Destructive distillation: exploratory charcoal making & drawing with Lotte Scott

Destructive distillation: exploratory charcoal making & drawing with Lotte Scott


A two-day workshop, exploring Charcoal Making & Drawing with Lotte Scott.
Led by artist Lotte Scott, this practical two-day workshop will explore material, place and process through experimental charcoal making. Over the course of the weekend, participants will learn how to make their own charcoal using wood and other materials gathered from the landscape of Clayhill.

This Clayhill charcoal will then be used in a series of expansive drawing exercises, working site specifically as well as on paper.

The workshop will focus on ideas of equivalence and balance with nature, posing the question – what might be gained by working more directly and sensitively with the landscape around you?

Lotte will also give a talk about the history of charcoal and its many artistic, industrial and medicinal uses. She will consider its scientific properties, material qualities and the role it has played in her own practice.

Rather than focusing purely on representation, the exercises delivered during this two-day workshop will give you the chance to experiment with more conceptual and sculptural drawing ideas.

By the end of the two days you will:

Have learnt the practical skills of charcoal making, using accessible, affordable equipment and techniques.
Have your own charcoal to take home with you
Know how to make your own art materials rather than relying on mass-manufactured ones.
Have had the opportunity to explore the unique qualities of different trees and woods by drawing charcoal.
Be encouraged to use charcoal in alternative and artistic ways, beyond observational or still life techniques.
Gained an overview of charcoal making throughout history and why charcoal is such a diverse and widely used material.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials will be provided, but please bring warm, hardwearing clothing for working outdoors and with fires. As well as comfortable shoes and waterproof clothing.


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Clayhill Farm
Charlynch Lane

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Residential
  • Suitable for beginners


8 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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