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

June 9 - 14, 2024

Gary Chapman  ·  garychapmanart.com

Workshop at a glance

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.


  • Explore and develop an expressive mark making vocabulary
  • Explore and develop beautiful grounds with various techniques
  • Choreographing marks within and on the grounds


  • Class Materials List
  • Please note any materials you are expected to purchase prior to arrival
  • Estimated fees vary based on class size and materials used


  • Portfolio and test marks
  • Series of test grounds
  • A full portfolio of drawings



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

Artist Bio

Gary Chapman is an artist and Professor of Painting and Drawing, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art; BA and BS, Berea College). Chapman has had over 80 solo exhibitions with institutions such as The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, The Arts Center of St. Petersburg, FL; University of Cincinnati, University of Georgia, and the Indianapolis Art Center. He has also participated in numerous group and invitational exhibitions with regional, national and international venues. Chapman was awarded and named a Joan Mitchell CALL Legacy Artist in 2013 and has received numerous grants and fellowships, including a 1996 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Painting from the Southern Arts Federation and a 2002 and 1994 Individual Artist Fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. His work has been reviewed extensively and is published in over 20 catalogs and books including the 4 Editions of New American Paintings. Thirteen paintings by Chapman have been purchased for the collections of ten museums in the southeast region as well as by many corporate and private collections throughout the country.

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