Monahan Studio Art School - Classes Wednesdays & Thursdays

Instructor, Nicole Monahan is an award winning professional artist and teacher who has run her own Architecture company, Seattle art gallery, and taught in museums and schools around the world. Join her to learn professional art secrets, tips and tricks to help you grow as an artist.



on hold due 

to COVID-19

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

"I enjoyed my time with you(Nicole)....your gentle and unassuming spirit was fabulous and I thank you for it!" 


2020  Sessions

Session 1: 

January 8th-February 6th


Session 2:  

March 4th-April 2nd - CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19


Session 3:

April 29th - May 28th

Session 4:

September 23rd -Oct. 22nd

Session 5:

November 18th-December 17th

** No kids class on Nov. 25th. Only 4 classes


Click on Art Class for more info & to register:

* All materials included in every class

Adult Art Class
Wednesdays 10:30am-12pm
Teen Art Class
Wednesdays 7:00-8:30pm
Kids Art Class
Thursdays 5pm-6pm
Over-Seas Class
Oct.2020 Learn to draw and paint African wildlife and landscapes in Africa! Go on safari's, practice Yoga, and be inspired do amazing art
Summer Art Camp
Summer Camp schedule & registration opens Feb. 2020
Animal Art Camp
Spend the day drawing and learning about the various animal models at Monahan Studio. Possible feed and touch opportunity. Dates coming soon!
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 Nicole's Philosophy:

I believe in patiently supporting each student to grow and develop their artistic voice through traditional and contemporary techniques. I teach these techniques through hands on demonstration, observation of real life, showing examples of completed art, and offering images. I encourage creative thought and critical thinking. I believe it is important to work right next to students to help each student individually see how and why certain techniques are important in completing a great piece of art. In doing this, it is my hope that each student will then have the confidence, desire, and ability be able to use these techniques to produce a piece of art that is unique anytime, not just in class. I have found students advance in skill and are much more proud of their work when taught in this manner.

"So theraputic, I really need this every week to recharge"


Curriculum: Group Art classes have a drawing/sketching based curriculum with various drawing and painting mediums to keep lessons fun. Drawing is an important foundation to be successful in any art medium. Various drawing and painting mediums will be used including charcoal, graphite, watercolor, pastel, ink, acrylic, and printmaking. Kids art classes will also have sculpture. Students explore sketching & drawing techniques that support successful composition, proportions, likeness to subject, creating depth, lighting, perspective, brainstorming ideas, and creativity to make it unique. In my art retreats, travel sketching is typically taught with bonus lessons specific to the trip and where in the world it is located.


Details Coming Soon! 2-6hr Summer Masterclass Tours 2020

Paint your fur-baby!
Learn to paint your dog's portrait while your dog is at a playdate! Details coming soon.
Botanical Garden Sketching
Learn to sketch your garden botanicals and more! All skill levels.
Sailing and watercolor tour
Learn how to sail in a mini hands on lesson then learn to watercolor your boat. Details coming soon.
Reptile sketching tour
Tour the Reptile Zoo with Nicole. Learn about reptiles and how to sketch them. Possible touch & feeding experience.
Premium Animal Encounter
Spend the day at the Zoo with Nicole learning to sketch on the go. Go behind the scenes to talk with zookeepers, touch and feed a Rhino or Giraffe. Walk with a horticulturist to learn about the plants so you can better sketch them.
Architectural Sketching Tour
Join Nicole and a historian for on a historical look at Issaquah and learn how to sketch like an Architect! Stop for local chocolates and lunch included!
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"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"


"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"


Nicole Stremlow Monahan was a presenter for the 

2018 NAEA Conference.(National Arts Education Association) 

***All materials are always included for every class and workshop! You even receive a sketchbook to keep!***


If you do not see exactly what you are looking for, please contact Nicole to talk about setting up a special class for you and your friends.


What adults are saying:

"Nicole was a blessing. I looked all over for a class to fit my grandkids schedule and couldn't find one....Nicole was one of the artists to reply. She gave them a safe and exceptional environment in which to learn. She worked with me on hours, scheduling, and price. I highly recommend Nicole Monahan!"
"I took a friend and we had such a great time. Will go back :)"
"... we just went last night. What an amazing experience! Their studio is in a breathtaking location with a view of the forest and a stream. The instruction was good, and the atmosphere was very relaxed. It was fun chatting with the other pairs while expressing ourselves creatively. Highly recommend!"
"This is the east-side's best kept secret!"
​What kids are saying:
​"you tot me a lot, you are a osum tetcher!"
"I love everything you show us"
"Thank you for teaching me landscape art. I really like how you spend so much time just to make art special"
"You are the best art teacher ever!"
To register for a class, or for any additional questions, please contact Nicole Stremlow Monahan at (206)510-3421


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