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Enroll with Katy Strass, Director of HAEC, for the fundamentals of charcoal drawing. During this nine-week course, participants will be working to build a class portfolio. They will learn about the materials and tools used to create high-value charcoal drawings. Four charcoal drawings will be completed. Participants will also leave with a newsprint drawing pad full of class reference exercises.  

The Huntington native and HNHS graduate furthered her artistic education by earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University. Katy completed extensive coursework in advanced drawing and figure drawing. Her main area of focus was on fine art printmaking. Katy now works for Pathfinder Services as Director of the Huntington Arts & Entrepreneurial Center. She finds joy in working with people and sharing creative skills and artistic resources.   

 Students in grades 8through 12 are invited to participate in the weekly class. Independent open studio times are also available for space to complete projects. Two class critiques will take place where you thoughtfully use drawing vocabulary words to comment on peer work.   

Youth Drawing Class:  

October 10th through December 12th, 2022 

[9-week class occurring every Monday]   

Mondays, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM  

Grades 8 through 12  


October 10 – Introduction, Class 0verview, Tools and Materials Exploration   

October 17 – Newsprint practice, getting to know different types of charcoal effects and techniques, Drawing paper overview  

October 24 – Tone and Values lesson, art of seeing   

Open Studio Worktime (no class) – 4:00PM to 6:00 PM  10/26  10/28  11/2  11/4  

October 31 – No Class (Halloween)      

November 7 – In class still-life, Assign Homework Due November 14 (Imaginary Scape, vocabulary) 

November 14 – Introduction to critique, critique of peer work.  

November 21 – Intro to figure drawing, “drawn together”, quick poses (10 poses 3 min).   

Open Studio Worktime (no class) – 4:00PM to 6:00PM  11/23  11/30  12/2   

November 28 – Quick poses (10 poses 3 min), drawing heads, Intro to self-portrait Assign Homework (self-portrait).   

December 5 – Quick poses (10 poses 3 min), In-class long pose figure drawing.   

December 12 – Self-portrait critique, class evaluation   

$350.00  (3 participant minimum, 8 maximum)  

[$33.00 per class + one-time $50.00 drawing kit fee] 

  • Drawing tools and materials exploration  
  • Tone and Values Lesson  
  • Still-life practice  
  • Peer critique experience  
  • Figure Drawing Introduction   
  • Open Studio Time – outside class  
  • Self portrait practice   
  • Class portfolio evaluation