Learn to use: charcoal

Course Dates: 23/03/20 - 30/03/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Desmond Haughton

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.


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 tone.

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?

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?

Demonstration and practical application. One to one and group discussion.

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

Basic materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring any extra or special materials.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.

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 'Develop your Drawing' or focus your drawing skills on life or portraiture or a sketchbook course.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

This course welcomes people of all levels of drawing ability and is a chance to learn something new. I really enjoyed being able to use great facilities and materials at CityLit under the guidance of a knowledgable, helpful tutor. It was also lovely to draw alongside people with a range of experience, and fascinating to see how differently we all experienced and used the charcoal.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 13/12/2019)
A good introduction to using charcoal.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 07/12/2019)
An incredibly good way to initiate your way back in to art (drawing, painting, colour....). cannot wait to now start a course on oil painting with more confidence
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Review by chris / (Posted on 03/04/2019)
Charcoal is a great medium for people who have recently taken up drawing. The tutor is encouraging and will adjust the course to your level whether you are a beginner or more experienced. Highly recommended.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 14/12/2018)
I would certainly recommend this course to friends. I learnt so much about the materials and the techiques of using charcoal from an inspiring tutor
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
It’s relaxed and a great starting point for using charcoal and related mediums
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Review by Peter / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
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Course Code: VH051

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Mon, eve, 23 Mar - 30 Mar '20

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £79.00
Senior fee: £79.00
Concession: £48.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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