Secrets to Expressive, Loose Painting in Mixed Media
w/ Joe MacKechnie

Date: Saturday - Sunday / November 17-18 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Cost: $250.00

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

How can some artists paint artworks that are painterly, expressive, and full of energy and movement? Joe MacKechnie paints and draws this way and has learned some valuable insights into how one can incorporate these elements into their artwork.  Joe has designed a two-day workshop that explores how these elements are created and how you make them a part of your personal style. He will start with abstract block-in strokes and as he progresses, you will see how he makes his subject emerge from what seem to be random marks.  This workshop is open to all mediums and experience levels.  Bring your creative imagination!
With demos, plenty of individual attention and practice time, here are some subjects covered in this 2-day workshop:

Charcoal Gestural Figure.jpg

Day 1
Tools, Techniques and Gestural Marks

Loose, painterly painter vs photorealistic painter: what makes them different. Fast drawing techniques. Capturing the gesture of your subject first will produce the illusion of movement and rhythm.

Acrylic block.jpg

Day 1
Intuition, Block-ins, Shapes, Patterns

Trusting your instincts.
Seeing values, shapes, patterns and colors,
Working fast. Big brushes.

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The visual language of emotions.Also, using all our given senses to create.
The visual language of emotions. And, understanding
how we use sight, touch, taste, sound, and smell to
contribute to creating original works of art.

Day 2
Free Style

The afternoon session for Day 2 will allow you time to create a
highly stylized and painterly work of art using the techniques you’ve learned in this two-day workshop.

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 ARTspotEdmonds@gmail.com.

The preferred mediums for this workshop are charcoal, inks, watercolor, acrylics and pastels.

Kneaded eraser
Gum eraser
Hard white eraser
Pen eraser

Bob’s Soft vine charcoal sticks and bricks (variety of sizes, ¼” and larger.
Note: if you can’t find the Bob’s charcoal in assorted sizes, don’t worry, Joe will be
            bringing extra with him.
Soft compressed black charcoal bricks (made by Alphacolor Char-Kole)
Soft compressed charcoal pencils (Peel and Sketch or Generals charcoal pencils)

Permanent Inks and Pens:

  • Sharpie Extra Fine Point permanent marker

  • Higgins Waterproof Black India Ink, 1oz Bottle

Water-Soluble Inks and Pens:

  • Speedball Elegant Writer 4-pen Calligraphy Set

  • Professional Grade Black Sumi Ink, 2oz


  • Small set of half-stick “soft” pastels, not more than 20 colors (Sennelier or equivalent)

Acrylics (Optional)

  • If you already have some acrylics, bring them with you. If you don’t, Joe will provide them for this workshop.

Watercolors (optional)

  • If you aren’t an acrylic painter, ok to use watercolors

Paper and canvas

  • Arches Hot press, 140lb watercolor paper, two full sheets (or equivalent)

  • Another option to Arches paper is Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Smooth Pad, 19x24, 20 sheets

  • Drawing paper: Canson’s XL Sketch/Esqiusse/Croquis pad, medium tooth, 18x24in (or equivalent)

Brushes – A variety of large and small brushes – acrylic and watercolor brushes work great.  I will also be providing a bunch of used brushes for this workshop.


  • Stiff drawing board with clips 24x26

  • Soft paper towels

  • Rags

  • Water spray bottle

  • Deep water dish (plastic)

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 the day of class. Call ARTspot at 425.640.6408 for this great service. To ensure your order is filled, please order as early as possible.