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.

Welcome to our 2019 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 2019.

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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

Tonal Values – Why it Matters! in Acrylics

19th October at 10:00 am - 3:45 pm

Do your paintings look flat and lifeless? Is it hit and miss if your painting works or not? This is a day designed to help you to confidently bring new [...]

Adventurous Architecture! – in mixed media

2nd November at 10:00 am - 3:45 pm

Domes, doorways, arches and rooftops! Explore creative approaches to architecture. Create a montage of building imagery using block painting, collage and other decorative techniques such as stencilling to achieve great [...]

Painting Keepsakes in Watercolour – Botanical Illustration

11th November at 2:00 pm - 13th November at 3:00 pm

We will create some delightful and enchanting studies in detail of some of our favourite objects, be they natural history subjects, feathers, seed heads, shells and pebbles or pieces of [...]

Exploring Composition – Looking with fresh eyes!

18th November at 10:00 am - 3:45 pm

We know what we want to paint but how do we present a good composition. Using a still life set up, we will learn how to develop new approaches to [...]