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 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!
Two spots just opened up!
Saturday / May 26 / 11-5pm
In this great workshop you'll create two exciting projects as you 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!
Saturday / June 2 / 11-5pm
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.
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
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-Sunday / 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.
Saturday - Sunday / June 23-24 / 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!
Two Dates To Choose From:
Friday / June 29 / 6-8:30 pm
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!
Saturday / June 30 / 10:30-4:30 pm
Spend the day exploring color in pastel! Janis will teach you how to use color boldly and fearlessly, focusing on value, hue and intensity. She will also touch upon color relevance and how local color effects color. This is one color class you do not want to miss!
Saturday-Sunday / July 7-8 / 10:30-4:30 pm
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!
Five-week Study Course
Tuesdays / July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7 / 10:30-1:30
Learn more about painting in the medium of your choice – whether in Pastel, Oil or Acrylic. In this 5-week course, Janis will share from her wealth of knowledge in all 3 mediums, covering a range of topics such as composition, design, surface preparation, color choice and mixing. You can bring in your own work and references, and Janis will help you take your skills to the next level. This will be a great class!
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.
Saturday / July 21 / 10:30-4:30pm
Welcome to our “Discovery!” series – just for beginners! If you think you can’t draw, if you’ve ever said ‘I can’t even draw a stick figure’, if you are totally convinced no one could ever teach you to draw… this is the class for you! Joe Mac Kechnie will patiently show you, in a cheerful and non-intimidating environment, how fun and easy drawing can be. Yes, you CAN draw! Stay tuned for more intro classes – look for “Discovery!”
Sunday / July 22 / 10:30am-4:30pm
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!
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 with oil painting.
Saturday / August 4 / 11-5 pm
Explore the wet flowing nature and looseness of acrylic paints. You’ll be able to experiment, discover new effects and ways to handle this great medium. Drizzle, squirt, pour, splatter, manipulate and have fun! Paint Splash only comes around once a year, so don’t miss out!
Sunday / August 5 / 10:30-5pm
If the thought of drawing faces terrifies you… If you want to do a portrait of a relative but you aren’t sure how to begin… We have the 1-day workshop for you! Anyone can draw the face and this workshop is designed to give you the knowledge and strategies to do just that. This instructor is new to Cole, but she’s been teaching all over the area for years, for other well-known art class locations. We’re happy she wants to teach with us!
Friday-Sunday / August 10-12 / 10:30-4:30pm
Perfect for all levels of watercolor students, especially those wanting to learn great direct painting technique! Award-winning artist and instructor Ron Stocke will show you the important steps of a watercolor painting from beginning to end. Learn how to start, develop, and successfully finish paintings, achieving strong values and simplified shapes. The 3-day format will allow each student to complete paintings of their own to take home.
Friday / August 17 / 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.
Saturday-Sunday / August 18-19 / 10:30-4:30pm
How do you take a landscape painting from good to Amazing!? Beyond light, and masterful technique, we need great subjects! Learn how to place exciting elements (a person, animal, bird or whatever excites you) to have great composition and emotional connection. Take your landscapes to the next level with this fantastic painter and excellent instructor!
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.
5 classes / Wednesdays / 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.
Friday evening / Sept 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.
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.
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.
5 classes / Wednesdays / 2-5 pm
New Date: October 11, 18, 25, Nov 1 & 8
Get ready for some fun portrait 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 expression and creativity, using watercolor and whatever other mediums you choose to use. 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!