Advanced Charcoal Drawing with Courtney Armstrong

Graduating with a BA from the University of Minnesota at Winona, Courtney Armstrong was raised in Minnesota but has been 38 years in Denver being a Western gal.  As a board member of the Mountainside Art Guild, she was the computer coordinator/photographer and a frequent participant in all guild shows. She also worked in the graphic arts field in photography (8yrs) as a retouch artist, played around being a musician for a while, finally settling as a draftsman in Electrical engineering for 20 years.

She has been an artist all her life.  Courtney’s first award was at the Chatfield Western Days art show- they had no children's section so she was allowed to show with the adults (at 16yrs. old) and received an Honorable Mention.  She has had three solo shows, participated in five to six shows per year in the Denver area and won awards from Honorable Mention, Award of Excellence (this year) to first and second placings.  

It has been her pleasure to watch artists grow for eight years teaching beginning classes in drawing, pastel and watercolor.  Courtney enjoys teaching a great deal and especially love drawing.  It is the foundation of art and thus the most important part.

Currently her love is technical drawing with a new charcoal pencil she has found (Nero) so her style is tight and realistic.  Also, her subject matter has recently been focused upon horses, wild ones in particular, trying to get the hair to look particularly "wild" and free.


For the artist who has basic skills and understanding of measuring, values, hues and texture with some experience using charcoal. This class will explore charcoal and water. We will use a variety of surfaces and spend time understanding and building a good composition. This four week class meets Mondays, April 9 - 30, from 6:30-8:30pm.
Teens 16 and older are welcome. Price is $85.

Supply List:

14x17 or larger newsprint
vine charcoal
compressed charcoal pencil
pen and regular drawing pencil
a knead eraser
& a small chamois
1/2" flat  or  #10 or #12 round watercolor brush (not expensive)
 1 sheet of 140lb. watercolor paper (20x30 approx.)
2 sheets of Canson pastel paper any color but black or white (19x25)




Reservations are taken on a first come first serve basis. Many of our classes fill up early - so don't wait too long!

We take phone reservations with a valid credit card.

Call: 507-732-7616

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Crossings at Carnegie
320 East Ave
Zumbrota, MN 55992