Upcoming Classes & Workshops!


Color Theory - Part 2: Applying Color Mixing to Painting
w/ Tracy Felix

Sunday / March 26 / 11:00-5:00pm

Want to apply your basics in color mixing to creating a painting? We had such a great response to the recent Color Theory workshop – many of the students asked for a follow up to apply their new color mixing skills to a painting! Here it is! If you’ve taken Color Theory from Tracy in the last couple of years, then you’ve had “Part 1.” You are ready to follow Tracy step-by- step to create a beautiful floral still life painting using your color wheel to mix complementary colors!

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Color Theory and Color Mixing

New One-day option!

Sumi-e Art and Notan Painting
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

1-day option:
Sat / April 1 / 10:30-4:30pm

2-day option:
Sat-Sun / Apr 1-2 / 10:30-4:30

Elegance and harmony, ancient and beautiful, traditional ink wash paintings are a wonderful form of artistic expression!  

In the 1-day workshop, you will have a great introduction to Sumi ink technique, design and materials.  
If you choose the 2-day option, you'll also learn color Sumi-e techniques and Notan studies. Also – if you’re already a watercolorist, the 2-day option will be a great way to improve your watercolor techniques. Perfect for all levels!

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Contemporary Acrylics: Painting in Layers with 3D Collage & Resin
w/ Tracy Felix

Saturday / April 15 / 11-5pm

Tracy will give you new ways to embed not only papers into an acrylic painting, but also objects like buttons, jewelry and even small ceramic items. You will create either a contemporary style floral or a portrait to which you can add a plethora of cool stuff and in the end embellish with resin.  This dynamic class will give you some new ways to think about working in acrylics! You’ll leave with a beautiful finished painting!

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painting in layers 3D collage and resin

DAYTIME & EVENING WEEKLY Classes & COURSES


The Drawing Experience – Part 1
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

5 classes / Wednesdays / 10:30am-1:30pm
March 15, 22, 29, Apr 5 & 12

This class is full. Contact Joe directly at 206.930.4101 to be on a wait list for the class as we do get cancellations.

A perfect follow-up from our Discovery Drawing class in July! Fall in love with drawing - THE basis for all your future art endeavors. With art instructor and artist Joe Mac Kechnie, 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.

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Beginning Portraits in Pastel, Charcoal & Watercolor
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

5 classes / Wednesdays / 2-5pm
March 15, 22, 29, April 5 & 12

This class is full. Contact Joe directly at 206.930.4101 to be on a wait list for the class as we do get cancellations.

A great class for beginners at portraits who want to take their drawing and painting to the next level! Artist and beloved instructor Joe Mac Kechnie will guide you in your very first portrait. The first two classes will be dedicated to how to draw the portrait using charcoal. You will discover that drawing the portrait is easier and more fun than you previously might have thought. In the last three classes, we will explore painting the portrait using watercolors and pastels.

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Watercolor Step 3 ~ The Beauty of the Paper
w/ James Farrand

4 classes / Mondays / 6-8pm
April 17, 24, May 1 & 8

If you’ve taken Step 1 and 2, or if you’re familiar with the basics of watercolor tools, supplies and techniques, you are ready for Watercolor Step 3. This 4-week class on Mondays is a favorite with our students – they RAVE about this instructor! Don’t miss this chance to learn how and when to apply paint and when not to! With step-by- step guidance, you’ll create your own version of this gorgeous plumeria painting, learning James amazing techniques.

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watercolor step 3 class

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Part 2
w/ Kim Brayman

5 classes / Tuesdays / 6-8:30pm
April 18, 25, May 2, 9 and 16

Many students have been asking for a "Part 2" and - here it is! If you've taken this workshop from Kim Brayman in the past, whether here at Cole or at ARTspot, you've taken Part 1. This 5-week class will continue where the first one left off. Join Kim in exploring deeper into the curriculum in "Drawing on The Right Side of the Brain".

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain classes with Kimberly Brayman

Drawing Lab 1 and 2
w/ James Farrand

4 classes / Wednesdays / 11am-1pm

DL1: Apr 19, 26, May 3, and 10 (make-up on May 17)

DL2: May 24, 31, June 7 and 14 (make-up on June 21)

Drawing Labs 1 and 2 are two sessions, of 4 Wednesday mornings each, which will cover the basics of Drawing! Discussion, demo and practice will be the method. DL1 will be the “Basic basics” – where you need to start if you are a beginner. DL2 will build on the first series with a focus on composition and proportion. Take just one or both. Sign up today!

