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Introduction To Charcoal


[ Online Workshop )

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Would you like to learn a new art form? This online weekend-long workshop will give you the confidence to work with charcoal in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It is run by experienced artist educator and artist, Kate Boucher.

The workshop will be recorded for Pallant House Gallery’s use later in the year. The participants work will not be recorded, just the introduction and examples by Kate Boucher.

What is included?

All participants will receive access to the online workshop and the following materials will be posted to you.

  • white cartridge A3 x 5 (or more) 220 GSM
  • A2 light weight paper, 100gsm to lean on, can be folded to A3 fit in envelop/box
  • plastic rubber
  • small putty rubber
  • Seawhites compressed black square profile
  • Jakar compressed charcoal
  • black charcoal pencil
  • Wildwood natural charcoal
  • Sandpaper
  • 1 stump
  • masking tape



Friday 15 October, 7-8pm

We will start with a introductory short session to introduce you to charcoal – what it is and what does it do. We will then unbox our boxes of art supplies together and start to get to know each other and find out what to expect from the weekend ahead.


Saturday 16 October, 9am-1pm (with a break)

Using alternating short demonstrations, followed by short hands-on activities, we will explore all the different elements of working in charcoal by taking inspiration from our own collection of preparatory drawings.

Materials: Explore the differences between the various types and brands of charcoal and paper.

Tools: Understand the different marks that can be made and how the tools (erasers, cloths, stumps, sandpaper, masking tape) can combine with the different types of charcoal to create different effects.

Techniques: We will experiment with and develop mark-making techniques to include various combinations of charcoal and tools. As we get familiar with the media and tools, we will begin by drawing simple lines and circles, without having to also consider creating likeness. Then we can move on to applying the techniques we’ve learnt to a more complex image. Kate Boucher will also teach you how to prepare for drawing in galleries and the techniques involved.

Under Kate’s guidance you will quickly gain confidence with skills that you can practice yourself before the next session on Sunday.


Sunday 17 October, 9am-1pm (with a break)
On Sunday we will put everything we have learnt into practice and begin working up drawings together using images you have sourced beforehand. Kate Boucher will be working in her studio, so you can watch her creating a drawing alongside you, gathering skills and techniques as you go. We will come together as a group at the end to look and our work and discuss what we’ve learnt.


Kate Boucher is an artist, author, and inspirational tutor, who specialises in building students’ creative confidence in a supportive learning environment.

She studied at Chelsea School of Art in the early 1990s, graduating from West Dean College with a Master of Fine Art 2016. She is a QEST Scholar and has received several awards. Her work has been exhibited with that of David Nash RA, Alice Kettle and Tai Shan Schierenberg and held in private collections internationally. Her most recent exhibition, Forces of Nature, Glyndebourne Gallery 94, her book Drawing with Charcoal is due for release in November 2021.

If you have any questions about this workshop, please drop us an email on or give us a call on +44 (0)1243 774557.