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

Date/Time:  Saturday - Sunday / October 26-27 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Cost: $275

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

Location: Cole Art Studio, located on the lower level of Cole Gallery   107 5th Ave S, Edmonds WA 98020

Enjoy a weekend of painting your choice of animals (like cows, sheep, or dogs, for example) or birds (like Robins, vibrantly blue Steller’s Jays, and those knowing creatures we call crows). You can also create landscapes in this two-day class - anything goes!


With Janis as your guide in this weekend 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!

One focus of the workshop will be on the use of color. Learning how to use value, hue, and intensity to create vibrant pastels. The sky can be green, the grass can be blue. It’s all in the use of the color. Pastels open up an exciting way to explore these uses. You'll learn 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 fun workshop.


Some photos will be provided, and you are encouraged to bring your own favorite photos. (Google and/or Pinterest are good sources for photo references.) Remember to print out your choices before you come. You are welcome to bring your iPads and Laptops for your photo source and paint directly from your device. 

Supply list:

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


Janis pastel kit supply  pic.jpg
  • NuPastel set of 12 or 24

  • Richeson soft pastels set of 24 (or a set each of primary & secondary colors)

  • Any selection of pastels you have (such as Unison, Terry Ludwig, etc.)

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

  • Pastel Premier

  • U Art Pastel Paper

  • PastelMat

  • Art Spectrum Color Fix

  • Mi Tientes

    (Janis likes to use sanded paper such as Wallis paper. She can supply this paper for $5-$7.50 per sheet, depending on the size).



  • Photo for reference (please print out at home)

  • Dry erase pens (Janis will show you how to make a grid)

  • Ipad/tablet to look at your images, if not using photo

  • 1 tote board 13x17 or 18x18, or hardboard of 16x20 (such as gator board, foam core, etc)

  • 1 inexpensive brush ½” to 1”

  • 1 old used toothbrush

  • 1 kneaded eraser

  • Masking tape or frog tape

  • Ruler

  • Aluminum foil

  • Paper towels

  • Wet wipes

  • Gloves - latex supplied by Cole

  • Easel - either table or standing. Cole has several; call to reserve one.

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.