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Somers Library Offers Art Classes Starting in January

The Somers Library is offering a four-part workshop about the fundamentals of charcoal drawing. It is being held on Mondays – Jan. 6, Jan. 13, Jan. 27 and Feb. 3 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. 

"Charcoal is one of the oldest and most popular drawing mediums," librarians said in a statement. "Its smooth, often soft, texture lends itself well to quick gesture and subtle gradations. It is a useful and versatile drawing tool, making it ideal for the beginning student."

The “Fundamentals of Charcoal” workshop will provide the opportunity to explore the quality of the charcoal medium in both pencil and stick form. Students will choose from still-life or the human form to create line, blend tone, and render light and dark values.  

The workshop is sponsored by the Friends of the Somers Library.

Materials required for the first class are:

  • 14x17” or 18x24” heavyweight drawing pad (medium surface)
  • Drawing board with metal clips
  • 1 box Windsor & Newton vine charcoal (12 sticks medium or soft)
  • 1 box conte’ compressed charcoal
  • 1 General’s charcoal pencil kit OR 2 Prang paper-wrapped charcoal pencils (soft)
  • Erasers: 2 kneaded rubber and 1 art gum
  • X-Acto knife
  • Art storage box
  • Krylon workable fixative (optional)
  • 14x17 newsprint pad (optional)

Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call the library at  (914) 232-5717 or register online at www.somerslibrary.org

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