"Colorful Pastels: Animals, Birds & More" w/ Janis Graves

DATE/TIME: Sunday / July 24 / 10:30-4:30 pm

COST: $125


Enjoy a day of painting your choice of animals (like cows, sheep, or dogs, for example) and birds (like Robins, vibrantly blue Steller’s Jays, and those knowing creatures we call crows).

With Janis as your guide in this one-day workshop, you’ll be using pastel sticks – a terrific medium for the immediate true color laid on the surface paper. Janis has a wonderful ability to capture the spirit of an animal or bird, and she’ll be passing along tips and tricks so that you’ll be painting like a pro, too! How to set up a composition and your color choices, how to use contrast to the best advantage, how to blend your pastels – these will be some of the things you will learn in this one-day workshop.

Some photos will be provided, and you are encouraged to bring your own photos of your favorite animal and/or birds. (Google and/or Pinterest are good sources for photo references.) You are welcome to bring your iPads and Laptops for your photo source. 


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


  • NuPastel set of 12 or 24 and Sennelier pastels kit
  • Unison pastels – varied selection
  • Any selection of pastels you have

Paper: At least 2 sheets 9x12 or larger. Any of these brands will work:

  • PastelMat
  • Art Spectrum Color Fix
  • Mi Tientes
  • Pastel Premier
  • U Art Pastel Paper
  • Sennelier La Carte (preferred by Janis; not available at Art Spot, but can be purchased at Jerrysartarama).

(Janis likes to use sanded paper such as UArt or Pastel Premier. If you are unable to find these papers, Janis will be supplying some paper for a $2.50 - $5.00 per sheet).


  • 1 tote board 13x17 or 23x26
  • masking tape or frog tape
  • 1 inexpensive brush ½” to 1”
  • paper towels
  • gloves
  • 1 old used toothbrush
  • 1 kneaded eraser
  • Baby wipes

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 the day of class! Call ARTspot at 425.640.6408 for this great service! (To ensure your order is filled, please order as early as possible.)We also have a variety of art supplies relevant to your class here at Cole Art Studio.