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!

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

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

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 class dates just added!
5 classes / Thursdays / 5-8 pm / Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

5 classes / Thursdays / 5-8 pm / June 6, 13, 20, 27, (skip 4th of July), & July 11 - Sorry, this session is full. Contact the gallery to be put on the wait list. 425.697.2787

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! Encaustics: Beeswax & Collage
w/ Tracy Felix

Just added a new class!
Friday / November 15 / 6-8:30 pm

Friday / June 7 / 6-8:30 pm -Sorry, the June class is full. Contact the gallery to be put on the wait list. 425.697.2787

“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! 

Intro to Watercolors
w/ Susan Waite

Saturday June 8 / 10:30-4:30

Welcome to our “Discovery!” series, just for beginners!

If you’ve never picked up a brush, or you’ve never dabbled with watercolors and just want some basics, here’s the perfect place to start! In a super fun and encouraging environment, you’ll be playing around with watercolors, guided by Susan as you paint along with her step-by-step. Create your own beautiful little painting, have a blast, AND get familiar with this great medium!

Discovery! Intro to Drawing
w/ Julia Carpenter

Sunday / June 9 / 10:30-4:30

Our “Discovery!” series is just for beginners!  In a cheerful, encouraging and non-intimidating environment, Julia will show you how fun and joyful drawing can be.  Even if you’ve always believed you can’t draw, Julia will take you on an adventure of discovery and you’ll see -- you really can draw! Don't delay - this one fills up quickly!

The Joy of Drawing: Part 1
w/ Julia Carpenter

4 Monday mornings / June 10, 17, (skip 24) July 1, 8 / 10:30-1:30

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

2 sessions to choose from!
4 Mondays / June 10, 17, (skip 24) July 1, 8/ 2-5 pm
4 Mondays / July 22, 29, August 5, 12 / 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.

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

Pastel Basics: Technique and Color
w/ Janis Graves

Saturday-Sunday / June 22-23 / 10:30-4:30

Enjoy two days of painting with pastel with this super-fun instructor! Our local pastel expert will teach you all about how to use pastels to create a vibrant painting, from beginning to end. You’ll cover some basic (and not-so basic) techniques for overcoming challenges.  You’ll learn how to prepare the substructures for successful painting in pastels. And you’ll learn all about color! Sign up today!

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.  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. You’ll learn about composition, and how to use color to create atmosphere. 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

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

Friday-Sunday / July 12-14
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.

Try It! Finger Painting Sunflowers
w/ Kimberly Adams

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

Friday evening / July 12 / 6-8:30 pm

"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 a gorgeous vase of sunflowers. 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 Florals from Life
w/ Kimberly Adams

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

Saturday-Sunday / July 13-14 / 10:30-4:30

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!

Try It! Paint a Vibrant Landscape in Acrylics
w/ Jed Dorsey

Friday evening / 6-8:30pm / July 19

“Paint a beautiful landscape?? ME??” Yes! 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!  Jed will guide you step by step through the process painting a beautiful landscape in acrylics of our lovely Skagit Valley. You don't have to bring any supplies, but at the end of the fun evening you have a painting that you can take home! Bring a friend, a date, or just yourself for a great Friday night!

Sumi-e Art and Notans Painting for Beginners
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

Saturday - Sunday / July 20-21 / 10:30- 4:30

Elegant and harmonious, ancient and beautiful, traditional ink wash paintings are a wonderful form of artistic expression!  You will have a great introduction to Sumi ink technique, design and materials on the first day. Day 2 will be all about color Sumi-e techniques and Notan studies. Perfect for all levels, even beginners! If you’re already a watercolorist, this is be a great way to improve your watercolor techniques.

Drawing Adventures
w/ Julia Carpenter

4 Mondays / July 22, 29 August 5, 12 / 2-5 pm 

In this 4-week class the projects each week will emphasize how to “see” like an artist and practicing techniques. The sessions will differ quarter to quarter! This class is for anyone who likes a new drawing challenge and instruction each week, and is also perfect for those who have completed Julia’s Joy of Drawing and the Joy of Drawing Continues and want to keep on drawing!

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.

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

Demo: Thursday / July 25 / 6-8pm
Workshop:  Friday-Sunday / July 26-28 / 10:30am - 4:30pm

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.

Expressive Drawing
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

Saturday / August 3 / 10:30-4:30

Want to take your drawing skills to the next level?  In this workshop with fantastic teacher Joe Mac Kechnie, you’ll learn to express your inner self and explore creative drawing techniques, using charcoals and ink. Move beyond just copying to producing artistic works! Some drawing experience required.

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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 

Travel Sketching Workshop
w/ Gabriel Campanario

Sunday / Aug 4 / 10:30-4:30 - sold out
Saturday / Aug 10 / 10:30-4:30 - sold out

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. Some previous drawing experience is helpful but all levels are welcome. Sign up today – this one is sure to fill up quickly!

