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Contemporary Painting: Paint A Series
w/ Tracy Felix

One or Two-day workshop!

1-Day:  Saturday /  April 7 / 11-5 pm
2-day: Sat-Sun, Apr 7-8 / 11-5pm

1 day: $150
2 days: $250 

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

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

In this one-day or two-day class Tracy will guide you in one of the most successful and beloved techniques in painting – creating series work.  Sometimes we get in the habit of creating one painting at a time. Tracy says, “I used to do this and was amazed at the difference when I started rotating canvases during painting sessions. Not only did my productivity increase, but the real advantage was how much my work progressed. Another great benefit was that my paintings showed so well together in groupings and art show settings. I am excited to share these techniques with you so you can move your work forward as well. I promise this is super fun and satisfying!”

Tracy will get you going on several acrylic mixed media paintings that are created simultaneously to make a cohesive series. Choose to work in a size that is manageable for you:

  • For the 1-day students, she recommends 5x5, 6x6, 8x10, 10x10 or even 12x12s. These sizes are fun, unintimidating and perfect to use as gifts. 
  • For the 2-day students, you have a couple options:
  1. The small sizes listed above most likely will not take two days to complete. Consider using 12x12, 11x14s or even 16x20. With 11x14 or 16x20s, you may want to do only three.  This bigger size takes more time. This is the option if you want to work on the same canvases for two days.
  2.  Another option is to do the small sizes on Saturday, and bring 2-3 new, and possibly bigger supports to get a new series started on Sunday. We have easels available in the studio if you prefer working in that format. You may bring canvases with you, or pop over to ARTspot and buy them after Saturday’s class.

You will focus on a non-representational style to free you up to focus on texture and color. Bring your own photos, buttons and memorabilia to personalize your work if desired. Plus, Tracy always brings lots of art supplies to share with her students. This is one advantage of having an art store owner teaching your class!

Extra bonus: Towards the end of the day, Tracy will set up and share some of her encaustic wax! You will be able to add a touch of beeswax to your paintings if you desire.

This is a super upbeat and supportive workshop experience.

Read more about Tracy on her Bio page.

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

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Questions about these supplies? ARTspot staff are happy to help you. Call 425-640-6408 or email at

This class encourages an experimental contemporary approach and how to combine materials to create your own personal style.


Required: A variety of Acrylic Paints in heavy body or fluid.
You can bring in Acrylic paints you already have, but I highly recommend professional artists paints. Avoid “cheap” student grade paints! Your paintings will not sing.

If you are starting from scratch, Tracy’s best recommendation is:  
Golden’s Modern Color Theory Set of 8 colors as a perfect set to start with. (This set is required for Tracy’s Color Theory scheduled for June 2 so you would already have the right colors for that class.) It is not required for this class.
-OR- Choose to work with a limited palette of colors. Be sure one or two of them are a nice dark color like Burnt Umber or a Phthalo Blue.

Tracy’s will be using a combination of Golden Heavy Body Acrylics and Golden Fluid Acrylics.
Any colors that inspire you is a good choice for you!

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Click here for a list of colors that Tracy uses. Reference only. Not required to have all these colors for class

Required Supports:

  • 1-day: Quantity of 6 - 5x5, 6x6, 8x8, 10x10, 8x10 or 12x12s, either canvas panels or stretched canvas. No larger than 12x12 for 1-day.
  • 2-day: See recommendations above for additional options:
    either same as 1-day and 2-3 additional larger canvases for 2nd day; or start with larger canvases and work on them both days. 

* Please make sure all your supports are either the same size, or share a common dimension on one side (ie., 8x10 and 8x8; or, 8x10 and 10x10)

Mediums: Golden Acrylic Gel Mediums and Molding Pastes (any size)
Regular Gel Gloss
Heavy Gel Gloss or Matte
Regular or Light Molding paste
Golden Acrylic Gel Mediums and Molding Pastes Intro Set
This set includes soft gel, reg gel, heavy gel, molding paste, pumice gel and tar gel. These are sample sizes, saving you having to purchase 6 full size containers!

Tracy will bring some additional products to share with you as well.

A variety of brushes. Bring what you already have.

  • Bring at least one flat brush that is ½ to 1” wide.
  • Suggested sizes could be #2 up to a #6 Round or Filbert
  • Suggested sizes #8 and #12 Filberts or Brights

Tracy prefers the Connoisseur Synthetic Mongoose, Connoisseur 2100 burgundy handled brushes, and the Princeton Catalyst Polytip Synthetic Bristles. If you go to ARTspot, try them out and see which level appeals to you. Some are softer and some are stiffer. The Princeton “Snap” brushes are also an economical alternative and are fine for this class.

(Plus bring any brushes you want to experiment with, or to ask Tracy questions about how to use them)

Required: Metal Palette Knife

Tracy uses the Mijello Acrylic Palette with a snap tight lid. It reliably saves paint to reuse again! Student choice: you can get by with a disposable paper palette, perhaps a tupperware container with a flat bottom or simply a waxed paper plate will do.  


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  • Stencil of your choice. Tracy uses TCW (The Crafter’s Workshop) brand for their artist designs and tough construction. Great selection at ARTspot.
  • Sharpie, pen and/or pencil to sketch and make notes with
  • Paper towels
  • Apron or old shirt


  • Collage papers and ephemera: Tracy supplies these items to share, but if you have something you would like to use of your own, you are welcome to bring!
  • If you already have these items and want instruction on how to use them, you are welcome to bring: Pearl Ex, Alcohol Inks, HIgh Flow Acrylics, silicon wedges, etc.

Tracy Supplies:

  • Stencils
  • Collage Papers
  • Additional acrylic products to try
  • Texture making tools

Cole Studio Supplies:

  • Plastic Containers for water
  • Latex or Nitrile gloves
  • Spray Bottles
  • Hair Dryer
  • Light Snacks

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.