Charcoal and Expressive Mark Making: A Painter’s Approach To Drawing

June 9, 2019 – June 15, 2019

Gary Chapman

During this workshop students explore charcoal as the perfect drawing medium for expressive mark making. You will develop a personal approach with loose and aggressive mark making and a combination of additive and subtractive techniques using charcoal. While charcoal is the primary medium, participants are encouraged to combine other media such as conte crayon, spray paint, powdered and water-soluble graphite, ink and gesso. Participants will also explore various alternatives to paper. The class focuses on mark making as it relates to abstraction and later students may opt to explore different ways these same techniques can be applied to observational drawing for a provocative and beautiful fusion of abstraction and realism. Open to all skill levels.


Gary Chapman is a professor of Art at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has a BA and BS from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy. He has had over 70 solo exhibitions including The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, The Arts Center of St. Petersburg, Florida, the University of Cincinnati, and the Indianapolis Art Center. Chapman has participated in numerous group and invitational exhibitions at regional, national and international venues.

In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Registration is closed for this event.

For more information or questions, please call 865-436-5860

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