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More Drawing with Color: Pastels Part 2
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

Date / Time: 5 Thursday afternoons / April 11, 18, 25, May 2 and 9 / 2-5pm

Cost: $225.00

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

If you’ve had some previous pastel experience, whether at Cole Art Studio or elsewhere, this class will be a great next step. For example, if you have completed Beginning Pastels with Joe (or elsewhere), this is the class for you!  

 In this 5-week course, Joe will briefly discuss core painting topics for pastel painting and then proceed to exploring more advanced and creative techniques for expressive watercolor painting, such as Intuition, the Creative Process, Form, Content and Context.  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 embrace this great painting medium.  If you want to bring your own image references to work on, please do so, 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 students who want to follow his demo painting.

 This course will be centered around pastels as the core medium.  However, you will be encouraged to use other mediums to complete your projects. In addition to pastels, Joe will also be using watercolors and ink. 

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Supply List:

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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.  Questions about these supplies? ARTspot staff are happy to help you. Call 425-640-6408 or email at

Note: Please be advised to call Art Spot ahead for availability of pastel materials at (425) 640-6408. Allow time to order if items aren’t available locally.


  • Kneaded eraser

  • Gum eraser

  • Hard white eraser


  • Bob’s Soft Vine charcoal (variety of sizes, ¼” and larger)

  • Soft Compressed charcoal bricks (Alphacolor Char-Kole)

  • Pentalic woodless charcoal pencils, in a 3-piece set

  • White charcoal or soft white pastel by other brands

 (All the above are included in the Joe MacKechnie Custom Drawing Kit)


  • 2 full sized individual sheets of Arches hot press watercolor paper, 140#

  • UArt 400 grade sanded pastel pad, 10 sheets, beige 9”x12”
    Or, Art Spectrum Colorfix coated pastel paper pack, 10 sheets, 9”x12”, warm tones pack

 Pastels (no oil pastels)

  • Richeson soft pastel starter set of 24 colors, half stick

  • Or an equivalent, such as Holbien or Art Spectrum


  • Large foam-core board with clips 18x24” or equivalent

  • Soft paper towels (Bounty extra soft or Kleenex)

  • Art box for carrying your art supplies

  • 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.