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Charcoal Making & Drawing Gift Experience

Join us on our award winning, organic farm for an exciting new workshop for 2020 with Cat Scutts, former Scenic Artist at the Royal Opera House

About this experience

Join us on our award winning, organic farm for an exciting new workshop for 2020 with Cat Scutts, former Scenic Artist at the Royal Opera House.

An interactive, hands on workshop learning how to make and use charcoal on Tuesday 17th March 2020.

One of the oldest art materials, Charcoal continues to be both a practical and popular tool for creatives today. Learn a method for making rough charcoal, and then learn a few techniques for its use, drawing with this rough charcoal as our ancient ancestors did, as well as using modern charcoal for which the manufacture had been refined.

Our hugely popular rural skills workshops begin at 10am and run to approximately 4pm, here on our farm on the Lincolnshire-Cambridgeshire border, just 4 minutes from Market Deeping, and 18 minutes from Peterborough and Stamford train stations.

We'll have welcome refreshments ready for when you arrive and, after a quick opportunity to say hello to your fellow workshop students, it's time for the fun to begin:

  • What is charcoal? Where does it come from? Who's used it?

  • Making charcoal - using our outdoor pizza oven (where your lunch will also be cooked!)

  • Playing with the material and learning mark making techniques. From rubbings, crisp lines, and finger smudging, to larger scale techniques used by Scenic Artists in the drawing up of theatre scenery. 

  • Use the techniques you have learnt to create drawings from the surroundings here on the farm - there are lots of natural forms to draw inspiration from. 

There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and get practical advice on drawing throughout the day. 


Former Scenic Artist Cat Scutts originally became engaged in theatre arts in an amateur capacity whilst a student at Durham University. Cat went on to study a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design before being taken on as a Scenic Artist by the Royal Opera House where she learnt the skills of the role on the job. She has worked on productions such as The Winter's Tale, Don Giovanni, The Nutcracker, William Tell, OrfeoCosi Fan Tutte and many more.  


We'll provide you with everything you need, including: locally sourced, home grown and organic refreshments and an organic pizza lunch cooked in our outdoor, wood-fired pizza oven.

All delegates will be required to sign a declaration in order to take part in the day’s activities. Suitable for ages 16+.


We like to run our workshops fairly and honestly. Your booking secures a very limited place, so is non-refundable - if you can’t make it, you can send a friend or colleague instead. If at the end of any of our workshops you haven't enjoyed yourself and don’t believe that it has helped you to achieve what it set out to, we will gladly refund you 100% of the price you paid.


We are actively trying to help the environment, so all workshop confirmations and supporting information will be emailed to you, including a reminder the week before the workshop with details and directions to the farm.


If you're able to car share, use public transport (we're just 18 minutes from Peterborough and Stamford train stations), cycle or have an electric car, please do.

LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE: Places are strictly limited and sell out every year so please do book early to avoid disappointment.