Learn with Nicole Monahan
Explore . Reflect . Grow
For Kids, Teens, and Adults
Welcome to my relaxing and inspiring studio among the ferns and frogs near Seattle in Woodinville, Washington. Whether you join an art class or art camp in the 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!
Art is more then copying a picture or another person's idea. It 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, transpose that into art they are proud of and grow as an artist no matter the age or ability.
2023 Art Camps, Classes,& Workshops
Options for Adults, Teens, and Kids
Painting With Brushes & Inks Hand-Crafted From Nature
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 ice herbal tea and sit under the cool forest canopy. So inspiring! Take home your art and new brushes! Combine this workshop with the Botanical Sketching workshop for a full day of Botanical fun. Ideal for Adults & Teens. Pick from two options for this class, May 21st or July 8th from 1pm-3pm
$120, all materials included
Creativity Boost-Beyond Drawing From A Picture
Ready to break from the rut of drawing, or coping a picture? In this workshop, we will explore the process of how to brainstorm a narrative or idea into creative, visual art. Creative limits will be broken and new ideas will explode! But how do you draw these excellent ideas without a picture to draw from and have them look fantastic? Come to class and find out! Good for intermediate adults and teens.
Learn tricks to quickly capture gardens better at home or while traveling with this garden workshop. Learn how to capture the likeness of a beautiful plant or scene with whimsy and enhance it by using dramatic angles, lighting and perspective. Learn to create more depth and how to add just the right amount of creative flare to make it your own style.
Combine this workshop with the inks and dyes workshop for a full day of Botanical art fun! Ideal for Adults and teens of beginner to intermediate level .
2023 Art Camps
Get the kids outside to play with art in nature by active observation under the cool forest canopy and along the creek. Campers will draw live plants and animals such as goats, chickens, reptiles and bunnies. They will also create sculptures and paint. Good for ages 7-12 and Teen camp 12+. Registration goes live Feb 1st. These camps fill fast. Please join the waitlist when full.
An Hour of Art & Parties
Kids, Teens, Adults
Looking for a fun event with friends, a spouse, or for your kids?
These one-two hour events are typically painting, but can also be either drawing or printmaking. A one time art lesson experience or party can be themed and include time with resident animals to hold, pet and feed them. Human Food and drinks can be brought in for the event. Event can be inside the studio or outside in the forest.
Private & Semi Private Lessons
Kids, Teens, Adults
One day or On-going
Learn to draw or paint better with private lessons. Go at your own pace learning exactly the subject matter and skills you really want and need to learn. In-person or on-line weekly students, subject to availability. 6 years old - adult for single student or multiple friends/family classes. These are sold in packs of 4 and can be scheduled weekly. Summer schedules can vary.
Weekly private lessons are currently full, but please contact me to check upcoming availability or call (206)510-3421
Creative Flow, A 12-Month Art Journey
Join artists Stacey Algren, Rohini Mathur, and Nicole Monahan on a 12-Month Art Journey. Starts January 19th Meet monthly for an interactive, live, on-line class. Great for beginner to intermediate students who want to be inspired to form a habit to create art all year. Curriculum will start with a foundation of drawing, through painting, and then to combine elements for mixed media fun!
Yoga Art Adventures
Join Yoga Instructor Dr. Patti Shelton and Art Instructor Nicole Monahan on their next art and yoga adventure to unique locations around the world. Retreats include fun excursions, creating art, and relaxing with yoga while staying in exotic, unique, accommodations that you will not forget. Stay tuned for our next trip! Past trips included Costa Rica, Morocco, and Sardinia Italy
"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