Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Hello Everyone - we at Paintbox hope you had a wonderful holiday season and wish you the best in 2011. If you want to beat the winter blahs, maybe now is the time to take an art class. We have many to choose from. Check out the schedule and let us know if you have any questions or would like to register.

#8, 123, 2nd Ave. W., Cochrane, AB
403 851 0678; email

Its winter time -- which means a wonderful opportunity to take an art class! We have our weekly lineup of classes as well as weekend workshops. Something for every one. So come learn, explore, create, meet new friends and best of all -- have fun!

CAPTURE WINTER'S LIGHT in acrylic with Lorri Pullman-MacDonald - Winter can be a beautiful time of year. Snow glows with the sun's warm light. Lorri teaches a technique where she layers transparent glazes of acrylic paint. This technique works well in capturing the glow of light in winter. Good for all levels of painters.
7 weeks, January 31 - March 21 (no class Feb. 21)
Monday evenings, 7pm - 9:30 pm
$198.00, Lorri-Pullman MacDonald, instructor

LEARN TO PAINT IN WATERCOLOR with Margaret Holland - Margaret is new to Paintbox studio and we are so thrilled to have her here teaching. She is a very experienced teacher and will teach students the skills necessary to master this magical medium. " Learn the basics of paint, paper, brushes, washes and techniques. With these skills you will paint assorted fruit and progress to painting sunset trees within a landscape of blue bells. Discover with me the wonder of watercolor and get to know the artist in you".
8 weeks, February 8 - March 29
Tuesday evenings, 6:45 - 9:45pm
$225.00, Margaret Holland, instructor

BEGINNER 2 WATERCOLOR WITH MICHELLE HUDSON - Michelle taught the 'absolute beginner' last time and this is the next level. You just need to be familiar with the medium for this class. Michelle will guide you step by step in this magical medium. You will learn and expand your knowledge of wet into wet, dry brush, palette knife and much more. Enjoy Michelle's gentle manner and non-intimidating style.
6 weeks, January 26 - March 2
Wednesday afternoons, 1 - 4pm
$180.00, Michelle Hudson, instructor

OIL PAINTING WITH CLAIRE MILES - this class continues to be one of our most popular - so much it is offered in three different time slots. Claire's quiet manner and vast knowledge keep students coming back for more. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, you will learn a lot in this class. The student learns about materials, techniques, and basic composition. Each student works on the picture of their choice and their own pace.
Wednesday evenings - 9 weeks - January 26 - March 23, 6:45pm - 9:45pm
4 weeks - January 26 - February 16, 6:45pm - 9:45pm
4 weeks - February 23 - March 16, 6:45pm - 9:45pm
Thursday afternoon; 2pm - 5 pm OR thursday evenings, 6:45 - 9:45pm
9 weeks, January 27 - March 24
4 weeks, January 27- February 17
4 weeks, February 24 - March 17
$179.00 (9 weeks) Claire Miles, instructtor
$95.00 (4weeks)

CHILDRENS' ART CLASSES with Jola Muran - for beginner to more experienced - Jola has taught many children over the past few years with us and is inviting all those with their creativity to join her for an exciting winter session. Your child will try different styles of painting through the ages - from cave man to the masters to modern day. This will be done in all mediums including watercolor, acrylic, dry media and clay.
8 weeks - January 31 - March 28 (no class Feb 21)
Monday afternoons - 4:15 - 6:15pm
$175.00, Jola Muran, instructor
8 weeks - February 1 - March 29 (no class Feb 22)
Tuesday afternoons, 4:15 - 6:15 pm
$175.00, Jola Muran, instuctor

REALISTIC DRAWING WITH HERMANN BRANDT - Hermann is back to teach a drawing class. He is an excellent teacher and many of our students have enjoyed his classes. In this class (open to all levels) he will teach you how to draw using various rapid drawing exercises and teach you point of reference drawing. "How to draw what you see and not what you think you see". There will be lots of individual attention and lots to learn.
6 weeks time frame, - February 11, 18, March 4, 11, 25, April 1
7pm - 9:30pm
$180.00 Hermann Brandt, instructor


- Learn the art of portrait paint with Scot Paisley. Scot takes you through his step by step process how to create a likeness and a paint a portrait of the subject of your choice. Helping students explore the human head anbd face and apply the techniques in either acrylic or oil.
January 29, and 30, 2011
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am - 4Pm
$145.00, Scot Paisley, instructor

