before this class.

More Drawing
w/ James Farrand

2 different sessions to choose from!
Each session has 4 classes

Mondays / July 16, 23, 30 & Aug 6 / 1-3 pm
Mondays / October 1, 8, 15, 22 / 6-8 pm

If you’ve had a beginning drawing class and want to learn more on this topic, you can take this class - even if you haven’t taken James’ Beginning Drawing. You’ll learn techniques for measuring accurately and how to transfer that to your drawing. You’ll also learn about perspective, values, and how to create a great composition.


More Watercolor Painting
w/ James Farrand

2 sessions to choose from!
Each session has 4 classes

Mondays / July 16, 23, 30 & Aug 6 / 6-8 pm
Mondays / October 1, 8, 15, 22 / 1-3 pm

“More Watercolor Painting” is a 4-week course which, together with Beginning Watercolor (formerly called Watercolor Step 1), covers the basics of painting with the wonderful medium of watercolors!  Building on the foundations introduced in Beginning WC, this course will continue your learning process, as well as dig much deeper into color. Take these two courses back to back, or if you have already had some basics elsewhere, join in with this class!

 

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

Saturday / July 21 / 10:30-4:30pm

Welcome to our “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!”

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

Sunday /  July 22 / 10:30am-4:30pm

Aren’t watercolor paintings just so beautiful? Have you been wanting to try watercolors, but don’t know where to start? Maybe you’re just a little nervous to be in a class with other students, but you want to see what they’re all about? Here’s the perfect place for you! You can try out watercolors in an encouraging environment that is just for brand new beginners! Join this beloved instructor for a “Discovery!” Joe will guide you through the steps to creating your very own one-of-a-kind piece of art!


Edmonds Outdoors – a Beginning Plein Air Workshop
w/ Robin Weiss

Saturday / July 28 / 10:30-4:30 pm

This is an intro to Plein Air Painting with this award-winning local plein air painter. If you’ve ever wondered how to get started in painting out of doors, this is the one-day workshop for you! You’ll learn how to choose a good scene; what kind of gear to get, how to set up to paint efficiently; how to capture the mood of the setting… and how to make your painting sing! All this and more! You’ll be painting right in Edmonds. Students must have some experience with oil painting.

Paint Splash!
w/ Tracy Felix

Saturday / August 4 / 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!

Drawing Portraits
w/ Julia Carpenter

Sunday / August 5 / 10:30-5pm

If the thought of drawing faces terrifies you… If you want to do a portrait of a relative but you aren’t sure how to begin… We have the 1-day workshop for you! Anyone can draw the face and this workshop is designed to give you the knowledge and strategies to do just that.  This instructor is new to Cole, but she’s been teaching all over the area for years, for other well-known art class locations. We’re happy she wants to teach with us!

 


The Basics & Beyond in Watercolor
w/ Ron Stocke

Friday-Sunday / August 10-12 / 10:30-4:30pm

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.

Try It! Renegade Encaustics: Designs and Color in Wax
w/ Tracy Felix

Friday / August  17 / 6-8:30pm

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 designs (or “mark-making”) in your wax painting, and then add color with oil colors and finish with highlights of sparkly mica powder.

 

Creating Life in your Landscape Painting
w/ Kyle Paliotto

Saturday-Sunday / August 18-19 / 10:30-4:30pm

How do you take a landscape painting from good to Amazing!? Beyond light, and masterful technique, we need great subjects! Learn how to place exciting elements (a person, animal, bird or whatever excites you) to have great composition and emotional connection. Take your landscapes to the next level with this fantastic painter and excellent instructor!


From Plein Air to Studio 5-day Workshop
w/ Mike Wise

Wednesday–Sunday / August 22-26 / 10:30-5pm

Join Mike Wise in his beautiful home studio on Whidbey Island, WA for this very special five-day workshop where you will work both outdoors and in studio. Mike will teach students his wonderful methods and techniques for capturing stunning landscapes outside, then take them into the studio to finish the paintings with the help of photos taken in the field.

