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

June 7, 2020 – June 13, 2020

Gary Chapman

In this workshop students will explore charcoal as a drawing medium for expressive mark making. The goal is to develop a personal approach with loose and aggressive mark making and to combine additive and subtractive techniques using charcoal. While charcoal is the primary medium, participants are encouraged to use other media such as conte crayon, spray paint, powdered and water-soluble graphite, ink and gesso. Students 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 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.

Gary Chapman

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

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  • hard copy paper catalog online catalog or course description

Registration Fees

There will be a one-time $50 non-refundable registration fee which enables you to register for as many workshops as you like during 2020. All cancellations must be made in writing by mail, fax or email (no phone calls please).

A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged on cancellations received more than 45 days prior to the start of your workshop. Cancellations received 45 days or less prior to the beginning of the workshop receive no refund of deposit.


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