Saturday, October 1, 2016

Drawing in Charcoal

Drawing in Charcoal

Drawing in Charcoal

Explore NEW ways to use Charcoal! When it comes to drawing, no other medium is as satisfying as charcoal. ​Expressive marks, rich tones, and those velvety blacks make it the perfect tool for accurately recording how light falls on the subject.

Artwork by Christy Olsen

Meets: (3) Saturday Afternoons at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (3-hour duration)
Dates: Oct. 1, 8, 15 in 2016
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Instructor: Christy Olsen
Format: Demonstration, lecture, & one-on-one instruction provided during hands-on practice.
Level: Beginner to intermediate, all levels are welcome!

Medium: Charcoal
Technique: Specific to the medium
Materials: See below


  • Surfaces - What to use? "Texture" or "smoothness" of the paper affects the look of this medium, also toned paper versus white paper.
  • Sharpening - how to cut away the wood of a charcoal pencil to customize the tip for the best tonal effects
  • Drawing - Basic drawing concepts on line, shape & value
  • Blending - is especially important for creating flat tones or gradual gradations.
  • Style - loose or painterly versus hyper-realistic or photographic.
  • Manufacturers - not all brands are created equal. Compare and learn what makes them unique.

Participants' Work & Demo


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Drawing from Life with Tinted Charcoal

Participants' Work

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In the Studio