The Basics! ….and Beyond

“The Basics and Beyond,” are designed for the brand new beginner, the developing student and anyone looking to reinvigorate some skills you haven’t used in a while. Whether you desire some support with a new medium or just want to hone your skills, these classes are for you.

The Joy of Drawing: Part 1
w/ Julia Carpenter

We have 2 different sessions to choose from this summer:
June 10, 17, (skip June 24th) July 1, 8 / 10:30-1:30 sold out
Aug 19, 26, (skip Sept 2), Sept 9, 16 / 10:30-1:30

A great take on Drawing Basics! In this 4-week class, Julia will take you on an adventure of discovery – learning how to really “see”, exercising a different part of your brain than you usually use, and teaching you the magical joy of drawing! You’ll learn the basic elements like line, shape, value and form. You’ll learn about simplifying shapes, gauging proportions and how to create depth. This is a great place for beginners to start, and for a refresher course for all artists.

The Joy of Drawing: The Joy Continues!
w/ Julia Carpenter

2 sessions to choose from!
4 Mondays / June 10, 17, (skip 24) July 1, 8/ 2-5 pm
4 Mondays / July 22, 29, August 5, 12 / 10:30-1:30

Continue with your joyful drawing adventure with Julia! Learn to be “in the moment” as you actively participate in drawing – learning to deeply focus, which is a calming antidote to our fast-paced world. In this part 2, you’ll explore more methods and materials, practice and hone your new skills and learn some new ones. A great class for beginner to intermediate drawers.

Pastel Basics: Technique and Color
w/ Janis Graves

Saturday-Sunday / June 22-23 / 10:30-4:30

Enjoy two days of painting with pastel with this super-fun instructor! Our local pastel expert will teach you all about how to use pastels to create a vibrant painting, from beginning to end. You’ll cover some basic (and not-so basic) techniques for overcoming challenges.  You’ll learn how to prepare the substructures for successful painting in pastels. And you’ll learn all about color! Sign up today!

Try It! Finger Painting Sunflowers
w/ Kimberly Adams

Sorry, this class is full. Please contact the gallery to be put on the wait list. 425.697.2787

Friday evening / July 12 / 6-8:30 pm

"Try It!" Why not? This class is a great way to try something new: finger painting – adult style!! In this 2 ½ hour class, Kimberly will guide you step by step through the process of finger painting a gorgeous vase of sunflowers. You’ll go home with your very own finger painting.  Bring a friend, a date, or just yourself for a great Friday night!

Finger Painting Florals from Life
w/ Kimberly Adams

Sorry, this class is full. Please contact the gallery to be put on the wait list. 425.697.2787

Saturday-Sunday / July 13-14 / 10:30-4:30

Summer’s flowers are bursting with delightful colors that you love to paint, and we’re bringing back this summertime favorite workshop for you! Join our wonderful finger painting instructor Kimberly Adams and explore sumptuous impressionistic techniques while finger-painting from multiple floral arrangements. Perfect for all levels - even beginners!

Try It! Paint a Vibrant Landscape in Acrylics
w/ Jed Dorsey

Friday evening / 6-8:30pm / July 19

“Paint a beautiful landscape?? ME??” Yes! You can try it in this Friday night class!  Our 2 ½ hour “Try It!” class is the perfect way to have some fun and try something new!  Jed will guide you step by step through the process painting a beautiful landscape in acrylics of our lovely Skagit Valley. You don't have to bring any supplies, but at the end of the fun evening you have a painting that you can take home! Bring a friend, a date, or just yourself for a great Friday night!

Sumi-e Art and Notans Painting for Beginners
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

Saturday - Sunday / July 20-21 / 10:30- 4:30

Elegant and harmonious, ancient and beautiful, traditional ink wash paintings are a wonderful form of artistic expression!  You will have a great introduction to Sumi ink technique, design and materials on the first day. Day 2 will be all about color Sumi-e techniques and Notan studies. Perfect for all levels, even beginners! If you’re already a watercolorist, this is be a great way to improve your watercolor techniques.

Try It! Paint it & Eat it! Donuts in Watercolor!
w/ Susan Waite

Friday evening / August 9 / 6-8:30 pm

Our “Try It!” classes are a great place to try something new! Make it a fun Friday night out with your friends or a date night.  In this class, you’ll follow along step by step with this fabulous instructor to create a whimsical (and need we say, delicious looking) watercolor painting of donuts! You’ll learn about some basics of watercolor painting in a stress-free environment, all while having a terrific time. A great class for any level, whether you’ve painted before or never touched a brush. Try It!

Discovery: Chalk Pastels
w/ Julia Carpenter

Sunday / August 11 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Welcome to our “Discovery!” series – a safe and encouraging place to learn about doing art – just for beginners!

 Pastels are one of the easiest and most immediate ways to draw and get color at the same time. In this one-day workshop, Julia will teach you all about pastels and you’ll plunge into those gorgeous colors, learning to create spectacular effects while creating a fantastic skyscape painting.  Come join us in this relaxed and fun workshop where your journey to pastel painting will begin!

