A gentle introduction to the expressive qualities of charcoal.
Working on both large and small scale with different types of
charcoal, you will begin to develop a language of mark-making with
the oldest of drawing mediums.
In this gentle introduction to charcoal drawing, you will be exploring different techniques for creating rich and interesting tonal drawings with this most ancient of drawing medium. A willingness to experiment and not worry about producing a 'finished' piece will help you on this one day course.
Through a combination of demonstrations with lots of useful tips and tricks, and drawing exercises, you will begin to develop a language of mark-making that will help you make the most of this versatile drawing medium. You will experiment with and explore the different types and qualities of charcoals, papers, erasers and fixatives. You will draw from objects and from your own photographs.
At the end of this one-day course you will have produced both experimental mark-making and direct observational drawings, and you will have a developing confidence and familiarity with different types of charcoal, paper, erasers and fixatives.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
Kate Boucher is an experienced, enthusiastic and inspirational
tutor who specialises in building students' creative confidence in
a supportive teaching environment. She trained at Chelsea School of
Art and recently gained a Master of Fine Art from West Dean
College. She was awarded a prestigious QEST scholarship, was the
Edward James Foundation Scholar in 2015/16 and winner of the
Valarie Power Prize for Visual Arts. Her dark and evocative
charcoal drawings often have unnaturally tilted horizons, hints of
a double exposure and foregrounds that appear to shift and slip.
Her practice also includes handmade felt and forged metal
structures also created as a response to landscape.