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Free Demonstration Molly Murrah watercolor Portraits

Saturday, December 17 - Watercolor Portraits
Free Demonstration with Molly Murrah

Last year, Molly Murrah demonstrated her technique for creating lively and colorful underpaintings that become foundations for her portraits. Then in her August demo, she explained her process for creating well designed, professional portraits from start to finish. 

In this 90-minute session, Molly will demonstrate her technique for painting portraits that combines transparent and opaque applications of pigment. Then she will show how adding colorful, opaque finishing touches can bring your subjects to life while, at the same time, giving a more painterly, expressive look to your final portrait.

If you’re looking for a way to paint lively portraits in watercolor, join Molly for this fun demo.

Mastering Yupo - A free demonstration by Cheryl Hoople

Saturday, November 19 - Mastering Yupo 
Free Demonstration 
With Cheryl Hoople
Because YUPO is a slick and frequently frustrating paper for artists to use, this watercolor demo shows you how to paint successfully on YUPO paper. Using a free-flowing style, artist Cheryl Hoople creates rich surface textures and luminous dark passages, while using a variety of tools and materials to create a complex painting full of excitement and color

Come Paint A Little - Watercolor Hands on Demonstration

Sunday, November 13 - Come Paint a Little 
With Cindy Valdez
Learn how to approach a small watercolor painting as Cindy walks you through painting a branch of holly and berries using three Daniel Smith colors. You'll leave knowing how to transfer an image using transfer paper, apply paint wet onto dry and wet into wet, and how to let colors mix on a page.  Supplies and seats are limited, please call the store to reserve a spot.

FREE NEW GOLDEN LECTURE: Mixed Media with Acrylics! with Barbara De Pirro, Dec 4, 2016, 1-3:30 pm

New Golden Lecture! MIXED MEDIA with ACRYLICS
Sunday, December 4, 2016
1:00 - 3:30 pm
Reserve your seat now!
Phone 425-643-1781

A lecture for all levels and backgrounds; from painters, mixed media, fiber to sculptural artists with ideas for all! This presentation covers a wide variety of techniques for use in a wide range of media. Learn about GOLDEN Acrylic paints and mediums, including QoR Watercolors. Gain an understanding of each product and their different attributes. Learn how to make the right choices in grounds and paints for the best intended application. Learn what to put under paint, and how to create washes, stains, and collage. We also cover the use of stencils, paint markers, pastels, and pencils, as well as the creation of encaustic-like effects. This is a great place for beginners and experienced artists alike to learn new techniques and be inspired by innovative applications. Attendees will receive Information packets & free samples.

WORKSHOP: Mixed Media Collage with PAMELA WICKARD. Sept 15, 2016. 11am-2pm.


payable to the instructor

Register with instructor:
phone or text 425-443-8932
email Pamela

Thursday, September 15, 2016
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
15112 NE 24th Street
Redmond, Washington 98052

Pamela will discuess the collage process: how to get started and different materials and techniques. You should be able to complete a collage painting.

Pamela will have an image for you to create. You are welcome to bring your own sketch or image to create with the workshop's collage techniques.

Please bring your own supplies, or purchase supplies before the workshop starts.
  • 16 x 20 canvas
  • 2 to 3 different size paint brushes
  • white glue
  • small water container
  • your favorite acrylic mediums
  • your favorite acrylic paints
  • palette or mixing surface
  • papers for collage: tissue, textured, newspaper or printed pages like magazines, dried flowers or found objects
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Ala Prima Oil Painting with Liesel Lund

Ala Prima Oil Painting
Saturday, August 6
Using color and texture to capture summer with Liesel Lund

A fast demo of how to create a wet into wet, ala prima painting from start to finish. Discover what delicious color can be created by layering wet paint. All levels welcome. 


MONDAYS: Expressive Oil Painting Classes with Liesel Lund, 10:30am-1:30pm Info and registration at

WORKSHOP: Landscapes in Watercolor with Hamid Zavareei August 14, 2016

WORKSHOP: Landscapes in Watercolor 

with Hamid Zavareei August 14, 2016

Landscapes in Watercolor
With Hamid Zavareei
Sunday, August 14, 2016
1 day workshop: $100
Painting landscapes in watercolor can be very exciting and exhilarating using washes, glazes, spatters and other watercolor techniques to create trees, sky, landmass and bodies of water in variety of ways that allows for freedom and spontaneity in creating landscape paintings. Application of light and dark, warm and cool and transparent and opaque colors can help achieve results that could be simple and effective simultaneously. Join Hamid Zavareei, a Seattle-area artist and instructor, for this one day workshop in our Bellevue location.

Call store to register and reserve your spot!

