Learn with Nicole Monahan

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


Dream.Draw.Believe ~ get motivated in 2021 with Whimsical Garden Sketching Made Easy
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Registration for art camps opens Feb. 1st
Camps are outdoors and nature/art driven.
Our 2020 retreat to Zambia Africa has been canceled due to COVID-19. Keep in touch for our next trip by signing up for the newsletter!

Welcome to my relaxing and inspiring studio among the ferns and frogs near Seattle, Washington! 

Walk the forest path, visit the goats, chickens, bunnies, reptiles and create art!

Two of our animal models during a virtual class

Instructor, Nicole Monahan

Side-kick, Cricket


Whimsical Sketching Made Easy

Great potential builds within until blooms explode from nourishment and love.

5-week virtual program with personal coaching and motivation to help you advance your skill every step of the way. While this is a virtual program, it is designed to get you off the screen and sketching from observation of the natural world all week long. 

Limited to 12 people who are excited to grow their skills in 2021


Week 1: Let loose and embrace whimsical line

Week 2: Advance your skills without frustration

Week 3: Explore beyond your door~ energy ignited.

Week 4: Art glows with magical lighting.

Week 5: Proud to show the world.


~Gift sketchbook and Paperwhite Narcissus bulbs that will use in class.

~Weekly personalized coaching calls to maximize results

~Downloadable app for inspiration and skill building anytime, anywhere

~Private social media group with likeminded people

~Inspirational e-planner to keep you motivated throughout 2021

"So theraputic, I really need this every week

to recharge"



Available for private lessons & parties

"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!"


Acrylic Painting

Available for private lessons & parties

"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"


Want a more immersive art experience infused with the culture of another country? Try one of my global retreats! Past retreats have included Costa Rica, Morocco, and Sardinia Italy.
**The 2020 retreat to Zambia Africa has been postponed due to COVID-19. We hope to offer this in 2021.  

 Instructor, Nicole Monahan is an award winning professional artist and teacher who has run her own Architecture company and Seattle art gallery. She has been teaching art for over 15 years in museums, schools, and various venues around the world.


Nicole has Illustrated12 children's books and regularly works with businesses, governmental 

agencies and private entities for Illustrations and public art. Currently she is writing and illustrating a collection of non-fiction books for children.


Join her to advance your skills with traditional and contemporary art techniques. Learn secrets to help you grow as an artist, have fun, and relax creating your art! Nicole supports each student through their individual learning process and encourages creativity and personal expression every step of the way.


Take classes at the studio in the middle of a relaxing and magical forest or join Nicole in a  workshop or on an amazing global art retreat! Inquire for pricing and availability of school and museum visits, events and conference workshops.

"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!"


The artworks shown in all sections of this web site are protected under international copyright laws. They may NOT be reproduced in any way. Please be aware that in many cases copyright belongs to a major international publisher and you infringe it at your own peril. If you wish to use any of these artworks in any way whatsoever, including private uses please make initial contact through me.

Nicole Stremlow Monahan is dedicated to create quality Illustration for you. Monahan Studio also offers Art Classes for kids, teens, and adults in Woodinville Washington and around the world. Check out Nicole Stremlow Monahan's Destination Art Retreats!


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