Drawing the figure with charcoal  

From £28

  Thursday 7 July

7:00 – 9:00pm (BST)

  Online – Zoom    

  • Category: Workshop
  • Experience level: Suitable for all
  • Tutor: Henry Guy

14 spaces available

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This class is supported with products from our sister brand Winsor & Newton.

What you will get from taking this online workshop: 

  • An understanding of drawing techniques with charcoal 
  • Practice drawing a model in various poses 
  • Tips and techniques on how to be at ease with charcoal  
  • Elephant Academy Technique Takeaway: Learn to draw with charcoal from a life model 

Explore the expressive range that charcoal can bring. From drawing the dramatic and bold to the sensitive and suggestive, charcoal has an immediacy that can feel liberating. During the two-hour session, you will draw from a life model in a mixture of short and sustained poses, with a focus on thinking about tone, the structure of the figure and finding a rhythm in the drawing. This workshop will encourage you to be at ease with charcoal and to think about the entire process of making an ‘active’ picture.  

Henry Guy was born and raised in Glasgow, and studied at Glasgow School of Art. After many years of studio practice he moved to London to study Drawing at the Royal Drawing School. He has been teaching at the Drawing School and Central Saint Martins for more than a decade. 

Additional materials you will need: 

  • Eraser


Do I need to have any experience to take part in an Elephant Academy class? Absolutely not! We warmly welcome everyone and have classes and activities for all levels, including those who have never picked up a paintbrush or pencil before. All classes are friendly, supportive and fun!

How do I join the online class once I have purchased? You will be sent a Zoom link via email the week before your class. The email will have full instructions on how to join and tips on how to set up your workspace.

I don’t live in the UK – can I still join one of the classes? Absolutely! We welcome students from all over the world and many of our classes are held at times to suit students in Europe and North America.

Is there a recording I can watch after the class? Yes, we can supply recordings to allow you to develop your skills and revisit the classes.