These creative breaks are designed to help you capture the very essence of a location whilst also learning a whole new set of artistic skills.  There'll also be the opportunity for you to explore, walk, swim and paint in your own time too.

Who are these holidays for?

Anyone interested in developing a new skill and switching off from the busy-ness of life will love these holidays - no previous artistic experience needed – just a desire to unwind, learn and be creative!

If you are already drawing or painting then these holidays will teach you some interesting new techniques - particularly if you are hoping to 'loosen-up’ your approach to sketching.

All of these holidays are suitable for solo travellers. Non-sketching partners, photographers and walkers will enjoy them too - we'll be exploring interesting locations where there's so much to experience and discover.

What can you expect?

To learn the essentials of quick sketching, to discover the best tools to carry with you, some different ways to create a visual diary, and how to essential elements to your sketches such as architecutre, perspetive and people.

The day usually starts with a quick morning sketch before tackling a larger subject, and we continue working on our sketches through lunch.

In the afternoon you'll be free to practise the techniques, relax, shop, snooze, swim, walk or explore the location on your own or with a group.

Whatever your experience or skill level I'll work with you at your own pace.

A sketchbook filled with your own unique holiday memories will be something you value forever!
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Painting Holidays Paris France

Springtime in Paris

17 April @ 18:00:20 April @ 12:00

A wonderful 3 night sketchbook adventure capturing the vibrant colours and atmosphere of one of the most beautiful cities in the world!

French Village Watercolour Sketch

French Village Sketchbook

22 April @ 16:00:27 April @ 10:00

A fun and fabulous sketching holiday to live life like a local based at La Maison de Quarante in the heart of Languedoc.

French Chateau Art Holiday

Château Life Sketchbook

11 May @ 16:00:16 May @ 10:00

This 5 night luxury holiday is the ultimate retreat to recharge your creative batteries in a beautifully renovated chateau in Chalabre, south of France.

French vineyard views sketch holiday in Montouliers

French Vineyard Views

22 May @ 16:00:25 May @ 10:00

A weekend break based at La Calade in the historic village of Montouliers – located in the heart of Languedoc's Minervois wine-growing region.

cookery and foodies holiday

Sketching for Foodies!

14 June @ 18:00:18 June @ 10:00

A 4-night holiday that is a treat for the senses combining sketching workshops, cookery, food and wine-tasting in the south of France - an ideal getaway for singles or couples

Sketching in Bristol

Mariners’ Tales: Sketching Bristol

20 June @ 10:00:21 June @ 16:30

Weekend workshops based in beautiful Clifton village near the Observatory to explore Bristol and its huge maritime significance. Join for 1 or 2 days.

French Village Sketchbook

27 June @ 18:00:2 July @ 10:00

A fun and fabulous sketching holiday to live life like a local based at La Maison de Quarante in the heart of Languedoc.

Collioure

Colours of the Mediterranean

21 August @ 18:00:24 August @ 10:00

Indulge in a weekend sketching by the sea!  Our sketchbooks will be filled with colour as we study boats, water and the hustle bustle of the busy cafés that surround the port.

wine harvest

Notes from the wine harvest

28 August @ 16:00:31 August @ 16:00

A fun weekend sketch break based in the historic village of Montouliers overlooking the Minervois vineyards - just as 'les vendanges' begin!

Sketching in Bristol

Mariners’ Tales: Sketching Bristol

19 September @ 10:00:20 September @ 16:30

Weekend workshops based in beautiful Clifton village near the Observatory to explore Bristol and its huge maritime significance. You'll be amazed how much you can learn in 1 or 2 days.

Ian Fennelly Quarante

Workshops in France with Ian Fennelly

27 September @ 16:00:2 October @ 17:00

Workshops in Bize-Minervois and the surrounding area with International Urban Sketchers Instructor and British Artist Ian Fennelly 28 September - 2 October 2020.

cookery and foodies holiday

Sketching for Foodies! Autumn 2020

3 October @ 18:00:7 October @ 10:00

A 4-night holiday that is a treat for the senses combining sketching workshops, cookery, food and wine-tasting in the south of France - an ideal getaway for singles or couples

Paris in the Autumn

9 October @ 18:00:12 October @ 18:00

A wonderful 3 night sketchbook adventure capturing the vibrant colours and atmosphere of one of the most beautiful cities in the world!

Fields of Gold, south of France

16 October @ 10:00:19 October @ 16:00

Autumn is a stunning time of year in the south of France. In this short weekend break indulge in a glorious getaway full of colour in the Minervois, staying at the fabulous Maison des Palmiers.

cherry blossom

Spring sketching holiday in the Minervois: Cherry Blossoms and Cocktails!

21/04/2021 @ 16:00:25/04/2021 @ 10:00

A 4-night sketching break in the beautiful riverside village of Bize-Minervois. From this gorgeous B&B we'll explore the local surroundings, capturing moments and memories of southern France in springtime.

Saumur

The Lovely Loire Valley

26/06/2021 @ 18:00:30/06/2021 @ 10:00

Overlooking the Loire river, the Château de Saumur is a striking medieval castle with a museum displaying archaeological finds, ceramics and tapestries. A fantastic setting for this short sketching break in the heart of France!

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