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Charcoal Painting

Charcoal painting is a medium of art form that uses sticks of charred wood instead of any colored pigments. Charcoal art can be found as finished drawings as well preliminary outlines. The best & most unique thing of using charcoal medium is that they can be easily erased & smudged, offering a great technique to create textures, build tones, and rectify mistakes.

Charcoal is often used for roughing an outline on a large canvas or mural before finishing the artwork with oil paint or acrylic. Charcoal art is thus very much similar to pencil sketches but provide a darker & more vibrant gradient than graphite pencils. To make a charcoal sketch long lasting, a sealant like gum or resin is usually used.

Charcoal drawings have been a part of the larger artistic ecosystem of the world for a long time and have been adapted to different stylistic traditions over the time. Drawings using charcoal as a medium have survived from the 16th & 17th centuries, and have flourished from the 19th and well into the 21st century.

Materials required for charcoal art are simple & inexpensive. All you need is:

  • Charcoal sticks
  • Sanding block
  • Charcoal pencils
  • White charcoal
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Blending tools
  • Toned papers

Learner’s outcome

  • Charcoal art is beginner friendly, especially for those trained in pencil sketching.
  • Charcoal is a natural material and hence perhaps the safest & most environment friendly medium for art.
  • Using charcoal as a medium makes the artwork versatile and provides the artists the liberty to experiment with different tones & techniques.
  • Charcoal painting helps in learning about tonal values.
  • The painting supplies are really inexpensive.

Learn charcoal art today at Oak Groves and explore your creative half. Discover our expert-led Charcoal Painting courses today! Anyone can learn, there’s no age restrictions!


  • An interest to learn.