“Design & Paint Animals and Birds with Pastel” w/ Janis Graves

DATE/TIME: Saturday / March 25 / 10:30-4:30pm

COST: $150

REGISTRATION: Call in, come in, or register online. Scroll to the bottom for online registration. 425.697.2787

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


In this workshop, you’ll learn the steps to create a gorgeous pastel painting with vibrant color in versatile pastels.

First, you’ll design your subject, whether animal or bird, with use of simple tools, with the goal of helping you learn to design and draw with accuracy. By getting the substructure correct at the beginning, it will save you from spending time doing corrections while painting - a great thing to learn for all the rest of your painting days! You’ll learn to create pleasing compositions at the same time.

Next, with Janis as your guide, you’ll enjoy creating your subject – whether the two-legged or four-legged variety – using pastel sticks: a great medium for the immediate true color laid on the surface of the 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 choose your colors, 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. And you’ll take home a finished piece of your very own!

Janis will supply photo references and protective paper sleeves for your finished pastel paintings.


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.


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


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)

(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 small fee - more details to come).


  • 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
  • Ruler
  • Dry Erase marker

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.