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.

In a warm, inviting environment and in everything from oils, acrylics and pastels to watercolors, encaustics and more. We constantly add new class offerings, so be sure to check back with us often.
Discover the Artist Within You!

Try It! Fun with Acrylic Designs w/ Kim Brayman

Friday / March 23 / 6-8:30pm

This is a “Try-It” class – just 2 ½ hours on a Friday night to experiment with creating designs with acrylic paints. Create two paintings using design techniques that are fun and playful. Learn a layered technique that makes your design pop! Step-by- step instructions, color help and demonstrations with a variety of designs to choose from.

Intro to Oil Painting
w/ Angela Bandurka

Saturday / March 24 / 11:30-5:30pm

If you’ve never picked up a brush, or you’ve never dabbled with oil paints and want to learn the basics, here’s the perfect place to start! Angela will guide and encourage you through the basics so you can create your own beautiful oil painting. Come on – you can do it! Angela can help!

Painting in Pastel: Color and Form
w/ Janis Graves

Sunday / March 25 / 10:30-4:30pm

This one-day workshop will delve into the use of color in pastel. Learn to create some exciting color mixes using hue and temperature. Color can be line drawn or painterly. We will touch on composition, and how and what to edit. Subjects may be varied to individual preference. We will work from photos and/or laptops or iPads. Most of all we’ll have a fun day!

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

Friday, March 30th is full. Please call the gallery to sign up on the waiting list or enroll for the August class. We often fill last-minute cancellations from the waiting list. 425.697.2787

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.

Contemporary Painting:
Paint a Series
w/ Tracy Felix

One or Two-day workshop!

Saturday /  April 7 / 11-5 pm
Sunday / April 8 / 11-5 pm
Both: Sat-Sun, Apr 7-8

What a great idea: instead of one painting at a time, paint a group of paintings!  When you create several paintings in a session, you’ll see growth in productivity, creativity, style, cohesiveness. Plus, your paintings will look great grouped together! This class is focused on acrylic mixed media painting techniques which Tracy will demo throughout the day. You’ll grow and have lots of fun!  This workshop offers a second day option, so students will be able to take what they learned the first day and complete an additional set of paintings.

Try It! Finger Painting Poppies
w/ Kimberly Adams

Friday / April 13 / 6 pm - 8:30 pm

This workshop has only 2 spots left. Reserve your spot by purchasing online or calling us at Cole Gallery. 425.697.2787

"Try It!" Why not? This class is a great way to try something new: finger painting – adult style!! In this 2 ½ hour class, Kimberly will guide you step by step through the process of finger painting bright and beautiful poppies! You’ll go home with your very own finger painting. Bring a friend, a date, or just yourself for a great Friday night!

Finger Painting a Lighthouse for Beginners and Beyond
w/ Kimberly Adams

Sat-Sun / Apr 14-15 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Let your fingers dance across a canvas while creating a beautiful lighthouse scene in this 2-day finger painting workshop! Talented artist and instructor Kimberly Adams will guide students through a step by step finger painting of a lighthouse. Emphasis will be painting from a photo, using color combinations to create an extraordinary painting full of spectacular color. You’ll be taking home a gorgeous painting of your very own. All levels, including beginners, will have a blast. This workshop will fill quickly, so sign up today!

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

4 classes / Mondays / 1-3pm
Apr 16, 23, 30 & May 7

Students rave about this course! Drawing Lab 1 is a great introduction to drawing - 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.  We offer DL1 alternating with Drawing Lab 2 - you can take both for a fantastic foundation, or just take what you need.  Each course, of 4 classes each, will cover all the basics of Drawing!

Watercolor Step 1: The Basics
w/ James Farrand

4 classes / Mondays / 6-8pm
Apr 16, 23, 30 & May 7

Watercolor Steps 1 and 2 – two separate courses, of four classes each,  covering 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. Later we will offer Watercolor Step 2.  Take just one or take both!

Figures in their Environment in Oil or Acrylic
w/ Jennifer Diehl

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

Painting is simply telling a story without words.  With this talented artist and gifted instructor, learn how to create beautiful figurative paintings, using the environment and the human figure to express your ideas. With simple steps, Jennifer Diehl will demonstrate how to capture people in interiors, landscapes or cityscapes in oil or acrylic painting, and you will learn how to use the human form to tell a story.

