In this three-day charcoal sanding workshop, you will develop a greater use of value, and increase your understanding of light sources and their effects through learning charcoal sanding techniques.

What you need to know 

We will be creating a community of learners ready to tackle a new and demanding approach to art. Learners will be creating art using the charcoal sanding method. Reference will be both photographic and from life. You can expect to learn all of the techniques required to create beautiful, rich black and white artworks, from minute details (sanding tips, different grades of sandpaper and how to deal with “problem” areas) to toning larger areas.


Friday 10th June 2022 - Sunday 12th June 2022


The Heritage Centre, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire


£950 (£100 Deposit)

Materials you will need

Materials will be provided.

Additional Information

1. The deposit fee of £100 will be deducted from the balance of the booking.

2. Fifteen people maximum and we will be assessing and implementing any covid 19 safety measures that remain in place at that time, to ensure the safest environment we can. We will be issuing separate details on covid protective measures implemented.


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About Annie Murphy Robinson

Drawing on her lived experiences, inspired by the self and the muse she has found in her children, Annie creates hyper-realistic images with paper, sandpaper and charcoal. Each image works to reclaim a story embedded in her past; she works to uncover a narrative within the charcoal that she labours to reveal and bring to life. It is a unique method of image-making that peels away, rather than the traditional adding to.


Annie’s works are compulsively and obsessively detail-oriented, with perfectly glassy eyes and delicate cascading hair drawn from the shadows. Lush textures are created through her sanding back of each charcoal layer; the directional fur of the fox, the pretty frills on their childhood dress-ups and the perfectly drawn creases on the cotton singlet. The rise and fall of light and shadow in each image is striking and intensifies the gaze of each subject, whether looking at the viewer or past the frame. Each image is a perfect reflection, a perfect simulacrum of the female, early lived, experience.

In these hyper-realistic charcoal surfaces, Annie continues to rewrite the trauma from her past, to reclaim her identity and her moments, to give meaning to the senseless, to empower her voice and quantify her experiences. Each layer of charcoal she etches away is deeply connected to a personal suffering, a suffering much bigger than her.

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