Draw along with experienced tutor and charcoal artist, Becky Gouverneur, who will guide you gently step-by-step to creating your own Winter Stag drawing.

What you need to know 

During the course we will cover - drafting techniques, charcoal application and blending techniques ending in the creation of a full tonal range in charcoal creating flat and fluffy textures. After the class, you will have the option to have your illustration made into your own Christmas card design.



Saturday 6 Nov 2021


The Education Centre, 101 Church Street, Hertfordshire



Materials you will need

We will be working at A4 size using a range of specialist charcoal products and tools. If you wish to bring your own equipment please refer to the 'Charcoal Material Pack' list below and try to bring all of the starred items as these will be used during the session. 

Alternatively, a pack of all the materials you will need for the workshop can be bought from the artist on the day for £25. A Tombow Mono Zero eraser would also be very useful if you have one, these will be available to purchase separately from the artist. Paper will be supplied by the artist free of charge.


Charcoal Material Pack

The pack includes: 

• Willow Charcoal Power & Pot
• Set of soft charcoal brushes (a set of soft makeup brushes works well) 
• Conte Pierre Noire ‘H’ pencil 
• Conte Pierre Noire ‘2B’ pencil 
• Faber Castell putty rubber 
• Faber Castell PITT compressed charcoal stick ‘medium’

• Set of 6 blending stumps
• Emery board 
• Derwent white charcoal pencil

• Pack of Coates assorted short length willow charcoal
*All above items supplied in a canvas bag


Customised Winter Card Printing & Postage

If you would like to convert your drawing into a personalised Christmas card in time to send out to friends and family Bex will take your completed drawing after the workshop, professionally scan and format it ready for printing with the option to add a personalised message onto the front of your card. Cards will then be printed, packaged and posted back to you before Christmas. 

There is an additional charge for this (includes scanning, editing, printing and postage of cards and original artwork) as follows: 

For 10 cards: £48; For 25 cards: £63; For 50 cards: £79

The order can be placed at the end of the workshop and the fee will be payable directly to the tutor on the day. 

*Please note this is OPTIONAL and not a compulsory part of the workshop, you are free to finish the day with just a beautiful charcoal drawing!

Additional Information

1. 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.


For all T&Cs, please click here.


About Becky Gouverneur

Becky Gouverneur is a professional artist specialising in realistic, detailed portraits of animals. She works primarily in graphite and charcoal but occasionally in colour with pastel or coloured pencil. Her high contrast, quirky images, most often presented on a stark white background, are born from her background as a professional studio photographer. Becky uses this experience to combine dramatic, high-quality photographs which capture the personality and character of her subject with her intricate and detailed drawing work. These two abilities combined set Becky apart in her field and result in some dramatic images full of life and fun!

Becky is a highly accomplished artist, a qualified teacher and a photographer.  In her relatively short time in this industry, she has exhibited her work across the South East and spends the majority of her time undertaking numerous private commissions and work for gallery exhibition.

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