ACRYLICS II WITH MARLA BLACKWELL - Learn more about composition, value, color etc. Paint from your landscape photos and learn how to plan your painting from thumbnail sketch to finished painting. You don't need to have taken the first class but should be familiar with acrylic painting.
February 5 and 6, 2011
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am - 4pm
$145.00, Marla Blackwell, instructor

PAINTING FOR THE TERRIFIED WITH CURTIS GOLOMB - Students who took one of Curtis's class in November learned lots and created beautiful paintings. Here is what Curtis has to say about this class --" by the end of this workshop you will have the tools to create your own impactful painting rooted firmly with your new found knowledge of design, composition, color and value. Day 1 - follow along with the instructor as he walks you through step by step process to build your own painting. Day 2 - review and follow along to build a second painting with the instructor. Leave with the ability to confidently be able to paint a composition on your own from start to finish". Offered in watercolor or acrylic.
February 26 and 27, 2011
Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am - 4:30pm
$245.00, Curtis Golomb, instructor

72 MINI WATERCOLORS WITH KARIN HUEHOLD - always a fun class. This easy going watercolor class will get your creativity flowing. You can paint many tiny watercolors in this one day! Let Karin show you how to explore lots of simple techniques which are very effective in the magic of watercolor. Open to all levels.
March 26
Satruday, 10 am - 4pm
$80.00, Karin Huehold, instructor

PAINTING OIL OR ACRYLICS WITH JOHN EINERSSEN - We are excited to have this international, well-known artist to come and teach for us. He does beautiful landscapes and seascapes. This class is open to all levels and will teach you how to complete a painting from start to finish using strong composition, structure, and great color values. John will paint in oils but will help you in either oils or acrylics as he is skilled at both. It will be a treat to have him so come and enjoy a great class with lots of individual help.
April 15 - 17
April 15- 7- 9:30pm (demo)
April 16 and 17 - 10 - 4 each day
$295.00, John Einerssen, instructor

PAINTING WITH MURRAY PHILLIPS- Murray, a professional artist has created a following for his classes with his unique, warm, very informative. casual and fun style of teaching. Using either acrylics or oils, this class will be an exploration of the creative process and a further exploration of the techniques of landscape painting. This class is open to all levels.

May 26, 27, 28,
Thursday evening 7:00 - 9:30pm. Friday and Saturday, 10am -4pm
$225.00, Murray Phillips, instructor
Many of you have asked for "Open Studio" time as we had in the smaller studio. We are now offering that to you -- it will be on Fridays. The fee will be $10.00 for drop in any time between 10:30am and 5pm. Just call Paintbox to let us know you are coming in. Once in awhile the studio will be booked on fridays so be sure to check first.

Also we are renting the studio space when we are not using it. It is a very bright and spacious room which is perfect for functions such as art shows, yoga, meetings, etc. Just give us a call and we can go over rates with you and show you the space.
Supply lists will be available for all classes once you have registered in a class. It is important to have the supplies the instructor asks for. The lists are not long but it is very beneficial to have the supplies which are necessary. All supplies are available at the Paintbox at a 10% discount. All classes are held at the Paintbox Studio.

Payment for classes are due upon registration and fees are non-refundable if cancellation occurs in the 3 weeks prior to any workshop or class.

We look forward to hearing from you soon. Marla and Marie

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Hello Everyone -- Hard to believe but it has been 10 years since the opening of Paintbox Artist Supplies in Cochrane! We appreciate you, our customer, so much -- we are having Annual Christmas Sale on Friday November 19, and Saturday November 20. (10 - 5 each day). Every item (except original art) in the store will be 20% off. As well, there will be a "Dream Art Basket" door prize packed full of art supplies. This year a $100.00 gift certificate will also be awarded to a lucky winner! As always, coffee and goodies will be provided -- this time in our new studio space just two doors down the boardwalk. Great opportunity to check this out -- either to take a class with us or to possibly rent for your own use! Paulette Fleming will be in the studio with her Mary Kay cosmetics. She has a wonderful hand cream for artists.Make sure to take the opportunity to see the paintings our two resident artists (Randy Neufeld and Jan Murray) have on display for exhibit or sale.

As well, we are always adding new product lines. We have, as some of you know, a line of ready made frames at a very reasonable price. 20% off makes them even more attractive. Also, we have canvas and drop-in frames packaged together at a fantastic price. We have added a fluid acrylic line which should be here on time for the sale. Daniel Smith watercolors are proving to be an excellent addition to our store -- many metallic and irridescent colors for Christmas.

