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Charlene Collins Freeman

I am a watercolorist, sketchbook addict, teacher and traveler. And I am the founder and owner of Cloud 9 Art School.

I have loved to create things with my hands as far back as I can remember. I have been a full time artist ever since I realized that I could actually create a life doing what I love. That took some time to learn.

I teach watercolor, drawing, and sketchbook classes for adults, children and teens. Best. Gig. Ever.

After years of teaching at various colleges and art schools, I began dreaming of opening my own art school, a place of inspiration and learning, where people would be encouraged to believe in their creative potential and where they could be transformed by their creativity. After a year of planning, Cloud 9 Art School opened its doors.  At Cloud 9 Art School, we encourage each others’ creative dreams and goals as well as nurture our own.

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For more information on the courses I am teaching and to register please visit my website at www.charlenecollinsfreeman.com and click on the Workshops page. Click on the class you are interested in and you will see all the details and registration option. 

 
 
 
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LIZ ABENDROTH, M. ED.

I grew up in Renton, Washington and earned my BA in Psychology in 1992 at Central Washington University and my MEd in 1997 at the University of Washington.

I currently work part time as a school psychologist with grade school level students. I have extensive experience working with special needs students, students with anxiety and learning disabled students.  I have also worked as a preschool teacher, art teacher, and dyslexia tutor. I have developed lessons and taught art in elementary schools for over 9 years. In addition, I have led yoga and creativity classes through Girl Scouts for over 2 years.

I have additional training from Mindfulness in Education, Wired for Reading, Six Traits Writing, and Yoga Calm. This unique blend of skills in art, education, psychology and mindfulness have all culminated in the classes that I have developed to encourage creativity and mindfulness. 

I offer classes for adults, teens and children, all which have a common underlying theme of encouraging mindfulness. Mindfulness is the practice of being in the moment and involves nonjudgmental observation of your surroundings, sensations, and thoughts.

As an instructor, I see myself as an enthusiastic facilitator to student creativity.
I invite curiosity, reflection, and encourage a growth mindset. Those with a growth mindset see mistakes as learning opportunities rather than a signal that indicates, “This is something I'm not good at.”

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I am inspired by nature, art history, art from multiple cultures, poetry, journaling, watercolor, sculpture, photography, dance, and collage. There is a boundless joy to witness creativity in action, such as watching a dancer on the stage or to stand and gaze at a sculpture in an outdoor setting. I am constantly inspired to see what others create, and in particular children’s creativity.

My particular focus on combining mindfulness activities with art comes from experiencing and studying the benefits of mindfulness for children, teen and adults. Being in the moment provides a space to relax, experience joy and creates a space free of anxiety or stress . My aim is to provide classes to nurture this type of setting where we can all create and grow in our mindfulness. 

To learn more about me and my work, please visit my website at  elizabethabendroth.com.

To register for my classes or for more information, please email me directly at elizabendroth@gmail.com.

 

 

 
 
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Juliana Aldous

I’ve spent the past 25 years in the learning and publishing industry, and I plan to spend the next decade helping others add purpose, direction, and creativity to their lives. I’ve worked for major publishers fostering book ideas into bestselling series. I was also at the forefront of the online learning revolution at both Microsoft and Lynda.com.

While online learning is great—I believe that community and camaraderie from being in a local classroom can’t be beat. Time spent away from our screens and with one another is a great way to learn and make a connection with others.

I am offering workshops on The Artist’s Way, Deep Work, Digital Minimalism, and more to come. I look forward to helping you develop your purpose and creativity!

For more information about me and my workshops, please visit my website or email me directly at auldhouse@outlook.com.

 
 
 
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Emily Brown

Greetings! I am Emily Brown, self proclaimed maker. I currently enjoy myself most when painting with watercolor or sketching with pen and ink. I am a lover of all things visual arts and crafts. I am a maker of anything I can get my hands on. When given two choices between easy and hard, I will always choose hard.

Drawing and painting is an escape from the chaos of life; it is an opportunity to slow down. The outcome of a painting is secondary to the process.

I paint to slow down. I paint to be present.

For more information about my art and my classes, please visit https://iamemilybrown.com.

