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 each 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!


Bird Portraits on Copper in Pastel
w/ Amanda Housto
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Sorry this workshop is full. Please contact the gallery to be put on the wait list. 425.697.2787

Saturday-Sunday / February 23-24 / 10:30-4:30

You’ve asked for it – here it is! Talented pastel artist Amanda Houston is known up and down the coast for her amazing bird portraits on copper. And in this great 2-day workshop, you’ll learn all her tips and tricks for “painting” on copper, plus how to create those wonderful birds! You’ll leave with your very own sweet flock of bird paintings.

Try it! Finger Painting a Vibrant Spring Landscape w/ Kimberly Adams

Friday evening / March 1 / 6-8:30

Sorry this workshop is full. Please contact the gallery to be put on the wait list. 425.697.2787

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 Meets the Old Masters
w/ Kimberly Adams

Saturday - Sunday  /  March 2-3  / 10:30-4:30

Sorry this workshop is full. Please contact the gallery to be put on the wait list. 425.697.2787 Another similar workshop is being planned for April 27-28. Call the gallery to sign up!

Finger Painting is fun! Students love this great instructor! In this 2-day workshop you’ll create 2 paintings: a re-creation of a classic Impressionist painting by one of the Master Impressionists, and then a masterpiece of your own! Great for all levels, even beginners!


Painting with Oils, Acrylics or Pastels
w/ Janis Graves
  

5 Tuesdays / March 5, 12, 19, 26 & April 2
Morning session only: 10:30-1:30
Morning and Afternoon: 10:30-1:30 and 2-5

Learn more about painting in the medium of your choice – whether in Pastel, Oil or Acrylic. In this 5-week course in the morning session, Janis will share from her wealth of knowledge in all 3 mediums, covering a range of topics such as composition and design, proportions and measuring, surface preparation, color choice and mixing, and still life set-ups. You can bring in your own work and references, and Janis will help you take your skills to the next level. Many of you wanted the option to carry over through the afternoon, painting with Janis’ continued guidance – so we’ve added “Option B”.

Painting Light and Shadows in Watercolor
w/ Ron Stocke

Sorry this workshop is full. Please contact the gallery to be put on the wait list. 425.697.2787

Friday-Sunday / March 8-10 / 10:30-4:30

Join internationally acclaimed watercolor artist and author Ron Stocke for an intense three-day watercolor workshop. The focus of this workshop will be how to achieve strong light and shadows within your paintings. Ron will show you tips and tricks to achieve harmony while creating dynamic paintings.

New!
The Joy of Drawing: The Joy Continues!
w/ Julia Carpenter

Two sessions to choose from!
4 Mondays / March 11, 18, 25 and April 1 / 10:30-1:30 
4 Mondays / May 6, 13, 20, (skip 27), June 3 / 10:30-1:30

Continue with your joyful drawing adventure with Julia! Learn to be “in the moment” as you actively participate in drawing – learning to deeply focus, which is a calming antidote to our fast-paced world. In this part 2, you’ll explore more methods and materials, practice and hone your new skills and learn some new ones. A great class for beginner to intermediate drawers.


New!
Try it! Watercolor and Ink Cherry Blossoms
w/ Susan Waite

2 dates to choose from!
Sorry- March 15 is sold out

Friday evening / March 15 / 6-8:30 pm
Friday evening / May 3 / 6-830 pm

Greet spring in our “Try It!” classes, where you can try something new! Make it a fun Friday night out with your friends or a great date night.  In this class, you’ll follow along with this fabulous instructor to create a beautiful ink and watercolor painting of cherry blossoms – perfect to usher in Spring! You’ll use a straw to blow the ink, then use watercolor and tempura to add splashes of color. A great class for any level, whether you’ve painted before or never touched a brush! Try It!

Majestic Mountain Landscapes in Oil or Acrylic
w/ David Marty

NEW DATE: Saturday-Sunday / March 16-17 / 10:30-4:30 pm
Only one spot left!
Here’s a wonderful workshop for all levels of painters – even beginning students! Join us for this fun and easy, step-by-step class, whether you have never painted before or you’re an intermediate student needing to learn some new tips and tricks. With demos and individual guidance, you’ll learn how to paint magnificent mountains, with snowy peaks, and majestic trees reflected in alpine lakes.  If you have wanted to paint our beautiful mountain scenery with oils or acrylics but didn’t know how to start, then this class is for you!

Try it! Finger Painting a Vibrant Spring Landscape w/ Kimberly Adams

Sorry this class is full. Please contact the gallery to be put on the wait list. 425.697.2787

Friday evening / March 22 / 6-8:30

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.


