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Crazily Creative Portraits in Mixed Media
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

Date/ Time: Saturday-Sunday / August 24-25 / 10:30-4:30 

Cost: $275.00

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

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

This 2-day course will be dedicated to drawing and painting expressive portraits, and is open to students who have at least a little portrait drawing experience. If you’ve taken Joe’s drawing courses, or you’ve had a drawing or painting class with another instructor that included a little portraiture, that will be great! Here you’ll take what you’ve learned about portraiture, and then you’ll go a little wild and free!

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First, Joe will review some different portrait drawing and measuring techniques - so you will be able to get the eyes, nose and mouth in the right place - and some anatomy tips for drawing the features correctly.  And after the review, then the class will launch into the expressive, creative side!

Joe will show you unusual ways to create expressive, emotional, funny, ugly, beautiful and surreal portraits.  You will use drawing techniques such as blind contour, partial peek contour and minimalist line/mass to draw portraits.  You will also start drawings and paintings in some unusual ways: with non-objective marks; with spontaneous abstract block-in; even using old, bad paintings as under-paintings; and then finding faces in the abstracts and developing them to a final portrait.  Combining human features with animal features or floral plants also will be tried!

This course will be centered around watercolors, pastels and acrylics as the core mediums, but bring charcoals and inks, too - and your creative spirit!  (Please note: we won’t be using oils for this workshop.)

Wear old clothes and prepare to have a great time! This course is designed to have fun, to be creative and to loosen up.

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

The preferred mediums for this workshop are charcoal, inks, watercolor, acrylics and pastels.


  • Kneaded eraser

  • Gum eraser

  • Hard white eraser

  • Tombow Mono 57305 Zero Eraser, Round 2.3 mm (or equivalent)


  • Bob’s Soft vine charcoal sticks and bricks (variety of sizes, ¼” and larger)

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

  • Soft compressed charcoal pencils (Peel and Sketch or Generals charcoal pencils)

Permanent Inks and Pens:

  • Sharpie Extra Fine Point permanent marker

Water-Soluble Inks and Pens:

  • Speedball 2880 Elegant Writer 4-pen Calligraphy Set


If you already have some acrylics, bring them with you.  If you don’t, Joe will provide them for this workshop.

If you aren’t an acrylic painter, ok to use watercolors. (But we encourage you to try acrylics - this is your chance to try something new!)  Basic colors will be good for this workshop: red, blue, yellow and black.

Pastels (Optional)
Small set of half-stick “soft” pastels, not more than 20 colors. (If you don’t have any pastels, Joe will have extras for you to use)

Paper and canvas

  • Arches Cold Press OR Hot press, 140lb watercolor paper, two full sheets (or equivalent)

  • Drawing paper: Canson’s XL Sketch/ Esqiusse / Croquis pad, medium tooth, 18 x 24in (or equivalent)

A student of Joe's Portrait workshop

A student of Joe's Portrait workshop

Brushes – A variety of large and small brushes – acrylic and watercolor brushes work great.  Joe will also be providing a bunch of used brushes for this workshop.


  • Stiff drawing board with clips 24x26

  • If you wish to use an easel during this workshop, whether a Tabletop or standing easel, and want to use one of Cole’s, please call the gallery at (425) 697-2787 to reserve one.

  • Soft paper towels

  • Rags


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.