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CHARCOAL: Expressive Mark Making, A Painter’s Approach to Drawing

Skill Level: All levels are welcome.

Friday, Nov. 5 & Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Members: $295 | Non-Members: $325

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Gary Chapman, Grid, 2019, charcoal

Students will explore charcoal as the perfect drawing medium for expressive mark making.  Students will develop a personal approach to loose, aggressive mark making with a combination of additive and subtractive techniques using charcoal and erasers for mark making and developing grounds. While charcoal will be the primary medium, eventually students will be encouraged to combine other media such as conte crayon and spray paint. The class will focus upon mark making as it relates to abstraction and later students may opt to explore the different ways these same techniques can be applied to observational drawing for a provocative and beautiful fusion of abstraction and realism.

Gary Chapman is a Professor of Art – Drawing and Painting at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has had over 60 solo exhibitions with institutions such as The Arts Center of St. Petersburg, Florida and the Indianapolis Art Center. He has participated in national and international exhibitions, and his paintings have been purchased for numerous museums, corporate and private collections. He has a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and BA and BS, Berea College.

In 2013, Chapman was awarded and named a CALL Legacy Artist by the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Chapman’s work has received recognition and awards from such notable figures as Ned Rifkin, Dennis Barrie, John Ravenal, Annette Carlozzi and Jack Cowart. In 2008 his work was selected and published in the book Alabama Masters: Artists and Their Work. He has received numerous grants and fellowships including a 1996 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Painting from the Southern Arts Federation and 2001 and 1994, Individual Artist  Fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. His work has been reviewed extensively and is published in  over 20 catalogs and books including the 3rd, 16th and 52nd editions of New American Paintings.

Paintings by Chapman have been purchased for the permanent collections of 10 museums throughout the Southeastern region. These include the Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery and Ogden Museums of Art. His work is also included in many corporate and private collections throughout the country. For more information, visit garychapmanart.com.

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