The "I Can't Draw a Portrait" 2 Day Workshop w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

DATE/TIME:  Saturday-Sunday, October 24-25 / 10:30am-4:30pm

COST:  $195 plus a $10/day model fee in cash

REGISTER:  You can register by calling us, coming in, or online -- Scroll to the bottom of this page for online registration.  425.697.2787

LOCATION:  Cole Art Studio located on the lower level of Cole Gallery.  107 5th Ave. S., Edmonds98020.


Drawing people can be so difficult, but it doesn’t have to be! With artist and instructor Joe MacKechnie, it will even be fun, and in this workshop you’ll learn how to draw better than you ever thought you could! Suitable both for beginners and also for experienced artists that want a portrait-drawing refresher, Joe will teach you the basics of drawing realistic portraits.  Those who have attended previous workshops were surprised at how fun and easy drawing can be with Joe’s novel approach, which combines left and right brain abilities. Most of all, you will thoroughly enjoy yourself in a fun and non-intimidating environment.  Since this workshop will have students with a range of skills from absolute beginners to advanced artists, you will fit right in even if you’ve never attended a workshop like this before. Each daily session has lectures, demos and hands-on exercises. In some of the work sessions you will draw from a live model and other times from photographs.

The model's fee will be $10/day/person.

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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.)We also have a variety of art supplies relevant to your class here at Cole Art Studio.

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. 

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



  •  Kneaded eraser
  • Gum eraser
  •  Vinyl/plastic white eraser


  •  Soft vine charcoal sticks in a variety of sizes, ¼" and larger (Faber Castell in kit) 
  •  Soft compressed black charcoal sticks (by Alfacolor Char-Kole)
  • White charcoal or extra soft white pastel bricks
  • General's Soft compressed charcoal pencil


  • Large Drawing paper pad (do not use newsprint paper). (I use 50lb- 90lb, white, 18x24 pads)

[ARTspot has a special drawing kit, custom-made for Joe's drawing classes, at a very reasonable price. The kit includes all the above items, along with a pencil box to hold them, and a Gray Scale and Values Finder.]

Charcoal options (in addition to the contents in the Drawing Part 1 kit):

  • General’s Powdered Charcoal (Optional)
  • Bob's Fine Vine Charcoal, ½” or larger, if you want more choices for your charcoals

 Conte Sticks (not included in kit)

  • Sanguine Natural
  • Bistre (brown)
  • White

 Other (not included in kit)

  • Small table top Easel or free standing easel
  • Large drawing board with clips 23x26
  • Old pair of socks
  • Soft paper towels (Bounty extra soft or Kleenex)
  • Stick eraser (e.g. ARTspot's "General Pencil's Factis eraser pen stick")