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Gabriel “Gabi” Campanario

Gabriel “Gabi” Campanario is an award winning illustrator, author and journalist best known for his storytelling work as the Seattle Sketcher at The Seattle Times, and as the founder of the global Urban Sketchers movement and nonprofit organization.

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A native of Barcelona, Campanario has a journalism degree from the University of Navarra in Pamplona, and has resided in the United States since 1998. His career as a newspaper artist spans more than two decades working in newsrooms on both sides of the Atlantic, including La Vanguardia (Barcelona), The Reno-Gazette Journal (Nevada), Diario de Noticias (Lisbon), The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.), USA TODAY and The Seattle Times. Campanario’s work as a sketch journalist has been recognized by The Society of Professional Journalists and The Society for Features Journalism, and was the subject of a five-month solo exhibit at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry in 2014.

You can see more of Gabi’s work on his website, Seattle Times author page, Facebook and Instagram.

Bibliography: The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing on Location around the World (Quarry Books, 2012); The Urban Sketching Handbook: Architecture and Cityscapes (Quarry Books, 2014); and The Urban Sketching Handbook: People and Motion (Quarry Books, 2014); Seattle Sketcher, An Illustrated Journal (Pediment Books, 2014).

(Photo by Pasquale Raicaldo, La Repubblica)

To register for Gabi's workshops at Cloud 9 please click here

 
 
 
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Annie Carl

Hello! I'm Annie Carl and I love the written word in all its forms. I think a beautifully written scene can be as visceral and moving as any work of art.

I hold degrees in Journalism and English Literature, I participate in National Novel Writing Month (this year will be Year 11!), I've been published online, and I work as a freelance editor in my spare time.

When not striving to write the perfect scene (harder than it sounds!), I'm running The Neverending Bookshop, reading, knitting, and dashing to keep up with the Bookshop Toddler.

I'm looking forward to sharing my love of words with all of you! For more information about me, visit www.theneverendingbookshop.com

For more information about the classes I teach and to register, please email me at theneverendingbookshop@gmail.com

 
 
 
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Tara Larsen Chang

I’m an artist and compulsive gardener living in the lushly temperate Pacific Northwest.  From my earliest memories, I’ve been captivated by the imagery in fairy tales and couldn’t think of anything else I’d rather do when I grew up than create my own. When I’m not painting in the studio, I can probably be found working in my gardens to make sure there are plenty of havens for visiting fairies.

 Drawing inspiration from the mossy forests, my magical backyard gardens, my feisty menagerie of animals, childhood books, music and poetry, I love filling my sketchbooks and paintings with elements of nature and mystery. While I work primarily in watercolor, I also enjoy mixing in other mediums from colored pencil and pastel to pressed leaves and cut paper.

A professional illustrator with a BFA in Design and Illustration, I have illustrated more than 30 published books.  My work has been featured in magazines, specialty publications, packaging, educational software, zoos and galleries. I have over 25 years of teaching experience. My career has also included time spent as designer, art director, fine artist, instructor, curator, and workshop facilitator. 

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You can see more of my work on my website (as well as view lists of clients I’ve worked for and exhibits I’ve participated in), Facebook, and Instagram

For more information and to register please visit my website at TaraLarsenChang.com or email me at tlchang@taralarsenchang.com.

 

 
 
 
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Rhonda Gardner

After a fulfilling career in the field of education, my interest in drawing and painting reemerged.  I have always enjoyed viewing other people’s art and learning about it, but had not ventured into creating art myself until I became an ‘empty nester.’  I currently enjoy painting in watercolors and working with colored pencils.  I have taken several drawing and watercolor classes from Charlene Collins Freeman which has helped me hone my skills as an artist.  My interest in colored pencils began after taking a workshop from Eileen Sorg, then further developed after taking portrait classes from Ann Kullberg. 

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Some of my most satisfying early art memories involve coloring with crayons.  I was a ‘stay in the lines’ girl but enjoyed experimenting with the use of different pressures and creating different values within a picture.  That same joy has returned as I have developed skills with colored pencils. 

