Watercolor Workshops & Classes

Painting Life with Life
w/ Bev Jozwiak

Friday-Sunday / July 12-14, 2019
- Friday-Saturday 10:30 - 4:30
- Sunday 8:30 - 2:30

Sorry this workshop is full, but occasionally spots do open up! To be placed on the wait list, call 425.697.2787

“Life” as in people and animals, and “life” as in energy and excitement. Learn to paint boldly with vivid color! Think outside the box, and paint outside those lines! Designed to help students at every skill level to master techniques, you’ll learn Bev’s tips and tricks, work on design, develop good composition, basic color mixing, and strong values.

Some experience in watercolor is helpful.

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.

Travel Sketching Workshop
w/ Gabriel Campanario

Sunday / Aug 4 / 10:30-4:30 - sold out
Saturday / Aug 10 / 10:30-4:30 - sold out

Have you wanted to sketch your travels (or maybe just a favorite local scene), and have been waiting for the right instructor to come along? Well, wait no more!  Hold onto your hats, Ladies and Gentlemen – Gabriel Campanario of “Urban Sketchers” fame is coming to Cole Art Studio!! In this 1-day workshop, you’ll learn from The Best all about sketching on the go: what to bring, how to set up, and tips and advice on useful sketching techniques with pencil, pen and ink, and watercolors. Some previous drawing experience is helpful but all levels are welcome. Sign up today – this one is sure to fill up quickly!

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!

Crazily Creative Portraits in Mixed Media
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

Saturday-Sunday / August 24-25 / 10:30-4:30

Get ready for some fun portrait drawing and painting! With this award-winning portrait artist and instructor, you’ll break out of the mold and learn to spice up your portraiture with your own expressive and creative style using watercolor, acrylics, pastels, charcoals and inks.  After a quick review of how to get the features in the right places, you’ll learn ways to paint out-of-the-box, edgy, funny, emotional, and surreal faces.  This course is open to all who have good drawing experience, at least a little portraiture, and have used one or more of the painting mediums listed above. Not suitable for beginners.

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!

Loosen Up! Creating Loose, Delicious Watercolors
w/ Ron Stocke

Friday-Sunday / October 11-13 / 10:30-4:30

Come on and loosen up! Join Ron Stocke as he teaches you how to add mood to your watercolor paintings with looser brushwork, how to avoid bad habits, and create delicious watercolors! You’ll learn how to start, develop and successfully finish your watercolor painting. In 3 days, you’ll be able to complete and take home a painting of your very own. Come and learn from this acclaimed award-wining artist and instructor.


All workshops must be paid in full to sign up.

We are happy to take your payments over the phone,
 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