Charcoal as drawing material

This handout explains how to make your own charcoal. You could just char wood in an open fire but much better to make your own real charcoal! Wood, in the form of charcoal, has been used across the ages for a drawing material and it’s wonderful for young children to use.

Although virtually any wood species can be used to make charcoal, the most common are willow, pine, hickory, alder, oak, and maple, apple , pear, cherry, vine.