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New course at the Laundry Retreat, an exciting venture for Jenny Williams and Sonia Hawes. September 9-13 2019 sees this wonderful venue hosting four days of flower drawing, painting and mixed media techniques

Sketch Trips holidays below

book at http://www.sketchtrips.co.uk

September – Near Faro, Portugal 14-21st  (Portugal was so popular in 2017 we have decided to offer Faro in 2019) . The Algarve has always been a popular destination for travellers because of its breathtaking cliffs, golden beaches, scalloped bays and sandy islands. The nation’s architecture dates to the 1500s–1800s, when Portugal had a powerful maritime empire. The scenic city of Faro with its old walled town and historic monuments show the Moorish influence on the city.During the week we will also visit Tavira and Silves – only 2 rooms left

October – Cornwall 12-19th – Perfectly located between both the East and West shores of South Cornwall our base for the week will provide an ideal opportunity for you to immerse yourselves in the beauty of the county that Poldark. Only 1 place left.

New for 2020

May 15th – 22nd –  7  days in Anglesey 7 places left

June 20 – 27th –  7 days in Glasgow and the Lowlands 6 places left

October 8 – 17th –  9 days in Morocco 765  4 places left


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What they said-

“Lisbon was really nice. It was such a good mix of everything – enough time to sketch, visit places, lovely people, good accommodation and very good food. I must say I think it was the best painting holiday I’ve had. You were always on hand to guide and inspire me and such lovely company too. Thank you. You will definitely see me next year as I have put a deposit for Croatia.”
Vinoda

“I now have a new lease of life with my art thanks to you and sketchtrips. I’m sorting out all my art stuff after a couple of years neglect and looking to doing more next year. I’ll be in touch shortly ”
Lynda

“My first experience of any holiday with a theme or in a group! Immediately felt comfortable within the group, and so well organise, looked after. I had never tried sketching, or any form of Art and found tremendous encouragement, helpful critique and support from Sonia, and the whole group. I came home enthusiastic to find the time to continue, join a class, as so relaxing! What have I missed all my life, by saying I can’t draw! I can!”
Sue Invernizzi after a trip to Barcelona with Sonia’s artchalet trip

‘Thank you very much for a fantastic art holiday . . .you were not only fun to be with, but also very inspiring and motivating’ – Antoinette Bastiaans

Animal and special places commissions welcome.

“I wanted to let you know how pleased I am with my lovely picture. I haven’t stopped looking at it and as the days go by I love it more and more. Thank you for immortalising a special friend” – Sam Ellis on her portrait of her horse Micky.

Corporate days – whole day, half day or two hour art sessions to help build your team, get people interacting and thinking more creatively. Individually designed for your Company,  prices depending on materials required, contact me to discuss your needs.

Teachers open the door but you must enter by yourself – Chinese proverb

If you have any queries about items on the site please contact me at soniahawes@gmail.com