Painting Light and Shadow in Watercolor
w/ Ron Stocke

Sorry this class is full. Please contact the gallery to be put on the wait list. 425.697.2787

Date/ Time: Friday-Sunday / March 8-10 / 10:30-4:30

Cost: $375

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

Location:  ArtWorks in Edmonds - a lovely, large space with plenty of parking places! 200 Dayton St, Edmonds, WA 98020

Please join us as we welcome internationally acclaimed watercolor artist and author Ron Stocke for an intense three-day watercolor workshop. The focus of these three days will be how to achieve strong light and shadows within your paintings.

 Vivid light and shadow have become a calling card of Ron Stocke’s work. Whether it is a dramatic night scene, a downtown cityscape connected in shadows, or an explosive sunset that drenches your painting in color, Ron is always focusing on the light. And as we know, you can’t have light without shadow, and students will learn to give them equal priority in their paintings.


 Ron will show his techniques on how to create dynamic shadows that bring harmony to the painting rather than uninteresting dull areas that tend to lay flat. You’ll learn how to capture and connect shapes using shadows, and ultimately how to create strong light as the result of these shadows.  Finally, Ron will teach how to express strong light in your brush work, will also be a vital part of this painting workshop.

 We are so lucky that we have this fantastic instructor in our area, and that he makes time in his schedule to teach at Cole! Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to learn from one of the nation’s best watercolor artists.  Sign up soon – these workshops from Ron fill up quickly!

This workshop will be at ArtWorks - just 3 blocks away from Cole Gallery, with an airy, large space and their own parking lot.

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

Ron paints with M Graham watercolors - other professional quality brands like Daniel Smith are fine.  Art Spot carries both brands and are compatible to use together.

  • Ultramarine Blue

  • Burnt Sienna

  • Yellow Ochre

  • Cad Yellow Lt

  • Cerulean Blue

  • Alizarin Crimson

  • Dioxizine Purple

  • Cad Red Lt

  • Sap Green

  • Chinese White

  • Sepia

Specialty Colors: Optional but recommended 

  • Maroon Perylene

  • Lavender

  • Azo Orange

  • Cobalt Teal (An ARTspot Favorite!)


Large round & Flat brushes: Any large rounds & flats you have, in natural hair or good quality synthetics will be great for this class.  Silver Brush, Connoisseur brushes, Princeton all make good quality brushes.

  • Round brushes: size 6, 10 & 16 (the 16 round can be substituted with a #12 squirrel quill which is very large)

  • Flat brushes: ½” and 1 ½ to 2”

  • Optional: ½ - ¾” dagger or rigger and one scrubber brush (any size)

Paper:  Ron prefers Saunders or Waterford - other brands are acceptable.

  • Arches, Saunders or Fabriano 140lb Cold Press watercolor paper

  • Each student should have a full sheet per day. You will be encouraged to work on 1/2 sheet size or W/C Block size 12x16 and larger


  • Reference photos- This will be a studio workshop, so bring reference photos of any subject that inspires you to paint. 4x6 or 5x7 sizes are recommended.

  • Support - Ron paints on an easel. Students should bring gator board/painting board to support their paintings.

  • Palette: a large flat or folding palette with a lid. Ron likes the Weber metal palette, but the John Pike or other similar flat palettes are great too.

  • Pencil or lead holder

  • Kitchen or sea sponge

  • watercolor container

  • artist tape or masking tape

  • Paper towels

  • Spray bottles

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 the day of class. Call ARTspot at 425.640.6408 for this great service. To ensure your order is filled, please order as early as possible.