Cooper Lanza and her daughter, Morgan, opened Cooper Lanza Gallery and School of Fine Art in April 2016. Cooper Lanza offers painting and drawing classes. 

For four years, Cooper Lanza Gallery and School of Fine Art was located at 1415 13th Street in the historic Fairhaven district of beautiful Bellingham, WA. Cooper's fine art school has moved downtown to the historic National Bank of Bellingham Building.



Expressive Oil Painting

We are surrounded by stories. We are ourselves stories. Cooper Lanza's stylized portraits capture these stories through expressive oil paintings that leave the viewer with a sense of curiosity -- we want to know the rest of the story.

Cooper is a Master of Fine Art who has been painting and drawing for over 50 years. She earned her MFA from the Academy of Art University in 2016. Cooper worked in Seattle as a Decorative Finisher and Scenic Artist before pursuing her MFA.  She has a BFA in Performance Production from Cornish College of the Arts.

The fine art school offers classes to beginners and advanced students in classical technique and expressive painting. Cooper facilitates weekly Life Drawing and Long Pose sessions in the gallery with a live model.

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"Learn the rules like a pro and break them like an artist."
In Cooper's classes, this translates to developing an understanding of the fundamentals (or the "rules") so you can forget about them and become the best, most informed artist you can be.


Cooper Lanza offers a variety of classes and workshops, including private art lessons and group drawing and painting sessions.

  • Sunday Long Pose, 10am-1pm. $15 drop-in.

  • Friday Group Art Class. Contact Cooper to get started!

  • Private lessons, by appointment. $75 for 90 min.

  • Teen Classes. Ages 12-18 Contact Cooper for more details.

Cooper Lanza Gallery and School of Fine Art does not offer refunds for classes purchased. If you miss a group class, you can roll it over or make it up.

Please arrange with Cooper if you need to miss a private lesson. You must give at least 24 hours notice. You will be charged for the lesson if you do not show.​

#longpose every other Sunday at Cooper L

I believe an informed artist can work better and do better work

Cooper Lanza

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The mentor/teacher, the space, the energy -- thank God this place exists! I feel anyone can learn something from Cooper and be so inspired. She is a teacher who believes everyone can evolve in their passion for art. She is humble yet demonstrates her expertise in fine art with enthusiasm, patience, positivity and motivation. I so look forward to class and learn something every time.

The last few years I have taken to oil painting and I must give credit to Cooper Lanza, an art teacher who runs the Cooper Lanza Gallery and School of Fine Art, in Fairhaven. Cooper knows when to help and steer my decision making in the right direction...and when to let me alone. I'm best painting with my independent spirit AND with the sensitivity of the right teacher.

Stephanie Haldemann

Constance Drake


Cooper is a lively and motivating artist and mentor. And the space is lovely too! I recommend the classes and the drawing groups on the weekends!

Karly Storm

Cooper has an incredible artistic talent and a willingness to share all of her tricks through her instruction. She teaches with a contagious sense of humor in a setting that is perfect for the creative spirit!

Please consider submitting your own testimonial. We invite you to either contact us directly with your feedback or visit our Facebook page. We love hearing from you!


(360) 223-5352

PO BOX 2031, Bellingham, WA 98227, USA

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