Want to try charcoal?  It’s great for creating dramatic value.  It is a little messy, but this is art!

Check out this video of the artist, Andre Desjardins working on his large paintings that simulate the effect of charcoal for inspiration:

Notice how he is using a variety of media, techniques, and supplies to generate his work?  You can too!  Check out Rachel’s project from last year:

charcoal of a girl profile

Rachel used paint along with the charcoal to make her drawing more interesting.


Project:  Make a charcoal project.  Use the medium in an innovative way to make your piece stronger.


  • charcoal (sticks, vine, powder)
  • additional supplies; paint, spray bottle, glue, glue, magazine, material, etc.