In this course, we will reconsider an ancient (and often under-appreciated) medium. Students will be invited to move beyond the traditional uses of this rich, expressive art tool and explore still life and abstract approaches to the use of this medium. We will use vine or willow charcoal, charcoal powder, soft charcoal pencils, and varieties of paper. We will review basic shapes, positive and negative spaces, cast shadows and tonal values used to create an interesting composition. Students are encouraged to bring remnants of charcoal pieces to be repurposed. Learn anew or refresh your practice. This class welcomes all skill levels.