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Beginning Portraits in Charcoal, Pastel and Watercolor
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

Date/Time: 5 classes / Thursdays / 2-5 pm
Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8 & 15

Cost: $210.00 for 5 classes.

Registration: Call in, come in, or register online. 425.697.2787

Location: Cole Gallery, 107 5 th Ave S., Edmonds, WA

In this class, you will receive a well-grounded understanding of what drawing and painting a portrait is all about. The first two classes will cover portrait-drawing basics such as: proportions, measurement and perspective, gesture, shadows and texture. The last three class will cover the use of watercolor and/or pastel to paint the portrait. We’ll discuss techniques for developing highly creative and interesting portraits, including Joe’s acclaimed method for creating “portraits without
models.” The results will get your creative juices fired up for sure!

If you are interested in taking less than all five sessions in this class, please call the gallery anytime Monday through Saturday, 10am-6pm, to discuss this. In some cases this will be allowed, and we reserve the right to make that decision. We don't want students to miss out on all the material this instructor plans to offer, nor to have anyone miss the beginning sessions which are foundational for those sessions that follow. If you have taken this class previously, and just want to drop in for a session you'd like to repeat, we offer this option at $50 per session. Please call the gallery at 425.697.2787 to see if this is an option, depending on space available.

Supply List:

You can purchase your quality art supplies at ARTspot! Registered students receive a 10% discount on all their art supplies from the time of paid registration until the last day of class.  Most items on this list are available at ARTspot. Please let their staff advise you about appropriate art materials to fulfill  requirements for your class.  Artspot's Web Site

Questions about these supplies? ARTspot staff are happy to help you. Call 425-640-6408 or email at ARTspotEdmonds@gmail.com.

Drawing Supplies:


  •  Kneaded eraser
  • Vinyl/plastic white eraser
  • Gum Eraser


  • Soft vine charcoal sticks in a variety of sizes
  • Soft compressed black charcoal sticks (by Alfacolor Char-Kole)
  • General’s compressed White charcoal pencil
  • General’s compressed Black charcoal pencil- standard or “Peel and Sketch”

Drawing paper:

  • Canson’s Biggie XL Recycled Sketch Pad 18x24 (or equivalent)

[Note: ARTspot has a drawing kit, custom-made for Joe's beginning drawing students at a very reasonable price, which includes the above items, along with a pencil box and a bag to hold above items.]

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Pastel Supplies:

  • Pastel Paper: Canson’s Gray tone Mi-Teintes, 24 sheet, 12 x 16 pad pastel paper or equivalent
  • Pastels: Soft pastel set of 15 - 20 assorted colors - Richeson, Sennelier or equivalent

Watercolor Supplies:

Palette: A plastic or resin watercolor palette with lid.

Synthetic WC Brushes:

  • Flats: 1-inch, 1/2" and 1/4"
  • Rounds: Numbers 2 and 6
  • Script/liner brush: Number 2
  • Watercolor paper: 2 full sheets Arches 140-lb. cold-pressed paper
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Watercolor paints:

  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Pthalo Blue
  • Cadmium Red Light (or equivalent)
  • French Ultramarine Blue
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Cadmium Yellow Light (or equivalent)

Other Items :

  • Drawing board with clips, 23" x 26" available at ARTspot
  • Soft paper towels (Bounty extra soft, Viva or Kleenex)

Check this out! ARTspot Concierge Service. ARTspot will personally do your shopping for you! They can set aside the materials you need, ready for pickup - they can even deliver your supplies to Cole Art Studio before your class. Call ARTspot at 425.640.6408 for this great service. Note: To ensure your order can be filled, please order as early as possible.