For more information and to register for my workshops, please visit https://charlenecollinsfreeman.com/workshops/

 
 
 
 
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Che Lopez

One of my earliest memories  was staying in class during recess to finish a drawing I was working on. Being an artist and stay at home papi has always been my dream, it brings happiness to my soul. I love paintings that are expressive, loose and bold, I strive to keep the colors clean and vibrant. I love to paint with color in mind and love the art of portraiture and figurative work. The majority of my work is inspired by my Chicano heritage, from the bold color to the imagery. My "Mujere's de las Flores" Series combines my love of the portrait and Dia de los Muertos with of course florals.

I am a Signature Member of the Northwest Watercolor Society ( NWWS ) , Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists ( PSG ) and also member of the American Watercolor Society . I have also co-chaired the NWWS Waterworks 2013 and NWWS 74th International Open Exhibition 2014. I was nominated to become the NWWS Vice-President for 2016-17 and President for the 2017-18 year.

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I am graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, and have worked as a traditional cell animator, web designer and commission artist since graduating high school. I am also a USA Boxing Coach and have trained both pro and amateur Boxing, Muay Thai and MMA fighters from the Northwest since 2004. I finally closed the doors of my gym Team Eastside FC in Redmond in 2013 after 10 years in order to paint and teach.   Most days you can catch me teaching a variety of classes which include Watercolor, Teen Drawing and Painting,  Acrylics and Oils.

For more information about Che's art and his classes and to register, please visit his website at  The Art of Che.

 
 
 
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LYNNEA MATTSON

My first love in life was playing sports but, due to an injury, I had to give it up. As I searched for a replacement for my passion for sports, I discovered I had a talent for painting. I started by painting on wood with acrylics. I soon moved onto painting oil on canvas. I was introduced to painting portraits by Joy Wilson and Joann Morgan.

In 2005 I was invited to try another medium, watercolor. I fell in love with it and have not looked back. I have taken many classes and had a number of different instructors including Sharon and Robert Long, Susan Bourdet, Kay Barns, Kathy Collins, Ann Breckon, John Solinum, Mary Gibbs, Charlene Collins Freeman and Joe Garcia. I continue taking classes in drawing and watercolor as I believe artists must constantly push past what they already know. I am always open to new ways to increase my mastery of watercolor (if anyone can master watercolor).

While my medium of choice is watercolor and my style is realistic, I continue to experiment. My true joy is painting animals and animal portraits. As my abilities have improved I am enjoying people portrait paintings as well.

I have exhibited my work at juried shows in Edmonds, Mukilteo, Bothell and Mountlake Terrace in addition to showing in the prestigious Northwest Watercolor Society exhibits, South Hill Artists Juried Art Show, Fattiora Bacio Show in Tuscany Italy, and Sedona Arts Center in Arizona. My work is available for viewing and for purchase in the Northwest at Tsuga Gallery, Fusion Gallery, Mival Gallery, North Gallery and the Edmonds Art Walks. 

For more information about the classes I teach and to register, please email me at lynneadanceswithwater@gmail.com.

To learn more about me and my art, please visit my website at  www.lynneadanceswithwater.com.

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Craig Orback

I am a freelance children’s book illustrator living near beautiful green Seattle. My early years were spent on the Central Coast of California in a little town called Los Osos. I did art for fun and enjoyed life in a coastal California paradise. 

In 1994 I made the big move to Seattle to attend Cornish College of the Arts. I graduated with a B.F.A. degree in illustration in 1998 and promptly began my carrer as an illustrator. I followed my childhood love of illustrated stories and history and in 2001 received my first children’s book job “Nathan Hale: Patriot Spy”. Since then I have illustrated well over 20 children’s books while also working on projects for children’s magazines, school text books, readers, a graphic novel and other avenues. 

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I often work in oil on illustration board, but I also use acrylic, watercolor, gouache, pastel, pen and ink, and the computer, sometimes all for one book as I did for the picture book “Natures Paintbox: A Seasonal Gallery of Art and Verse”. In my freetime, I enjoy travel, hiking, movies, and sharing my books with children.

Please visit my website and blog at www.craigorback.com

 
 
 
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Mukul Soman

I am a Kirkland based Wildlife/Nature Photographer and CGI Lighting Artist.

