It's Okay to Erase on This Drawing!


This workshop will guide you through the techniques you need in order to create a beautiful imaginary planet. These techniques of applying and then erasing some areas of charcoal can be used to create any other drawing project you can imagine. Charcoal can be intimitating, but Natalie will help guide you through the process step by step. You will walk away with a full art lesson plan, an example to show your class as you teach, and an understanding of the medium of charcoal that can be applies to future lessons. Let’s have fun while creating something imaginary, realistic, or both!


Target Audience


To Bring/Important Notes

copy paper or drawing paper, at least 8.5"x11" Please keep in mind that heavier paper works better than copy paper, if you have it

1 or 2 sticks of willow or vine charcoal

white eraser

kneadable eraser if possible, but not necessary

something firm to draw on, like a clip board, if desired



10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

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  • Natalie Shumka

    Natalie Shumka is a Victoria born artist with three children who range in age from 5-13 years old. She has taught extensively throughout Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands, for Island Blue Print, Coast Collective, Oak Bay Art Club, Windsor Park Art Club and most recently Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. Natalie has taught preschoolers the colours of the rainbow, and guided seniors with dementia through theraputic painting. Natalie trained at the Victoria College of Art, whose formal, practiced based education still influences her art today. Natalie’s realistic depictions of life on Vancouver Island feature beach scenes rendered in oil on canvas. Natalie has exhibited her work throughout Vancouver Island and the Lower mainland, and her paintings are found in collections worldwide.