This simple medium has been utilized by artists both past and present for its unique qualities. Whether using charcoal for a simple sketch in the field or a large scale finished drawing, it is a perfect tool for landscape artists to achieve a full range of values, painterly drawing, and atmospheric effects. Because of these qualities, charcoal is the traditional medium for students transitioning from drawing to painting or for more advanced artists to use alongside their painting practice. Artists have also used charcoal for finished drawings that stand on their own.
In this class, the various kinds of charcoal, papers, and tools will be explored and explained through drawing assignments and demonstrations. Students will work in the field and studio to develop their understanding of how charcoal can be used to represent the landscape. Artists from the past and present will also be explored to appreciate and inspire this time-honored medium. This class will give the student the opportunity to further their drawings skills, develop an in depth understanding of charcoal, and explore its many uses for representing the landscape.