Charcoal drawing

Charcoal drawing

This lesson plan is a basic introduction to using charcoal in your drawing. This traditional artists material can be used very effectively to create a three dimensional element to your drawing. It is a drawing material that can be worked in a number of ways. You can draw with a rubber and with your fingers as much as with a charcoal stick. The best way to learn is to experiment and this lesson plan will help you start.

David Nash is well known as a sculptor who understands all aspects of working with wood. He has burnt sculptures to get a very intense black and made drawings with charcoal. Learn how David Nash uses charcoal and then have a go yourself.

Key Stage:

KS 2,3&4 Art and Design


This lesson plan can be used:
To start a drawing project.
To develop ideas and understanding of processes and materials.
As part of study of any artist using charcoal in their work.
As part of study of the work of the artist David Nash.
As part of individual study

David Nash and Charcoal

Sculptor David Nash makes sculptures out of wood as well as making charcoal drawings. Charcoal is made by burning sticks, usually of the willow tree in a special way and has been used by artists as a drawing material for centuries.

Have a go at a simple still life drawing

Watch the film and then try charcoal for yourselves. The best way to learn about a material is to experiment with it yourself and simple shapes on a white background is a good place to start.

Development Activity:

Find out more about David Nash

Learning Objectives:

Pupils should increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials.
In addition students can gain knowledge and understanding of the work and approaches of artists, craftspeople or designers from contemporary and/or historical contexts, periods, societies and cultures.
Students can refine their ideas as work progresses through experimenting with media, materials, techniques and process.

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