Monahan Studio Art School


on hold due 

to COVID-19

until further


**I am hopeful camps & summer workshops will be able to go on as scheduled. I will send out confirmation closer to the camp date. 

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


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


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


 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 filed workshop or on an amazing global art retreat! Inquire for pricing and availability of school and museum visits, events and conference workshops.

"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"


"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!"


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


"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."


Adult Art Class
Wednesdays 10:30am-12pm
Teen Art Class
Wednesdays 7:00-8:30pm
Kids Art Class
Wednesday 3-4pm
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Wednesday Classes Sept.-May

2020 Art Camps, Masterclass Series​

& Global Retreats

art camp monahan studio
zambia art safari
Join Dr. Patti Shelton and Nicole Monahan on an amazing African Art and Yoga Safari! October/November 2020
Animal Drawing Day
Animal day camp art
Paint your fur-baby!
Learn to paint your dog's portrait in acrylic paint.
Botanical Sketching
Learn to sketch your garden botanicals and more! All skill levels. One class will be at Molbaks in june for adults and another will be at the Bellevue Botanical Garden in July for teens
sail and sketch
Learn how to sail in a mini hands on lesson then learn to watercolor your boat. Details coming soon.
Reptile & Amphinbians
Tour the Reptile Zoo with Nicole. Learn how to sketch reptiles and amphibians. Possible touch & feeding experience.
Animal Encounter & Sketch Day
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.
Urban Sketching
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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***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 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!"​​​
"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!"

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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.

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