Charcoal Drawing

Charcoal, a type of wood stick(usually willow) that has been burnt, has been used for centuries by artists to draw with, and has a wide range of mark making and shading potential – from simple lines to a complex variety of tones. Charcoal is most effective when working on a large scale.
This workshop will introduce you to various techniques of using charcoal, starting with simple line drawings and then moving onto shading and blending, and finally using an eraser to take out and draw highlights into the charcoal. We will be drawing from still life objects, and also landscape images (or outside weather permitting).
The course will include short demonstrations to the group by the tutor when required, with the majority of the course taking the form of practical progress on your own personal project, and individual guidance from the tutor when required

Session 1: Line drawing exercises using charcoal, to familiarise yourself with the medium

Session 2: Shading exercises using charcoal, and drawing a simple still life object

Session 3: Exercises using an eraser as a drawing tool, and creating a large scale drawing using a landscape image/working outside

 MATERIALS PROVIDED: Plenty of different sized charcoal, erasers, blenders, range of papers, drawing boards and all other materials and equipment necessary

 ADDITIONAL NOTES:  Please bring along any landscape photos or printouts that you’d like to work from (there will also be plenty available on the day)
Charcoal is very messy! Aprons provided, but please bring your own if you prefer.