“Dynamic Impressionist Landscapes in Oil” w/ Mike Wise

DATE/TIME: Fri-Sat-Sun / Feb 10-11-12 / 10:30-4:30pm

COST: $350This Workshop is full

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 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.
Note: Mike is
very excited about Graham paints. If you would like them, ARTspot can order them as long as they have ample notice.

Required colors:

  • Mixed White (titanium/zinc)
  • Titanium White
  • Cad Yellow Light
  • 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


  • Alykd or other medium such as Galkyd or Neomegilp (note: no stinky mediums or solvents allowed)
  • Odorless Mineral Spirits, such as Gamsol, in cleaning tank

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 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 - either buy the Source Tek canvas (which are pre-primed) or, if you select a different brand, make sure they have an additional coat of gesso for the priming. (Priming allows the paint to adhere to the surface.)

*Note on Mike's choice of Source Tek canvas panels: these are artist quality linen panels. This superior surface quality is one way that Mike is able to get the results he wants. (We have worked with ARTspot on this, and they have Source Tek canvas panels in a variety of sizes. These panels have minimal depth of 1/8", which makes them more economical than the thicker panels.) 


  • Easel – standing or table. The studio has a few people can borrow. Call ahead to reserve.
  • Large Palette for your paints - any kind will do.
  • 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.