Painting with Oils, Acrylics or Pastels
w/ Janis Graves

5 classes / Tuesdays / October 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 / 10:30-1:30

Cost: $210 for 5 classes

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

Location: Cole Art Studio in the downstairs of Cole Gallery.  107 5th Ave. S., Edmonds


Here is a great course we’ve put together for all our students who paint in Oils, Acrylics, or Pastels. From a beloved instructor who is knowledgeable about all 3 mediums, you’ll gain knowledge on a range of painting aspects as you work on your own paintings. In this 5-week course, Janis teaches and demos on a new topic each week, covering subjects such as composition, design, surface preparation, color choice and mixing. Students love this class, and comment on how much they learn! Students should bring photo references to paint. There will be time to work on personal projects each week.


Week one
We will prepare substructures -
- with texture: prepare sanded boards for pastels; molding pastes for oil/acrylic.
- with color: toning canvases, learning which colors to use for various effects.

Week two
A look at different methods that can be employed to help in building your composition. Thumbnail, application on tablets (iPad), gridlines, etc.


Week three
All about Composition. Exploration in how to avoid tangents, how to eliminate unnecessary items, and how to create variation within your design.

Week four
A look at how to create a mood in your painting by color choices and placement, for example, Chiaroscuro, high and low key, vibrancy, etc.

Week five
Color will be the theme. We will work on color notes (pastels), color mixing (oils and acrylics) and color relevance, learning to understand how colors will appear depending on what surrounds them.

Suggested 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 ARTspotEdmonds@gmail.com.

Note:  Since students will bring their own projects, these are just suggestions. Please bring the supplies your project requires and that you are comfortable with.

Those wishing to work in pastel

·         Hard pastel: use NuPastel
·         Soft pastel: use Sennelier or Jack Richeson soft pastels. There are a variety of color selections. Choose what appeals to you!
·         Sanded Pastel paper sizes 9x12-11x14
·         Hard board such as Artist clipboard
·         1 inexpensive brush, 1/2" to 1"
·         kneaded eraser
·         Tape, masking or Frog
·         Tin foil
·         ruler        
·         Toothbrush

Those wishing to work in oil or acrylic -

Be sure to use artist quality brands. Visit ARTspot for suggestions. Suggested paint colors –
·         Titanium Zinc White
·         Cad Yellow
·         Cad Orange
·         Cad Red light
·         Alizarin Crimson
·         Cobalt Blue
·         Ultra Marine Blue
·         Sap Green
·         Raw Sienna
·         Burnt Umber

Gamsol (for oil painters- make sure your container has a sealable lid). NOTE: NO stinky mediums; no Liquin.
Container for water (acrylic painters)
Palette for paint
Brushes:  mix of flat synthetics, sizes 4-6-8
Palette Knife
Canvas board: in sizes between 9x12 - 11x14

Other supplies
·         Easel, table or standing – Cole has several; call to reserve one.
·         paper towels
·         Reference Photos
·         baby wipes (optional, handy for cleanups, especially with pastels)
·         gloves
·         Tablet or IPad, optional

Janis will bring the materials for creating textured boards.

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.