Ann Breckon's 6 Step approach to painting florals. Free Demonstration August 13, 2016

With Ann Breckon
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Free Demonstration 

Flowers are made easy when they are approached in logical layers of paint, each building upon the previous steps.  Ann will explain why this method creates flowers that appear so real you could reach in and pick them off the paper.  Bonus: Attendees will go home with an illustrated handout!

Acrylic: Painting with Blacks, White, and Greys. Free Demonstration August 7, 2016

ACRYLIC: Painting with Blacks, White, and Greys
With Alicia Harvey 
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Free Demonstration 

With all the colors in an artist's palette, these three colors get elbowed out or left out completely. Join Alicia Harvey and see the color and beauty in these supposed "colorless" hues

Free open studio time:Watercolors and Tea with Cindy V. July 24, 2016 12:00-2:00

Watercolors & Tea with Cindy V
Cindy Valdez
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Free - "open studio" social painting

Drop in between 12 and 2 with your supplies and a happy spirit!

Bring your brushes and your paints (we’ll also have some supplies on hand) and drop in to paint with Cindy. 

Light refreshments will be provided for this informal open studio painting session. 

We’ll have a couple of different still lifes set up to sketch, paint, and snack.

Free Demo: Creating Rich Values with Acrylics with ANGELA BANDURKA, July 30, 2016


Free Demonstration
Saturday, July 30, 2016
4-5:30 one session only

Angela will demonstrate her magical methods of making acrylic paint pop while keeping edges soft and color vibrant. Watch her paint while discussing what she's doing: the working properties of paint, different techniques for using brushes, meaningful color mixes.

Acrylics are wonderfully subtle, brilliant, delicate, striking, whatever you need them to be. Angela is a master of using figurative subjects in fresh imagery. Come see her in action.

Intro to Encaustic with Deborah Kapoor Free Demo July 17 2016

Introduction to Encaustic
Deborah Kapoor
Sunday, July 17, 2016
12-1:30 (one session only)
Free Demonstration

This demonstration will cover basic techniques to get you started with encaustic and will give you a foundation to expand upon. This is an overview of the processes which will include preparing and fusing cradled panels, applying layers of encaustic, incising, stenciling, pouring, dipping, presenting, caring for, and transporting final works.

Deborah Kapoor integrates processes like painting, printing, cutting and collage with predominantly encaustic and mixed media. 

Free Demonstration Watercolor Portrait Process with Molly Murrah August 27, 2016

The Watercolor Portrait: From Composition to Underpainting to Technique
With Molly Murrah
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Free Demonstration

Last fall, Molly Murrah demonstrated her technique for beginning watercolor portraits with a colorful underpainting. Now she wants to share her step-by-step process — from creating dramatic compositions to executing great underpaintings to deciding on exciting and memorable painting techniques. Join Molly for this fun demo as she shows the beginning stages of the painting and discusses how to move to a finished piece.

Free Demonstration Acrylic Pours with Thom Wright July 23, 2016


Saturday, July 23, 2016
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
One session

Come and play! Thom will show you some fun and clever acrylic pouring techniques and then you’ll try them yourself.

  • Can’t draw? No problem.
  • Creativity blocked? This can help.
  • Just want to play with color? You’re in the right place.

We’ll do direct pours, pours with mediums, dirty pours, pours with inclusions, and pours on a variety of substrates.

This will be an informal, give-it-a-try, fun experience for all adult participants.

Think of it as a play date!

Free Demonstration Creating your Personal Palette with Alicia Harvey July 16, 2016

Creating your Personal Palette in Acrylics
with Alicia Harvey
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Free Demonstration 

A personal palette is a set of colors that bring out the best in you as an artist. Truly, the palette is very personal and unique to each artist. Join Alicia Harvey as she describes how she searched for her personal palette and offers suggestions for your own search.

Free Demonstration Landscapes in Watercolor with Hamid Zavareei July 10, 2016

Landscapes in Watercolor
With Hamid Zavareei
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Free Demonstration

Painting landscapes in watercolor can be very exciting and exhilarating using washes, glazes, spatters and other watercolor techniques to create trees, sky, landmass and bodies of water in variety of ways that allows for freedom and spontaneity in creating landscape paintings. Application of light and dark, warm and cool and transparent and opaque colors can help achieve results that could be simple and effective simultaneously. Join us to watch a demonstration of landscape painting in watercolor by Hamid Zavareei, a Seattle-area artist and instructor.

Free Demo Express Yourself with Calligraphy with Kathy Barker July 9, 2016

Express Yourself with Calligraphy
With Kathy Barker
Saturday, July 9, 2016
Free Demonstration (hands on)

Set aside some time to play! Experiment with Elegant Writer pens, with dip pens, and a variety of inks and paints to find new ways to express yourself with beautiful calligraphy.

