Thursday, June 30, 2022

30 Paintings in 30 Days-Done!

 I did it! With the support of #30x30Direct Watercolor I was able to accomplish my goal of painting daily for the month of June this year. Here are the results:

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

June, 2022, My Direct Watercolor Project, Day Zero

๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ˜Ž Hello!

So school’s out and summer vacation has begun! This is true especially for me. For the past few years I have been teaching watercolor continuously through fall, winter and spring quarters with a few workshops sprinkled in during the summer. I have even held 8 week classes on Zoom for both summers during the Pandemic so far. 

Day Zero

It’s time I took a break. I need to recharge my creative energy and work on some paintings that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.

What better way to jump start my journey than the annual 30x30 Direct Watercolor Challenge hosted by Uma Kelkar and Marc Taro Holmes. We’re starting on June 1, 2022, with the intention to paint a watercolor a day without any preliminary pencil drawing and post on the 30x30DirectWatercolor Facebook group. Here’s more information about this free challenge open to anyone.

Looks like we’re going to have a bumper crop of roses on the studio wall this year.

My goal is to show up and paint. It will be just me in my studio creating what I personally feel like doing. One of my goals is to work on balancing my compositions with more dark values. We’ll see what other skills I can develop to the next level as well.

I’ll be posting each day in June on my Instagram and Facebook page as well as the official Direct Watercolor Facebook group.

My Facebook Art Page
My Instagram Feed

Friday, February 18, 2022

Springing back into the classroom for April watercolor!

We’re Back!

The Skylight Room promises to resound with welcoming expressions and extra creative energy on Friday mornings this Spring. Barring any unforeseen setbacks, with *health protocols in place, we will finally meet in person for 8 weeks of stimulating watercolor classes. We can’t wait to see you!

Michele Cooper
Friday | $335
4/8/22 – 5/27/22
10:00 am-1:00 pm
Skylight Studio

Register Here>

*COVID Protocols: Masks are currently required in the Peter Kirk Building for all individuals over age 5. Please only enter the building while healthy; click here for a detailed health screening. In compliance with King County guidance, Kirkland Arts Center currently requires proof of vaccination for onsite teaching artists, staff, and students over age 12. In lieu of proof of vaccination, individuals over age 12 may provide a negative test administered by a provider within 72 hours of each class date. Please email with any questions, concerns, or disability accommodations. KAC is committed to equitable and inclusive policies.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Fall/Winter Watercolor Mini Series 2021/22

 Fall/Winter Watercolor Classes 2021/22

January, 2022

Michele Cooper
Friday | $335
1/28/22 – 3/18/22
11:00 am-2:00 pm
Online via Zoom

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Let’s get together for some watercolor fun!
Update: This series has finished. 

Quick 5 minute demo of November landscape and sky with no preliminary drawing.

Want to learn how to paint skies in watercolor? Sunsets, puffy white cumulus, streaky grey skies-That’s the focus of our first class in a series of four coming up this Wednesday November 17 on Zoom. Live interactive watercolor fun no matter where you are!

All levels of experience welcome. Join us! See A. Below to register.
Wednesday November 17 on Zoom
Please let me know if you have any questions.

I hosted a free live online informal meeting with a brief watercolor demonstration on 
Wednesday, November 3 at 6 pm PDT.  Wherever you are, join me for this Q&A session about the upcoming winter mini series of workshops. Paint along or just watch a free live demo of watercolor line and wash pumpkins. To join please email me and I will send you the link for November 3.       Email:

A. Michele’s NW Studio Mini Series Live and Interactive on Zoom

Fall/Winter Mini Series - 4 watercolor classes live and interactive  online - Replays Available

Wednesdays 6-9pm PDT
11/17, 12/1, 12/15, 2021
1/5, 2022

Dates are approximately two weeks apart and planned in between the seasonal holidays. 

Tuition: $160 for 4 classes on Zoom
Payable by Venmo, PayPal, check
Scan to register for the Winter Mini Series
Starts Wednesday November 17, 2021

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Fall Watercolor Classes start Sept. 24, 2021


Classes are all held live via Zoom.

Zoom is an easy videoconferencing program we’ve chosen in order to create the feeling of being with your instructor and classmates while you’re safe and healthy at home. 

What kind of technology do I need? I’m a little nervous!

You can use Zoom with a phone, tablet, or computer with a webcam! We promise, it’s easier than it sounds and we’re here to help.

Kirkland Arts Center

Michele Cooper
Friday | $335
11:00 am-2:00 pm
Online Live via Zoom

Register Online Here >

Contact the KAC Education Office for more information or to register  Call (425) 822-7161

Monday, July 19, 2021

Lavender Farm Workshop-Wednesday July 28

 At last!

This will be my first live and in person watercolor workshop since everything closed down because of the pandemic. I found us a perfect location for watercolor plein air while the summer weather seems consistent. There are super clean facilities, outdoor tables and chairs with lots of room to spread out and spectacular views of the lavender fields and surrounding forests, valleys and mountains. And there is a coffee stand on the premises that has lavender lemonade and ice cream!

