Watercolor Workshops & Classes


Travel Sketching in Ink and Watercolor
w/ Lisa Snow Lady 

Saturday / August 25 / 10:30 - 4:30 

Sorry, this class is full. If you wish to be put on the wait list please call us at 425.697.2787. 
Capture the essence of your surroundings in this day-long workshop using simple, quick techniques and portable materials!  With an intuitive approach, you’ll learn to sketch with pen, layering watercolor washes, and gathering skills that can be applied to everyday sketching.  You’ll get tips on composition, perspective and simplifying subject matter.  Capture your summer travels, whether in your backyard or across the ocean, in beautiful simple watercolor sketches!

Sumi-e Art for Beginners
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

Sunday / August 26 / 10:30-4:30pm

Elegance and harmony, ancient and beautiful, traditional ink wash paintings are a wonderful form of artistic expression!  This will be a great introduction to Sumi technique, design and materials. Also –if you’re already a watercolorist, it’s a great way to improve your watercolor techniques.

Expressive Portraits in Mixed Media
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

Tuesday-Thursday / September 25-27 / 10:30-4:30

Get ready for some fun portrait 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 expression and creativity, using watercolor and whatever other mediums you choose to use.  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 some experience in portraiture.


Color Workshop for Watercolor Students
w/ Susan Waite

Saturday - Sunday / September 29-30 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Calling all watercolor students! Join acclaimed artist Susan Waite and learn the secrets of creating colorful, bright watercolor paintings. You’ll learn how to mix colors to get the tones you want (without making mud) and you’ll get tools you can use in all your watercolor paintings. Then put all your newfound knowledge to work as you paint a simple, beautiful landscape painting. This experienced instructor and artist is well known in the PNW and we’re excited to bring her to Cole students!

Beginning Watercolor
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

5 Thursdays / October 11, 18, 25 and November 1, 8, 2018 / 10:30-1:30pm

Watercolor paintings are so beautiful! And you’ve always wanted to give it a try, right? Join this experienced artist and beloved instructor and learn simple techniques to master the basics of creative and fun watercolor painting.  Great for all levels, beginners and non-beginners. What a perfect way to spend five fall afternoons!

Secrets to Expressive, Loose Painting in Mixed Media w/ Joe MacKechnie

Saturday - Sunday / November 17-18 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Would you like to learn how to paint with expression, energy and movement? Learn how to create fresh and loose paintings with this wonderful impressionist artist and fantastic instructor. Joe paints in this way and he can teach you how! All medium and experience levels are welcome.


Painting Life with Life
w/ Bev Jozwiak

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

“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.