Drawing with DIY Materials (five-session workshop)

Learn how to make your own drawing materials from natural sources. Using walnuts we gather, through boiling and reduction, learn the steps to make ink. By carbonizing different kinds of wood, make your own drawing charcoal. In this course, we will bind our own sketchbooks. Using your new, homemade materials to learn or rediscover simple drawing techniques including sighting and measuring as well as expressive mark-making.

What you will learn:

  • How to make your own drawing materials

  • Simple bookbinding

  • Basic observational drawing skills

  • Drawing from imagination

Required supplies:

  • A small jar with a lid

  • Enough loose sheets of paper (found or purchased) for a sketchbook

  • Brush(es)

  • Spray fixative (optional)