A portion of this demonstration is HANDS-ON. Supplies are limited. Please call 425-643-1781 to reserve a space.

Free Demonstration Expressive Oil Painting with Liesel Lund July 9, 2016

Expressive Oil Painting
Liesel Lund
Saturday, July 9, 2016
Free Demonstration

Create engaging paintings with intriguing textures. Use brushes, palette knives and mediums to create a varied and interesting paint surface.These techniques are great for adding play and experimentation back into your work. All levels welcome.

This will be a great preview of the methods Liesel will later be teaching in her weekly Expressive Oil Painting classes in our store. Details and registration at her website:

Free Demonstration.Liesel Lund. Joyful Art Journaling. July 2, 2016

Joyful Art Journaling
With Liesel Lund
Saturday, July 2, 2016  12-1:30

Free Demonstration

Come see a variety of artist journals and learn how to make your own! This is a great introduction to the joys of art journaling. Liesel will share some of her favorite techniques and supplies.

This will be a great preview of the methods Liesel will later be teaching in her Art Journaling classes in our store on Monday afternoons.  Details and registration at her website:

Workshop.Water Scenes in Watercolor with Eric Lin. Sunday July 3, 2016

Water Scenes in Watercolor - Workshop
With Eric Lin
Sunday, July 3, 2016
$100 fee, preregistration required

Summertime is the perfect time to practice lakes and beaches.  

In this workshop, Eric will help the artists discover how to depict clean, transparent water surfaces.

Please call 425-643-1781 to register.

WORKSHOP - Gelli Print Plates, Christmas Comes Early with Nan Robkin, June 26, 2016

WORKSHOP: Gelli Plate Prints
Christmas Comes Early With Nan Robkin

$80 (most supplies provided)
Sunday, June 26, 2016 

Come have fun! Learn to use Gelli Plates to create fun, fast prints
Demonstration with the opportunity for hands on trial

Gelli plates are wonderful additions to monoprinting. The possibilities for design and color are endless! Once one gets started pulling Gelli prints, it is almost impossible to stop! Grand fun for beginners, they are also the perfect addition to a printmaker’s repertoire; one can use either acrylic paint or printing ink on the plate. Make designs with various tools, like Colour Shapers and texture wedges; use stencils and masks made from palette paper; make textures made with sponges or burlap to add to the fun.

Please call 425-643-1781 to register.

Workshop: Watercolor Collage with Kathy Collins, June 25, 2016

Slice and Dice!  A Watercolor/collage Workshop
Kathy Collins will show you how to put new life in your old failed ( or just tired) watercolors.

At the Eastside Daniel Smith store 
15112 NE 24th, Redmond 
Sat., June 25th 10 to 4
Call the store to register:  425-643-1781

Kathy  has been experimenting with her new techniques over the past year and the resulting award-winning watercolor/collages have appeared in the Artist's Magazine, shown in the National Collage Society, the NW Collage society, the Houston Watercolor Society, and locally at The Kirkland Arts Center, Tsuga Fine Art, and Ryan James Fine Arts.  See Kathy's work at

FREE Demonstration: Mixed Media Seascapes with Cheryl Hoople, June 18, 2016

Mixed Media Seascapes
With Cheryl Hoople
Saturday, June 18, 2016
1-2:00 and 3-4:00
Free Demonstration

From pounding surf to rocky shore and tranquil slough, coastal scenes provide infinite inspiration and drama for beginning and advanced artists.

Join watercolorist and mixed media artist Cheryl Hoople as she shows you how she paints Northwest seascapes. Using a direct, simply understated approach, Cheryl demonstrates how to add movement, contrast, and a range of tonal values to create a memorable painting.

Discover how to:
  • Know the materials--pick paints, brushes, and equipment to suit your project
  • Master the basics--graded and wet-into-wet washes, dry brush techniques, and
  • Break down the coastal elements--surf and sky, rocks and beaches, birds and boats

 Cheryl's step-by-step approach takes the intimidation out of making beautiful seascapes.

FREE Demonstration: Prepare for Plein Air with Che Lopez and Maria Coryell Martin, June 18, 2016

Prepare for Plein Air
With Che Lopez and Maria Coryell Martin
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Free Demonstration

Che Lopez and Maria Coryell Martin are active Northwest artists who are always ready to get out there and make art - whether working in a sketchbook, on a panel, or a canvas.

Come visit with them as they describe what their essentials are and why.  See examples of their work, ask questions, and get tips, tricks, and ideas that you can incorporate into your own preparation to make your next art outing even better.

Free Demonstration - Watercolor Paper Comparison with Cindy Valdez, June 11, 2016

Free Demonstration / Conversation: Watercolor Paper Comparison 
Cindy Valdez
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Your paper is a critical element in your watercolor paintings.  
This hands-on demonstration will give you the opportunity to test several papers currently available on the market to find one that fits your style of painting.

