Experimenting with Charcoal
with Dita Carley, May 11


4 hours

8 Spots

10:00 am to 3:00 pm with a lunch break.

May 11, 2024 

Charcoal is one of the oldest of drawing tools.  In Prehistoric times artists from all over the world would pick up charcoal from their fires and draw on their cave walls.  Charcoal is a fluid and versatile medium and is wonderfully flexible and lends itself to all types of drawing styles.
This Workshop is for both beginners and experienced students. In the first half, you’ll be experimenting with the various applications of charcoal.  You’ll learn how to use addition and subtraction methods, along with manipulating darks & lights to create a sense of depth on a flat plane.  You’ll have the option of working from a Still Life, or from another subject of your choice.

Additional information

Membership Status

Member, Non-member

Compressed charcoal
Charcoal pencils:  Hard, Medium, Soft, Extra Soft
Factis eraser, extra soft
Smooth paper:  80-100#, 9” x 12” or 12” x 18” — Strathmore 500 Series, Assorted Tints recommended.
Low tack tape: 3M Scotch Painters Tape for Delicate Surfaces

Meet Dita Carley:

BFA, University of Washington, Seattle. Exhibited in galleries in Seattle, Tacoma and Museum of Northwest Art, WA.  Works in private and public collections  Studied with Jacob Lawrence, UW, Seattle, and with Wolf Khan, Vermont Studio Center.  Taught at Guilford Art Center, Brookfield Art Center, Cold Spring School, New Haven, & Flanders Nature Center.