Large-scale charcoal drawing with Pete Codling

Ref: S2D10482


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About this course

Increase the scale of your drawings, techniques and confidence. Learn mark-making and charcoal skills using the body, hands and long sticks to push, smudge and blend your charcoal on large rolls of paper.

Course Description

A chance to expand your drawings and ideas. Stuck on your easel or table with small pieces of paper? Ever wondered how artists manage to draw such big pictures? This two day course will help you make your largest drawings so far. You will be encouraged to get out of your comfort zone when making your art which you can apply to other mediums and processes you work with.

Working on large rolls of paper and eight foot by four foot drawing boards you will be sketching life size figures, still life objects and using your imagination. You will experiment with mark-making and charcoal techniques that allow you to increase the scale and confidence in your drawing. These include using your whole body to move your hands to draw, with long sticks, pushing, smudging and blending your charcoal to give form, light and drama in your work.

You will have group and one-to-one tutorials throughout, and the the tutor will draw alongside you to demonstrate techniques. There will be a presentation on modern contemporary drawing where we will look at different artists and explore how they created their work and how charcoal still holds an important place in the artist’s palette for the 21st Century.

You will leave with large drawings, with a new found confidence in working to scale and developed your drawing skills and techniques. You will have found a new empathy with the great masters’ paintings, frescos and statues, an appreciation of the large works by contemporary artists.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of providing one roll of ten metre Fabriano paper per student, plus a variety of charcoal materials shared amongst the group. Students can buy more as required from the shop.

What students need to bring

  • A few rag cloths, working studio clothes, a camera or phone to document your work and some thoughts on a drawing that will come completely from your imagination

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Sketch book or paper to sketch and prepare studies take notes etc.
  • Pencils
  • Rubber
  • Craft knife
  • Sand paper to sharpen your charcoal sticks
  • Decorator’s brush
  • A propriety fixative will be available from the shop to fix the finished works but this cannot be done on the premises. Advice to be given on the day.
Think carefully about the size of work you make and think why. When looking at your favourite artists check out the actual dimensions and scale of their work, you might be surprised.


Pete Codling

Pete is a professional artist working from his studio and gallery 'Atelier' in Castle Road Southsea. This year he won the Osanna Prize and The Bezalel Prize, for drawing, at The Chaiya Awards in London and had a major solo exhibition of his large charcoal drawings in Oxford.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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