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Drawing Lab classes with James Farrand

Watercolor Step 1 and 2
w/ James Farrand

4 classes / Wednesdays / 3-5pm

WC1: Apr 19, 26, May 3, and 10 (make-up on May 17)

WC2: May 24, 31, June 7 and 14 (make-up on June 21)

Watercolor Steps 1 and 2 – two separate sessions, of 4 Wednesday afternoons each, which will cover the basics of painting with Watercolors! WS1 will be the “Basic basics” – an introduction into the amazing world of Watercolor, focusing on materials and basic techniques. This is THE place to start if you are a beginner. WS2 will build on the first series. Take just one or take both!

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oNE, two & tHREE DAY Workshops


Scroll down to see a list of these upcoming classes!

At Cole Art Studio our instructors provide fascinating demos and hands-on assistance to each of our students.  We limit class sizes to insure each participant get the attention and help they need.

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Design & Paint Animals and Birds with Pastel
w/ Janis Graves

Saturday / March 25 / 10:30-4:30pm

This workshop is full. Please call the gallery to place your name on a waiting list as spots do open up! (425) 697-2787

Janis will take you through the process of creating a vibrant animal or bird in pastels – from beginning to end. You’ll learn to design and draw your subject with accuracy, and create a pleasing composition at the same time. Then you’ll create your own piece of art, featuring gorgeous and vibrant color in versatile pastels. This class is great for all levels.  If you are a beginner, just let us know so Janis can help you.

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Finger Painting a Vibrant Spring Landscape: Composition and Color
w/ Kimberly Adams

Sat.-Sun. / April 8-9 / 10:30–4:30pm

This workshop is full. Please call the gallery to place your name on a waiting list as spots do open up! (425) 697-2787

Beloved instructor Kimberly Adams will guide you as you finger paint a lovely spring composition. You will learn her techniques to planning compositions, how to build texture, and even get her simple tips on color theory. You will take home two fabulous finished finger paintings! Perfect for all levels - even beginners!

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The Art Supplies You Need! Remember: You can pick up all your great art supplies at ARTspot. It's located in Edmonds just around the corner from Cole Gallery at 408 Main Street! Registered Cole Art Studio students will receive a 10% discount on all their art supplies.

The Art Supplies You Need!

Remember: You can pick up all your great art supplies at ARTspot. It's located in Edmonds just around the corner from Cole Gallery at 408 Main Street! Registered Cole Art Studio students will receive a 10% discount on all their art supplies.

Carving Your Own Ceramic Vase, a Three Dimensional Experience!
w/ Mary Jane Elgin

Saturday / April 22 / 10:30-5pm   

Have you ever wondered how Ceramicist Mary Jane Elgin gets all those holes and cutouts into her pieces without them collapsing? Mary Jane is now offering a one day ceramic carving workshop. Learn all of her secrets and have fun adding a new dimensionality to a simple ceramic vessel! Make a gorgeous piece of art for yourself or for a wonderful present for a special someone.

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Carving Ceramics workshop Mary Jane Elgin

Discovery! – A Very Beginning Drawing Experience
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

Sunday / April 23 / 10:30-4:30pm

Welcome to our “Discovery!” series – just for beginners! If you think you can’t draw, if you’ve ever said ‘I can’t even draw a stick figure’, if you are totally convinced no one could ever teach you to draw… this is the class for you! Joe Mac Kechnie will patiently show you, in a cheerful and non-intimidating environment, how fun and easy drawing can be. Yes, you CAN draw!

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Beginning Drawing with Joe Mac Kechnie

Inspiring Landscapes in Pastel
w/ Amanda Houston

Sat-Sun / April 29-30 / 10:30-4:30pm

This workshop is full. Please call the gallery to sign up on the waiting list as spots do open up! (425) 697-2787

This 2-day workshop will have just the right mix of theory, technique, and experimentation for learning. Amanda will share all her knowledge of how to paint with pastels, using different techniques on different surfaces to achieve different results. Packed full with good design principles to make ANY painting successful, along with loosening up exercises to be more painterly, you’ll also get tricks and tips on how to paint inspiring skies and landscapes in pastel.

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Landscapes with Water: Reflection, Depth and Transparency
w/ Mike Wise

Fri-Sun. / May 5-7 / 10:30-4:30pm

This workshop is full.  Please call the gallery to place your name on a waiting list as spots do open up! (425) 697-2787

Landscapes come alive when water and all its beauty is introduced into the scene. Master Impressionist Mike Wise will share his amazing techniques to paint water with transparency, reflections and depth - be it a lake, a stream, or a puddle of water in a field. You will leave energized and inspired, with a new set of tools from this excellent instructor!