Travel Sketching in Ink and Watercolor
w/ Lisa Snow Lady

Saturday / August 25 / 10:30 - 4:30 

Capture the essence of your surroundings in this day-long workshop using simple, quick techniques and portable materials!  With an intuitive approach, you’ll learn to sketch with pen, layering watercolor washes, and gathering skills that can be applied to everyday sketching.  You’ll get tips on composition, perspective and simplifying subject matter.  Capture your summer travels, whether in your backyard or across the ocean, in beautiful simple watercolor sketches!

Sumi-e Art for Beginners
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

Sunday / August 26 / 10:30-4:30pm

Elegance and harmony, ancient and beautiful, traditional ink wash paintings are a wonderful form of artistic expression!  This will be a great introduction to Sumi technique, design and materials. Also –if you’re already a watercolorist, it’s a great way to improve your watercolor techniques.


The Basics & Beyond! Oil &  Acrylic Painting
w/ Angela Bandurka

5 Thursdays / September 6, 13, 20, 27 & October  4 / 5-8pm

This 5-week series will walk you through the basic techniques of oil or acrylic painting, from landscapes and still lifes, to florals and portraits. With the guidance of a wonderful, encouraging and award-winning artist and instructor, you'll learn the secrets of creating colorful, luscious paintings. whether you prefer to learn oils or acrylics, Angela is a master of both.

NEW! Renegade Encaustics:  
Monotype Encaustic Printing
w/ Tracy Felix

Saturday-Sunday / September 8-9 / 11am-5pm

If you love the idea of melting color waxes on a hot plate, and transferring the designs into paper, you will fall in love with the feeling of monotype printing with encaustics. The first time Tracy tried it, she couldn’t stop! She has been demonstrating this extremely enjoyable technique for a few years and decided it needed its very own class! Warning… this artmaking process is addictive!

Try it! Finger Painting a Fall Landscape
w/ Kimberly Adams

Friday evening / Sept 21 / 6-8:30pm

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 have been wanting to check this out this new technique, this 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.


Finger Painting a Fall Landscape
w/Kimberly Adams

Saturday-Sunday / September 22-23 / 10:30- 4:30pm

This two-day workshop is open to ALL levels, including beginners.  You will learn how to finger paint a vibrant fall landscape packed with bright yellow, orange and red foliage amongst crisp white aspen trees, building texture and layers with the finger painting technique. On the second day, students will have the opportunity to choose their own fall landscape to paint, applying the techniques learned from day one.

Expressive Portraits in Mixed Media
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

Tuesday-Thursday / September 25-27 / 10:30-4:30

Get ready for some fun portrait painting! With this award-winning portrait artist and instructor, you’ll break out of the mold and learn to spice up your portraiture with your own expression and creativity, using watercolor and whatever other mediums you choose to use.  After a quick review of how to get the features in the right places, you’ll learn ways to paint out-of-the-box, edgy, funny, emotional, and surreal faces.  This course is open to all who have some experience in portraiture.

Secrets to Expressive, Loose Painting in Mixed Media w/ Joe MacKechnie

Saturday-Sunday / September 29-30 / 10:30 am-4:30 pm

Would you like to learn how to paint with expression, energy and movement? Learn how to create fresh and loose paintings with this wonderful impressionist artist and fantastic instructor. Joe paints in this way and he can teach you how! All medium and experience levels are welcome.


Cloud Painting Workshop in Acrylic or Oil
w/ Andy Eccleshall

Saturday-Sunday / October 6-7 / 10:30-4:30pm

In this 2-day workshop you will learn to paint dramatic clouds from the master!  Andy will show you how to capture different types of clouds and effects, taking you through the stages of creating his fabulous signature cloud paintings. You’ll practice and learn various techniques Andy has developed to achieve his wonderful effects.

