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Dynamic Impressionist Landscapes in Oil
w/ Mike Wise

Date/Time: Fri–Sun / September 28-29-30 / 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


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In this three-day workshop, you will learn how to create dynamic landscape paintings in the studio. Through demo and discussion, practice and experimentation, this exciting painter will teach you the fundamentals of oil painting: composition, edges, variety, value, drawing, color mixing, and various techniques of paint application. He’ll share his tips and tricks to take your paintings from good to great!

The workshop will begin with the fundamentals of what makes a good painting by learning how to evaluate photos to design a strong composition.   You will learn how to view reference images in a simplified manner, focusing on shape, edges and color rather than detail and line. Using these basics, each student will work on their own landscape paintings and finish a complete block-in.

As the workshop progresses, you will take your blocked-in painting from a sketched idea to a complete painting – containing variety, life and beauty!  Mike will teach students how to complete their work using an assortment of paint application techniques such as palette knife, towels, brayers, fingers, and brushes for both dynamic and subtle artistic emphasis. 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:

  • Mixed White (titanium/zinc)
  • Titanium White
  • Cad Yellow Light
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Cad Red Light
  • Alizarin Crimson Permanent
  • 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


  • 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.)

Brushes, etc.

  • 2 Hog Bristle flat brushes in sizes 6 & 8 (these are long-handled brushes)
  • 3 synthetic filbert brushes sizes 4, 6 & 8 (these are also the long-handled brushes)
  • 1 smallish Rigger or liner brush, size 2 or 4, for details (this is a short-handled brush)
  • 2 Painting Knives, small and medium sizes

Panels or stretched canvas:

3 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 priming. For example,  Source Tek canvas (which are highly pre-primed) or Fredrix Pro Series Dixie. If you select a brand other than Source Tek, make sure you add another 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.


  • Easel – standing or table. The studio has a few people can borrow. Call ahead to reserve.
  • Large Palette for your paints - a hard smooth surface such as glass or wood is recommended.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.