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

June 6 - 11, 2021

Gary Chapman  ·  garychapmanart.com

Workshop at a glance

You will be immensely productive in this dynamic and extensive course, using charcoal as a painterly and beautifully, expressive medium.


  • Expressive mark making using charcoal
  • Explore alternatives to using paper
  • Developing abstraction in drawing


  • Charcoal
  • Paint, ink, Gesso, and spray paint
  • Crayon and graphite


  • Combine additive and subtractive techniques for charcoal
  • How to refine abstract drawing techniques
  • Using a variety of materials in drawing

Artist Bio

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.
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Workshop Description

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. Participants will also explore various alternatives to paper. The class focuses on mark making as it relates to abstraction and later you 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.

COURSE FEE: $600  ·  download the materials list

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