“Be in charge of your Credit Card: make it PAINT!” w/ Sandy Byers

DATE/TIME: August 23rd & 24th 10:30-4:30

COST : $225

No matter what your current technique is, this class with award-winning and published artist, Sandy Byers, will open up new artistic horizons and, just maybe, give you that technique you’ve been searching for to express your creative self. Although loose, fast and fun, this class will be based on solid painting principles. There is something for students at all levels to glean from this class and all are welcome. Sandy’s joy of teaching and sharing her knowledge puts her classes in high demand.
We will work on:
• learning to see large shapes and colors
• color-mixing to keep colors clean
• understanding how unlimited a limited palette is
• applying varying degrees of paint thickness to build texture and tell your story

Most of all, we will be amazed by our outcomes. So, come join the fun of teaching your old card some new tricks.


You can pick up all your great art supplies at ARTspot in Edmonds just blocks from Cole Gallery.  Registered Cole Art Studio students will receive a 10% discount on all their art supplies.  Make sure to pick up your 10% off slip at Cole Gallery's front desk.
Artspot's Web Site 

Important Note:This list is pretty short so please be sure to bring EVERYTHING that is listed


  • bring at least 5 pair of disposable vinyl gloves  (we will have some available in the studio for you to use)

Disposable Palette

  • I prefer Richeson Grey Matters in 16 x 20 – a 12 x 16 will also work


  • Gallery wrapped canvas (suggested) or canvas panel: at least one or two 11 x 14s, better at 16 x 20 or larger (yes, be brave)

This is a great opportunity to re-purpose some old canvases or panels just be sure they have a dried coat of oil paint, preferably in a neutral gray.

Other Items

  • A variety of photos or printouts to paint from (I will help you choose which ones work best for this technique)
  • One major credit card (it doesn't matter if it's a Visa, Discovery or MasterCard ).
  • One flimsy credit card IF you have one. "Flimsy" is the kind of card you get in the mail for temporary things like insurance or join-our-whatever-club. It's not critical but nice to have.
  • One palette knife shaped like the one in the picture. If you don't have one it is available from ArtSpot down the street!
  • A roll of paper-towels
  • Plastic bag (for disposing of paper-towels)
  • Table or standing easel

Oil Paints/medium:

  • Gamblin Solvent Free Gel (be sure to get this brand/gel – no other mediums or thinners)

Note: I use mostly Gamblin - they have a nice consistency but if you already have paints, any oil paints will work. I work with a limited palette of warm and cool hues of Red, Blue, and Yellow (and transparent red earth). If you have favorites, by all means bring them. If you want to know what I use, it is:


  • Napthol Scarlet (Gamblin)
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium (Gamblin)
  • Ultramarine Blue (Gamblin)


  • Quinacridone Red (Gamblin)
  • Cadmium Yellow Lemon Pure (Utrecht) or Cadmium Lemon (Gamblin)
  • Cobalt Blue (Gamblin)


  • Transparent Red Earth (G), Permalba White
  • Nerve and Smiles: bring enough nerve to USE your oil paints :-) and your SMILES so we can have fun!