870-585-2555 [email protected]
July 7, 2018 @ 9:00 am – July 8, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Arkansas Craft School
101 North Peabody Avenue
Mountain View, Arkansas, 72560
United States
Arkansas Craft School

Dramatic Drawing: Chiaroscuro through a Reductive Approach

If you like drawings with a dramatic sense of light and of depth, and want to expand your approach to drawing, this workshop is for you.   Rembrandt and Vermeer were just two of the many great artists who used chiaroscuro.  In this workshop, students will be introduced to basic elements of this dramatic lighting technique using a simple geometric form, and creating a drawing from observation.


Students will employ a reductive (rather than additive) approach that produces rich tones and textures that cannot be replicated through any other method of rendering.  The reductive technique begins by setting a ground of soft charcoal on the drawing surface, then using erasers to create the drawing by establishing the value structure, and finally completing the drawing by rendering details.