Considered to be the oldest drawing material on earth, charcoal is both boldly expressive and very forgiving. Charcoal is a malleable, inexpensive drawing medium with a rich heritage and a pleasing tactile quality. It makes an ideal entry medium to drawing and also offers deeper possibilities as experience is gained. Charcoal used in conjunction with a kneaded eraser offers an additive and subtractive way of working that is efficient and intuitive.
Over the course of this charcoal drawing class at The Morton Arboretum, students will draw from nature both large and small, using specimens from the Arboretum’s collection as well as photo references to render broader landscape views. Each week, students will create a new drawing and practice techniques demonstrated by the instructor, including additive and subtractive methods of rendering using a kneaded eraser and applying various ways of shading for different effects.
Foundational drawing skills are required. See What to Know for a list of supplies to purchase before class.
This program meets in person at the Arboretum.
Instructor: John Fleck, artist
Age: 16 and older
Course number: A822