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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Medieval Carcassonne

15 February @ 10:00:16 February @ 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

Beautiful Béziers

7 March @ 10:00:8 March @ 17:00

Sketch Béziers - one of the oldest cities in France! Discover the incredible architecture, the Canal du Midi, café culture and beautiful markets. You'll explore the city like a local!

Workshops in the Snow!

16 March @ 10:00:18 March @ 15:00

3 days of sketching in a glorious setting in the French Alps! We'll be working indoors and out, enjoying the fresh air and capturing the very essence of mountain living. Suitable for beginners or more experienced artists - you'll be amazed at the sketches you'll create in just a few days!

cherry blossom

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

25 March @ 16:00:29 March @ 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.

Sketching with Wine and Watercolour

2 April @ 16:00:6 April @ 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.

Painting Holidays Paris France

Springtime in Paris

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

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.


Colours of the Mediterranean

5 June @ 18:00:8 June @ 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.

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.


The Lovely Loire Valley

28 June @ 18:00:2 July @ 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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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!

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.

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.

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