Expressive Watercolor
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

MacKechnie, Blind Slough, watercolor, 16x20.JPG

Date / Time: 5 classes / Wednesdays / 10:30-1:30 pm
May 9, 16, 23, 30 and June 6

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

Cost: $210.00

Open to all watercolor students with some watercolor experience, whether at Cole Art Studio or elsewhere, this class will be a great next step. For example, if you have completed Watercolor Part 1 or 2 with Joe (or with James), this is the class for you! 

 In this 5-week course, Joe will briefly discuss core painting topics for watercolor painting and then proceed to exploring more advanced and creative techniques for expressive watercolor painting.  We will be studying some of Joe’s favorite watercolor subjects and the techniques he employs to create his unique, contemporary works.

These classes will be intensive and very rewarding. For each weekly session, come rested and ready to tame this great painting medium.  If you want to bring your own image references to work on, please do and Joe will provide guidance to each of you.  At the beginning of each session, Joe will also pick a topic and demo how he will approach the painting.  Joe will provide copies of his demo photos to those artists that want to follow his demo painting.

MacKechnie, Mystic Mountain, Ink and watercolor, 16x29.JPG

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 some ink, charcoal and/or pastels.  

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

Drawing Supplies:


  • 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 White charcoal pencil
  • General’s compressed Black charcoal pencil- standard or “Peel and Sketch”

    Other Items:

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

    Watercolor Supplies:     

    Watercolor paper:

    • WC Paper: 4 full sheets Arches 140-lb. cold-pressed paper
    • Aquacover Liquid Watercolor paper for Arches bright white paper

    Palette: A plastic or resin watercolor palette with lid.

    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

    Pastel Supplies (optional):       

    • Pastels: Soft pastel set of 15 - 20 assorted colors, Sennelier, Richardson or equivalent

    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.