"Seascapes and Rocky Shores" w/ Austin Dwyer

DATE/TIME: Sat.-Sun. Aug. 15-16 / 10:30am - 5:30pm

COST: $275

REGISTRATION: Call in, come in, or register online. Scroll to the bottom for online registration. 425.697.2787

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


Do you enjoy oil painting? And would you like to have more knowledge of painting the sea? Then this workshop is what you’ve been looking for. This class is designed for a range of students who have a little experience painting in oils to those who are very experienced and want to learn how to paint the ocean, sky, shore and more.

This 2-day workshop will concentrate on shoreline, breaking waves, rocks and of course skies etc. Some may decide to pop in a ship, with which Austin will be more than happy to assist. Austin says, “Although I will give a demonstration, I do not intend to take up your time with me painting. I would like you to finish a wonderful seascape worthy of framing.”

We are so fortunate to have this stellar artist at Cole Gallery, and we are excited to present this opportunity to Cole Art Studio students. A little about the artist…

Born in County Tipperary in Ireland, Austin Dwyer is a signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists and co-founder of Pacific Rim Institute of Marine Art, and he has been an artist for decades. His art is shown and has been published internationally. He has taught at the Art Institute of Seattle (when it was known as Burnley School for Professional Art), and after living, working and painting all over the world now resides nearby in Mukilteo-by-the-Sea.

You can see why we consider ourselves so fortunate!


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. Questions or info about these supplies? Any ARTspot staff members would be happy to answer questions and/or set aside what you need so you are all ready for class. 425-640-6408.

One 12x16 canvas (or more depending on how fast you paint)

***Note: Please bring toned canvas in a warm orange/terracotta color. "Any warm orangey color will do - just get rid of the white," says Austin.

Oil or Acrylic Paint ~ either water soluble or regular oil paints or acrylics

  • Ultra Marine Blue
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Permanent Green or Sap Green
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Naples yellow
  • Cadmium red light
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Raw Umber
  • Paynes Gray
  • Titanium White
  • ***If you don’t have these specific colors, don’t worry - Austin can usually work with what you already have

Oil Mediums: Odorless mineral spirits, such as Gamsol, galkyd light, or other preferred glazing/drying medium

***Please note, no stinky mediums or solvents will be allowed.

Acrylic Mediums:  Retarding fluid

Brushes: I prefer to use inexpensive synthetic long-handled brushes, such as white nylon

  • Two to three Flat, Bright or Filbert brushes, #2- #6 (#6 should be about ½" wide)
  • One Large Flat or Bright Brush for covering the canvas with color, (about 1 -2" wide)
  • One number 6 round brush 
  • *Optional - One liner brush size 6 (eg. ARTspot's Princeton 4050 reddish-handled brush -not long-handled, but works great)

Other Items:

  • Small sketch pad or paper for thumbnails
  • Soft Pencil 
  • Two or three canvases between 8x16 and 24x30
  • A table easel or a standing easel, if you have it
  • Palette to mix paints on (could be a paper palette pad, a traditional palette or
  • whatever you prefer)
  • Water receptacle (for acrylic painters only)
  • Containers for your mediums and brush cleaners
  • Rags or paper towel (I like the blue shop towels!)
  • Plastic bag for your garbage

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.) We also have a variety of art supplies relevant to your class here at Cole Art Studio.