Discovery! A Very Beginning Experience with Pastels w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

This workshop is full. 

Date/Time: Saturday / Dec 2 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Cost: $150

Registration: Please call the gallery to sign up on the waiting list. We often fill last-minute cancellations from the waiting list. 425.697.2787

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

Discovery workshops are for REAL beginners. Not just any kind of beginners – we’re talking about those of you who are intimidated by the thought of sitting next to non-beginners. Yeah, YOU! Our Discovery classes are super-encouraging, non-intimidating, cheerful and fun. They are taught by hand-picked instructors who just love teaching beginners like yourself, watching lightbulbs turn on in people; instructors who are patient and kind, and know how to teach in an encouraging way. Instructors like… Joe Mac Kechnie. His students love him because they have experienced a feeling about doing art that maybe you have never experienced: “I can DO this!!” Wouldn’t that be great? It’s TRUE! And it can happen to you! Come and try it out! Just invest one day, and a short supply list, and experience some new lightbulbs turning on in you!!

Pastel paintings are creamy, soft, vibrant and colorful! Have you done any drawing with charcoal before? Drawing with pastels is a lot like using charcoals: the soft tactile feedback and the ease of use are the same. Pastels introduce a new variable – color!

Maybe you’ve never done any drawing ever – it’s ok! Joe will take you from “I could never” to “Yes, I can!” in one short day. As an award winning pastel artist, known for his systematic and yet free-flowing teaching style, Joe will introduce this medium by teaching you color systems for applying and mixing colors. And then he’ll teach you how to create a piece of art with movement and vibrancy. Here’s your chance – give Pastels a try!

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


  • Kneaded eraser
  • Gum eraser
  • Vinyl/plastic white eraser
  • Charcoals:
  • General’s compressed black charcoal pencils- standard or “Peel and Sketch”

Drawing Paper:

  • Canson’s XL Sketch Pad 18x24in, or equivalent
  • 1 full sized individual sheets of Arches ”hot press” watercolor paper, 140#
  • Canson’s Gray tone Mi-Teintes, 24 sheet, 12 x 16 pad pastel paper or equivalent

Easel: Optional, small table top model or free-standing model (Cole Gallery has several of these
options. Call to reserve.)


  • Richeson or Sennelier soft pastel starter set of 24 assorted colors, or equivalent


  •  1/2 flat synthetic watercolor brush
  • Large drawing board with clips, 23x26 or equivalent
  • Soft paper towels (Bounty extra soft or Kleenex)
  • Soft makeup brush

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.