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Atomic Drawing for the Expressive and Adventurous Artist

October 6 - 11, 2024

William Downs  ·  website

Workshop Overview

This is a workshop for students that are willing to let go and not be afraid of drawing with dirt and charcoal, among several other media that will be mixed together. Music is another important component to this class. Students will make drawings that respond to sounds and there will be interesting drawing prompts. In this very loose drawing class, strings and sticks will be used as drawing tools alongside brushes and sponges. This workshop will help students find their most inner self, meditation, and a love for a new drawing practice.


  • Ink wash
  • Gesture drawing
  • Expressing one’s feelings through lines


  • Charcoal
  • Inkwash
  • Chalk pastels
  • College


  • A new way of looking at drawing and drawing materials



Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.

Artist Bio

William Downs was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina and lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. In Downs’ practice, mediums vary from drawing, painting, murals and printmaking to experimenting with installation and three-dimensional studies. The line is his current notable element which he considers paradoxically fundamental and surreal based on its infinite capabilities. His work expresses truth in common forms turned ambiguous. His use of repetition distorts what one expects to be or be true. Are his forms containers or do they find themselves contained by culture? Time and certainty lose their structure when one looks at figures that reform and deform simultaneously. Downs has taught drawing workshops at Anderson Ranch and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and was a professor of Drawing and Painting at The Cooper Union and Maryland Institute College of Art.

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

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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