10am-1pm - Wednesday July 28, 2021
Weather forecast looks fantastic!

Workshops are designed for all levels of participants from beginners to advanced watercolor painters. Instructor will provide guidance and tips necessary to get started for beginner painters while more seasoned artists will be challenged to further their skills with a fun array of fast-paced subjects and themes. Some previous experience will be helpful but not required.

This may be our only outdoor in person workshop for the summer. I’ve learned to be flexible as new information comes to light. We'll see. You can register for individual workshops as they are posted. 

One workshop at a time $55 

Register by emailing 
You can send your payment by:
  1. Venmo (@Michele-Cooper-49)
  2. Paypal (
  3. Check to Michele Cooper 
I know this is short notice but please join us in person if at all possible. It’s a rare opportunity. 
My fall classes at KAC are online with Zoom. No class at SVC until winter.

Because of the uncertainty of this time you can cancel any workshop or package at any point for a full refund. Transaction fees will be charged if applicable.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

2021 Summer Watercolor Class Begins July 2

  Are you looking forward to getting out of the house and enjoying the long warmer days of summer? I know I am! What will you do on those rainy days when summer storms might keep you home for a while?

Come to class each week on Fridays for fun and engaging watercolor lessons, live and interactive on Zoom. You can improve your skills from anywhere or watch the replay if you miss a lesson. 

We’re focusing on boats, marinas and summer markets this series. Join us!

 Sign up with a friend and both receive 20% off!

More info and registration links at Kirkland Arts Center:

A19.21.SU Intermediate Watercolor

Adult Class | Available

Kirkland Arts Center


Intermediate, Advanced


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11:00 AM-2:00 PM PDT on Fri

Sign up with a friend
and both receive 20% off!

Enter the code ARTWITHFRIENDS at registration checkout; tell your friend to do the same! 

This offer is valid until June 21 - so hurry!

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Spring Watercolor Classes 2021

A. Michele’s NW Studio

3/31, 4/7, 4/14

Spring Mini Series - 3 watercolor classes live interactive online - Replays Available 

Wednesdays 6-9pm PDT


Explore landscape, floral and still life in cherry blossom season. Sign up for Spring Mini Series

B. Skagit Valley College 
4/28 - 6/22 
For those who are helping their children with remote learning or working during the day, we have a Wednesday evening class from 6-9pm PDT live on Zoom for a little “me time”.

๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ˜Šwatercolor Class is open to all levels of experience. 
Select creativity and Hobbies, and scroll down to Watercolor Painting where you will find a link to register on the Skagit Valley College Community Ed website

C. Kirkland Arts Center
3/26 - 5/14 
For those who are ready for an Intermediate level watercolor class, we offer a live weekly Zoom schedule on Fridays from 11am-2pm PDT through Kirkland Arts Center 

๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐ŸŽจLimited seats available 
Information and Registration 
A19.21.SP Intermediate Watercolor

Friday, January 1, 2021

January means New Watercolor Classes

Brighten up the rainy dark winter days with a fun, lively watercolor class, safe at home on Zoom. 

A. For those who are helping their children with remote learning or working during the day, we have a Wednesday evening class from 6-9pm PST live on Zoom for a little “me time”.

๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ˜ŠClass is open to all levels of experience. 
and scroll down to Watercolor Painting where you will find a link to register on the Skagit Valley College Community Ed website

B. For those who are ready for an Intermediate level watercolor class, we offer a live weekly Zoom schedule on Fridays from 11am-2pm PST through Kirkland Arts Center 

๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐ŸŽจLimited seats available 
Information and Registration

Friday, November 20, 2020

Join Me Live on Periscope Sunday, November 22 at 9:00am PST

 ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ˜Ž Hey! It’s been quite some time since we had a chat and a live tutorial on Periscope, hasn’t it?

Join me live on this Sunday, November 22 at 9:00am for a tutorial on binding and making a cover for your DIY watercolor journal/sketchbook. Just drop in to say hello or play along with this fun and easy craft project.

I’ve been sketching comfort food with my watercolor class lately and I have to make a cover for my DIY sketchbook.

If you want to do this along with me, see below for a materials list. You probably have everything you need right there at home.


  • 3 or 4 sheets of 140lb watercolor paper (8x10 or up to 11x14)
  • an empty cereal box or other recyclable cardboard 
  • scissors, ruler, pencil, bone folder
  • thumb tack or push pin
  • yarn/string/waxed binders’ thread, Choose one
  • long needle with large eye for the thread, like a darning needle or book binder’s needle
  • You can use wrapping paper or fabric big enough to cover the cardboard.
  • Elmers glue will work to glue the paper or fabric to the cardboard cover but takes time to dry. Extra strong glue stick is nice. Fabric Tac glue works great but it’s expensive. 
I think that’s it. See you there! ๐Ÿ˜Š