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The Watercolor Experience Part 2; Experimenting with Watercolors and Other Mediums
w/ Joe MacKechnie

Date/Time: 5 weeks / Thursdays / 2-5 pm
January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14

Cost: $210 for 5 classes.

Registration: Call in, come in, or register online. 425.697.2787

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

This workshop is open to all watercolor painters with some watercolor experience and/or students that have completed Watercolor Part 1 with Joe (or another instructor).

In this workshop, we will briefly revisit the core technique of watercolor painting and then proceed to exploring more advanced and creative techniques of watercolor painting. We will be studying some of Joe’s favorite watercolor artists and the techniques they employ to create their masterpieces. Some of the artists to be studied will be: Charles Reid, Joseph Zbukvic, Alex Powers, John Singer Sargent, Lin Shun-Shiung and, of course, Joe Mac Kechnie. This workshop will be intensive and very rewarding. For each weekly session, come rested and ready to tame this great painting medium.

If you are interested in taking less than all five sessions in this class, please call the gallery anytime Monday through Saturday, 10am-6pm, 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. 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

Joe states, "You have probably heard it many times before: don’t scrimp on the quality of your art materials.  If you haven’t yet painted that masterpiece, you soon will.  If it was done with inexpensive materials, it will be noticed.  Also, using inexpensive materials may lead you to believe you can never produce an art piece that looks like the pros.  With excellent quality paints and paper with watercolor is essential and will produce beautiful results.  The following list will give you a good start on your watercolor supplies. If you can, purchase the complete list."
Drawing Materials:

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  • #5B or 6B drawing pencils

  • Kneaded eraser

  • Light blue Pitt pastel pencil by Fiber-Castell or by other manufacturers

A plastic or resin watercolor palette with lid. The John Pike, Robert E. Woods or
Frank Webb palettes are good examples.  (Joe uses the Masters Plastic folding
palette and the John Pike palette)

Joe likes to use flats for washes and rounds for detail work: “I can cover large areas quickly and with more control when using flats. Good brushes hold their shape and can carry a lot of wet pigment. I use both Sable and synthetic brushes.”  Joe says that synthetic brushes are fine for all the following.

  • 2-inch

  • 1-inch

  • 1/2-inch

  • 1/4inch


  • Nos. 2, 6 &10

Specialty Brushes

  • Dagger (medium)

  • Script/liner brush #2

  • Small stiff hog’s hair bristle scrub brush

  • Old tooth brush (Save your old tooth brushes – they’re good for applying Frisket, etc.)

Optional Brushes:

  • Rounds 4 & 8

  • 1.5-inch or 1-inch Hake

  • Sumi all-purpose brush, #3

  • #4 fan brush


  • 3 sheets Arches 140-lb. cold-pressed paper

Paints come in numerous brands. Start with the best. Use professional-quality tube paints and you will have fewer problems. If you are buying colors individually both Daniel Smith and M Graham make excellent quality paints.  Joe notes, “I use tube colors and keep the palette reservoirs filled.”

Here are the colors Joe requires for this class, including some optional colors:

  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson

  • Cadmium Red Light (or equivalent)

  • Permanent Rose or Quinacridone Rose

  • Winsor Red or Pyrrol Red

  • Cobalt Teal (or equivalent)

  • Pthalo Blue

  • French Ultramarine Blue

  • Yellow Ochre

  • Cadmium Yellow Light (or equivalent)

  • Burnt Sienna

  • Sap Green

  • Permanent Green (or equivalent)

  • Lamp Black

Optional colors:

  • Gamboge

  • Titanium White

  • Hematite


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  • Painter's masking tape

  • ½-inch board foam board (Gator Board or equivalent) large enough to mount

  • watercolor paper (16”x24”)

  • Paper Towels and soft tissues

  • Two large water containers; one to wash the brush and one to rinse (Cole has some of these)

  • Liquid Frisket in a bottle

  • Single edge razor blade

  • Medium size fine mist water spray bottle

Optional Supplies:

  • Salt and rubbing alcohol for texture

  • Sponges

  • Old-style architect adjustable in pen (to apply Frisket)

  • Scissors

  • Hair dryer (Cole has one of these for your use during class)

  • Small 2” mixing dishes for mixing and pouring watercolor

  • Small desktop easel – Cole Art Studio has several. Call to reserve if you would like one.

  • Precut white mats of numerous sizes

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.