Drawing Fundamentals: Charcoal

Begin your formal creative practice in the traditional method of charcoal drawing. Charcoal pencils and sticks are one of most commonly used tools to draw with.  Learn the basics of this fine medium, understand the effectiveness of drawing techniques, and get a formal introduction into the process of creating imagery all on your own. Subjects discussed will include line quality, shading and gradation, cross hatching, and contour drawing. This class is open to all levels.



Community: $240
Faculty, staff & alumni: $215
Current Students: $150


Summer Session:

Day Dates Times Instructor Location
Friday 7/8-8/12 10am-12pm Danny Neece Tilden

Materials List:

  • Strathmore 400 Series Recycled Paper Drawing Pad – 18×24
  • Vine Charcoal-Soft
  • Compressed Charcoal Sticks (Charkoal)
  • Charcoal Pencils 2b 4b 6b 
  • White Charcoal Pencil
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • 18×24 drawing board


The Inkstone on Telegraph near the UC Berkeley campus will have some drawing materials available. Please contact them directly to inquire about in-store pick-up.

We’ve also created an online list at Blick. You can order online or pick-up in a local store: https://www.dickblick.com/lists/blicku/J8237UGB1EI0T/publicview/




Drawing Fundamentals: Charcoal
Course Information
Danny Neece

Related Courses