Charcoal & Chalk Portrait Workshop

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Northern Realist Drawing & Painting

Unit 403, AWOL Studios

Pollard Street

Manchester

M4 7JA

United Kingdom

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Course Price £160, reserve your place with a £40 deposit, the remainder will be invoiced before the course.

Learn to draw charcoal & chalk portraits from life while learning about the tonal principles necessary for painting.


Charcoal is a beautiful, expressive medium ideal for portraiture. When combined with toned paper and chalk it provides a very efficient means of drawing which is very well suited to short studies. The combination can be manipulated to stunning effect and if your ultimate goal is to paint, it serves as an ideal method to get to grips with the essential tonal principles involved. This workshop will help you get much more out of painting workshops.


Charcoal Portrait Workshop Overview


The workshop is taught by Christopher Clements and will introduce you to drawing techniques which will give your portrait drawing a solid foundation. You’ll start by looking at a tonal scale using the charcoal, toned paper and chalk to create a 9 step scale. This divides up into ‘tonal families’ of shadow, mid tone and light.


Following on from the tonal exercises you’ll learn about the gesture and structure of the head, looking at orientation and construction methods as well as compositional principles.


Finally you’ll put all this into practice as you work up a finished portrait from life. You’ll be introduced to an approach which helps you concentrate on one concept at a time. This provides you with a framework to greatly increase the efficiency of your work and enable you to pace the drawing according to the time you have available.


During the workshop you’ll look at how to get the most out of charcoal and chalk and how to let the tone of the paper do some of the work for you.


  • How to draw a well structured head
  • Perspective, orientation and proportion
  • Positioning of the features and anatomy
  • Composition and lighting
  • Creating tonal ‘families’ to give your drawing unity
  • How to use the toned paper to best effect
  • Creating focus and variety through selective rendering of detail
  • Efficient use of time


By the end of the workshop you’ll be familiar with drawing concepts which are invaluable in constructing and working up charcoal and chalk portrait drawings. You’ll know how to use the different mediums effectively at different stages of the drawing. You will have developed your observational drawing abilities and learnt how to pace your work according to the time you have available.


The class is limited to 7 students meaning you can work towards your own personal goals whether you’re looking to learn fundamental principles or push your skills from a more advanced position.


As you’d expect with any Northern Realist course, it’s a chance to spend time concentrating on your work beside like-minded friendly artists - with all the usual tea, biscuits and friendly conversation that goes with it.

See the Northern Realist website for more details


Course Price £160, reserve your place with a £40 deposit, the remainder will be invoiced before the course.


FAQs

What Materials Will I need?

Charcoal & Chalk drawing materials, email info@northernrealist.com for more information


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Train: Manchester Piccadilly

Metrolink: New Islington

Parking: Free parking at Hope Mill


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Chris: info@northernrealist.com

What's the refund policy?

30 Days for deposits, remainder payment refunds up to 14 days in advance.

Full refund if the course is cancelled


Date and Time

Location

Northern Realist Drawing & Painting

Unit 403, AWOL Studios

Pollard Street

Manchester

M4 7JA

United Kingdom

View Map

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 30 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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