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Charcoal Drawing with Bridget Macdonald

Charcoal Drawing with Bridget Macdonald

7 - 8 JUNE

9.15am - 4.00pm

Charcoal was the first drawing material.  Thirty thousand years ago someone picked up a burnt twig from the fire and drew on the cave wall – conveying the essence of living animals with the simplest of tools.  Bridget Macdonald’s large scale charcoal drawings continue this long tradition.  Her drawings work alongside her oil paintings, not as preparatory studies but as an equal but different way of exploring her subject matter.  She is an experienced tutor, having taught in many art colleges from degree to foundation level, as well as running successful workshops in museums and arts centres.

In this two day course there will be an introduction to the work of other contemporary artists who have made charcoal their medium of choice.  Working from direct observation in the inspiring surroundings of the Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, students will experiment with mark making, scale, varying grounds and approaches.  There will be an emphasis on experimentation with techniques so that you will leave with a body of work which will enable you to continue on your own path. Charcoal is a wonderfully expressive drawing tool and this course will celebrate its rich potential.  It is suitable for all levels of experience.

Cost: £210, to include all the paper including fabulous Bockingford paper for your finished drawings and lunch in the main house.  To book a place email: or telephone 07867 978 414. 

Box of assorted short lengths of willow charcoal.
Putty rubber.
Stick of compressed charcoal.
Stick of white pastel.
Clips to fix paper to drawing board.
A1 sized drawing board.
Apron and/or old clothes would be appropriate