The Winter class outline will be available to pick up. It will have many of the classes listed for the winter season. A full schedule will be available the week following. If you would like to be on our email list, please let us know.

Hope to see you at the Sale -- come by and take a look at all the new developments at The Paintbox!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Hello everyone -- A few updates -- We have added a Christmas Card Class in Watercolor to our class lineup. It is a one day class on Dec 4 taught by Karin Huehold. There are still spots available for the childrens class. Kids will learn all about fine art - drawing, painting, sculpting. Jola has called this class "Miniature Art Making". She will be teaching on watercolor cards, mini canvas, pen and ink and much more. Also the acrylic class with Karin Richter has lots of spaces left. The theme of this class is focused on when Karin was in France. Please contact us for a detailed schedule of all classes offered at the Paintbox.

The Arts Festival is on September 18 and to celebrate and honor all artists, The Paintbox is having a storewide, one day sale! All items will be 20% for the one day only. So don't miss out.
See you on Saturday! While you are here -- sign up for a class!

Marla and Marie

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Hello Everyone -- Fall is here and with it is our 'Fall Classes'. We have many classes to choose from and something for everyone. There are weekly classes as well as weekend workshops in all mediums including oil, watercolor, acrylic and drawing. Email us and we will be happy to send you the full schedule.

This fall is our 10th anniversary and to celebrate this big event, we have decided to expand our studio space! We are still in the beautiful Rustic Market Square -- we have just taken on another bay to run our classes. Lots of space and great lighting.

The Paintbox has two 'in-residence' artists who will be in the store studio painting and selling their works. We are thrilled to welcome Jan Murray, and Randy Neufeld and we know you will love their work as we do!

Come in very soon and see all the new developments at The Paintbox. September 18, 2010, is Alberta Arts Day and to celebrate, there is an Arts Festival on 2nd Avenue (right in front of Paintbox). There are over 70 artists of all mediums participating. Lots of music, art and food. You won't want tol miss it. Paintbox will have a Storewide Sale that day. See you then!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring 2010 Classes

Happy Spring Everyone -- It's time for painting and being creative - We have several classes lined up for spring -- check it out!

See the below for the schedule and call us or e-mail if you are interested:

#8, 123 - 2nd Ave. W, Cochrane, AB
(403) 851 0678; email

Spring is around the corner -- a wonderful time to play and create with paint!! After the long winter it is fun to explore the wonderful mediums and colors spring has to offer. We are sure you will find a class to further expand your skills or if you have always wanted to try painting -- now may be the time for you.

CHILDREN'S ART CLASSES - with Jola Muran -- "Spring Splash painting for children. Painting in the great outdoors will be our focus (weather permitting). Experience painting on easels around the Paintbox courtyard with the sun streaming down on our painting. Painting in nature with nature is our theme for the spring. Watercolor painting and painting on canvas will be part of this fun experience.

8 weeks, April 20 - June 15 (no class May 25)
Tuesday afternoons - 4:15 - 6:15pm
$165.00, Jola Muran - instructor
Note --If this class fills up, we will offer the same class on Monday afternoons

NEXT TO BEGINNER WATERCOLOR CLASSES - with Lyla Couzons - Lyla taught an absolute beginner class in the winter and she will be moving on to the next steps. So it will be a continuation of exercises and demonstrations presented in a light and entertaining atmosphere. Techniques such as washes, wet into wet, drybrush, and many more. It is not required for a student to have taken the first class -- just join in and have fun with watercolors!

6 weeks, April 20 - May 25
Tuesday evenings, 7 - 9:30 pm
$169.00, Lyla Couzons, instructor

MOUNTAINS AND LANDSCAPES IN WATERCOLOR - With Lilianna Robertson - We live amidst some of the greatest scenery in the world. In this class you will learn through glazing and layering techniques, how to paint our mountains and landscapes. The class will be fun, friendly, non-intimidating and filled with great information. It is open to all beginner levels.

4 weeks, May 5 - May 26
Wednesday afternoons, 1 - 3:30 pm
$120.00, Lilianna Robertson, Instructor

OIL PAINTING CLASSES - with Claire Miles - Claires quiet manner and vast knowledge keep students coming back for more. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, you will learn a lot in this class. the student learns about materials, techniques and basic composition. Each student works on the picture of their choice and their own pace.

