Discovery! The “I Can’t Draw a Portrait” Workshop
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

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Date/Time: Saturday / February 17 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Cost: $150

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

Location: Cole Art Studio in the downstairs of Cole Gallery.  107 5th Ave. S., Edmonds

If the idea of drawing a portrait is intimidating to you…. If you feel you lack the necessary drawing skills to create a believable portrait…. Or maybe you have been somewhat successful in painting a portrait but have never taken an actual Portrait Drawing class…. If any of these describe you, we have the workshop for you! Joe’s students love him - he is one of those gifted instructors who enjoys watching a student go from “Oh no, I can’t!” to a delighted “Wow! I never knew I could!” Joe Mac Kechnie loves to create portraits and will be happy to introduce you to the secrets of drawing a believable portrait.

In this workshop, Joe will share with you fundamental drawing techniques with an emphasis on measuring and drawing the portrait. Several original drawing techniques will be used for correctly representing facial proportions. These techniques will help you to create a surprisingly accurate representation of the subject. (Yes, you will be surprised!) Joe will also teach you how to correctly model the light and shadows so that the portrait will come alive, will look three dimensional and will provide an intriguing presentation.

For this workshop, we will be working from photos – please feel free to bring some of your own, or you can borrow one of Joe’s images. Check out the images of Joe’s paintings here on this page to get some ideas of what to look for.

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

Note: ARTspot has an all-inclusive kit, custom-made for Joe's drawing students at a very reasonable price. Includes the items as listed below.

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Kit contents:


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


  • Soft Compressed black charcoal sticks (3-pak by Alphacolor Char-Kole)
  • Extra soft compressed white pastel sticks
  • White charcoal sticks by Alphacolor or General’s pencils
  • General’s Peel & Sketch compressed black charcoal pencils
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  • “Drawing” paper: Canson’s XL Sketch/Esqiusse/Croquis, medium tooth, 18x24in (or) Strathmore’s Sketch pad, 300 series, 14x17 or 11x14


  • Pencil box for carrying your kit items
  • Gray Scale and Value Finder

In addition to the kit’s items above, you will need to bring these:

  • Bob’s Soft Vine charcoal sticks and bricks (variety of sizes, ¼” and larger)
  • Large drawing board with clips 23x26
  • Soft paper towels (Bounty extra soft or Kleenex)


  • General’s Powdered Charcoal, and an old sock or make-up brush
  • Stick eraser (e.g. ARTspot's "General Pencil's Factis eraser pen stick")


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.