Drawing: charcoal techniques

Course Dates: 10/09/24 - 01/10/24
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Explore the creative possibilities that this fragile medium affords. Learn and develop the components of drawing with charcoal’s subtle yet dynamic lines. This is a course for beginners. No experience is necessary.
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Drawing: charcoal techniques
  • Course Code: VM019
  • Dates: 10/09/24 - 01/10/24
  • Time: 14:00 - 17:00
  • Taught: Tue, Daytime
  • Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street

Course Code: VM019

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Tue, day, 10 Sep - 01 Oct '24

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Charcoal has soft, tenuous qualities that make it the perfect medium for the depiction of light. You will depict the entire tonal range of lights you see, from the lightest (the white of the paper), to the darkest (the black of your charcoal).

What will we cover?

You will use rubbers, charcoal, and make your own paper stumps/ tortillons to help you manipulate light and dark in
your drawing. You will learn how to:
• Compose a drawing.
• Manipulate marks.
• Explore tonal values within a drawing.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Make a series of observational drawings of different subjects using a range of methods and approaches.
• Gain increased accuracy and confidence in line drawing.
• Compose a drawing.
• Draw using a range of tones (light and dark) and techniques.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a beginner’s course for those new to using the medium of charcoal.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for
health and safety information and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

• Practical work in the studio
• Demonstrations
• Presentations and handouts
• Individual and group tutoring
• Group discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Basic drawing materials and resources are provided as part of this course, including paper, charcoal. Students are welcome to bring any additional specialist materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

This course naturally leads onto 'Drawing 1'. You may also wish to go on to 'Drawing into Painting', ‘Drawing: ink and wash techniques’, ‘Drawing; colour pastel techniques’ or focus your drawing skills on life, portraiture or a sketchbook course.

We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.