Welcome!

The workshops listed here are informal and fun. Most are ideal for beginners and for anyone lacking confidence to sketch (if you think you can't draw think again...!)

In these workshops you'll learn many basic skills and a range of techniques - and before long you'll have the confidence to sketch wherever and whenever you please.

I prefer to sketch on location, inside or outside - and discovering new places through the eyes of a sketcher means you'll see the world in a whole new light.

Each class is carefully designed according to the location and participants in the group, and can be taught in English and/or French. No class is ever the same!

If you have any questions or would like to know more, please just send me an email!

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The Flower Market

17 July @ 10:00:13:00

In this 3 hour workshop in Béziers learn how to use ink and watercolour to sketch the vibrant flower market!

Annette sketching at Le Somail

Sketching by the Canal du Midi

18 July @ 09:30:12:30

Le Somail is one of the most iconic locations on the Canal du Midi and an idyllic place to learn to sketch.

Narbonne sketch group

Travel Sketching for Beginners

19 July @ 09:30:12:30

A relaxed and informal introduction in Narbonne to help you get started with travel sketching.  This workshop is ideal for anyone who would like to try sketching but thinks they cannot draw!

Riverside sketchbook

20 July @ 09:30:12:30

You don’t need previous art experience to take part in this lovely sketching workshop in the cool of the day by the river at Cessenon-sur-Orb.

Lovely Lagrasse

21 July @ 09:30:12:30

A fun sketching workshop in magnificent Lagrasse, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Suitable for absolute beginners and more experienced sketchers.

Morning at the market

22 July @ 09:00:12:00

In the cool of the morning, learn how to sketch a classic French village market scene in Capestang - no previous artistic experience required!

Boats, Bridges and Blues

24 July @ 09:30:12:30

The port of Homps by the Canal du Midi is our location for this morning workshop where we'll find plenty of shade if we need it!

Canal du Midi Cruise & Lunch

26 July @ 10:00:16:00

Relax and learn to sketch in style whilst cruising the Canal du Midi. 3 course lunch and wine included. Also a great day out for photographers and non-sketching partners!

narbonne urban landscape

Awesome Architecture, Narbonne

28 July @ 10:00:13:00

A fun workshop in Narbonne to explore and sketch the magnificent architecture and buildings of this historic and beautiful city.

Sketching in the Park

29 July @ 10:00:13:00

A relaxed and informal introduction to help you get started with travel sketching.  This workshop in Béziers is ideal for anyone that would like to try sketching but thinks they cannot draw! 

Stone Walls and Sketchbooks

30 July @ 09:30:12:30

A workshop in Puisserguier to enjoy exploring the historic streets to study & sketch doorways, archways, castle walls and windows!

Canal Life – off the beaten track!

31 July @ 09:30:12:30

This workshop in Salleles d'Aude takes place at a delightful and well shaded spot to observe & sketch life by the Canal du Midi.

Lovely Lagrasse

1 August @ 09:30:12:30

A fun sketching workshop in magnificent Lagrasse, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Suitable for absolute beginners and more experienced sketchers.

Sketching in Pézenas

2 August @ 09:30:12:30

This fun workshop is designed to help you get started with sketching on location. You'll learn heaps of tips and tricks whilst exploring historic Pézenas on market day.

olonzac market

Sketch Le Marché!

4 August @ 09:30:12:30

Tuesday is Olonzac Market Day - in this workshop you'll learn how to sketch people, colour and all the hustle bustle!

Sketching a French Village

6 August @ 09:30:12:30

In the cool of the morning, learn how to sketch a classic French village scene in Cazedarnes - no previous artistic experience required!

Sketching for Beginners

7 August @ 09:30:12:30

Le Somail is one of the most iconic locations on the Canal du Midi and an idyllic place to learn to sketch.

Boats in Béziers

8 August @ 10:00:13:00

Béziers port by the Canal du Midi is our location for this morning workshop where we'll find plenty of shade if we need it!

Riverside Sketchbook

10 August @ 09:30:12:30

You don’t need previous art experience to take part in this lovely sketching workshop in the cool of the day by the river at Cessenon-sur-Orb.