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Watercolor & Ink Sketchbook Journaling
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

Two dates to choose from:
Saturday May 13 / 10:30-4:30
Saturday Aug 5 / 10:30-4:30

Have you wanted to capture the beauty of your travel memories in ink and watercolor? To paint your surroundings, whether across the globe or in your own backyard, in simple and easy strokes? Joe’s experience in leading painting trips to Italy uniquely qualifies him to teach you the art of sketchbook journaling. To better fit your travel schedules, we have two of these workshops to choose from.

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Sketchbook journaling workshop Joe Mac Kechnie

Fur to Feathers in Vibrant Oils
w/ Janis Graves

Sat-Sun / May 20-21 / 10:30-4:30

Painting animals and birds with style and attitude is a great way to have fun with oil painting and is Janis Graves’ forté! In this 2-day workshop, Janis will share her technique of creating a vibrant painting with intense color in oil, while showing how to capture that attitude we love in her birds and beasts.  All levels are welcome in this class, but if you are a beginner, let us know so Janis can give you the assistance you need.

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Oil Painting Animals and Birds with Janis Graves

Oil Painting in the Russian Impressionist Tradition
w/ Pam Ingalls

Demo: Thurs / May 25 / 6-8pm
Workshop: Fri-Sun / May 26-28 / 10:30am - 4:30pm

Only 2 spots remaining!

With renowned impressionist Pam Ingalls, learn to paint in this beautiful style of “liquid light”. Going through the basics, this experienced instructor is able to take you from wherever you are to the next level. Sign up today! This will fill quickly!

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Oil Painting Russian Impressionism with Pam Ingalls

Finger Painting Meets the Old Masters
w/ Kimberly Adams

Sat-Sun / June 3-4 / 10:30-4:30pm

This workshop is full. Please call the gallery to place your name on a waiting list as spots do open up! (425) 697-2787

Finger Painting is fun! Students love this great instructor! In this 2-day workshop you’ll create 2 paintings: a re-creation of a classic Impressionist painting by Monet, and then a masterpiece of your own! Great for all levels, even beginners!

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Developing Key Elements in Watercolor
w/ Ron Stocke

Sat–Sun / June 10-11 / 10:30-4:30pm

Join award-winning artist and instructor Ron Stocke for a unique approach to important elements in watercolor: subject, design, color and perspective. This exciting 2-day workshop will encourage you to paint with energy, mood and expression, helping you to find your “voice” as an artist. Some experience is necessary.

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Ron Stocke Watercolor Workshop

Renegade and Beyond! Full-day Mixed Media Encaustics
w/ Tracy Felix

Saturday / June 24 / 11-5pm

A full day of Encaustics and mixed media! You’ll create 2 pieces of art – one with collage and the other using stencils and colorful wax to create texture and patterns. You’ll get to use a smorgasbord of art supplies – and all supplies are included in the $40 supply fee!

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Encaustic Mixed Media workshop Tracy Felix

Into the Garden – Capturing the Beauty of Flowers and Foliage in Oil or Acrylic
w/ David Marty

Sat-Sun / July 8-9 / 10:30-4:30pm

Join this wonderful instructor in painting the gorgeous mid-summer garden, as he shares his approach to painting flowers and foliage. With one day in the studio and the second day painting plein air in the instructor’s own garden, you’ll have fun and learn how to paint the summery beauty that surrounds us.

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Oil painting workshop David Marty Flowers and Gardens

Discovering the Excitement of Watercolor on Canvas
w/ Kendahl Jan Jubb

Sat-Sun / July 15-16 / 10:30-4:30pm

Watercolors on canvas? Yes! You will find all the motion and clarity of watercolor with the bold permanence of canvas. Learn Kendahl’s technique and create a complete, three dimensional watercolor that you will gladly hang on your wall!

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Watercolor on Canvas workshop Kendahl Jan Jubb

Advancing Your Artistic Drawing Skills
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

Saturday / July 22 / 10:30-4:30pm

Want to take your drawing skills to the next level? In this workshop with fantastic teacher Joe Mac Kechnie, you’ll learn to express your inner self and explore creative drawing techniques, using charcoals, ink and a bit of color. Move beyond just copying to producing artistic works!

If you've taken Drawing Experience 1 and 2 with Joe or other basic drawing lessons, and you're ready for a new challenge, this is the workshop for you! 
Some drawing experience required.

