Acrylic & Oil Painting Workshops

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 / 10:30-4:30pm

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!

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 / 6-8:30pm

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!


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

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

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!

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

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

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 / 10:30-6:00pm

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 and 31

This 5-week series will walk you through the elements of creating a series of paintings using oil or acrylic. Plenty of images will be provided for students to work on in their own time during class, so even if a student is fast at completing their painting, they will be able to start a new one while others work at their own pace. Students will gain experience in painting the following: simple still life, landscapes, florals, and tips for adding figures to your work. 

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

Sat-Sun / May 5-6 / 10:30-5pm

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!

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.

Color Mixing Workshop
w/ Tracy Felix

Saturday / June 2 / 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.

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 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.

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 in oils.

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

Wednesday–Sunday / 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.