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.

In a warm, inviting environment and in everything from oils, acrylics and pastels to watercolors, encaustics and more. We constantly add new class offerings, so be sure to check back with us often.
Discover the Artist Within You!


The Drawing Experience Pt. 1
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

This class 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 / Tuesdays / 10:30-1:30pm
Jan 16, 23, 30, Feb 6 & 13

Even if you think you can’t draw a stick figure, Joe really can teach you how! Fall in love with drawing - THE basis for all your future art endeavors. With art instructor and artist Joe Mac Kechnie, 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 Pt. 2
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

 5 classes / Wednesdays / 10:30-1:30pm
Jan 17, 24, 31, Feb 7 & 14

Ready to take your drawing skills to the next level? If you have basic drawing skills already, or have taken Joe’s Part 1 of Drawing Experience, you’re ready for this! You’ll explore more complexity with charcoal, Conte, ink and pastels. Don’t miss this great chance to improve your overall artistic experience.

Beginning Pastels: Drawing with Color
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

5 classes / Wednesdays / 2-5pm
Jan 17, 24, 31, Feb 7 & 14

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!


The Watercolor Experience Part 2
w/ Joe MacKechnie

This class 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 / 10:30-1:30pm
Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8 & 15

Open to all watercolor painters, whether you’ve taken a beginning class by one of our instructors or you just want to further your watercolor painting skills. In this 5-week class, you’ll briefly revisit core techniques of painting with this wonderful medium, then explore more advanced and creative techniques. You’ll study and learn to employ the techniques of some of the Watercolor Greats, and will advance in your own ability to create beautiful watercolor paintings.

Beginning Portraits in Charcoal, Pastel and Watercolor
w/ Joe MacKechnie

5 classes / Thursdays / 2-5pm
Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8 & 15

A great class for beginners at portraits who want to take their drawing and painting to the next level!
Artist and beloved instructor Joe Mac Kechnie will guide you in your very first portrait. The first two classes will be dedicated to how to draw the portrait using charcoal. You will discover that drawing the portrait is easier and more fun than you previously might have thought. In the last three classes, we will explore painting the portrait using watercolors and pastels.

Oil Painting Landscapes with Water: Reflection, Depth & Transparency
w/ Mike Wise

This class 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 / January 19-21 / 10:30-6:00pm

Landscapes come alive when water and all of its beauty is introduced into the scene. Master Impressionist Mike Wise will share his amazing techniques to create transparent water, reflective lakes and ponds with lily pads floating on the surface. You will leave energized and inspired, with a new set of tools from this excellent instructor!


Sumi-e Art and Notan Painting
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

1-day: Saturday / Jan 20 / 10:30-4:30pm
2-day: Sat–Sun / Jan 20-21 / 10:30-4:30pm

Elegance and harmony, ancient and beautiful, traditional ink wash paintings are a wonderful form of artistic expression! This 1-day or 2-day workshop 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. Perfect for all levels!

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Watercolor Step One
w/ James Farrand

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

4 classes / Mondays / 1-3pm
Jan 22, 29, Feb 5 & 12

Watercolor Steps 1 and 2 – two separate sessions, of 4 Monday evenings each, which cover all the basics of painting with Watercolors! Watercolor Step 1 will be the “Basic basics” – an introduction into the amazing world of Watercolor, focusing on materials and basic techniques. This is THE place to start if you are a beginner. WS2 will build on the first series. Take just one, or take both!


Drawing Lab 1~ Great Basics for Beginning Drawing
w/ James Farrand

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

4 classes / Mondays / 6-8pm
Jan 22, 29, Feb 5 & 12

Students rave about this course! Drawing Lab 1 is the first part of a 2-part series to introduce you to drawing and then build on your abilities. Each course, of 4 classes each, will cover all the basics of Drawing! Discussion, demo and practice will be the method. DL1 will be the "basics” – where you need to start if you are a beginner. You'll be learning, understanding, and practicing with the basic materials, techniques, and concepts that are the foundation of observational drawing.

Try it! Finger Painting with Acrylics
w/ Kimberly Adams

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

Friday / Jan 26 / 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.

Painting Dramatic Night Scene Landscapes in Oil or Acrylic
w/ Andy Eccleshall

This class 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

Sat-Sun / Jan 27-28 / 10:30-4:30pm

Moonlit skies and shining stars, soft blue hues and silvery highlights. Breathtaking! In this 2-day workshop with our beloved Andy Eccleshall, you’ll create your own nocturne painting! Sign up today – Andy’s workshops fill up quickly.


Creating Great Paintings from Your Photos w/ Kyle Paliotto

Sat-Sun / Feb 10-11 / 10:30-4:30pm

How do you create an exciting painting? Using experiences, photos, plein air compositions and sketches – how do you turn that into a work of art? We’ve invited this award-winning artist and experienced instructor to come all the way from Idaho to teach you his approach and techniques. Come and learn from a master!

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At Cole Art Studio we offer a wide variety of workshops and classes and are always adding more! Check back often to see our newest additions.

Try It! Renegade Encaustics: Colorful Palette w/ Tracy Felix

Two Dates To Choose From:

Friday / Feb 16 / 6-8:30pm
Friday / Oct 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.


Discovery! “I Can’t Draw a Portrait” 1-Day
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

Saturday / Feb 17 / 10:30-4:30pm

“What? Are you kidding?? I can’t draw a portrait!!” Is this you? Does the idea of drawing a portrait intimidate you? Do you lack the necessary drawing skills? Perhaps you have dabbled and can sort of paint a portrait but have never taken an actual Portrait drawing class? Well – do we have the workshop for you! Joe Mac Kechnie creates amazing portraits and loves to introduce others to the secrets of drawing a believable portrait. You can do this – if you sign up with Joe!

