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May – Suffolk 18-25th  – to include Aldeburgh, Snape and Southwold with a look at the work of Maggie Hamblin and other contemporary artists and making a sea monoprint as well as sketching at a number of venues. Lots of interest in this one already. Only a 2 places left.

June – Netherlands 29th – 6th July – North Holland including the colourful fishing village of Volendam , Zaanse Schans to sketch the eighteenth-century windmills and houses, the Rijksmuseum, the beautiful town of Haarlem, often dubbed “little Amsterdam and the stunning Texel Island – only 2 places left

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 places 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.


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.”

“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 ”

‘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

‘I can’t explain what these classes have done to my life, I now have a purpose every day, I draw and paint everything I see in the house to learn, I so look forward to the classes on a Wednesday to get out of the house and the company of all the others – we have a laugh, I am no longer lonely as I just love to get up in the morning now and paint some animals, a huge thank you to Sonia for enriching my life.’ Mary Morgan.

– “Thanks for the lovely session and inspiration. Now must search for that sketchbook” – Lynn Magorrian – student, after her first class at Litchborough.


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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