Try It! Encaustics: Colorful Palette
w/ Tracy Felix

Friday / August 16 / 6:00-8:30 pm

If you love color and patterns and want to learn how to create it in beautiful wax colors, this is the “Try It!” class for you!  Tracy will show you how to paint with hot, pigmented wax, layering color and creating patterns using stencils, and you’ll finish your encaustic painting with alcohol ink to add even more color and shine! Great for all levels.

Try It! A Stylized Contemporary Landscape in acrylics
w/ Kathy Gale

Paint along with Kathy Gale as she guides you step by step to paint this colorful, contemporary landscape. Even if you've never picked up a brush, you'll have a great time creating this gorgeous scene. Bring a friend, make it a date night, or come on your own and make some new friends! Our Try It class is a great place to try something new, discover a new talent, or just have a fun time. Try It!

Beginning Watercolor Play
w/ Susan Waite

5 Thursdays: September 19, 26, October 3, 10 & 17 / 10:30-1:30

With this experienced instructor, beginners in watercolor will be encouraged and have a lot of fun! You’ll learn all about getting the colors and values you want - without making mud!  Through simple exercises and paint along with the instructor demos, we will take the mystery out of this beautiful medium. Individual attention will make this a good class for painters to learn the right amount of water and paint to use to get the desired effects.  Playful experimentation encouraged!

Try it! Finger Painting a Fall Landscape
w/ Kimberly Adams

Friday / September 20 / 6-8:30 pm

What?? Finger painting?? Yes! And you can Try It for yourself in our quick, fun, evening format with our awesome Fine Art Finger Painter, Kimberly Adams! If you’ve have been wanting to check this out this new technique, this is your chance. For a minimal investment and maximum fun, grab a friend - or schedule a date night - and come to Edmonds for a great evening.

Cole Gallery and Art Workshop Gift Certificates

Look no Further, the perfect gift is a phone call away... Gift Certificates are the easy and thoughtful way to give to the artist in your life. Call us at Cole Gallery to order a gift certificate today.  425.697.2787

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

The Drawing Experience Part 1
w/ Joe MacKechnie

5 classes / Wednesdays / Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 / 10:30-1:30

Fall in love with drawing - THE basis for all your future art endeavors. Even if you think you can’t draw a stick figure, instructor and artist Joe Mac Kechnie will teach you how! You will develop basic drawing skills using an approach that combines left and right brain abilities. Most of all, you will thoroughly enjoy yourself in a fun and non-intimidating environment. Great for beginners and a refresher for all levels.

The Drawing Experience 2 with an Expressive Twist w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

5 classes / Wednesdays / Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 / 2-5

A great new take on our classic Drawing Experience Part 2. If you have some basic drawing skills already, whether it’s from Drawing Experience 1 or some other basic class, you are ready for this one! Joe will teach composition and perspective as the backbone of this course. The “twist” is that he’ll be guiding you in expressive and abstractive techniques, to take your drawing level to a fun, creative, exciting place where you learn to express your own voice!

The Basics & Beyond! Oil & Acrylic Painting
w/ Angela Bandurka

5 classes / Thursdays / Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 / 5-8 pm

Learn the basic techniques of oil or acrylic painting with a wonderful, encouraging instructor, Angela Bandurka. From landscapes, to still lifes and even simplified portraits, this course will teach you the secrets of how to create colorful, luscious paintings! Whether you prefer oils or acrylics, Angela is a master of both.

Learn the basic techniques of oil or acrylic painting with a wonderful, encouraging instructor, Angela Bandurka. From landscapes, to still lifes and even simplified portraits, this course will teach you the secrets of how to create colorful, luscious paintings! Whether you prefer oils or acrylics, Angela is a master of both.

Try It! Encaustics: Designs and Color in Wax
w/ Tracy Felix

Friday Oct 11 / 6-8:30 pm

 Paintings in natural wax can have such intriguing subtlety. And it’s amazingly simple and fun to create these effects! In this class, you will get to use various tools to create designs (or “mark-making”) in your wax painting, and then add color with oil colors and finish with highlights of sparkly mica powder.

Mixed Media Encaustics
w/ Tracy Felix

Saturday, Oct 12 / 11-5 pm

This is a great workshop to explore Tracy's new and fun techniques! As the owner of ARTspot, she has access to a wonderful smorgasbord of art supplies and she brings them all to this full day exploration of what plays well with wax. You will have lots of time to play, and complete two projects for too much fun!

Try It! Encaustics: Beeswax & Collage
w/ Tracy Felix

Friday / November 15 / 6-8:30 pm

“Try It!” is a FUN way to try something new! Just 2 ½-hours on a Friday night, and no supply list: come with a friend or make it a date night – or come by yourself and make some new friends! Great for beginners! This Try It! is all about learning how to create a wonderful painting with Encaustic (hot, melted beeswax) and collage. Tracy will bring everything for you to use for collage. Your finished piece will have wax layered over collage, and collage layered over the wax - a work of art you'll be proud of! 


All workshops must be paid in full to sign up.

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 in person or on our website.

We offer 90% refunds for student cancellations 14 days or more before class.

No Refunds for Cancellations less than 14 days prior to class.

 For information on our cancellation policy, please check out our FAQ page on this website