Field Breaks

Special Interest Art Breaks

Enjoyable and informative Art workshops along with craft and textile courses with experienced professional tutors based in relaxing locations in Derbyshire and around the UK.

Covid 19

At present, due the Covid 19 virus we have been unable to go ahead with our 2020 programme.  We are looking at the situation week by week and updating our website with workshops that we are hoping to run, depending on the latest situation and best advice, so please check here frequently to get the most up to date information.  You may find a workshop appears and then has to be postponed. Where we are unable to run a workshop, we are endeavouring to reschedule to a future date, and these will appear under the Courses button in date order.  This is ongoing with workshops being added all the time.  In the meantime, we wish you well and will look forward to seeing you when it is safe to restart our programme.

Welcome to our 2020 annual programme of professionally tutored art workshops in drawing, botanical illustration, landscape and mixed media painting; alongside workshops in pastels, textiles, printing, jewellery making, stained glass, needlefelting and upcycling.

This year we have expanded our arts programme to include craft and textile workshops along with introducing some new tutors and venues. We hope you will find our programme interesting and find a workshop that appeals to you. Our aim is to provide professional quality workshops, with individual guidance and tuition. We have chosen venues that offer good facilities and have a relaxed feel to add to your experience. Please see the testimonials from previous participants, many of whom are returning in 2020.

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“As always the tutor was excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed the course”

Janet, Rochdale

“Thank you for organising such a well run course, tutor is excellent, it has been really enjoyable”

Mina, Peterborough

“As always, tutor excellent, thoroughly enjoyed the course”

Megan, Cheshire

“A thoroughly enjoyable way to join likeminded people of all ages and abilities to create your own individual masterpiece. The tutors are brilliant, willing to share their knowledge and experience, and the bikkies help the creative juices to flow. The setting at Barlow is beautiful and inspiring. It’s a great way to spend a day. The only downside is trying to limit yourself from enrolling on all the courses – they are all inviting.”


Upcoming Events

Capturing dramatic Landscapes in Acrylics

1st September at 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Using fine quality acrylic paints which are provided at the workshop, along with photographic reference, experienced professional artist, Fraser Scarfe will paint with us, tutoring stage by stage, so we [...]

Kitchen Table Printing

2nd September at 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

A great introduction to printing. We will spend the day exploring one colour lino cutting and mono-printing, with a particular focus on how you may continue developing your new skills [...]

Capture those Clouds! in Pastels

5th September at 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Have you struggled to create subtle and delicate cloud shapes and details? Spend the day learning how to create a variety of coloured clouds against blue skies. Work on feathering [...]

Spring Forward with your Composition – Botanical Watercolour

7th September at 2:00 pm - 9th September at 3:30 pm

With an emphasis on composition and fine detail we will paint some lovely seasonal bulbs, late summer flowers and fruits choosing to paint on paper or vellum. Tutor: Ros Franklin [...]