Capture life on paper.

Capture life on paper.
Nicholls Art drawing classes emphasize traditional observational and representational drawing skills. Students work with media such as pen and ink, pencil, and charcoal and with subject matter such as landscape, still life and figures.

Drawing from the live model is taught at all levels, and one intermediate and one advanced drawing class focus exclusively on figure drawing. These courses also emphasize human anatomy, particularly bone and muscle structure.

Charcoal Burn:

A unique feature of the Department of Art is the “Annual Charcoal Burn.” The landscape surrounding Nicholls State University is teeming with willow trees, which grow wild along our bayous and lakes. Willow is widely regarded as the finest soft wood for making vine charcoal. Each fall, students and faculty collect willow branches, for a daylong charcoal burn and communal lunch. We have been perfecting our technique for over a decade, producing enough charcoal (we call our charcoal “Bayou Black”) to last the year. Most importantly, our students don’t merely get free charcoal from the experience, they learn how to make it themselves, hence, charcoal for a lifetime!