New!
Continuing Oil Landscape Painting- A Studio Workshop
w/ Mike Wise

Saturday-Sunday / March 23-24 / 9-6:00 pm

Over the years, we have had many requests from students who have studied with Mike to have a follow-up workshop. This special opportunity will be limited to 6 spots.

In this one or two day option class, students will bring paintings they need help with, receive individual critique sessions and learn the techniques that lead to beautifully successful paintings.

Gouache on the Go! Gouache Painting in a Sketchbook
w/Angela Bandurka

Saturday-Sunday / March 23-24 / 10:30-4:30

Painting while traveling is a great way to be in the moment, to observe your environs and record them for history. Photographs can only take you so far! With a sketchbook and a small box of gouache paints, you’re ready to go!

Oil Painting in The Russian Impressionist Tradition w/ Pam Ingalls

Demo: Thursday / March 28 / 6-8pm
Friday - Sunday / March 29-31 / 10:30-4:30 pm

With renowned impressionist Pam Ingalls, learn to oil paint in this beautiful style of “liquid light”.  Going through the basics - exploring value, color temperature and more - this experienced instructor is able to take you from wherever you are to the next level. All levels are very welcome!


New!
Become a Better Landscape Painter in Pastel
w/ Amanda Houston

Friday-Sunday / April 5-7 / Friday 10:30-6:00 pm and Saturday-Sunday 10:30-5:00 pm

Expand your creative abilities with pastel! From this national and internationally award-winning artist, you’ll learn how value, patterns and color temperatures can make your paintings really stand out. Amanda will show you how to create mood, emotion and atmosphere. This workshop will take your paintings to the next level.

Discovery! Intro to Oil Painting
w/ Angela Bandurka

Saturday / April 6 / 11-5 pm

Welcome to our “Discovery!” series – developed for new students, just venturing into the world of art! If you’ve never picked up a brush or if you’ve never dabbled with oils, here’s the perfect place to start. Angela Bandurka will guide you through the basics to create your own one-of-a-kind piece of art! 

Discovery! Intro to Painting with Acrylics
w/ Angela Bandurka

Sunday / April 7 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Maybe you’ve wondered, “Could I do that?” as you gaze at a gorgeous painting. Angela Bandurka is here to tell you: YES, you CAN!  If you need a safe place to try painting with acrylics, THIS is it! Angela Bandurka will gently guide you through the steps to creating your own one-of-a-kind piece of art!


The Joy of Drawing: Part 1
w/ Julia Carpenter

Two sessions to choose from!
4 Mondays / April 8, 15, 22, 29 / 10:30-1:30

4 Mondays / May 6, 13, 20, (skip 27), June 3 / 2-5 pm

A great take on Drawing Basics! Julia will take you on an adventure of discovery – learning how to really “see”, and teaching you the magical joy of drawing! You’ll learn the basic elements like line, shape, value and form. You’ll learn about simplifying shapes, gauging proportions and how to create depth. This is a great place for beginners to start, and for a refresher course for all artists.

The Drawing Experience 2 with an Expressive Twist
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

5 Wednesdays / April 10, 17, 24, May 1 and May 8 / 10:30- 1:30pm

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 abstraction techniques, to take your drawing level to a fun, creative, exciting place. Through one-on-one teaching, Joe is fantastic at helping you figure out your own style, and tailoring the general lessons to fit you, to help you learn to express your own voice.

The Drawing Experience Part 1
w/ Joe MacKechnie

5 Wednesday / April 10, 17, 24 May 1, 8 / 2pm-5pm

Fall in love with drawing - THE basis for all your future art endeavors. Even if you think you can’t even draw a stick figure, instructor and artist Joe Mac Kechnie will teach you how to draw! You will develop basic drawing skills using an approach that combines left and right brain abilities. Joe will help you discover what type of drawing is most suited to you, your style, your “voice” (yes, you’ll find out that you do have your own style!). Most of all, you will thoroughly enjoy yourself in a fun and non-intimidating environment. Great for beginners and a refresher for all levels.


Beginning Watercolors, the Sequel
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

5 Thursday mornings / April 11, 18, 25, May 2 and 9 / 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

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 Beginning Watercolor class), then you are ready for this class.

More Drawing with Color: Pastels Part 2
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

5 Thursday afternoons / April 11, 18, 25, May 2 and 9 / 2-5 pm

Come and explore the world of pastels with this awesome instructor! A great class for students with basic pastel experience, Joe will help you take the basics to a new exciting place. After an overview of core topics, Joe will explore more advanced and creative techniques. You can paint from Joe’s references, or you can bring your own subject matter and receive Joe’s guidance. You’ll also get Joe’s help to find your own voice.

