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

May 29, 2022 - June 3, 2022

Gary Chapman  ·  garychapmanart.com

Workshop at a glance

Explore charcoal as an expressive and beautiful medium.


  • Expressive mark making, developing various grounds
  • Developing various grounds
  • Lee technique, and yupo paper


  • Compressed and powdered charcoal, graphite blocks and powdered graphite
  • Paper, erasers, chamois, spray paint


  • A thorough portfolio of drawings and grounds
  • How to create archivally correct, beautiful drawings with charcoal and graphite

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 80 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.
Arrowmont Connections

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Workshop Description

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 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.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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

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