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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wine harvest

Sketch notes from the wine harvest

30 October @ 16:00:2 November @ 10:00

Following 'les vendanges', a colourful weekend sketch break based in the historic village of Montouliers overlooking the Minervois vineyards.

Magnificent Montpellier!

27/03/2021 @ 10:00:28/03/2021 @ 16:00

Treat yourself to a sketching weekend in this vibrant, cultural and historic city - you won't regret it!

Painting Holidays Paris France

Springtime in Paris

09/04/2021 @ 18:00:12/04/2021 @ 12:00

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

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.

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Medieval Carcassonne

15/05/2021 @ 10:00:16/05/2021 @ 16:00

This incredible city and UNESCO heritage site is the location for our weekend sketching break in February. Ideal for beginners, solo travellers, photographers and foodies

Workshops in La Rochelle France with Ian Fennelly May 2021

25/05/2021 @ 10:00:29/05/2021 @ 16:30

Enjoy a short break in this beautiful French port town and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to learn from international USk instructor and British artist Ian Fennelly May 2021.

Urban Sketching Weekend in Avignon

05/06/2021 @ 10:00:06/06/2021 @ 16:00

During this lovely weekend break we'll be sketching around the city and of course the infamous Pont d'Avignon. Our sketchbooks will be filled with colour as we study water, architecture, and the hustle bustle of city life at the 'gateway to Provence'.

Sketching in Bristol

Mariners’ Tales: Sketching Bristol

19/06/2021 @ 10:00:20/06/2021 @ 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.


Saumur & the 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!


Colours of the Mediterranean

18/09/2021 @ 10:00:19/09/2021 @ 16:00

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.

Sketch Languedoc with Ian Fennelly 2021

27/09/2021 @ 10:00:01/10/2021 @ 16:00

Workshops in Bize-Minervois and the surrounding area with International Urban Sketchers Instructor and British Artist Ian Fennelly 27 September - 1 October 2021.

Sketching with Wine and Watercolour

14/10/2021 @ 16:00:18/10/2021 @ 10:00

A short 4-night break in luxury apartments ideal for a weekend away with the girls - enjoy 3 days of sketching, relaxation, wine-tasting and plenty of laughs with Honor at the lovely Maison de la Roche.

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