The Drawing Experience Part 1
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

5 classes / Wednesdays / October 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7  / 10:30-1:30pm

Cost: $210 for 5 classes

This workshop is full. Please contact the gallery to be put on the wait list.   425.697.2787

Location: Cole Art Studio in the downstairs of Cole Gallery.  107 5th Ave. S., Edmonds

Maybe you’ve said, “Are you kidding? I can’t even draw a stick figure!”  Or perhaps this is you: “I wish I could just learn a few basic drawing skills, if someone could just teach me.” Or perhaps it’s been awhile and you’d like to get a refresher course? Hey, these Wednesday morning classes are for you!  Joe Mac Kechnie is here to tell you that he can teach ANYone to draw -- try just one class (you can sign up for classes individually) and see if it’s true!

Drawing is a wonderful form of artistic expression in itself and is the very underpinning of fine art painting. Suitable both for beginners and also for experienced artists that want a refresher to get them drawing again, this series of 5 classes will help you learn how to draw better than you ever thought you could. 

Those who have attended previous workshops were surprised at how fun and easy drawing can be with Joe’s novel approach. For example, you will learn getting things in the right place and right size without pain, complication or confusion. You will develop basic drawing skills using an approach that combines left and right brain abilities. Most of all, you will thoroughly enjoy yourself in a fun and non-intimidating environment. The workshop will have students with a range of skills from absolute beginners to advanced level artists, so you will fit right in even if you’ve never attended a workshop like this before. 

Each session has lectures, demos and hands-on exercises. In the work sessions you will draw from live still-life setups and photographs. The fundamentals learned here apply to any subject matter.

If you are interested in taking less than all five sessions in this class, please call the gallery anytime Monday through Saturday, 10am-6pm, or Sundays 11am-5pm, to discuss this. In some cases this will be allowed, and we reserve the right to make that decision. We don't want students to miss out on all the material this instructor plans to offer, nor to have anyone miss the beginning sessions which are foundational for those sessions that follow. If you have taken this class previously, and just want to drop in for a session you'd like to repeat, we offer this option at $50 per session. Please call the gallery at 425.697.2787 to see if this is an option, depending on space available.

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. All items on this list are available at ARTspot.  Artspot's Web Site

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

ARTspot has an all-inclusive kit, custom-made for Joe's drawing students at a very reasonable price. Includes the items as listed below.

The Joe Mac Kechnie Drawing Kit contents:


  • Kneaded eraser

  • Gum eraser

  • Vinyl/plastic white eraser


  • Soft compressed black charcoal sticks (by Alfacolor Char-Kole)

  • Soft compressed white pastel sticks

  • General’s compressed White charcoal pencils

  • General’s compressed Black charcoal pencils- standard or “Peel and Sketch”

Drawing paper:

  • Canson’s XL Recycled Sketch Pad 18x24


  • Gray Scale and Value Finder

  • A pencil box is included in kit to hold above items

In addition to the kit’s items above, you will need to bring these:

  • Strathmore 400 Series Toned Gray paper 11x14

  • Drawing board with clips, 23" x 26", available at ARTspot

  • Soft paper towels (Bounty extra soft or Kleenex)

  • 1 bag Bob's Soft Vine Charcoal, 1/2" and larger varied sizes


  • Stick eraser (e.g. ARTspot's "General Pencil's Factis eraser pen stick")

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.