06) Spontaneous Ink, Color, & Charcoal

Contemporary approaches in drawing cultivate free and energetic artwork. The exploratory processes readily lend themselves to capture the culture and environment in Qatar, to which each participant responds to a unique way.

The class will draw and paint from observation using professional inks, liquid watercolors, and a range of charcoal. Various regional and contemporary artists underpin each week’s exploration. Participants are supported through one-on-one guidance, group sharing, reflection, and class critiques.

Class Outline

1. Mark-making and inked forms

2. Still life: Color and relativity

3. Still life: Surface and sustained forms 

4. Portrait: Suggested form

5. Portrait: Mapping the face and awareness

6. Spaces: Modern perspective and memory   

Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.

Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.

Items to buy for this class

Participants are required to buy their own materials beforehand and bring them to every class

  • Bamboo nibs
  • 1 bottle Sumi or India Ink
  • Liquid watercolour (perhaps 4 bottles of your preferred colors @ ColourNote)
  • Willow charcoal
  • White pastel
  • Medium and large flat brushes
  • 1 watercolor palette (plastic is fine)
  • 1 roll of masking tape
  • 1 spray bottle
  • 1 water container (jar or cup)
  • 12 large watercolor sheets: i.e. Strathmore A2, slightly textured (cold pressed) 140 lb approx.
  • Small watercolor sheets: i.e. Strathmore A4 (cold pressed) 140 lb approx. (for exercises)
  • Various items: plants, fruit, blocks, bowls, & other still life objects

On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.

Where to buy your materials

Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:

  • Cass Art (Fire station): Community Classes students get a 15% discount upon presenting the registration ticket
  • Jarir Bookstore: on Rayyan Road or Salwa Road
  • Color Note: on Al Nasser Street
  • Ibn Al Qayyim: at Markhiya Roundabout
  • Al Rawnaq

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Terms & Conditions apply

Participants must buy their own materials

Sat, 27 Oct, 2018
Sat, 8 Dec, 2018
Saturdays (no class on Nov 24)
10:00 am -1:00 pm
VCUQatar, Room 255
QAR 1050


Charlene Kasdorf

M.Ed., BFA, Dipl. Graphic Design

Charlene Kasdorf has illustrated picture books and images in every country she has called home: from the prairies of Canada to a closet-sized flat London, and now a studio-space in Doha. She encourages and challenges individuals, whether novice or professional, to mobilize their visual stories for an audience of any size. She has collaborated on bespoke projects with the MIA, QM Family Programmes, several international schools, U.K.-based publishers, and regional authors. Charlene contributes to and gains perspective from The Association of Illustrators and has attended several conferences hosted by The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

See more at http://www.charlenekasdorf.com.