Renegade and Beyond! Mixed Media Encaustics
w/ Tracy Felix

Two Dates to Choose From:

Saturday / Feb 24 / 11-5pm
Saturday / May 26 / 11-5pm

This is a great workshop to explore Tracy's new and fun “Renegade” 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!

Beginning Finger Painting 1-Day
w/ Kimberly Adams

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

Sunday / Feb 25 / 10:30-4:30pm

In this 1-day workshop, students will learn how to finger paint! Following this wonderful instructor as she takes you step-by- step, you’ll enjoy taking your painting from ordinary to extraordinary using vibrant color to enhance a cloud-dotted sky. While created for beginners to the art of finger painting fun, this workshop is also open to non-beginners who want to continue to perfect their technique. Take home your very own creation at the end of the day!


Oil Painting in The Russian Impressionist Tradition
w/ Pam Ingalls

Demo: Thursday / March 1 / 6-8pm
Workshop: Fri-Sun / March 2-4 / 10:30-4:30pm

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 welcomed!

Watercolor Step Two: Beyond the Basics
w/ James Farrand

Mondays / March 5, 12, (skip 19th), 26 & April 2 / 1-3pm

Watercolor Step 2 is a course of 4 Monday evenings which, together with Watercolor Step 1, covers the basics and beyond of painting with Watercolors! Building on the basics introduced in Step 1, Step 2 will continue this process as well as dig much deeper into color. Take these back to back, or if you have already had some basics elsewhere, start in with Step 2!

Drawing Lab 2: Beyond the Basics w/ James Farrand

Mondays / 6-8pm / March 5, 12, (skip 19th), 26 & April 2

“Beyond the Basics” is the second part of a 2-part series. If you’ve had beginning drawing and feel the need to learn more on this topic, you can take this class - even if you haven’t taken James’ Drawing Lab 1. Focus will be on techniques for making accurate measurements and how to transfer that to your drawing. Students will also learn and understand how to arrange and place all the elements of a given drawing into a cohesive and unified composition - which is much more engaging and compelling for the viewer.


Contemporary Painting: Abstract Painting with Color, Texture and Layers w/ Tracy Felix

Sat-Sun / March 10-11 / 11-5pm

To take full advantage of acrylic painting, learn about gels, pastes and mediums and what they can do for you! Over the course of two days, Tracy will take you step by step to create SIX paintings. She will demo each technique along the way, then allow you to play. This class is designed for beginners, or even more experienced artists, who want a great overview of the versatility of acrylic painting. Lots of great techniques to inspire and unleash your unique creativity.

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Not seeing the class you want?

We are constantly adding new classes.
Check back often or give us a call: 425-697-2787

Painting Light and Reflections in Pastel w/ Amanda Houston

2-Day: Sat-Sun / March 10-11 / 10:30-5:00pm
3-Day: Sat-Mon / March 10-12 / 10:30-5:00pm

Create colorful water reflections and brilliant clouds in pastel with this award-winning artist and instructor! This 2- or 3-day workshop will be a great mix of theory, technique and experimentation. Amanda will share her knowledge of pastels and how to use different techniques on different surfaces to achieve great results. Packed full of good design principles to make ANY painting successful. Some experience in pastels is necessary.


Try It! Finger Painting Sunflowers
w/ Kimberly Adams

Friday  / March 16 / 6-8:30pm

"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!

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

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

2-day: Sat-Sun / Mar 17-18 / 10:30-4:30pm
OR
3-day: Sat-Sun- Mon / Mar 17-19 /10:30-4:30pm

This advanced workshop is open to any students that have taken a finger painting workshop with Kimberly. Students will either 1) paint along with Kimberly as she leads through more detailed finger painting techniques; or 2) paint from a photo of their choice, with Kimberly there to guide composition and color selection as well as assist as needed so student will go home with a finished painting.

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 / 11:30-5:30pm

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!

Painting in Pastel: Color and Form
w/ Janis Graves

Sunday / March 25 / 10:30-4:30pm

This one-day workshop will delve into the use of color in pastel. Learn to create some exciting color mixes using hue and temperature. Color can be line drawn or painterly. We will touch on composition, and how and what to edit. Subjects may be varied to individual preference. We will work from photos and/or laptops or iPads. Most of all we’ll have a fun day!

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

Friday / March 30 / 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.


Contemporary Painting: Paint a Series
w/ Tracy Felix

Saturday /  April 7 / 11-5 pm

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!
 

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

One-day: Saturday / Apr 14 / 10:30 – 4:30 pm
Two-Day: Sat-Sun / Apr 14-15 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Let your fingers dance across a canvas while creating a beautiful lighthouse scene in this 1 or 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 / 10:30-4:30 pm

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

Fri-Sun / April 27-29 / 10:30-6 pm

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

5 classes / Thursdays / 5-8pm
May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31

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.

Painting Dramatic Sunsets in Oil or Acrylic
w/ David Marty

Sat-Sun / May 19-20 / 10:30-4:30 pm

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 Theory + Color Mixing
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
required.

Painting Life with Life
w/ Bev Jozwiak

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 / June 8-10 / 10:30-4:30pm

“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! Renegade Encaustics: Beeswax & Collage
w/ Tracy Felix

Two Dates To Choose From:
Friday / June 29 / 6-8:30 pm
Friday / Nov. 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! 

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

Wed–Sun / 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.