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

Friday evening / April 12 /  6:00-8:30 pm

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.


Beginning Watercolor Part 1
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

4 classes / Tuesdays / April 16, 23, 30 and May 7 / 10:30-1:30 pm

We’re offering this special 4-week class for all of you who’ve been asking for a beginning class. 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 four spring mornings!

New!
Spring Fling! Colorful Creations in Watercolor and Ink
w/ Susan Waite

2 Dates to choose from!
Saturday / April 20 / 10:30-4:30 Sorry April’s class is full
Saturday / June 1 / 10:30-4:30

Celebrate spring with your own watercolor creations!  This class is for watercolor newbies as well as painters who want to play splashy and loose.  You’ll bring spring flowers and produce to life with fresh brushstrokes and beautiful watercolors! Experimenting with varied brush strokes, sharpies, and ink embellishments will be a lot of learning fun. This is a great class to let yourself try new approaches and go with the flow!

New!
Try It! Sketching with Watercolor Pencils and Sticks
w/ Katherine L. Wright

Friday / April 26 / 6-8:30 pm

Try It!” is a FUN opportunity to try something new in an enjoyable, stress-free environment! And this Try It! is all about learning how to draw with color! Is it a drawing? Is it a watercolor? It’s both! In just 2½ hours on a Friday evening, you’ll have a great time as this experienced painter and instructor leads you to create a lovely watercolor painting using colored pencils and watercolor sticks. Come and have some fun and learn something new!


Finger Painting the Old Masters, Part 2
w/ Kimberly Adams

Sorry, this class is full. Please contact the gallery to be put on the wait list. 425.697.2787
Saturday - Sunday  /  April 27-28  / 10:30-4:30

In this 2-day workshop you’ll create 2 paintings: a re-creation of a classic Impressionist painting by one of the Master Impressionists, and then a masterpiece of your own! Great for all levels, even beginning students!

New!
Try it! Watercolor and Ink Cherry Blossoms
w/ Susan Waite

2 dates to choose from!
Sorry- March 15 is sold out

Friday evening / March 15 / 6-8:30 pm
Friday evening / May 3 / 6-830 pm

Greet spring in our “Try It!” classes, where you can try something new! Make it a fun Friday night out with your friends or a great date night.  In this class, you’ll follow along with this fabulous instructor to create a beautiful ink and watercolor painting of cherry blossoms – perfect to usher in Spring! You’ll use a straw to blow the ink, then use watercolor and tempura to add splashes of color. A great class for any level, whether you’ve painted before or never touched a brush! Try It!

New!
Painting Captivating Waterscapes in Acrylic or Oil w/ David Marty

Saturday - Sunday / May 4-5 / 10:30-4:30

Everyone loves beautiful waterscapes, whether still water and reflections, or ocean surf.  There is something about water that mesmerize us and draw us in.  But how to paint water is a challenge for many artists! David will teach you his approach to rendering water scenes, so you can confidently paint this intriguing subject . Open to all levels, though some experience will be helpful.



The Joy of Drawing: Part 1
w/ Julia Carpenter

Two sessions to choose from!
4 Mondays / April 8, 15, 22, 29 / 10:30-1:30
4 Mondays / May 6, 13, 20, (skip 27), June 3 / 2-5 pm

A great take on Drawing Basics! Julia will take you on an adventure of discovery – learning how to really “see”, exercising a different part of your brain than you usually use, and teaching you the magical joy of drawing! You’ll learn the basic elements like line, shape, value and form. You’ll learn about simplifying shapes, gauging proportions and how to create depth. This is a great place for beginners to start, and for a refresher course for all artists.

The Joy of Drawing: The Joy Continues!
w/ Julia Carpenter

Two sessions to choose from!
4 Mondays / March 11, 18, 25 and April 1 / 10:30-1:30 
4 Mondays / May 6, 13, 20, (skip 27), June 3 / 10:30-1:30

Continue with your joyful drawing adventure with Julia! Learn to be “in the moment” as you actively participate in drawing – learning to deeply focus, which is a calming antidote to our fast-paced world. In this part 2, you’ll explore more methods and materials, practice and hone your new skills and learn some new ones. A great class for beginner to intermediate drawers.

Color Theory + Color Mixing
w/ Tracy Felix

Saturday / May 11 / 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.


