Sumi-e Art and Notan Painting for Beginners
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

Now offering 2 options! Take it as a 1-day or a 2-day!

Saturday only / July 20 / 10:30-4:30
Saturday-Sunday / July 20-21 / 10:30-4:30

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:
In the 1-day, Joe will introduce you to the wonderful world of creating Sumi-e art, focusing on introductory Sumi-e techniques, using Sumi-e inks and paper.  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 2nd day will focus on Sumi-e color techniques, using watercolors and watercolor paper, as well as Notans (black and white studies). You will go deeper into the art of Sumi-e, and focusing on color. If you are already a watercolorist, Sumi-e painting is a great way to improve your watercolor techniques!  Joe will connect East and West, 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!

By the way, if you are only signed up for the 1-day, and decide to stay for the 2nd day, you’ll just need to pay the balance of $100.

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.

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 Art Spot)

·       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

·      15x18” mdf panel or drawing board for taping down watercolor paper

Additional Supplies for 2-day:

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

Paper: 2 full sheets of Arches cold press, 140# 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.

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