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Whimsical Realism in Oils
w/ Michelle Waldele

Date/Time: Friday - Sunday / October 26-28 / 10:30-4:30pm

Cost: $350

Registration: Call in, come in, or register online. 425.697.2787

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

Michelle Waldele’s still life paintings are breathtakingly beautiful, vivid in saturated color and imagery, and each one tells a story, whether whimsical or filled with natural life like hummingbirds or finches. In this 3-day workshop, Michelle will teach you how to create a still life narrative, arranging whimsical compositions using your cherished treasures from home. This workshop will be great for experienced oil painters.

The definition for “Still Life” sounds nice, but maybe rather ordinary: 


“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.).”

Hmm, that’s nice… but lacks the excitement factor, 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!  We will explore the art of whimsy, Michelle-style.

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.  With our treasures, we’ll experiment with dramatic lighting and backgrounds, using strategic color combinations, adding in a creature or two to add a spark of life.  After getting a sketch on canvas, we’ll prep for painting. You’ll learn about modeling convincing forms, color and light, with Michelle demoing as she teaches.

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!

Supply List:

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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.

A complete Supply list is coming soon...