The drawing medium of charcoal is probably the most ancient - it was first used (as ashes from a fire) on cave walls many thousands of years ago to make pictures of animals and hunters. This lesson gives a history of the charcoal medium, techniques, detailed descriptions of types of charcoal and the materials used with charcoal, many illustrations, technical and expressive possibilities, and web links to charcoal drawings done by major artists through the ages.
The illustrations of charcoal drawings are done by myself, a professional artist, with tips and examples of different techniques shown, and close-up views showing cross-hatching, use of kneaded eraser, chamois cloth and fingers, and other techniques used with soft and compressed charcoal, as well as charcoal pencil. (See my qualifications as a teacher)
The cost of the online lesson is $15.00, payable with a credit card or check through PayPal, a secure site. When you order, you will be e-mailed a password for the Charcoal Lesson webpage, which you can access as much as you wish, along with the four free Drawing lessons on my website (Contour, Mass, Gesture, Mechanics of Drawing), the four free Design lessons, four free Painting lessons, free Glossary of Art Terms, descriptions of Modern Art Movements, and more. Once you have the password, you will have permanent access to the Charcoal lesson page. This lesson is also now available in printed form.
This Charcoal Drawing lesson is the first of a new series of fee-based web courses I am creating for my website. Others include Figure Drawing, Perspective for Artist, Painting: Possibilities, two new Design lessons and Color Mixing. Future fee-based lessons include Impressionist Landscape Painting, Color Theory, Space in Visual Art, Portraits, Tonal Values, and many more to come. These courses will be available individually for a small fee, and are a good way to support the many free courses on my site, if you enjoy them (and the many more future courses). There is now a permanent membership program on my site, where members can access the whole series of fee-based present and future courses , and have permanent benefits such as the ability to display their artwork on my site where viewers can send in comments, critiques of their work by myself, if desired, and more. (Those who have purchased individual lessons will receive credit toward the permanent partial membership fee of $60.00, and full membership fee of $150.00.) (Also, please visit our new Members Gallery)
If you would like to order the online Charcoal Drawing lesson, click on the Add to Cart button below, then on the View Cart button. Please also enter your name and e-mail address in the text boxes below. If you have any questions, please e-mail me:
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If you have ordered the print version of the Charcoal Lesson, you will receive the password by e-mail shortly, and the printed version in snail mail in a few days. (Please be sure to list your snail mail address with PayPal, so you can receive the printed copy!)
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Teaching qualifications: I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; and received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania. I have 5 years of teaching experience, at the high school and college levels (drawing and figure drawing). I also have been a professional artist since 1975, including participating in a federally funded program, Art in Public Places, where I painted commissions for various governmental and nonprofit agencies in Chester County, Pennsylvania. I have exhibited my work in many galleries and exhibitions in the northeast United States, and belong to several professional art organizations. (See resume for list of exhibitions, education and professional experience.)
A print version of the Charcoal Lesson is also now available, for $25.00, including shipping charges. With the print version, you will also receive the password for the online version, so you can click on the link examples in the lesson. The print version is on heavyweight stock, with three notebook holes punched and filled with brass fasteners. To order the print version, please click on the Add to Cart button below, as well as the View Cart button above. Please remember to give PayPal your snail mail address, so I can send your print version of the lesson.
Print Version of Charcoal Lesson - $25.00 (includes shipping charges)