I strive to blend together elements of documentary and fine art photography to bring compelling and evocative images to life. A delicate sensitivity towards the emotions of light and a great love for the wilderness and all creatures that inhabit those places are the foundations of my journey in photography. While not out in the wilderness, I venture into the virtual worlds to create and light epic vistas and landscapes in the video game industry. With whatever time I have left, I build awareness about conservation and give talks about my photography work at various events locally to inspire change and foster conservation of wildlife.

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I am always willing to share the knowledge that I have gained over many years of diving into photography, lighting and post processing workflows to any one interested. I have taught workshops at the Kirkland Arts Center and have given lectures at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco and University of Washington, Seattle. I am also a member of the University of Washington Continuum College Advisory board for their photography program. I am available for personal one-on-one mentorships.

For more information about my work, please visit my website.

For more information about the classes I teach and to register, please email me at mail@mukulsoman.com.

 
 
 
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Eileen Sorg

Born in Seattle, Washington, Eileen Sorg still lives and works overlooking the bountiful Hood Canal. As with most Northwesterners, Eileen has a keen interest and respect for the natural landscape and its wild inhabitants. With her degree in Wildlife Science from the University of Washington and subsequent time spent studying birds and mammals as a biologist for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, she has now returned to art with a bit of the scientist still in tow.

Eileen enjoys exploring her subjects and seeking out the minutest details to express in her work. Her drawings have been likened to “photographs” but she is quick to point out that her pieces are less about detail and more about the subject’s essence and vitality. “With my current work, I am seeking to capture the playful, sometimes mischievous side of my subjects, catching them in the act of behaving unexpectedly.”

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Eileen’s primary medium is currently colored pencil, with ink, pastel, and watercolor applied for added depth. “Primarily, I am a draftsman rather than a painter. I am most comfortable with a pencil in my hand, languishing over all the tiny changes in tone and hue.” The pencil work is essential for breathing life into her subjects and creating softness.

Eileen is a Signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Her work has been featured in The Artist’s Magazine, American Artist, American Artists – Drawing Magazine, and she is the author of three books on colored pencil, published by Walter Foster, which are available at most booksellers.

Artist Statement
“I have chosen realism as the manner in which to express my interpretations of the world around me. Realism is not duplication; it is a process that involves intense study and understanding of a subject, a strong sense of value and color, and the mastery of a given medium. Within this realism, I enjoy creating a narrative by juxtaposing two or more completely divergent subjects together in one image and having them relate to one another in a surprising way. This visual storytelling engages the audience by allowing them to read my images and move through them like a good book.”

For more information about her work, please visit Eileen's website. To register for her workshops at Cloud 9, please click here

 
 
 
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Ré St. Peter

As far back as I can remember, art has been part of my life. As a kid I
would sit on the floor in front of the coffee table, drawing the animals
in National Geographic, plus any and all horse photos I could find.

After school, there were experiments with many mediums, including colored
pencil, pastel, ink wash, scratchboard and graphite. My study of
watercolor began in 2006, and I have learned from many talented artists
over the years. In 2017, I achieved Signature status in the Northwest
Watercolor Society (NWWS), and became a member of Parklane Gallery in
Kirkland.

I tend to focus on portraits, although my subjects are more likely to be
animals or objects than people. As with most artists, the play of light
and shadow fascinates me, especially the way light plays on a form, and
the shape-within-a-shape created by shadows. Working in watercolor allows
me to describe those shapes and textures with the muted, fluid mixing of
colors that is characteristic of the medium.

My classes for adults will include an exploration of our tools and
materials, watercolor techniques, and the “why” behind the subjects we
choose to paint. The goal, regardless of skill level, is to approach
painting sessions with confidence and enjoyment.

For more information about my work and to register for my workshops,
please visit my website or email me directly at
renees@paintedhillstudio.com.

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Colleen Stone

I'm a mixed media artist and native of our beautiful Pacific Northwest, surrounded by tall trees, birds, salt water, and the bluest sky you've ever seen!

I'm happiest with my feet on a trail through the forest or my hands in wet paint.

