"Creating Crazily Creative Portraits" w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

DATE/TIME: Sun / Nov. 13 / 10:30am-4:30pm

COST: $125

REGISTRATION: Call in, come in, or register online. Scroll to the bottom for online registration. 425.697.2787

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


Bring your drawing tools, watercolors or acrylics, a few pastels and a lot of creative spirit! This one day workshop will be dedicated to having fun making out-of-the-box portraits.

First Joe will review some simple measuring lessons on getting the eyes, nose and mouth in the right place and some anatomy tips for drawing these features too. Then he will show you different ways to create fun, strange, whacky, edgy, emotional, funny, ugly, scary and surreal portraits. It's up to you!

You will use drawing techniques such as blind contour and minimalist line/mass to draw portraits. You will also start drawings with non-objective marks, spontaneous abstract block-in and will use old, bad paintings as under-paintings and then find faces in the abstracts and develop them to a final portrait. Wear old clothes and prepare to get messy! This workshop is designed to have fun, to be creative and to loosen up. 


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.


The preferred mediums for this workshop are acrylics, watercolors, pastels, and charcoals.


  • Kneaded eraser

  • Gum eraser

  • Hard white eraser


  • Soft vine charcoal (variety of sizes, ¼” and larger, made by Bob’s Charcoal)

  • Soft compressed charcoal (made by Alphacolor Char-Kole)

  • General’s Soft compressed charcoal pencils: “standard” or “Peel and Sketch”

  • (Note: Joe's preferred drawing kit, custom-made for Joe’s drawing classes, is available at ARTspot for a very reasonable price and includes many of the above items. This kit however does not include acrylics, watercolors, or pastels. Ask ARTspot for a couple of great options on any budget.)


  • Small set of soft pastels, 8-12 colors (Rembrandt or equivalent)

Acrylics (Optional)

  • If you already have some acrylics, bring them with you – just basic primary colors. If you don’t, Joe willprovide them for this workshop.

Watercolors (optional)

  • If you aren’t an acrylic painter, ok to use watercolors – just basic primary colors are all that’s needed.

Paper and canvas

  • Drawing paper: Strathmore’s Sketch pad, 300 series, 18x24, or equivalent

  • Arches (or Fabriano), Hot press, 140lb watercolor paper , two full sheets

  • Or, Fabriano makes a Studio Watercolor, 11x14, 50 sheet tablet, 140#, hot press).

Brushes – A variety of large and small brushes – acrylic and watercolor brushes work great. Here are some of Joe’s recommendations. (Please ask Art Spot staff for other suggestions.)

  • Flat-Hog Bristle, 3/4" wide

  • Filbert- Hog Bristle, 1/2" wide

  • Flat - Synthetic, 1/2" wide

  • Filbert – Synthetic, 1/4" wide

  • Round- Synthetic, 3/16" diameter

  • Rigger - Synthetic, 1/16" (probably #1) short handle


  • Easel – small table top model or free standing model (Cole has several; call to reserve one)

  • Stiff drawing board with clips 24x26

  • Soft paper towels

  • Rags

  • Latex gloves (Optional)

  • Water spray bottle

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.