Expressive Portraits in Watercolor, Charcoal and Ink
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

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Date/ Time: 5 classes /Wednesdays / 2-5 pm
Oct 11, 18, 25, Nov 1 & 8

Cost: $210.00

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 5-class course will be dedicated to drawing and painting expressive portraits, and is open to students who have at least a little portrait drawing experience. Bring your watercolors, charcoals, inks and creative spirit!

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; 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!

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

This course will be centered around watercolors as the core medium.  However, you are encouraged to use other mediums to complete your projects.  Joe will be using watercolors with ink and charcoal.

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
  • Vinyl/plastic white eraser


  • Soft vine charcoal sticks in a variety of sizes (Faber Castell in kit)
  • Soft compressed black charcoal sticks (by Alfacolor Char-Kole)
  • General’s compressed Black charcoal pencil- standard or “Peel and Sketch”

Conte Crayon Sticks:

  • Sanguine Natural
  • Bistre (brown)
  • White


  • Sharpie Extra Fine Point permanent marker
  • Higgins Waterproof Black India Ink, 1oz Bottle
  • Speedball Elegant Writer 4-pen Calligraphy Set
  • Professional Grade Black Sumi Ink, 2oz

Other Items:

  • Sketch Pad 18x24
  • Drawing board with clips, 23" x 26", available at ARTspot
  • Soft paper towels (Bounty extra soft, Viva or Kleenex)

Watercolor Supplies:

Palette: A plastic or resin watercolor palette with lid.

Aquacover Liquid Watercolor paper for Arches bright white paper

Watercolor paper:

  • WC Paper: 4 full sheets Arches 140-lb. cold-pressed paper

Synthetic WC Brushes:

  • Flats: 2-inch, 1/2-inch and 1/4inch
  • Rounds: Numbers 2 and 6
  • Script/liner brush: Number 2


  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Pthalo Blue
  • Cadmium Red Light (or equivalent)
  • French Ultramarine Blue
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Cadmium Yellow Light (or equivalent)
  • Cobalt Teal

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.