Pastels – Start to Finish
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

DATE/TIME:  Five Classes: Wednesdays, 6-9pm, Nov 5, 12, 19, Dec 3 and 10

FEE: $185 for all 5 classes OR $45/class

REGISTRATION: Register with Joe directly at , or at or call Joe at 206.930.4101


Beginner to Intermediate students will really love this class!  And we’re offering this in a new format – evenings – to see if this works better for your busy schedules. (Let us know what you think!)
Perhaps you’ve wanted to experiment with pastels, with their vibrancy and freedom, but were just looking for the right instructor. Someone with credentials, experience, and someone known for a systematic approach yet a free-flowing style… Look no further! Joe Mac Kechnie is here! His students rave about what a great teacher he is. Now, in this new evening format, is your chance to give pastels a try.
If you’ve taken Joe’s drawing classes, you have experienced the freedom and ease of working with soft charcoals. The next logical step is to move to pastels. The tactile feedback and the ease of use re 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. Over the 5 weekly classes, you will learn to create stunning, colorful artworks full of movement and energy!


Remember: You can pick up all your great art supplies at ARTspot in Edmonds just blocks from Cole Gallery. Registered Cole Art Studio students will receive a 10% discount on all their art supplies.  Make sure to pick up your 10% off slip at Cole Gallery's front desk. 
Artspot's Web Site

Please call Art Spot ahead for availability of pastel sets 
(425) 640-6408

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  • Kneaded eraser
  • Gum eraser
  • Hard white eraser


  • Bob’s Soft Vine charcoal (variety of sizes, ¼” and larger)
  • Soft Compressed charcoal/pastel sticks -Alphacolor Char-Kole)
  • General’s Soft compressed charcoal pencils (I also use General’s Peel & Sketch version too)
  •  White charcoal or extra soft white pastel sticks by other brands

(All the above are included in the Joe MacKechnie Custom Drawing Kit, available at ARTspot for a very reasonable price.) 


  • Canson’s XL Sketch/Esquisse/Croquis pad, medium tooth, 18x24in, or equivalent
  • Canson’s XL Watercolor cold press pad 18x24in or Nature Sketch or equivalent
  • Canson’s Gray tone Mi-Teintes, 24 sheet, 12 x 16 pad pastel paper 


  • Small table top model or free standing model. Cole has several - call to reserve one.

Drawing Inks
    Inks and Pens:

  • Sharpie Extra Fine Point permanent marker
  • Speedball Elegant Writer 4-pen Calligraphy Set


  • Faber-Castell Pitt Pastel Pencil set of 12 colors or 24 colors
  • Pastes
  • Richeson or Sennelier soft pastel starter set of 24 assorted colors, or equivalent


  • Large drawing board with clips 24x26
  • Soft paper towels (Bounty extra soft or Kleenex)
  • Art box for carrying your art supplies
  • Soft makeup brush