Narbonne sketch group

Sketching for Beginners, Narbonne

11 August @ 09:30:12:30

A relaxed and informal introduction in Narbonne to help you get started with travel sketching.  This workshop is ideal for anyone who would like to try sketching but thinks they cannot draw!

French café sketchbook

12 August @ 09:30:12:30

Learn how to sketch a classic French café scene in the market square in Capestang.

Sketching in Ginestas

Ginestas in Perspective

14 August @ 09:30:12:30

This fun workshop in Ginestas is designed to help you draw in perspective: roads, trees, buildings, even people!

French Village Houses

17 August @ 09:30:12:30

This workshop in Saint Chinian looks at how to sketch the features of old stone French buildings - windows, doorways, steps and balconies.

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Historic Carcassonne

18 August @ 09:30:15:30

You don’t need previous art experience to join this fun workshop in La Cité – just an interest in exploring this incredible UNESCO heritage site through observational sketching. 

Sketching for Beginners

19 August @ 09:30:12:30

You don’t need previous art experience to join this fun workshop in the quaint & charming village of Montouliers.

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.

Fabulous French food

25 August @ 09:30:12:30

Narbonne market is an ideal location to learn more about fresh local food in this area of France and also how to sketch it!

La Vie en Rose

26 August @ 10:00:13:00

A fun workshop in Assignan, also known as 'Village Castigno' - a wine-making village painted in the colours of wine! 

Vineyard Views

28 August @ 09:30:12:30

During the grape harvest - 'les vendanges' - learn to sketch a local vineyard, even if you have never sketched before! (Quarante)

Workshop with Santi Sallés

29 August @ 10:00:17:00

This full-day Food and Nature workshop takes place in Béziers and a fantastic opportunity to work with Urban Sketcher and Illustrator Santi Sallés.

Classic Architecture

1 September @ 10:00:13:00

A workshop in Carcassonne to explore the magnificent architecture and buildings of this historic and iconic city.

Simplifying a complex scene!

3 September @ 10:00:13:00

In this fun workshop in Roquebrun you’ll learn some basic watercolour skills and all sorts of tips and tricks for simplifying what you see so you can sketch it with confidence!

Canal du Midi Cruise & Lunch

4 September @ 10:00:16:00

Relax and learn to sketch in style whilst cruising the Canal du Midi. 3 course lunch and wine included. Also a great day out for photographers and non-sketching partners!

olonzac market

Sketch Le Marché!

8 September @ 09:30:12:30

This workshop in Olonzac teaches you how to simplify what you see to quickly capture the essence of the day using ink and watercolour. No previous art experience required!

Sketch at Chateau Canet

Sketch & Picnic at Château Canet

9 September @ 10:00:15:00

A relaxing creative day out at Château Canet near Carcassonne! This beautiful family-run wine and olive domaine is a perfect location to relax and sketch. Ideal for beginners and wine-lovers - price includes cellar tour, 3 course lunch and wine.

Sketching People!

16 September @ 09:30:12:30

This fun workshop in Capestang teaches you how to draw faces and figures to quickly capture the essence of what you see

Morning at the Market

17 September @ 09:30:12:30

Learn how to sketch a classic French market scene in Saint-Chinian - no previous art experience necessary!

Colourful Crowds

20 September @ 10:00:16:00

In this full day workshop in Montpellier learn how to use ink and watercolour to capture a vibrant city scene - quickly - whatever the weather! 

Sketching by the Canal du Midi

24 September @ 09:30:12:30

Le Somail is one of the most iconic locations on the Canal du Midi and an idyllic place to learn to sketch.

The Flower Market

25 September @ 10:00:13:00

In this 3 hour workshop in Béziers learn how to use ink and watercolour to sketch the vibrant flower market!

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!

Sketching with a limited palette

14 October @ 10:00:13:00

This workshop in Capestang looks at the importance of colour values and ways of sketching with a limited palette.

French Town Houses

21 October @ 10:00:13:00

This workshop in Béziers looks at how to sketch the features of classic French architecture and city streets.

cafe culture

French Village Café

29 October @ 09:30:12:30

Capture the essence of morning life at a French café in this fun short workshop in Saint-Chinian.

Autumn Views

30 October @ 10:00:13:00

This workshop based in Montouliers looks at ways to capture the changing colours of the landscape.

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.

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.

Ian Fennelly Quarante

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.

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