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

DATE/TIME: 5 Wednesday Afternoons / 2-5pm / March 15, 22, 29, April 5 & 12

COST: $210 for all classes, or $50 per class

REGISTRATION:  This class is full. Contact Joe directly at 206.930.4101 or by email at joe@netos.com to be on a wait list for the class as cancellations do occur. 

LOCATION: Cole Art Studio, located on the lower level of Cole Gallery.  107 5th Ave S, Edmonds WA 98020


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!


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. 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.



  • 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 XL Recycled Sketch Pad 18x24 (or equivalent)

Gray Scale and Value Finder

[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 bagto hold above items.]

Other Items: These items and below are NOT included in the Kit)

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


Pastel Paper:

  • Canson’s Gray tone Mi-Teintes, 24 sheet, 12 x 16 pad pastel paper or equivalent


  • Soft pastel set of 15-20 assorted colors, Sennelier or equivalent



  • A plastic or resin watercolor palette with lid.

Synthetic Watercolor Brushes:

  • Flats: 1-inch, ½-inch and ¼-inch
  • Rounds: Numbers 2 and 6
  • Script/liner brush: Number 2

Watercolor Paper:

  • 2 full sheets Arches 140-lb. cold-pressed paper


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

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 the day of class. Call ARTspot at 425.640.6408 for this great service. (To ensure your order is filled, please order as early as possible.) We also have a variety of art supplies relevant to your class here at Cole Art Studio.