Children and Families

  • Natural pigment workshop with Nina Royle, CAST-Off August 2020

CAST-Off Tuesday 24 August

Natural pigments, botanical drawing and magical seeds. 

Painter Nina Royle will be in the walled garden at Penrose, where she’ll be sharing some of the many different ways to make pigments and paint from a range of seasonal roots, bulbs, barks, berries, beans and husks. She’ll be joined by botanical artist Dominica Williamson for Pick, Pop, Peek, Pin and Paint Plants, an introduction to botanical art for families. Dominica will explain how you can use simulated UV light to study the shape of a plant and offer advice on how to draw or paint plants and flowers to show what makes each one special and different. Vicky Wiltshire will lead an investigation into the structures of different types of seed pods, exploring how their natural design allows them to travel and disperse. There’ll be clay and natural materials to build with or to use to make your own seed-carrying structures.

Artist Ben Sanderson is re-creating his popular Den, this year in a spot that’s closer to the town. You’ll find him under a painted canopy in a dell in the woodland near the Bulwark estate, where there’ll be den making and rope knotting, as well as activities using natural materials. Follow signs from the Fairground car park along Whitehill Terrace (A394) to find the path.

There’s just one more session after this! Don’t miss the final Saturday when there’ll be opportunities to make cyanotypes, clay animals and fish kites in the walled garden at Penrose, as well as small prizes for children who have completed lots of tasks on the CAST-Off map.

We won’t be put off by a bit of drizzle and hope you won’t either, but please check this listing or the CASTCornwall facebook page on the day in case of extreme weather or last-minute changes. Tuesday and Saturday sessions will run from 10am to 12 noon and 2 to 4pm.

The map, sketchbook packs and artist-led activities are all offered free of charge, but we should be very grateful for donations to support this programme and future activities for children and young people. Online donations can be made via our Charities Aid Foundation page and there will be donation jars in the walled garden.

The CAST-Off programme is supported by the Garcia Family Foundation, with generous assistance from Helston Town Council, Little Parc Owles Trust, FEAST and Falmouth University.