Textural Landscape Painting From Start to Finish in Oil
w/ Mike Wise

This workshop is full. Please call the gallery to sign up on the waiting list. We often fill last-minute cancellations from the waiting list. 425.697.2787

Fri-Sun / April 27-29 / 10:30-6 pm

Learn how to capture dramatic effects of light and atmosphere using mediums and tools for textural oil painting. Students will execute landscape painting from start to finish with a focus on understanding techniques and how to use certain painting mediums. Each student will be provided with a blocked-in painting, on which they will practice finishing and layering techniques.

Some experience in oils is necessary. 

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

This workshop is full. Please call the gallery to sign up on the waiting list. We often fill last-minute cancellations from the waiting list. 425.697.2787

5 classes / Thursdays / 5-8pm
May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31

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

Sat-Sun / May 5-6 / 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!

The Drawing Experience Part 1
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

5 classes / Tuesdays / May 8, 15, 22, 29 & June 5  / 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 classes / Tuesdays / 2-5 pm
May 8, 15, 22, 29 & June 5

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!

Expressive Watercolor
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

5 classes / Wednesdays / 10:30-1:30pm
May 9, 16, 23, 30 and June 6

Take your watercolor skills to a new, creative and exciting place! Learn how to express yourself in this wonderful medium. Joe will cover core watercolor topics, while exploring more advanced and creative techniques. You can paint from Joe’s references or bring your own subject matter and he’ll guide and help you find your voice. If you have basic watercolor experience (for example if you’ve taken Joe’s or James’ Watercolor 1 class), then you are ready for this class.

Expressive Portraits in Watercolor, Charcoal and Ink
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

5 classes / Wednesdays / 2-5 pm
May 9, 16, 23, 30 and June 6

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.

Travel Sketching in Ink and Watercolor
w/ Lisa Snow Lady

Saturday / May 12 / 10:30 - 4:30pm

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!

Try It! Finger Painting Skagit Valley
w/ Kimberly Adams

Friday / May 18 / 6-8:30 pm

Finger painting?? Yes – adult style!  And you can try it in this Friday night class!  Our 2 ½ hour “Try It!” class is the perfect way to have some fun and try something new!  Kimberly will guide you step by step through the process of finger painting a beautiful scene or our lovely Skagit Valley. You’ll go home with your very own finger painting.  Bring a friend, a date, or just yourself for a great Friday night

Painting Dramatic Sunsets in Oil or Acrylic
w/ David Marty

Sat-Sun / May 19-20 / 10:30-4:30pm

Everyone loves sunsets! There is something about sunsets that mesmerize us and draw us in. They are fun to paint but can sometimes be a challenge. David will share his approach to capturing this beautiful subject matter and its brilliant colors.

Renegade and Beyond! Mixed Media Encaustics
w/ Tracy Feli

Saturday / May 26 / 11-5pm

In this great workshop you'll create two exciting projects as you explore Tracy's new and fun “Renegade” techniques! As the owner of ARTspot, she has access to a wonderful smorgasbord of art supplies and she brings them all to this full day exploration of what plays well with wax. You will have lots of time to play, and complete two projects for too much fun!

Color Mixing Workshop
w/ Tracy Felix

Saturday / June 2 / 11-5pm

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.

Advanced Finger Painting: From Concept to Creation
w/ Kimberly Adams

Two Options To Choose From:
2-day: Sat-Sun / June 2-3 / 10:30-4:30 pm
3-day: Sat-Mon / June 2-3-4 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Calling experienced finger-painters! Come and dive deeper into this wonderful technique and create a masterpiece of your very own. In this 2-day or 3-day workshop, Kimberly will teach advanced finger-painting techniques – you can paint along with her or choose your own subject matter. This is an ideal workshop if you want to paint a larger canvas or paint a more complex composition. This class sells out fast – sign up today!

Not suitable for beginners; at least one 2-day finger painting workshop with Kimberly is

Painting Life with Life
w/ Bev Jozwiak

This workshop is full. Please call the gallery to sign up on the waiting list. We often fill last-minute cancellations from the waiting list. 425.697.2787

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

“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.

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 / Nov. 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! 

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.

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 / 11am-5pm

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 Workshop En Plein Air
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.

The Basics & Beyond in Watercolor
w/ Ron Stocke

Friday – Sunday / August 10-12 / 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.


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

Wed–Sun / August 22-26 / 10:30-5:00 pm

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.

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

Friday / Oct 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.

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

Sat-Mon / Nov 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!