"Drawing with Color: Pastels!" w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

DATE/TIME:  5 classes / Wednesdays / Oct 19, 26, Nov 2, 9 and 16

COST: $185 for 5 classes OR $45 per class. Sign up for all or just one. You'll get the most benefit signing up for all!

REGISTRATION: Sign up with Joe directly online www.jlmackechnie.com/workshops, by email at joe@netos.com, or call him at 206.930.4101.

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


Beginner to Intermediate students will really love this class!  Perhaps you’ve wanted to experiment with pastels, with their vibrancy and freedom. Joe is an instructor with credentials, experience, and he's known for his systematic approach yet a free-flowing style. His students rave about what a great teacher he is. He has also won regional and national awards for his wonderful pastel paintings. Now is your chance to give pastels a try with a great instructor!

If you have taken drawing classes, you have probably experienced the freedom and ease of working with soft charcoals. The next logical and natural step is to move to pastels. The tactile feedback and the ease of use are the same as charcoal. The only new variable is color. Joe will introduce this medium by teaching you color systems for applying and mixing colors. You will learn to create stunning, colorful artworks full of movement and energy, and you'll get all this in just a weekend!


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.

(NOTE: ARTspot has a drawing kit with the supplies below, custom-made for Joe’s drawing students, at a very reasonable price.

All these included in the Joe MacKechnie Drawing Kit:


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


  • Soft compressed black charcoal sticks (by Alfacolor Char-Kole)
  • Soft compressed white pastel sticks
  • General’s compressed White charcoal pencils
  • General’s compressed black charcoal pencils- standard or “Peel and Sketch”

Other supplies in kit:

  • Gray Scale and Value Finder
  • Pencil box, to hold above items

Drawing Paper:

  • Canson’s XL Sketch Pad 18x24in, or equivalent

In addition to the kit’s items, you will also need the following:


  • 2 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


  • Small table top model or free standing model (Cole has a number of these. Call to reserve one.)


  • Faber-Castell Pitt Pastel pencil set of 12 colors Soft Pastels, or equivalent
  • Rembrandt soft pastel set of 15 assorted colors, or equivalent


  • 1 bag Bobs Fine Vine Charcoal, 1/2" or larger, if you would like more charcoal to work with
  • 1/2 flat synthetic watercolor brush
  • Large drawing board with clips 23x26 or equivalent
  • Stick eraser (e.g. ARTspot's "General Pencil's Factis eraser pen stick")
  • 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.