Teacher: Maria Lupianez
instagram: @marilu.francis

Two sessions drawing from set up still life. Class will utilize basic charcoal techniques to fill the page creating a strong dynamic composition. We will focus on tones ranging from the extreme light to extreme dark and learn mark making to enhance the overall picture. We will also talk about the limited use of white charcoal and its value in charcoal drawings.
Two sessions working in the reverse. The class will work from a printed black and white photographic source. We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of working from photographs. The class will fill the entire page black with charcoal and work with the erasers pulling out the lights and reworking the blacks as needed. Mark making will be added to express different textures and limited use of the white charcoal pencil.


  • Tortillons (blending stumps) of varied sizes
  • Large drawing clipboard (23’x26”)
  • Large pad of charcoal paper 18”x24” (toned if possible) or at minimum 4 sheets cut to requested size
  • Vine charcoal
  • Compressed black charcoal ( NO WHERE on the packaging should it read “pastels”)
  • Exacto knife
  • Rag
  • White charcoal pencil
  • 2B black charcoal pencil
  • Gray kneaded eraser
  • White Staedtler MARS plastic eraser
  • Thin refillable eraser stick.
    This is a retractable eraser stick; it should be white and will come in varied widths. Tombow and Pentel are some brands to look at. DO NOT purchase eraser pencils. The eraser is much too hard.
  • Charcoal spray fixative (Grumbacher, Krylon, Winsor & Newton are some brands to look at)
  • Baby wipes for your own personal usage.

Charcoal can be a messy medium and can stain certain fabrics so please dress accordingly.