Finger Painting Pet Portraits Advanced Workshop w/ Kimberly Adams

Saturday - Monday  / May 18-20 / 10:30-4:30

In this three-day advanced workshop, art instructor Kimberly Adams will help you create your pet portrait for your favorite furry friend. Typical to her style of work, this class will instruct finger painting students on how to bring your photo of your pet to life, with loose impressionistic finger-painting techniques while painting from floral arrangements. This class is open to students that have taken more than one of the finger-painting workshops.

Cole Gallery and Art Workshop Gift Certificates

Look no Further, the perfect gift is a phone call away... Gift Certificates are the easy and thoughtful way to give to the artist in your life. Call us at Cole Gallery to order a gift certificate today.  425.697.2787

Cole Art Studio is located on the lower level of Cole Gallery. 107 5th Ave S, Edmonds WA 98020

New!
Travel Sketching Workshop
w/ Gabriel Campanario

Saturday / May 25 / 10:30-4:30

Have you wanted to sketch your travels (or maybe just a favorite local scene), and have been waiting for the right instructor to come along? Well, wait no more!  Hold onto your hats, Ladies and Gentlemen – Gabriel Campanario of “Urban Sketchers” fame is coming to Cole Art Studio!! In this 1-day workshop, you’ll learn from The Best all about sketching on the go: what to bring, how to set up, and tips and advice on useful sketching techniques with pencil, pen and ink, and watercolors. Sign up today – this one is sure to fill up quickly!


New!
Dramatic Composition and Light Effects in the Landscape
w/ Mike Wise

Friday-Sunday / May 31-June 2 / 10:30-6pm

Have you wondered just how to get that composition to sing like Mike does? How to create a scene that feels so right, so balanced, so interesting that you can’t help but stare at it and soak it in? And above all, how to get those light effects, like the dappled sunlight on a waterfall, or the slanting sun glinting off a lake’s surface? How does he do it? Now you’ll have the opportunity to learn these techniques from the master himself! Mike will explore balance, rhythm, unity and variation as he teaches you how to approach your landscape painting.
This workshop is suitable for experienced students from the advanced beginner to intermediate and advanced oil painters. Not suitable for acrylic painters.

New!
Spring Fling! Colorful Creations in Watercolor and Ink
w/ Susan Waite

2 Dates to choose from!
Saturday / April 20 / 10:30-4:30
Saturday / June 1 / 10:30-4:30

Celebrate spring with your own watercolor creations!  This class is for watercolor newbies as well as painters who want to play splashy and loose.  You’ll bring spring flowers and produce to life with fresh brushstrokes and beautiful watercolors! Experimenting with varied brush strokes, sharpies, and ink embellishments will be a lot of learning fun. This is a great class to let yourself try new approaches and go with the flow!

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

New Dates!
5 classes / Thursdays / 5-8 pm / June 6, 13, 20, 27, (skip 4th of July), & July 11

Learn the basic techniques of oil or acrylic painting with a wonderful, encouraging instructor, Angela Bandurka. From landscapes, to still lifes and even simplified portraits, this course will teach you the secrets of how to create colorful, luscious paintings! Whether you prefer oils or acrylics, Angela is a master of both.


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

Friday / June 7 / 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! 

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Private Art Party and Events

Cole Art Studio provides a wide variety of adult art learning. Don't see what you are looking for, let us know. We can create a custom class for you, your friends and your family.
Give us a call and let us create the perfect Art Party or class for you. 425.697.2787 

Atmospheric Landscapes with Colorful Clouds and Skies in oil
w/ Jeff White

Friday-Sunday / June 28, 29, 30 / 10:30-4:30

Landscapes are a powerful metaphor to express emotion in your art.  Understanding how to use color as you paint a landscape is important in communicating that emotion. Guided by this acclaimed artist, you will learn to free yourself so you can paint from the intuitive side of your brain, creating paintings that capture the essence of the spirit within you.  Learn about composition, color theory and atmosphere, and join Jeff on the journey of painting and the joy of artful expression. For advanced beginners and intermediate students.


Painting Life with Life
w/ Bev Jozwiak

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

Sorry this workshop is full, but occasionally spots do open up! To be placed on the wait list, call 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.

 

From Plein Air to Studio ~ 5-day Workshop in Oils with Mike Wise

Wednesday – Sunday / July 24-28, 2019 / 10:30-5:00

Location: Coupeville, Washington, at Mike Wise’s Studio

 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.

 

 

All workshops must be paid in full to sign up.

We are happy to take your payments over the phone,
 in person or on our website.

We offer 90% refunds for student cancellations 14 days or more before class.

No Refunds for Cancellations less than 14 days prior to class.

 For information on our cancellation policy, please check out our FAQ page on this website