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Expressive Drawing Skills Joe Mac Kechnie

From Plein Air to Studio 5-day workshop
w/ Mike Wise

Wed–Sunday / July 19-23 / 10:30-5pm

This workshop is full. Please call the gallery to sign up on the waiting list. We often fill last-minute cancellations from the waiting list. 425.697.2787

Join Mike Wise in his beautiful home studio on Whidbey Island, WA for this very special five-day workshop where you will work both outdoors and in studio. Mike will teach his wonderful methods and techniques for capturing stunning landscapes outside, then taking them into the studio to finish them with the help of photos taken in the field.

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Capturing Wooden Boats and Stunning Water Reflections in Oil
w/ Luke Tornatzky

Sat-Sun / July 29-30 / 10:30-4:30pm

The usual response to an oil painting by this instructor is an awe-filled gasp. Yes, they are breathtaking! And now you have an opportunity to learn from this renowned painter, as he shares his tips, tricks and techniques to painting these vibrant wooden rowboats and their fabulous reflections.

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Wooden Boats and Water Reflections Oil Workshop with Luke J Tornatzky

Paint Splash!
w/ Tracy Felix

Saturday / August 12 / 11-5pm

Explore the wet flowing nature and looseness of acrylic paints. You’ll be able to experiment, discover new effects and ways to handle this great medium. Drizzle, squirt, pour, splatter, manipulate and have fun! Paint Splash only comes around once a year, so don’t miss out!

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Paint Splash Contemporary Acrylic workshop Tracy Felix

Painting Life with Life
w/ Bev Jozwiak

Tuesday-Thursday / Aug 15-17 10:30-4:30pm

This workshop is full. Please call the gallery to sign up on the waiting list. We often fill last-minute cancellations from the waiting list.

“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.

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Beginning Oil Painting
w/ Angela Bandurka

Sunday / Aug 13 / 11:30-5:30pm

Maybe you've wanted to learn to paint with luscious oils, but never come across the right instructor, the right class?
Been a bit intimidated?  Nervous about being the only beginner in a class?
This is the class for YOU!
A fun, helpful place to learn the basics and build your confidence! Just for brand new beginners, Angela will gently guide and encourage you through some basics so you can create your own beautiful oil painting. Come on – you can do it! Angela can help!
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Angela Bandurka Beginning Oil workshop

The Basics & Beyond in Watercolor
w/ Ron Stocke

Fri–Sun / Sep. 8-10 / 10:30-4:30pm

Perfect for all levels of watercolor students, especially those wanting to learn great direct painting technique! Award-winning artist and instructor Ron Stocke will show you the important steps of a watercolor painting from beginning to end. Learn how to start, develop, and successfully finish paintings, achieving strong values and simplified shapes. The 3-day format will allow each student to complete paintings of their own to take home.

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Color Theory + Color Mixing
w/ Tracy Felix

Saturday / Sept. 30 / 11:00am-5:00pm

Color! Mysterious, wonderful Color! Having a working knowledge of how colors mix is fundamental to painting in acrylics and oils. Tracy will take out the mystery and replace it with a great understanding of pigments, through some fun exercises and cool tools, making your painting more satisfying and successful.

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

Two dates to choose from: Thurs. April 27 OR Friday Nov. 10 / 6-8:30pm

You’ll create a wonderful painting with encaustic (melted beeswax) and collage! Tracy will bring cool papers and other “found objects” for you to use to create your collage. Your finished piece will have wax layered over your collage, and more collage layered into your wax! Great for beginners!

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Try It! Renegade Encaustics: Colorful Palette
w/ Tracy Felix

Two dates to choose from: Friday April 28 OR Friday August 25 / 6:00-8:30pm

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. You’ll finish your encaustic painting with alcohol ink to add even more color and shine! Great for all levels.

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Try It! Renegade Encaustics: Design and Colors in Wax
w/ Tracy Felix

Friday / July 28 / 6:00-8:30pm

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 line designs in your wax painting, and then add color with oil colors and finish with highlights of sparkly mica powder.

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Cancellation Policy

If you cannot attend your class, our cancellation policy is a 90% refund up to and including 14 days before the class. Or you may transfer 100% of your payment to another class or to a credit to a future class at Cole Art Studio.

No refunds for cancellations 13 days or less prior to class. Any deposit or payment is forfeited and non-refundable within 13 days of class start date.

If we have to cancel a class due to low enrollment, you will receive your choice of a 100% refund or you can transfer 100% of your payment to another class, or keep a credit at Cole Art Studio to be applied to another workshop of your choice at any time, without expiration.

Where to park in Edmonds?

Please see the parking info and map on our FAQ page.  


More workshops to come throughout the year!   Keep checking in with us to see our new offerings.

More workshops to come throughout the year!  

Keep checking in with us to see our new offerings.

Not seeing the class you want?

We are constantly adding new classes. Check back often or give us a call: 425-697-2787