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 120 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!


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 

Sorry, this class is full. If you wish to be put on the wait list please call us at 425.697.2787. 
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.

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! 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

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

Friday evening / September 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 and drawing! 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, acrylics, pastels, charcoals and inks!  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.


New!
Babbling Brooks, Forest Streams & Rushing Water in Oil
w/ Mike Wise

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

A new workshop by this talented artist and instructor!  In this 3-day workshop, Mike will teach his students how to capture the dynamic beauty of movement in water. From quiet babbling brooks to rushing rivers and even waterfalls, students will learn Mike's techniques to paint rapids, rocky river bases set against shores filled with twigs and branches and the surrounding forests.  Perfect for those who have some basic experience in oil painting and want to continue to learn great landscape techniques.

Color Workshop for Watercolor Students
w/ Susan Waite

Saturday - Sunday / September 29-30 / 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!

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.

 


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!


Colorful Pastels - Animals, Birds and More!
w/ Janis Graves

Sunday /  October 14 / 10:30-4:30pm

Learn to create colorful animals, birds and landscapes with local artist Janis Graves!  Fur and feathers, beaks and hooves – you’ll be creating your very own piece of art, featuring gorgeous and vibrant color in versatile pastels.  Fly fast to sign up – this one is sure to fill up quickly!

New!
Luscious Landscapes in Oil or Acrylic
w/ David Marty

Saturday-Sunday / October 20-21 / 10:30-4:30pm

Join us for this fun and easy, step-by-step class, whether you have never painted before or you’re an intermediate student needing a refresher. With demos and individual guidance, David will teach a simplified approach to painting the landscape. You’ll be able to use these techniques in all your painting. If you have wanted to paint with oils or acrylics but didn’t know how to start, then this class is for you!

Whimsical Realism in Oils
w/ Michelle Waldele

Friday - Sunday / October 26-28 / 10:30-4:30pm

Let your imagination take over as we create a still life painting that tells a story using some of your most cherished treasures.  We’ll learn how to arrange whimsical compositions enhanced by dramatic lighting, strategic color combinations and the addition of a creature to add the spark of life. Suitable for intermediate to advanced oil painters.


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!

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

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! 


 

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

Saturday - Sunday / November 17-18 / 10:30-4:30 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.

 
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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 

 


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.