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.

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



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.”


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

To register for my classes or for more information, please email me directly at



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Dianne Aprile

Dianne teaches creative nonfiction as a faculty member of Spalding University’s Master of Fine Arts  in Writing program (since 2001). She’s also taught writing workshops at Seattle’s  Hugo House and the Kirkland Arts Center. A former jazz-club owner and journalist, she’s authored and/or edited numerous books and published poems, most recently this summer in Raven Chronicles. She’s served as guest editor and judge for nonfiction literary journals and competitions. She’s collaborated with visual artists on book and gallery projects; received an Artist-Trust-Fellowship; a Hedgebrook-Writers-Residency; two Pushcart Prize nominations and shared a newspaper-team Pulitzer Prize. She’s currently completing a hybrid memoir. She lives in Kirkland with her husband Ken and their cat, Mr. Leo.

Dianne was featured on This I Believe, reading her essay, The Way of Silence, on The Bob Edwards Show, on January 17, 2014. You can listen to Dianne's reading here.

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


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.


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


Sarah Crumb

After a lifetime of scribbling, painting, drawing, and creating, I graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Art History, and later earned an M.A. in Zoological Education from Miami University's Advanced Inquiry Program. I have spent over 7 years teaching art in the Northshore School District, nearly 5 years engaging the public in conservation awareness education at Woodland Park Zoo, a combined 5 years participating in a neighborhood cooperative preschool, and several years leading both Camp Fire and Girl Scout groups with a focus on environmental art and cultural experiences. This unique background provides me with a deep understanding of how to engage students in fully integrated learning opportunities. I endeavor to encourage a love of the world and all the living things that call Earth home. Focusing on honing observation skills, looking deeper into the natural world, and experimenting with a plethora of mediums, I lead students through a multicultural experience.

I have written and illustrated an online children's book with a focus on introducing birds and Northwest Coast Native style art to youth. I am a published peer-reviewed author as well. During my graduate studies I wrote and subsequently achieved publication of an article detailing the play behaviors observed in children utilizing Woodland Park Zoo's playgrounds. I also recently have been awarded the Golden Acorn award, recognizing my efforts spent improving the lives of elementary students through STEAM focused activities.

When I am not painting or teaching, I enjoy birdwatching, nature hikes, sketching at the zoo, traveling, reading, listening to music, watching comic book and science fiction movies, and attending comic conventions. Yes, sometimes I dress up in costume. :) I live in Bothell with my husband, two children, dog, cat, gerbil, crested gecko, and bearded dragon.

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


Jackie Gilbert

My first formal painting instruction began in South Carolina in 1985.  Since then I have lived and studied in many places from Moscow, Russia to Suva, Fiji.  Fun fact:  I was the first Westerner to study art at the Central Museum of Kazakhstan in 1995.  I have also studied art at Florida Atlantic University and The Gage in Seattle.  I have also had the opportunity to be mentored by some exceptional master painters.  Most recently by Liana Bennet and Mike Wise.   I paint in both acrylics and oils in an impressionistic and abstract style.  As a painter I am first drawn to color and then to how to paint both the illusion and temperature of light.  


My work is available at Gallery North and the Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds or on my web site at

Like many artist who have come before me it was a teacher who encouraged and built my confidence to be creative.  It doesn’t have to take a lifetime to learn to paint but once you learn I hope your love of painting will last your lifetime.  

For more information about my workshops email me or register on my website at



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

To learn more about me and my art, please visit my website at


Kelley Minor

As a mom of 4 and an artist myself, teaching and helping others explore the amazing opportunities in clay has always been my passion. From the beginners first experience to helping offer new perspectives to more seasoned artists, being immersed in the world of ceramics is where I feel at home. 

Students will find my passion is to come along side, hear the excitement for creation and aid in bringing it to life. No boring lectures here!  


Truly my inspiration comes from seeing this miraculous and fabulous world through the eyes of my amazing kids. Life is dull and lacks interest without whimsy! No matter our age or talent or obligations - we need much more creativity, imagination, and allowed TIME to BE STILL (in this fast paced world) and allow ourselves the space to construct beauty. It won't always be a masterpiece but the process itself IS the beauty!

For more information and to register for my workshops, please visit


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.”


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


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

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


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

For more information about my art classes and to register, please visit my website or email me directly at


chihiro yabe

Born and raised in Japan, I enjoyed painting as a child. It became clear at an early age that I was destined for a career in fine arts. My work can be described as realistic with a European and Japanese flavor. After graduating from Musashino Art University College, Japan, I worked at housing exterior company for several years as a professional perspective creator.  I then went on to pursue my passion in watercolor painting.



I have been invited to prestigious international exhibitions in Thailand, Korea and Japan. My work has been juried into the Transparent Watercolor Society of America's national exhibition and Watercolor West International exhibition. My work has also been featured on the cover of the French magazine ‘Pratique des Arts’ as the cover story for an interview with me. My artwork has also been featured in International Artist Magazine.

Recently, I took up oil painting again after a long time of focusing on watercolor. With regained passion for oil paint, I have became a juried associate member of Oil Painters of America. My oil portrait process and floral watercolor process were featured in a Daniel Smith Newsletter.

I enjoy expressing myself artistically and find that it is a fulfilling passion for my life. 


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