Charles Coates working at the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory in Kawaguchi, Japan.

Charles Coates working at the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory in Kawaguchi, Japan.


I'm Charles Woodruff Coates, a learning and coaching machine

I work with artists and designers who want to increase productivity in their studio practice. They have the desire to create meaningful work everyday and understand that why they create is fundamental to how they physically go about it. By increasing creativity in their lives, my clients learn how to achieve personal growth and reflection through art making.

My Top 5 Strengths:

  • Input
  • Intellection
  • Learner
  • Context
  • Restorative


  • Gallup Certified Clifton Strengths Coach
  • Master of Fine Arts, University of Arizona
  • Bachelor of Sequential Art, Savannah College of Art and Design


The path to coaching

Coaching became part of the winding path after finishing graduate school (YAY!) to find a lack in academic teaching positions in the Bay Area (BOO!). The inability to secure an academic teaching position highlighted a deep truth: I needed to help others create art. I started coaching artists and “non-artists” alike, and realized the powerful results of one-to-one and group coaching.

Facilitating team-bonding workshops using the techniques of fine-art printmaking (it is my degree, after all), is the game changer: My clients love the social aspects of printmaking, especially when they work together to create striking print portfolios. They are why I decided to go all in on coaching.


Fulfilling aspects of performance-based coaching

To measure results of coaching my clients look at accomplished goals. Creating artwork presents a visual record, so my clients have clear markers for performance. As my clients grow in their studio practice and create fulfilling art, it drives me to create.


Charles Woodruff Coates holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona School of Art in Printmaking, and a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Sequential Art from Savannah College of Art and Design. Coates draws from classical imagery such as greek sculptures and gothic cathedrals and relates them to contemporary notions of perfection. Sculptures and cathedrals act as metaphors for our own bodies and spiritual mindsets, and likewise are portrayed not as ideal, but with an emphasis on imperfection. Coates has exhibited artwork internationally in Bratislava, Slovakia, and Bangalore, India, as well as juried exhibitions in the United States including The North American Boston Print Biennial, Atlanta Print Biennial, and Anne & Mark's Art Party. Coates is the founder of Bay-Area Art Event Company, Block Paper Print, and currently works in Palo Alto, California.


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