9 weeks April 21 - June 16 - Wednesday evenings -6:45 - 9:45 pm
4 weeks April 21 - May 12 - Wednesday evenings, 6:45 - 9:45 pm
4 weeks May 19 - June 9 - Wednesday evenings, 6:45 - 9:45 pm

This class is offered on Thursday afternoons from 2 - 5Pm OR
Thursday evenings from 6:45 - 9:45 pm; dates as follows:
9 weeks, April 22 - June 17
4 weeks, April 22 - June 18
4 weeks, May 20 - June 10
9 weeks $179.00 OR 4 weeks $95.00
Claire Miles, instructor


FLORAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING - with Karin Richter- Karin has designed this workshop for all levels of watercolor painters. She will review color mixing to achieve that "clean look", values and design principles to create an interesting work of art. She will demonstrate differenct techniques in floral painting, from wet-into-wet, pen and ink, as well as direct and negative painting -- even collage. Karin will lead participants from idea, photography and thumbnail sketch to finished painting. Lots of handouts, individual attention and critiques.

May 1 and 2 -- Saturday and Sunday- 10am -4:30pm each day
$189.00 - Karin Richter, instructor

BEGINNERS TEXTURES IN WATERCOLORS - with Marie Sigurdson - Textures add visual excitement to your painting, whether they are landscapes, buildings, etc. This class will give the student a sampling of various textures which one can use to enhance and create excitement in watercolors. Open to beginners.

May 15 - Saturday - 10:30 - 5:30
May 16 - Sunday - 10:30 - 3:00
$135.00 , Marie Sigurdson, instructor

FLORALS AND THE THREE WHITE CORNER DESIGN IN WATERCOLORS - with Bonnie Bell - Bonnie recently took a course with well-known artist, Karlyn Holman and she is going to share some of the beautiful techniques. This will be a floral class which will use various masking, wet-into-wet, and some negative painting. The resulting designs are colorful and dynamic. This class will add a new twist to florals. The student should be familiar with watercolor painting.

June 5 and 6, Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 4pm each day
$135.00, Bonnie Bell, instructor

ACRYLIC PAINTING - with Marla Blackwell - A fun class which offers a more impressionistic approach to landscape painting. Learn about simple techniques, various paints, brushes, mediums, etc. If you like color in your paintings, this class may be for you. Open to beginners.

May 29 and 30, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4 pm each day
$135.00, Marla Blackwell, instructor

POSTCARDS IN THE GARDEN - with Karin Huehold - this is a great introduction to outdoor painting. You will be in the courtyard outside the Paintbox and spend the day painting what pleases you in a fun and casual manner. In this class you will watercolor and some pen and ink. This will be a fun and non-intimidating exploration of painting outdoors. You will paint a series of small 5 x 7 paintings ... a full plein aire day of painting.

June 26, Saturday, 10:30 - 4:30
$90.00 , Karin Huehold, instructor

Payment for classes are due upon registration and fees are non-refundable if cancellation occurs in the 3 weeks prior to any workshop or class.

All classes are held at The Paintbox Studio in the back of the store. A supply list with be provided. All supplies for the classes are available at the Paintbox at a 10% discount. A sample of all teacher's work will be on display in the store.

Have a wonderful spring painting -- be creative, have fun!!

Marla and Marie

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Hello everyone -- Our Customer Appreciation Sale is coming up!! Friday, November 20 and Saturday November 21 -- 10:00 - 5:30 each day. All stock is 20% off regular prices including all art supplies, books, framing and gift ideas. As well, we have a beautiful art basket which includes many items for various mediums. Just put your name in the draw box and we will draw the lucky winner on Saturday. There will be lots of goodies and refreshments. The 2010 Winter Class Outline will be ready as well. Classes make great Christmas gifts for the artist in your life -- maybe you! Come in and stock up - we will see you soon. Marla and Marie

Friday, September 18, 2009


Fall classes will be starting up at the end of September. Please call or email us for a schedule. 403-851-0678; Karin Richter will be teaching 3 workshops! A drawing workshop, composition and design workshop and a watercolor workshop. We are thrilled to have her on our list as well as several other teachers. We will be happy to answer any questions.

New products for Fall are arriving. We are now carrying the Graham line of acrylics. They are professional quality and stay open (don't dry as quickly as other acrylics) longer. They have great pricing too! The Daniel Smith watercolors will be here soon. There is a lovely range of colors with this brand. Check it out!