From Plein Air to Studio ~ 5-Day Workshop
w/ Mike Wise

Date/Time: Wednesday–Sunday / July 19-23 / 10:30-5 pm

Cost: $600

This workshop is full. Please call the gallery to sign up on the waiting list. We often fill last-minute cancellations from the waiting list. 425.697.2787

Location: Coupeville, Washington, at Mike Wise’s Studio

Join Mike Wise in his beautiful home studio on Whidbey Island, WA for this very special five-day workshop where you will work both outdoors and in studio. Mike will teach his wonderful methods and techniques for capturing stunning landscapes outside, then taking them into the studio to finish them with the help of photos taken in the field.

Mike’s studio is perfect for a group of 10 students, light and airy with all the accoutrements every artist would want. During this 5 day workshop, you will see the process from start to finish; gathering information in the field via plein air painting and camera, and using that content to compose studio works. Mike will help students to identify great subject matter and how to use reference material gathered in the field to compose dynamic paintings. A master of impressionistic brush stroke, Mike will guide his students in the technique of laying down paint with brushes, palette knife and shapers. He will also discuss how to create a great working studio and how to use technology as a compositional tool to create the perfect reference images for painting. The workshop will include a balance of field and studio work.

Enjoy the camaraderie that comes with an extended time of working together with other students and this fantastic instructor. The pastoral beauty of Whidbey Island is a major draw for tourists, and this is a great bonus for this workshop – you’ll be painting these lovely scenes! The grounds of the Wise home and studio are also a feast for the eyes, as you can view in the photos.

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. 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

Oil Colors – 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 Manganese 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
  • Dioxonine 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

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) “Snap” brand is what I use.
  • 1-2 smallish Rigger or liner brush for details (this is a short-handled brush)
  • 2 Painting Knives, small and medium sizes
  • 1-2 synthetic flats ½ inch or so – I use the inexpensive “Snap” brushes

Panels or stretched canvas:

  • 3 or more good quality canvas panels* in a fine or medium weave - your choice of sizes in this range: 11x14 to 16x20. For Plein air, please use whatever size you are comfortable painting in the small as 9x12

IMPORTANT: Make sure your canvases have a good priming - either buy the Source Tek canvas (which are highly 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.)  The canvas should also retain a “tooth” to the surface- too slick of a surface with little to no texture will be difficult to use as the paint will slide around too much.


  • Brush cleaner
  • Surgical or Exam gloves (Mike also uses his fingers to blend with)
  • 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.  Instructor will have also have reference material available.

Plein Air:

Please bring all equipment you usually transport to the field. This should be the equipment you are used to and comfortable using, including:

  • Portable easel
  • Turpentine tank with good seal - transportable
  • Paper towels
  • Garbage bags
  • Box or other device to transport wet panel
  • Sunscreen/bug spray
  • Wide brimmed hat

***If you are using new or borrowed equipment please take it for a few test runs - you do not want to spend half the day learning how to set up.

About Accommodations:

Lodging is the responsibility of the students. However, you can notify us by phone or email (; 425.697.2787) if you would like to share your email address with other students, to work out arrangements for sharing accommodations. We have included links to some of the places to stay that are very close to the Wise Studio, including homes to rent, inns, and a nearby campground for the RV’ers.

This VRBO house is 1/2 mile from the Wise home:

Here are some recommended B&B's and Inns in Coupeville:

To view many other really great places to stay in Coupeville:

Beautiful Fort Ebey State Park is 1.2 miles down the road from Wise Studio. There is camping, extensive hiking and biking trails, 3 miles of saltwater shoreline, historic WWII battlements and even a popular surfing beach. If you like to use an RV for lodging, this might be a great option for you.