Try It! Paint it & Eat it! Donuts in Watercolor!
w/ Susan Waite

Friday evening / August 9 / 6-8:30 pm

Our “Try It!” classes are a great place to try something new! Make it a fun Friday night out with your friends or a date night.  In this class, you’ll follow along step by step with this fabulous instructor to create a whimsical (and need we say, delicious looking) watercolor painting of donuts! You’ll learn about some basics of watercolor painting in a stress-free environment, all while having a terrific time. A great class for any level, whether you’ve painted before or never touched a brush. Try It!

Discovery! Intro to Pastels!
w/ Julia Carpenter

Sunday / August 11 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Welcome to our “Discovery!” series – a safe and encouraging place to learn about doing art – just for beginners! If you’ve never picked up a pastel, or are brand new to art and want to learn some basics, here’s the place to start! (FYI Pastels are the perfect next step if you’ve ever done any drawing too.) Beginners will love learning about pastels from this wonderful instructor.

More info coming soon. Call the gallery at 425.697.2787 to sign up!

Try It! Encaustics: Colorful Palette
w/ Tracy Felix

Friday / August 16 / 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.

Finger Painting Colorful Landscapes -  
1 or 2-day workshop
w/ Kimberly Adams

1-day: Saturday only Aug 17 / 10:30-4:30 / sold out
2-day: Sat-Sun Aug 17-18 / 10:30 – 4:30 / $250

Finger-painting is fun! And it’s all about landscapes in this 1-day or 2-day fingerpainting workshop! In the 1-day you’ll learn how to finger paint poppies in a beautiful green field, with a dazzling blue sky. If you take the second day, you’ll paint along with Kimberly a vibrant landscape that she will choose just for you. You will take home one (or two!) gorgeous paintings of your very own! All levels, including beginners, will have a blast. This class will fill quickly, so sign up today!

Crazily Creative Portraits in Mixed Media
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

Saturday-Sunday / August 24-25 / 10:30-4:30

Get ready for some fun portrait drawing and 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 expressive and creative style 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 good drawing experience, at least a little portraiture, and have used one or more of the painting mediums listed above. Not suitable for beginners.

Color Theory Part 2:
Applying Color Mixing to Painting
w/ Tracy Felix

Friday / September 6 / 6 - 8:30 pm

For all students who have taken Color Theory Part 1 with Tracy Felix. Tracy has developed an evening only class where you can practically apply the color theory concepts you learned to create a beautiful floral painting, all in one short evening. The students who have taken this second part have really loved it! 

Beginning Watercolor Play
w/ Susan Waite

5 Thursdays: September 19, 26, October 3, 10 & 17 / 10:30-1:30

With this experienced instructor, beginners in watercolor will be encouraged and have a lot of fun! You’ll learn all about getting the colors and values you want - without making mud!  Through simple exercises and paint along with the instructor demos, we will take the mystery out of this beautiful medium. Individual attention will make this a good class for painters to learn the right amount of water and paint to use to get the desired effects.  Playful experimentation encouraged!

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

Friday / September 20 / 6-8:30 pm

What?? Finger painting?? Yes! 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.

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

Saturday-Sunday-Monday / September 21-23 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Choose your own subject, bring in your own painting or reference photo, and get excellent instruction in how to start – and finish! – your own project! In this 3-day format, you can complete a larger canvas. Suitable for finger painting students who’ve taken at least one 2-day workshop with Kimberly (this one is not for beginners).

Loosen Up! Creating Loose, Delicious Watercolors
w/ Ron Stocke

Friday-Sunday / October 11-13 / 10:30-4:30

Come on and loosen up! Join Ron Stocke as he teaches you how to add mood to your watercolor paintings with looser brushwork, how to avoid bad habits, and create delicious watercolors! You’ll learn how to start, develop and successfully finish your watercolor painting. In 3 days, you’ll be able to complete and take home a painting of your very own. Come and learn from this acclaimed award-wining artist and instructor.

The Drawing Experience Part 1
w/ Joe MacKechnie

5 classes / Wednesdays / Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 / 10:30-1:30

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 / Wednesdays / Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 / 2-5

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!

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

Friday Oct 11 / 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.

Mixed Media Encaustics
w/ Tracy Felix

Saturday, Oct 12 / 11-5 pm

This is a great workshop to 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!

Painting Dramatic Clouds in Oil or Acrylic
w/ David Marty

Saturday-Sunday / October 19-20 / 10:30-4:30

Join David Marty and explore the fun subject of clouds – one of his favorite things to paint. Clouds are more than just white and fluffy – they are alive with colors and rich with darker shadows. Through demos and personal instruction, you’ll learn David’s approach to capturing this beautiful subject matter, from billowing cumulus to dramatic backlit cloud formations. He’ll work with you on composition, mixing colors and brushwork, and guide you as you create your own paintings of clouds.

The Language of Trees and Light
w/ Amanda Houston

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

All about trees in your pastel paintings! Dive deeper into trees, “sky holes” and their place in creating great landscapes. With a review how to paint dramatic skies, land and water, this class will focus on capturing the beauty and diversity of trees – that magical intersection where land meets sky, with sparkling light coming through the branches and leaves.



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