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Babbling Brooks, Forest Streams & Rushing Water in Oil
w/ Mike Wise

Date/Time: Fri–Sun / September 28-29-30 /
Friday & Saturday: 10:30-6:00 pm
Sunday: 10:30-5:00 pm

Cost: $385

Registration: Call in, come in, or register online. 425.697.2787

Location:  ArtWorks  in Edmonds - a lovely, large space with plenty of parking places! At the corner of 2nd and Dayton: 201 2nd Ave, Edmonds, WA 98020


This 3-day workshop is perfect for those who have some basic experience in oil painting and want to continue to learn great landscape techniques. In this class, Mike will teach his students how to capture the dynamic beauty of movement in water. From quiet babbling brooks to rushing rivers and even waterfalls, students will learn Mike's techniques to paint rapids, rocky river bases set against shores filled with twigs and branches and the surrounding forests.

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Using palette knife, brayers, shapers and brushes Mike will guide his students in dynamic, textural oil painting. With attention to composition, color harmony and finishing techniques, each student will learn concepts to develop their knowledge of impressionist oil painting.  Mike will also demonstrate and teach layering, both wet into wet and wet over dry, as well as more exaggerated techniques for dramatic effects.

Some experience in oil is highly recommended.


You can purchase your quality art supplies at ARTspot! Registered students receive a 10% discount on all their art supplies from the time of paid registration until the last day of class. Most items on this list are available at ARTspot. Please let their staff advise you about appropriate art materials to fulfill  requirements for your class.  Artspot's Web Site

Questions about these supplies? ARTspot staff are happy to help you. Call 425-640-6408 or email at ARTspotEdmonds@gmail.com.

Oil Paints – Good quality professional brand such as Gamblin or M. Graham.

Required colors:

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  • Mixed White (titanium/zinc)

  • Titanium White

  • Cad Yellow Light

  • Cad Orange

  • Yellow Ochre

  • Cad Red Light

  • Alizarin Crimson

  • Venetian Red

  • Transparent Red Oxide

  • Viridian (if unable to find, substitute Phthalo green)

  • French Ultramarine

  • Manganese Blue or Mang Blue Hue

Suggested, optional colors (Mike uses the rest of these regularly, however not all will be needed for the class):

  • Zinc White and/or Flake White

  • Cad Lemon Yellow

  • Cad Yellow Deep

  • Cad Red Medium

  • Phthalo Emerald

  • Cobalt Blue

  • Dioxozine purple

  • Sap Green


  • Alkyd or other medium such as Galkyd or Neomegilp (note: no stinky mediums or solvents allowed)

  • Odorless Mineral Spirits, such as Gamsol, in cleaning tank
    (Note: Mike recommends the Silicoil cleaning tank or one of similar size with the wire coil inside. If the tank is too small it will continuously contaminate your mixes and your brushes will never get clean.)

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Brushes, etc.

  • 2 synthetic flats, size 6 (these should be about ½ inch wide and form a sharp edge)

  • 2 Rigger/liner brush, sizes 2 and 4, for details (note: these should have a "spring" to them)

  • 1 triangular knife medium size

  • 1 oval painting knife

  • Any other brushes/tools you prefer using

Panels or stretched canvas:

2 or more good quality canvas panels* in a medium weave - your choice of sizes in this range: 11x14 to 16x20.

IMPORTANT: Make sure your canvases have a good good priming - either buy the Source Tek canvas (which are highly pre-primed) or, if you select a different brand, make sure they have an additional coat of gesso for the priming so they are not absorbent and stain.    Also note that the smoother or finer the surface is the more difficult it becomes to layer paint so a medium texture will work best.  

*Note on Mike's choice of Source Tek canvas panels: these are quality panels made with medium weave Belgian linen that do not need extra priming.  Fredrix Pro Series Dixie 12oz cotton archival canvas board (available at ARTspot) will need an additional layer of gesso, easily applied with an inexpensive foam roller brush, available at any hardware or paint store.


  • Reference photos- these need to be large enough to see the details, small 3x5 photos are not suitable. Photos should have an overall strong simple design.

  • Easel – standing or table. ArtWorks has easels which you can borrow.

  • Large Palette for your paints - a hard, smooth surface such as glass or wood is recommended. (Paper palettes are discouraged, as they are difficult to use compared with a hard, smooth surface.)

  • Paper towels

  • Brush cleaner

  • Surgical or Exam gloves (Mike also uses his fingers to blend with) **We have standard sizes at the Gallery if you don't have gloves available.

Check this out! ARTspot Concierge Service. ARTspot will personally do your shopping for you! They can set aside the materials you need, ready for pickup - they can even deliver your supplies to Cole Art Studio before your class. Call ARTspot at 425.640.6408 for this great service. Note: To ensure your order can be filled, please order as early as possible.