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Charcoal - Art in Shadows and Light with Ray Gamradt

Machetanz Arts Festival
Event organized by Machetanz Arts Festival

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During this workshop, we will manipulate charcoal across the spectrum of values and textures and explore an arsenal of implements. Pencils and sticks and bricks and powder, cotton swabs and paintbrushes and tissues and fingers. To bypass the time spent achieving a preliminary sketch, I will provide copies of line work and a reference photo, so students can work in parallel with me on a particular demonstration project.

For those interested, I encourage students to bring their own prepared line work and a reference photo of a project of their choosing. When I embark upon a piece, I am most often trying to answer the question: “What is the light doing?” We will encounter some problems and some solutions, and hopefully all come out of the day with a broader understanding of charcoal and an appreciation for the story it can tell on what used to be a white surface. Welcome to a day of smearing black around on a page.

Additional Information: Supplies provided by the artist, ($20 materials fee included on your invoice). Students can bring a photo or sketch of what they want to work on.