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!

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

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

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!

The Drawing Experience Part 1
w/ Joe MacKechnie

We’ve added a Tuesday session!
- 5 Tuesdays / January 15, 22, 29, February 5 & 12 / 10:30-1:30pm

- 5 Wednesdays / January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13 / 10:30-1:30pm
The Wednesday class is full. Please contact the gallery to be put on the wait list. 425.697.2787

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 / January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13 / 2:00 - 5:00pm

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 Part 1
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

5 classes / Thursdays / January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14 / 10:30-1:30 pm

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 winter afternoons!

Drawing with Color: Pastels!
w/Joe Mac Kechnie

5 classes / Thursdays / January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14 / 2:00-5:00pm

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! Acrylics: Paint a Colorful Floral
w/ Tracy Felix

Friday / January 18 / 6-8:30pm

Create a beautiful, modern floral still life painting in acrylics with ARTspot owner Tracy Felix.

She will take you step by step on this journey with bright beautiful colors.  You can follow along exactly, or personalize the colors as you like. Your personality will come through with flying colors! This class is designed for everyone to inspire and unleash your unique creativity.

Exploring Acrylic & Collage
w/ Tracy Felix
Contemporary Painting Series

Saturday-Sunday / January 19-20 / 11am-5pm

Combine collage, layers of paint, and textures for a mixed media adventure. You will take home a finished painting filled with your personality. Starting with a simple shape, whether a stylized face or flowers or whatever appeals to you, Tracy will take you step by step to make this easy and fun. This is a great workshop to gain an understanding of acrylic painting, and you will learn about gels, pastes and mediums & what they can do for you!  Great for all levels, “beginners and beyond”.

Crazily Creative Portraits in Mixed Media
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

Saturday-Sunday / January 26-27 / 10:30-4:30pm

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.

The Joy of Drawing: Part 1
w/ Julia Carpenter

4 Mondays / January 28, February 4, 11, (skip 18), and 25 / 10:30-1:30

A new 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.

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

Friday-Sunday / February 1-3 / 10:30-6:00 pm

Learn how to achieve the dramatic effects you’ve seen in Mike’s paintings as we celebrate texture and dimension! In this 3-day workshop, you will learn to use mediums, tools and techniques for creating textural oil painting. Students will execute a landscape painting, learning how to start and how to finish, learning tips and tricks along the way. Some experience in oils is necessary.

Lino-cut Printmaking Basics
w/ Chris Minor

Saturday / Feb 2 / 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!

Majestic Mountain Landscapes in Oil or Acrylic
w/ David Marty

Saturday-Sunday / February 9-10 / 10:30-4:30 pm

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! Encaustics: Colorful Palette
w/ Tracy Felix

Friday / February 15 / 6:00-8:30 pm

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.

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

Mixed Media Encaustics
w/ Tracy Felix

Saturday / February 16 / 11-5pm

In this great workshop you'll create two exciting projects as you explore Tracy's new and fun 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!

Bird Portraits on Copper in Pastel
w/ Amanda Housto

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 / 6-8:30pm - Sorry this date is full.

Newly added date!
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.

Finger Painting Meets the Old Masters
w/ Kimberly Adams

Sorry this workshop is full, but occasionally spots do open up! To be placed on the wait list, call 425.697.2787

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

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: 1030 am-130 pm
Morning and Afternoon: 1030 am-130 pm and 2-5 pm

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

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.

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

Newly added date!
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.

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 value and more - this experienced instructor is able to take you from wherever you are to the next level. All levels are very welcome!

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!

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.

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.

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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 

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! 

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.



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