Charcoal Drawing Workshop with Sorca O’Farrell

Sunday 10 November, 2024

10am – 4pm

The Redwood Art School

24 Mellifont Avenue, Dun Laoghaire

This one day drawing workshop for artists will begin with a short introduction from Sorca about her work and what inspires her, followed by a quick demonstration to show the versatility of charcoal, combining different mark-making techniques which can be used to convey atmosphere and describe subject matter. Participants will then experiment with some charcoal exercises before moving on to work on a larger drawing.

In preparation for the workshop participants are encouraged to look at trees, or groups of trees, that catch their attention in the lead-up to the day, and to bring photographs and/or small sketches which will be used as a starting point for a large drawing. This will incorporate areas of light and dark, using textures and marks to build up a personal description of their chosen tree or tree group.

By the end of the day participants will have discovered the many possibilities of working with this magic and versatile medium.


Materials required:

  • 1 box of assorted thickness charcoal (winsor & newton is best) and charcoal pencil,
  • 1 or 2 large sheets (A2 or imperial) heavy smooth watercolour paper, Fabriano Artistico HP is recommended,
  • Some rubbers and brushes, although there will be a variety available to use on the day.

10 places only.

Fee: €100

Find out more about Sorca O’Farrell’s work