How to Teach Drawing Using Charcoal




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Introduction 0:29

Essential Materials

Types of Charcoal 6:54

Best Drawing Surfaces 8:56

Additional Tools and Supplies 12:03

Beginning Techniques with Charcoal

Qualities of Charcoal and How to Work With It 2:53

Beginning Projects

Beginning with a Grid Drawing 14:16

Moving on to Shading 11:59

Advanced Techniques with Charcoal

Intermediate Ideas in Charcoal 5:55

Moving From Charcoal to Other Media 6:04

Advanced Ideas in Charcoal 5:29

Drawing with Fire 7:12

Wrapping Up Projects

Critiques and Assessment 11:53


Conclusion 0:38

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How to Teach Drawing Using Charcoal

3 PD Hours

  • 1 Learn how to get started with various charcoal types and their qualities.

  • 2 Explore how to add new effects and characteristics to the drawings your students create.

  • 3 Immediately add depth and interest to your drawing curriculum.

Charcoal is a versatile and engaging medium that can sometimes be difficult to introduce to your students. In this Learning Pack, survey a variety of approaches for introducing charcoal types, qualities, and techniques. Gain specific ideas for lessons, critiques, and assessments all while exploring best practices and innovative ideas in charcoal drawing.

Connected National Visual Arts Standards:
Anchor Standard #1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #3: Refine and complete artistic work.

Luke Nielsen

Luke Nielsen

PRO Facilitator and High School Art Teacher

Luke proudly teaches at his high school alma mater in Saint Ansgar, Iowa. His diverse background in visual arts, language arts, and sports science guide his character development and leadership courses as well as his junior high and high school visual arts curriculum.


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