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Beginning Adventures in Charcoal Series : Making a Mess to Get to Mastery

This three part series is designed to provide students who are new to charcoal with information about the tools and techniques for more effective use of the medium.
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Meets 1x per week
Over 3 weeks
90 minutes per class

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Class Experience

Students will improve their understanding of how to choose the appropriate paper for a charcoal drawing, how to use the various types of charcoal to achieve their desired outcome, how to create a range of values and apply them to a simple shape to create the illusion of form and how to minimise mess and frustration when working with the medium. Students will also explore mark-making with charcoal and will be introduced to and discuss the work of an artist (or two) who has a significant work/works in charcoal.
Students are strongly encouraged to practise the techniques and further explore the materials covered in each session. Practise (when combined with good technique) is the most effective tool for developing skills, in addition, home practise will generate questions for students which can then be answered while the class is running.
Materials Needed: (Estimated prices when listed have been sourced from Dick Blick however, if you have a local art supply store you might consider supporting them) For any of the materials listed below it may be useful to share with another family if possible or purchase items individually from your local store until you know that your learner enjoys the medium and plans to continue. Items marked with a * are essential for the class. (I have also created a supply list here, to help simplify this process if needed. ) 1. Paper - A couple sheets of standard smooth paper (copy paper or the pages of your sketchbook) and - *Charcoal paper or any sturdy paper that has tooth or texture. Any Strathmore 300 series charcoal pad will do. You may choose a size depending on your students preference but I recommend the smaller 9x12 for beginners. $7.75 ,or individual sheets from your local art store. 2. Charcoal *Vine or Willow charcoal *Compressed charcoal *A set of charcoal pencils- medium (2B), soft (4B), extra- soft (6B) and white (white is optional but fun to use) You can often find student kits with a small number of each of these items. "General's Charcoal Drawing Assortment" Beginner kit offers the above pencils minus the white plus a kneaded eraser (see below) for around $12.57 3. Blending Tools Tortillion/blending stump (good to have for exploration but fingers work also work well) cotton buds/*tissue/soft paint brush (any of these items can be used for blending and will provide your learner with more options) 4. Erasers *A good quality plastic eraser (that you are willing to cut up) * Kneaded eraser Mechanical eraser (that way you don't need to cut up your regular plastic eraser [see above] please note that you will need plastic eraser [above] whether or not you purchase a mechanical eraser) Small leather chamois (this is a good tool to have for those serious about working with charcoal) 5. It is also useful to have a small square of sandpaper handy to sharpen your charcoal. 6. Each class students will be provided with materials for review, these can be printed out prior to class or accessed on-line during class. Please do not read through or watch materials until prompted.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Student's are provided with in-class feedback from the instructor but are also informally guided in providing feedback for their peers during the course of the class. 
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
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S.NewtonIB certified Visual Arts Instructor and Visual Artist (using choice-based models)
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I am an International Baccalaureate (IB) certified teacher with three years of experience teaching  Visual Arts  in an international  IB school. Prior to that I... 
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