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Painting with Oils, Acrylics or Pastels
w/ Janis Graves

5 classes / Tuesdays / March 5, 12, 19, 26 & April 2 /    
Morning session only: 10:30am-1:30pm
Morning & Afternoon: 10:30-1:30 and 2:00-5:00pm

Cost: $225 for 5 am classes or $425 to continue your am session into the afternoon for 5 full day 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


This is a great 5-week course we’ve put together for all our students who paint in Oils, Acrylics, or Pastels. From a beloved instructor who is experienced in all 3 mediums, you’ll gain skills and knowledge on a range of painting elements as you work on your own paintings.

In this atelier-style course, Janis will teach and demo on a new topic each week during the morning session (“Option A”).  You’ll be covering subjects such as composition, design, accurate measurement and proportions, surface preparation, color choice and mixing. She’ll also teach on how to set up still lifes, and you’ll have an opportunity to paint from a live set up. You’ll then spend time painting in the medium of your choice on your own project, while Janis helps each student individually. Students should bring photo references to paint.

Many of you wanted the opportunity to keep right on painting through the afternoon, with continued guidance from Janis. If this extra painting time is just what you’ve been wanting, take advantage of “Option B”. During the afternoons, you’ll be free to paint on your own project, but Janis will be there to help with your questions and inspire you with her tips, tricks and ideas. You’ll also have the energy and encouragement of the other students in the studio, which is always a further inspiration. (Note: a minimum number of students is needed for the afternoon session to take place.)


What you’ll learn:
Preparing substructures:
- with texture: prepare sanded boards for pastels; moulding pastes for oil/acrylic.
- with color: toning canvases, learning which colors to use for various effects.

Methods that can be employed to help in building your composition: Thumbnail, application on tablets (iPad), gridlines, etc.

Composition: Exploration in how to avoid tangents, how to eliminate unnecessary items, and how to create variation within your design.

 All about Color:
- Using Color to create mood in your painting: color choices and placement, Chiaroscuro, high and low key, vibrancy, etc.
- Color notes (pastels), color mixing (oils and acrylics) and color relevance
- Learning to understand how colors will appear depending on what surrounds them

 Students love this class! They comment on how much they learn – not only from Janis as she teaches, but also from the class camaraderie. Students who’ve taken this in the past will be able to learn new things each time they take it. Sign up today!


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.