“The Art of Painting Whimsy” w/ Michelle Waldele

DATE/TIME: Feb 26 / 6:30-9pm & Feb. 27-28 / 10:30-4:30pm

COST: $295


When you google the definition for still life this is what you get:  “A still life is a painting featuring an arrangement of inanimate, everyday objects, whether  natural objects (flowers, food, wine, etc.) or manufactured items (books, bottles, crockery, etc.).”

Hmmm, that’s nice… but a little hum drum, right? But – when you attach the word “whimsical” to that  definition, it opens up a whole world of fun and fantastical possibilities! In this workshop we’re going to literally play with our still life! With a collection of your favorite fun  items you will bring from home, each of you will build a composition that sparks the imagination, brings  a smile, or creates a visual pun on words.  

Friday night kicks off with an exploration of whimsy through discussion and examples of some of the best whimsical artists out there today -  artists such as Richard Hall, Scott Fraser, Eileen Sorg , and Robert Laduke. Then we’ll dive in and create our still life set up, experimenting with lighting and backgrounds. Next we’ll get a sketch on canvas and prep for painting first thing Saturday morning. 

The second day is all about modeling convincing forms, color and light, beginning with a painting demo first thing in the morning. Finally on Sunday we’ll refine the painting, add details and talk about using glazes to tweak colors, value, and add some glow to the overall painting.

Above all this workshop is all about having fun with your art!


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.

From home:

  • Fabrics for background, the simpler the better
  • 6-10 objects for Still Life set up. Variety sizes, shapes, textures, colors and value - avoid too similar objects. (See picture to the right)

Painting Supplies:

  • Pre gessoed Stretched Canvas or Wood Painting Panel 11x14, 12x16 or 16x20
  • Hair dryer
  • Oil or Acrylic paint: Good quality brand such as Gamblin Oils or Golden Acrylics.
    • Titanium White
    • Lemon Yellow
    • Cad Yellow Medium
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Quinacridone Gold
    • Cad Red Medium
    • Burnt Sienna
    • Permanent Alizarin Crimson or Quinacridone
    • Magenta
    • Cobalt Blue
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Phthalo Blue
    • Raw Umber
    • Ivory Black

All students will need one of the following acrylic paint colors for toning their canvas: Raw umber, yellow ochre, transparent red oxide. You will also need one large-ish brush for use with water based paints for the toning layer.

Suggested Brushes:

  • Medium soft synthetic brushes, NOT HOG BRISTLE
  • Round:  1, 3, 5, 7
  • Bright:   1, 3, 5, 7
  • Filbert:  1, 3, 5, 7
  • Bright and Filbert Stiff synthetic size 10

Note: If you have brushes you work with and feel comfortable with you may substitute those for the ones on the list.


  • Palette knife
  • Palette paper
  • Sketchbook and pencil.
  • Gamsol
  • Linseed oil
  • Liquin
  • Paper towels – Scott’s blue shop towels are the best.
  • 2 8oz glass jars with lids.
    • Empty clean plastic tub for water

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.