Dynamic Impressionist Landscapes in Oil
w/ Mike Wise

Friday-Sunday / September 28-29-30 / 10:30-5:00pm

Want to learn the secrets to painting dynamic, impressionist landscapes? How to use color and value to create drama, and texture to achieve greater depth?  This class is for you!  In this 3-day workshop, you’ll learn how to design a strong composition for your landscapes. You’ll experiment with paint application techniques to add beauty, drama and liveliness to your oil landscapes! 

Some experience in oil is highly recommended.

The Drawing Experience Part 1
w/ Joe MacKechnie

5  Wednesdays / October 10, 17, 24, 31 and November  7 / 10:30-1:30pm

Fall in love with drawing - THE basis for all your future art endeavors. Even if you think you can’t draw a stick figure, instructor and artist Joe Mac Kechnie will teach you how! 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 2 with an Expressive Twist
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

5 Wednesdays / October 10, 17, 24, 31 and November 7 / 2-5pm

A great new take on our classic Drawing Experience Part 2. If you have some basic drawing skills already, whether it’s from Drawing Experience 1 or some other basic class, you are ready for this one! Joe will teach composition and perspective as the backbone of this course. The “twist” is that he’ll be guiding you in expressive and abstractive techniques, to take your drawing level to a fun, creative, exciting place where you learn to express your own voice!

Beginning Watercolor
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

5 Thursdays / October 11, 18, 25 and November 1, 8, 2018 / 10:30-1:30pm

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.  Great for all levels, beginners and non-beginners. What a perfect way to spend five fall afternoons!

Drawing with Color: Pastels!
w/Joe Mac Kechnie

5 Thursdays / October 11, 18, 25 and November 1, 8 / 2-5 pm

A great class for students new to pastels, and also for not-so-beginners. Join this experienced artist and instructor for some great learning and fun. You will use all you’ve learned in your Drawing classes - and then throw in vibrant color! Fun!


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

Friday / October 12 / 6-8:30pm

“Try It!” is a FUN way to try something new! Just 2 ½-hours on a Friday night, and no supply list: come with a friend or make it a date night – or come by yourself and make some new friends! Great for beginners!

If 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, and you’ll finish your encaustic painting with alcohol ink to add even more color and shine! Great for all levels.

Renegade Encaustics with a Kiss of Resin
w/ Tracy Felix

Saturday / October 13 / 11-5pm

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 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!

Pastel Techniques: Light, Reflections and Composition
w/ Amanda Houston

Saturday-Monday / November 2-4 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Dive deeper into pastels with this award-winning artist and instructor! Packed full of good design and composition tips, you’ll learn Amanda’s techniques for creating water reflections and how to capture light in this vibrant medium.  This workshop will be a great mix of theory, technique and experimentation. Amanda will also show you how to use different techniques on different surfaces to achieve great results. Some experience in pastels is necessary.


Lino-cut Printmaking Basics
w/ Chris Minor

Saturday / November 10 / 10:30 - 4:30 pm

Spend an enjoyable, stress-free day creating your very own, one-of- a-kind block print! This popular instructor will guide you step-by- step through the process – designing, carving, inking and printing your creation. Great workshop for ALL, whether no art background, or a seasoned artist checking out a new medium. Join the fun!


Abstract Paintings That Sing! in Oil or Acrylic
w/ Tracy Felix

Saturday- Sunday/ January 19, 2019 / 10:30-5 pm

Would you like to loosen up and paint with expression? Experience the feeling of painting bigger and looser? This workshop is a fun first step on the path to paint the way you've always wanted: expressive and confident. Tracy will set you up for success with excellent instruction in a safe, supportive environment. Explore how good it feels to trust yourself and follow the way the paint moves. Students are welcome to use oils or acrylics!

Painting Life with Life
w/ Bev Jozwiak

Friday-Sunday / July 12-14, 2019 /
- Friday-Saturday 10:30am-4:30pm
- Sunday 8:30am-2:30pm

“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.