Sumi-e Art & Notan Painting
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

Sat / Jan 20 / 10:30-4:30
Sat-Sun / Jan 20-21  / 10:30am - 4:30pm 

Cost: $150 for 1-day; $250 for 2-day

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

Ancient and beautiful, Sumi-e (or ink wash) paintings - also called Notans - are full of simple elegance and harmony, of vitality and yet at the same time restrained. Do you find this intriguing? Want to give it a try? This is the workshop for you! Grab a friend and get ready to have a ball! Painting in the traditional Sumi-e style is a wonderful form of artistic expression.

Many students have taken this Sumi-e class from Joe in a 1-day format, and have been clamoring for a longer time-span to go deeper, to learn more from Joe and to practice. Here is your chance! We are offering this with two options:

  • the ONE-day workshop which will focus on introductory Sumi-e techniques, using Sumi-e inks and paper.
  • the TWO-day workshop which will focus on Sumi-e color techniques, using watercolors and watercolor paper, and Notans (black and white studies)

More details:
The 1-day workshop will introduce you to the wonderful world of creating Sumi-e art. It will include demo, hands-on learning, and Sumi-e background, including an introduction into Eastern Painting techniques and design. You’ll learn about Sumi materials like the special paper and brushes, brushwork, and how to paint with efficiency, simplicity, rhythm and tempo. And how not to overpaint!

The 2-day will take you deeper into the art of Sumi-e, spending that second day focusing on color. If you are already a watercolorist, Sumi e painting is a great way to improve your watercolor techniques!  Joe will bring it home, teaching you how to use these Eastern techniques with Western tools – our brushes and pens - and some new composition and design principles. Get ready for an amazing day improving your techniques and learning some great new skills!

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

For both the 1-day and 2-day workshops:

8 small, re-sealable plastic food storage cups OR 8 small, wax coated paper dishes


  • Sumi 3 brush set: 1 small, 1 medium, 1 large (available at ARTspot)
  • Watercolor brushes - Optional for 1st day, required for 2nd day.

Sumi-E paper (Thick Xuan) 30 to 40 sheets, 9”x12”

Water-Soluble Inks and Pens:

  • Speedball Elegant Writer 4-pen Calligraphy Set
  • Professional Grade Black Sumi Ink, bottle or tube  


  • Paper towels
  • Small water misting bottle
  • Large, old bath towel

Additional Supplies for 2-day Only:

Chinese watercolor paints: Red, Blue, Yellow and White (See Art Spot for 12-color set)
**American watercolors are ok if you already have them.

2 full sheets of Arches cold press, 140# watercolor paper.

One 15”x18” MDF panel or drawing board for taping down watercolor paper

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