Online Class: Charcoal & Conté Drawing on Dark-Colored Paper

  • Monday, April 15
  • 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM MT
  • Online

Space is limited, registration required. Please email or call 505.946.1000 for assistance with event registration.

In this beginning to intermediate-level class, participants will use conté and charcoal to practice an observational study still-life study on toned or dark paper. Inspired by the contrasting tonal details of Georgia O’Keefe’s drawings on earth-toned paper, instructor Sudeshna Sengupta will guide participants through an interactive demonstration to create three-dimensional mass, tonal values, highlights, and shadows. Participants can set up their own still life of seedpods, rocks, and pebbles, or other found objects from nature. They can also choose to follow along with the set-up used in the class demonstration.

This class is suitable for youth ages 12 and up. Children are welcome to participate alongside their adults.

Space is limited, reservations required.

This program will take place via the video conferencing app – ZOOM. Details for accessing the Zoom meeting will be with your receipt upon registering and again sent via email the day prior. Please register in advance in order to access the program. Note that all program times are in Mountain Time.

Online classes are not recorded. Online classes are offered only as a live and interactive experience.

Supplies needed for this class: 

  • Canson Mi Tientes Earth Colors or Black or Gray Tones Pastel Paper pad in 9” x 12” to 12” X 16” size or similar paper pad. Thicker paper (140 lb or higher) is better.
  • A graphite pencil and an eraser
  • Charcoal (black) Pencils in Medium (2B) and Soft/Dark (4B or 6B)
  • A white and or gray charcoal pencil.
  • Set of white, black, sanguine, and terracotta Conté .
  • 3 to 5 Blending stumps (AKA Tortillons, often comes with drawing pencil sets) and or Q-tips.
  • Optional: Masking tape to keep the paper flat especially if the pad is larger, color pencils or pastels, soft cotton rags for blending larger areas (cut-up pieces of old cotton t-shirt works well), a newsprint pad for warm-up sketches.

About the Instructor

Sudeshna Sengupta’s career as a teaching artist spans multiple decades, continents, and cultures that inform her pedagogy for decolonizing studio art. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in 1985 from Visva-Bharati, an international university founded in India, by the humanist poet Tagore, the first non-European Nobel Laureate (1913). After teaching art and design at the college level in New Delhi, Seattle, and California, she taught at NMSU-Alamogordo, where she established its first intaglio printmaking studio in 1995. Since moving to Santa Fe, she has been teaching credit courses in online studio art at the Santa Fe Community College. She also conducts workshops and short courses and presents lectures and community-based art events for various age groups with civic, cultural, and community organizations in the US and in India, often with a focus on multicultural and inter-cultural experiences that emphasize human, cultural, and environmental connectedness through creativity. To see her art please visit: 

This class is being offered on a sliding scale.

$10; minimal fee.

$20; covers the cost of the class.

$30; covers the cost of the class, plus a contribution to support educational programs.

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