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Geddington Brickyard Garden


Off Wood Street


NN14 1BS

United Kingdom

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All are welcome to this FREE exciting community art event supported using Public Funding by Arts Council England and by Kettering Borough Council.

This event is part of the International Big Draw Festival and is led by established artist and educator Emma Davies.


COME AND HAVE A GO - NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! Or, if you are an artist, or are just starting out - please come along to practice and show off your skills!

This will be a fun day for family and friends – all ages are welcome! (Please see below in notes for certain restrictions)


The Big Draw Festival is international and sees the public come together with artists and organisations to celebrate, enjoy and learn about drawing in it's many forms.

Geddington Brickyard Garden is a community garden on the edge of Rockingham Forest. Surrounded by fields, woods and wildlife, it is the perfect location for this event - to be inspired by all of the Living Lines that surround us.

The workshops are designed to be fun, engaging and experimental and combines a communal spirit with opportunities for individual reflection. The workshops suit all ages and skills.

A variety of materials will be used throughout the day, including graphite sticks, mud, natural paints, oil pastels and household paint - but not all at once! Participants will take part in large group works - working as part of a team and will also have the opportunity to draw smaller pieces to take home.

As well as working with Emma, Andy Eathorne, media artist and photographer, will be adding a very special element to proceedings – he'll photograph the drawings as they happen and use the photographs to create some short animations; adding a digital twist to the theme of ‘Living Lines’.

There are four workshops throughout the day and are led by artist Emma Davies. Try one or try them all!

Workshop One: ‘Landlines and Skylines’. Drawing the Landscape in Graphite 10.45 – 11.30am

Part A. We'll draw as a whole group to create one enormous art work. Drawing with speed is the aim, which will help to create some really exciting marks on the paper

Part B. Once energised, participants will work on their own landscapes, using graphite on cartridge paper.

Workshop Two: ‘Garden Lines’. Drawing the Garden in Graphite and Wash 12.15pm – 1.15pm

Part A. We’ll study the lines and marks of nature found in grass and the tangled mass of fading flowers and vegetables, we’ll draw as a whole group to create an enormous art work and experiment through using graphite and a wash made with spices and mud.

Part B. By working up close to the plants and making quick thumbnail studies, participants, working on their own drawings, will be able to focus on a more intimate portrait of a plant or group of plants.

Workshop Three: ‘Human Lines’.Drawing Human Movement Using Paint. 2.15pm – 3.15pm

Participants will be divided into two groups and will each get a chance to be movers and drawers. Movers will be instructed to move in various ways, each movement not being too strenuous or complex! Drawers, as a group will draw the movement as it happens creating a mixture of sweeping and angular marks. This will be a complete experiment – so it is exciting to know how it will turn out!

Workshop Four: ‘Imagined Lines’. Drawing from our memories of the day.4.00pm – 4.45pm

Inspired by the previous workshops of the day, participants will be working on their own pieces using a cornucopia of marks, textures and colours to create experimental abstract drawings. We'll develop some wonderful engaging and vibrant abstract drawings that portray the living lines of our imagination.


- Participants are welcome to book all or just one workshop.

- An adult plus 1 child under 8 will be classed as x 1 ticket.

- We welcome an audience who would ‘just like to watch’, but it would be great to have people joining in.

- Please dress for the weather and for getting messy! Basic plastic aprons will be provided. There will be basic hand washing facilities available.

- Everyone will be provided with their own 'handmade' sketchbook, to make notes and drawings in throughout the day.

- Both Emma Davies and Andy Eathorne are experienced in working with the public and have DBS clearance. As so other members of the team.

- We also have experienced first aiders on site.



Are children allowed at this event?

As this is an intergenerational event, we welcome all children and young people. HOWEVER - Please Note:


Children aged 8 and above are able to participate in all workshops independently.

Under 8's must be accompanied by an adult, but this can be counted as ONE TICKET.


All children under the age of 14 yrs, must not be left on their own at the event.

We, the organisers are not responsible for the safety of your children.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

For Disabled Access (We are able to offer vehicular access up to site by arrangement) please email and state which workshops you are attending.

For General Parking information please email

There are no bus services operating on a Sunday.

It is possible to walk to Geddington from Kettering and will take approximately 1 hr and 15 minutes.

What facilities are available?

As the event is held in a rural location, there are no on site toilet facilities, but partcipants and visitors will have the availability of local residents toilets upon request. Just ask members of the team who will be wearing green vests. Or, as nature intended!

There will be light refreshments and snacks available throughout the day. The Star Inn, in the centre of the village currently offers Sunday dinners until 5pm.

There will be tents and sheltered spaces should it rain and the workshop area, although outdoors, will be covered, so rain won't stop the drawing!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?


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United Kingdom

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