We will discuss texture, sizing, pulp vs cotton rag, lifting, scrubbing, and more.
Supplies and seats are limited, so please call 425-643-1781 to register.

Free Demonstration - Hands on! Textures and Special Effects in Watercolor with Cindy Valdez, June 5, 2016

Textures and Special Effects in Watercolor 

Cindy Valdez
Sunday, June 5, 2016
12-1:30 (one session only)

Come play with paint as Cindy encourages you to break out of a painting rut by adding texture and unpredictability into your work. 

See what happens when you introduce salt  into your wet washes.  
Create additional lines and texture by using screens or cling film with your paints. Have you ever used cheesecloth when painting? Now is your chance!

This is a hands-on session to allow you to explore the 
processes yourself and leave with swatches of several techniques for reference in your own work.  

Space is limited. Please call 425-643-1781 to reserve a spot.

Workshop - Business of Art 1-Day Intensive with Ray Pfortner, June 5, 2016

with Ray Pfortner


Saturday, June 4, 2016
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

All six of the conversation topics will be dealt with in this very intense workshop. Please bring in 10 samples of your own art to share - for 2 reasons: 

  1. It will make the intensive as powerful and useful as it can be
  2. You will learn specifics tailored to your art and your personality. This is not a lecture or a short conversation. It is a workshop with time to consider and explore your needs as a working artist

Please call 425-643-1781 to register.

Free Lecture - Business of Art Series with Ray Pfortner, May and June 2016

Free Lectures / Conversations re: The Business of Art
Ray Pfortner
Select Tuesdays

Ray Pfortner is an educator, photographer, and consultant who will facilitate discussions about moving your art from past-time into profession.  All levels in any medium are welcome.  Come learn from Ray and from each other.

Tuesdays, 11am-12:30pm 
May 31 20 Practical Tips to Making Your Art More of A Business
June 7 Turning Your Art into Cards - and Selling Them
June 21 Exhibiting Your Art

June 28 Merchandising/Licensing/Pricing Your Art

Free Demonstration - Mixed Media with Macki Stratton, May 22, 2016

Mixed Media
Macki Stratton
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Free Demonstration

Macki Stratton will show you how she combines different media on claybord.  She'll work with watercolor, alcohol inks, and more

Watercolor Workshop - Fundamentals and More with Eric Lin, May 29, 2016

Watercolor Workshop: Fundamentals and More
With Eric Lin
Sunday, May 29, 2016

Eric will be covering the basic of the watercolor, from basic washes, edge control, and color mixing. Step by step guide how to get started on a simple painting that looks nice and clean.

Please call 425-643-1781 to register.

Mini Workshop Watercolor Curious: Art Basics with Cheryl Renee Long, May 28 2016

Watercolor Curious for Beginners 
with Cheryl Renee Long
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Have you always wanted to try watercolor? Are you a beginner? Here is an opportunity to try watercolor for only $10.00. Cheryl Renee Long will be your instructor. She will guide you through what you will need to get started and you will have a painting to take home.

Daniel Smith will provide the paint, paper, brushes and water.  All you need to bring is your enthusiasm and curiosity.

Attendees will receive a $10 coupon to apply toward purchases after the class. 

Please call 425-643-1781 to register.

Free Demonstration. Oil Paints. Henry Stinson. May 22, 2016

Free Demonstration
Sunday, May 22, 201612-1:30  **schedule change**
Saturday, May 21,2016 2:00-3:30

We're pleased to welcome Henry back to Bellevue for another demonstration of his techniques for Oil Painting. Henry graciously shares the insights which have helped to build his success.

This demo/lecture will help you improve your understanding of color and of color relationships. Henry's process of painting provides a perfect context for discussing and developing greater competency with color and increased process of building the painting.  

Free Demonstration. Encaustic Monoprints.Darcie Thompson. May 14, 2016


Saturday, May 14, 2016
10-12:00 on the sales floor
Free Demonstration

Enkaustikos products are available in a wide variety of sizes and a stunning array of colors. the whole line is priced to invite everyone to learn and join the fun. This demo will show how easily lovely art can be made in a small space with tools on hand.

Darcie's demonstration will highlight

See how quickly encaustic monoprints can be made, the lovely results and wonderful colors. 

Come by between 10 and 12 to see the process and ask questions.  

Free Demonstration.Figures in Watercolor.Eric Lin. May 8 2016

Figures in Watercolor
With Eric Lin
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Free Demonstration

Join us as Eric shares his techniques for figures in watercolor. 

Later this month Eric will be conducting a workshop on the fundamentals of watercolor.  Come see this artist in action.