This was my first attempt at using charcoal. My teacher set up a still life with only a few paper bags, turned a bright lamp toward the bags, and turned off all the other classroom lights. This was a fun project because the subject was simple, but the medium was somewhat difficult. The charcoal was not easy to work with at first because it smeared a lot and was really messy, but I eventually got it under control. I think this was a really good project for introducing charcoal because of the simple still life setup. This piece is not all that exciting, but I like it nonetheless.
Charcoal drawing tips: http://www.artinstructionblog.com/charcoal-drawing-basics-techniques-for-beginners