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Explore . Reflect . Grow

For Kids, Teens, and Adults

Learn with Nicole Monahan

Welcome to my unique, relaxing and inspiring studio among the ferns and frogs near Seattle in Woodinville, Washington. Whether you join an art class or art camp at the forest studio, at a global retreat, or a specialty workshop  at a partnering venue, I look forward to help you grow in your journey with art. Let me know how you want to grow!

Now teaching kids, teens, and adults.


Come to the studio for the art and while you are here, walk the forest trail, look for wildlife, visit with the goats, chickens, bunnies, reptiles, and dogs!

I teach at my studio, on retreats around the world, and at various venues. Current venues include Bellevue Botanical Garden, Bellevue College, and Britney Park Independent Living. If you would like me to teach or present at your venue or event, please let me know! 

My Philosophy

Art is more then copying a picture or another person's idea. Art is about exploring and experimenting with one's individual ideas, interests, and style. Art is emotion. Art is a narrative. I support my students in a patient and calm manner. We have fun  while techniques are learned, explored and perfected. My goal is to help each student learn to truly observe the world around them, the lighting, perspective, proportions, changes with seasons, etc. and then transpose that into art they are proud of.  I strive to help them

grow as an artist no matter the age or ability.

Upcoming Art Camps, Classes,
Retreats & Workshops

Options for Adults, Teens, and Kids


Paint With Brushes & Inks Hand-Crafted From Nature
November 29th 2-4pm 2024

Join me for an inspiring creative experience! During this class, we will explore ways to create art from inks, dyes and brushes we make from the forest just beyond the studio steps. Drink herbal tea and sit by the cozy fire. So inspiring. We will be doing a lot of experimenting. I will show you how to turn all the beautiful experiments into fun gift tags. Take home the art, gift tags, and handmade brushes!   

All materials included


"I had a very nice learning experience with Nicole for the last few months. She is very talented and versatile artist. I learned a lot of new techniques, media and styles of drawing from her. She makes learning very enjoyable and relaxing at her studio which is located in the most beautiful surroundings."


"It is the only time during the week I can really let my mind go, relax, and not feel judged"


"Thank you so much! Soren is not very confident or keen on drawing, but you made it super fun!!! Thank you so much for “feeling out your class” and adapting it to their temperament! It was super fun for Soren and now he’s excited to draw more! Thanks again!"


"Angela loved the art work the boys created!  And I love your "so good with kids" teaching style."

"I've had 3 lessons and hope to continue indefinitely. Nicole is a wonderful teacher: soothing and kind and direct. Her style matches mine completely. I look forward to our lessons every week. Thank you, Nicole"

So Therapeutic, I really need this every week to recharge


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