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Figures in their Environment in Oil or Acrylic
w/ Jennifer Diehl

One spot just opened up!

Date/Time: Friday-Sunday / April 20-22 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Cost: $350

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

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

Painting is simply telling a story without words. Learn how to create beautiful figurative paintings, using the environment and the human figure to express your ideas.

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How do you create a story? What elements should you use to create the narrative and how do you put it together into a cohesive whole that invites the viewer to engage? Whether painting people in glowing cityscapes, warm interiors or in landscapes, Jennifer Diehl is an amazing artist who has delighted us for years with her ability to paint a visual narrative that we can “walk into”.

Jennifer says, “In order to say what you want in a piece, you have to create an environment for the story and also be able to put any elements in that story that you need.  Using the environment and the human figure to work hand in hand to express your ideas is a crucial tool in your toolbox.”

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In this 3-day workshop, Jennifer will guide students in how to use light, color, perspective and design to paint that environment you can use to tell a story; how to paint natural looking figures and connect them to their environment to help tell that story; and how to pull it all together to communicate through your painting. With simple steps, Jennifer Diehl will demonstrate how to capture people in interiors, landscapes or cityscapes in oil or acrylic painting. 

Come and learn from one of the most beloved artists and instructors of Cole Gallery to use the human form to tell your story.

Supply List

Did you know? 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

Please bring 2-4 photos that you may have taken on your travels or in your daily life that you would like to paint. I would suggest that the photos be brought and displayed on a laptop so that you can zoom in and see the image larger if need be. Jennifer will also bring some images to choose from.

Drawing Supplies:

  • Sketchbook, pen or pencil (for notes and thumbnails)

Painting Supplies:

  • one -16x20 Canvas or Canvas Board
  • Odorless Thinner (And a sealable glass or metal container for it as well)
  • Flat, long bristle Brushes, sizes: 2, 4, 6, 8, 12 (Filberts are okay, but I prefer to buy flats as they inevitably turn into filberts anyway.)
  • Neo Megilp (a Gamblin medium) Note: no stinky mediums or solvents are allowed.
  • Portable Easel (Cole has several table and standing easels – call to reserve one.)
  • Surgical gloves (can protect you from becoming allergic to your paints)
  • Spray bottle of Simple Green (found at any grocery store)
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic bag for garbage

Oil Paints (Use artist quality paints, not student or hobby grade):

  • Titanium White
  • Hansa Yellow Light
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Raw Sienna
  • Indian Yellow
  • Cadmium Orange Medium
  • Cadmium Red Light
  • Quinacridone Magenta
  • Burnt Sienna (should be super dark and transparent) or transparent earth orange
  • Burnt Umber
  • Raw Umber
  • Sap Green (should look super dark when you open tube)
  • Phthalo Green (Ambusson is also acceptable)
  • Phthalo Blue
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Ivory Black (Mars black is ok as well)
  • Dioxazine Purple
  • Manganese Violet

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.