Her workshops have been sponsored by The Pacific NW Art School
Art Center), La Conner Art Workshops, Kirkland Arts Center, the NW
Studio and many art groups
Her diversity of work includes marine subjects, still
life, figures and landscape. She has been making art and
learning to see with an artist's eye all her life. "Sargent, Homer,
Renoir and most of the Impressionists are my chosen mentors. I am
awed by their vision and work to reach even an approximation of their
Watercolor and gouache followed her original work in oil and acrylic.
oils beckon from a corner of the studio, and I do paint with them en
plein air in good weather, but I never seem to get past
palette of watercolors on my painting table."
Michele is represented by Gallery By the Bay in
The Blue Horse Gallery
New Dimensions Gallery in Bellevue, WA.
Artist's Statement and Teaching Philosophy
artist sees differently” --- a common statement.
"I will agree if that means that seeing for
the artist involves an investigative thinking process rather than a
cursory glance used to bring up a collection of assumptions.
I paint so as to better understand my world. I have learned that
variations of color and patterns of light and shadow can be
infinite. This is true even of the most mundane subject. I
teach to share the wonder of my discoveries and to exchange with my
students the wonder of theirs.”
you to see shapes instead of things. She begins with
contour drawing and value studies as a way of exploring the
characteristics and possibilities of the subject. Michele Cooper
offers her students thrilling color work. "I do a lot of my
mixing on the paper and let the luminosity of watercolor take
over. That translucence is an effect unique to the medium of watercolor
and the lure that beckons me into the studio for yet another creative
are a few words to students:
“Art is where curiosity meets imagination. It transforms the ordinary
into the sublime. Painting is the record of that experience.”
Your subject is skittish. Beginners, sneak up on the subject before it
gets away from you! Advanced painters, grasp it immediately and hold on
from beginning to end!
Trust your eye. Paint what you “see”, not what you think you already
Be eager to learn. Enjoy the journey.
Do your best ---- always.
Michele Cooper teaches weekly watercolor classes
for Skagit Valley College and through the NW Studio from September
through May and during the summer has led painting workshops in
Washington, Alaska, Canada, France and Italy. She has a new series of weekend workshops
scheduled for the year. Her workshops have been sponsored by Coupeville
Art Center, La Conner Art Workshops, Kirkland Arts Center, the NW
Studio and many art groups
"Working with other
artists in the workshop
atmosphere has made me
realize how productive we can really be when we build up our skills on
a day-to-day basis."
|Gallery By the Bay
8700 271st NW
Stanwood, WA 98292
| The Blue Horse
301 W Holly St
Bellingham, WA 98225
|New Dimensions Frame
206 105th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004