How to Make a Messy Charcoal Card for a Loved One: Online

Course overview

This online, self-directed taster workshop will give you a glimpse into the Online Painting and Drawing classes available at Activate Learning. Not only will you finish the course having developed your skills to create beautiful, unique art to share and display, but you will get messy and have fun doing it!

Artist Chloe McClellan will be your tutor. She is a an artist and educator with ten years’ experience teaching in the field of art and design. Watch the video below in which Chloe gives a sneak peek at some of the content you will cover in this course.

Chloe is a painter and sculptor in her own right, director of artist-led, curatorial collective We Are Housing Association, and she is wildly passionate about drawing, a practice that she focusses on every day. She graduated with an MFA in Painting at the Slade School of Art in 2013, and amongst other awards, has won the Boise Travel Scholarship and the Desiree Prize for Painting. She was also nominated as one of the ‘200 Women Redefining the Creative Industries’ by the Dots in 2018.

Please read this engaging interview with Chloe to learn more. Alternatively, if you are curious about the course have a question for Chloe, you can reach out to her directly via email.

This course has eight sections that you will need to work through. The sections are: 

  • Part 1: Introduction
    • Types of paper
    • Compressed charcoal
    • Charcoal pencils
    • Additional tools and techniques
  • Part 2: Charcoal as a drawing medium
  • Part 3: Shading techniques
  • Part 4:Using an eraser to create light
  • Part 5: Blending charcoal
  • Part 6: Examples of cards
  • Part 7: Creating a still life
  • Part 8: Making a card

This class will be taught by demonstration: your tutor will show you how they set up a still life at home and how they use a variety of charcoals and different techniques to make art.

You will be provided with a handout to go alongside the video that provides details about the material and methods. We provide the know-how, you supply the inspiration!

This is a self-directed, online taster workshop, so there are no formal entry requirements.

You do not need expensive or complicated materials; this workshop requires only a variety of charcoals (compressed willow, etc) card, and fixative (or hairspray), which are all cheap and commonly available goods. Please see the video above for more details.

Learn. Create. Progress.

Develop your talents with Activate Learning. We offer a broad range of online painting and drawing courses such as:

  • Ink and Pen Drawing
  • Observational Drawing
  • Drawing Spaces, Inside and Out
  • Art of the Sketchbook: Explore Drawing Techniques by Making Your Own
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  • Flexible start - 31 July 2022
  • 1 Day
    • £5
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  • Flexible start - 31 July 2023
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    • £5
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Meet the tutors

We want our learners to feel welcome, safe and at ease when attending our classes, especially if this is your first time attending an adult education class or if you're coming back to education after a break.
If you're interested in one of courses, meet our tutors first! You'll see they have similar passions and interests and, most importantly, the right qualifications to help you make the most of your time and money.