My work is nature inspired and never too serious. I enjoy playing with bright, cheerful acrylics, as well as soft, delicate watercolors. At home in my studio I'm surrounded by stacks of vintage books, jars of feathers, and piles of pretty paper. Mixed media art is the perfect outlet for someone who loves to do it all! 

In past lives I've been a hairstylist, floral designer, body builder, Cub Scout Leader and a ballet dancer. I've earned certifications as a personal fitness trainer and a life and wellness coach. All of those paths lead me back to making art. Curiosity can lead you into lots of mischief! 

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These days I spend my time traveling with my husband, being mom to my two grown sons, and making as much art as I can squeeze in. 

As a life-long learner, I thrive on being a beginner! I believe every piece of art I make is practice. The process is more important than the outcome. Every piece has something to learn from and apply to the next. 

I hope you will join me in the classroom for a chance to play and explore. I'll share what I know with you, and we'll learn together! 

Being an artist is a wonderful adventure and I want to offer you lots of encouragement as you take those first steps on your own creative journey, no matter where it leads you. 

You can learn more about me and my artwork at 

https://www.viewfromtheheart.com/

https://www.instagram.com/viewfromtheheart/

https://www.facebook.com/ViewFromTheHeart/

 
 
 
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Anya Toomre

I am an avid sketchbooker, note-taker, storyteller and traveler. My main love is documenting bits and pieces of life from the ordinary and mundane to the more exotic and grand. Whatever I come across is fair game to record. 

I grew up in the Boston area with an academic family and went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for both my BS and MS degrees. The latter was in the social history of textiles and I’ve spent over twenty years as a textile and fiber artist. 

I’ve been fortunate to live in and travel to many different places in the US and abroad. I’ve lived in Japan, North Africa (Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco), the Netherlands and England. I have also spent significant time in Cuba. 

While living abroad I taught English. I home schooled my kids for eight years and ran a home school with three other families for a year. My biases were textiles, art and language. I was one of the art instructors for Silver Kite in 2017. 

In 2011, I took a watercolor class using a sketchbook and something clicked. It felt so very right for me. Since then I’ve taken classes with local artists Charlene Collins Freeman and Eileen Sorg, in Cuba with Laura Quincy Jones and online with Danny Gregory and Koesje Koene, Liz Steel, and Jan Blencowe. I am always looking to improve my skills, but consider ink and watercolor to be my mediums of choice. I can get the precision I like with a pen and the colors and brightness I love with watercolors.

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My classroom approach is to be inclusive with a calm and encouraging attitude. I’m a recovering perfectionist (if that’s possible) and understand how it can be difficult to start new things. The process of sketching and documenting is very satisfying as is getting to a completed end of a project. Beginners to sketchbooking and travel journaling are welcome as are more seasoned sketchbookers.

For more information and to register for my workshops, please go to my website at www.anyatoomre.com. If you have any questions, contact me at anyatoomre@yahoo.com.

 
 
 
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Leela Trumbo

I was born in San Luis Obispo, California and have lived all over the world including India, Italy, and Canada. I have been creating art since I was old enough to hold a crayon to draw on my parents' walls. I work mostly in watercolor, pencil and oil paint but I love exploring new mediums.

I graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Integrated Art and I like to stay in touch with the art scene on campus. I have been involved with creating graphics for on campus organizations and publishing my work in the school literary and visual arts magazine. My teaching experience includes working at a Montessori school, teaching art in public school classrooms, and leading workshops for all ages.

Equal to my passion for art is my interest in ecological conservation and raising awareness for environmental issues through art. I am also a die-hard animal lover who enjoys nothing more than to paint fascinating animals and beloved pets.

I love to teach art, foster a love of art in the younger generations, and expose students to new and inspiring artists. I believe in the healing power of art and nature to help manage stress in our hectic lives. Art builds up confidence in kids as well as helping them to focus on the positive and beautiful aspects of this world. In addition to art, I use meditation to find my inner peace and connect with the world around me. In the process of teaching art I hope to pass on the ability to find balance and serenity through art on to my students.

For more information about my art and my classes, please visit my website at www.leelatrumbo.com.

For more information about my art classes and to register, please visit my website or email me directly at trumboleela@gmail.com.