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

A Rainy Street in the City in Acrylics

14th October at 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Achieve a successful rainy street scene in acrylics with a professional artist. Steve will paint along with us, giving step by step tuition and along with photographic reference, we will [...]

Beyond the Pale – Botanical Watercolours

19th October at 2:00 pm - 21st October at 3:30 pm

Looking at the palest of seasonal flowers and through to the darkest of autumn offerings, our focus will be on capturing the pale delicacy or the bolder, striking offerings of [...]

Large Skies across the Waters in Acrylics

27th October at 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Using interactive acrylic paints, all provided, professional artist, Fraser Scarfe will help us achieve an impressive scene of large skies over the water, painting with us, stage by stage, using [...]

Abstract Architecture!

9th November at 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

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