Awakening inspiration and passion
Martyn's first drawing trips were to Southern Spain, and were inspired by the idea that you can have a genuine learning experience and a relaxing cultural holiday at the same time.
Drawing Escapes are well suited to those who have experience and confidence in drawing who want to develop further, as well as those who find drawing a challenge and lack confidence. Every level of expertise is catered for.
You receive one-to-one support with all aspects of your drawing and painting, colour and composition. We aim to give you a truly rewarding experience, whether it is for personal recreation, for drawing used in a design context, your development as a student, or as a way of enhancing your teaching in school or at University.
Ideas and creative energy come from new experience, unfamiliar places, sights and sounds.
Getting outside our comfort zone and our normal familiar experience awakens new sources of inspiration and passion. The trips are tailored for solo travellers, couples, students and design professionals.
It’s our role to open doors to adventure and help you to discover personal ways of recording aspects of this experience. We focus on giving you a unique and personal travel experience to help you to see the world with fresh eyes!
Our trips are carbon neutral. We off-set your flight carbon with donations to the World Land Trust who purchase, protect and re-generate endangered natural environments. More information here
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Martyn has has an MA in Fine Art and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
With over 25 years teaching experience, he has worked at Norwich, Loughborough, Central St Martins and Nottingham Trent Universities, with fine art, graphic design, textiles, fashion
and decorative arts students at degree level, and graphic design and textiles at MA level. He is currently running workshops at the National Centre for Craft and Design.
His strategies for teaching drawing have been developed from his own experiences when learning to draw. His methods are well proven and challenge many of the traditional models of tuition.
He prioritises confidence building and encourages experimentation in combination with sensitive observation and a philosophic approach to this most fundamental, and human, mode of expression.
Martyn has exhibited internationally and has major works in many public and private collections including MOMA Machynlleth, the Djanogly Collection, University of Hertfordshire and Wolverhampton Museum and Art Gallery.
He has visited more than 50 countries and has organised research and drawing trips with various universities in the UK to Beijing, Barcelona, Berlin, Andalucia, Prague, Florence and St Petersburg.
Isabella is a freelance illustrator and workshop facilitator based in London. She loves drawing and travelling and is a highly organised planner and map reader. She’s a great researcher and has a real gift at finding the best museums, markets, bars and restaurants.
She is passionate about helping people discover the mindful benefits of drawing and being creative with their hands. She has worked with organisations including Yodomo, Camden Arts Centre and the Workshop N4 to deliver workshops for adults and children.
She understands the creative potential of the importance of play, and is able to create environments which are accessible to all, easy to engage with, and that encourage individuals to connect with each other.
Isabella's drawings are like snapshots and capture an energy, an atmosphere, a time of day and a sense of place. She is drawn to subjects that organically celebrate vernacular architecture, subdued pockets of wilderness and the quirks and gestures of characters leading their their everyday lives.
“I hope my illustrations quietly hint at a broader context, as a scene in a wider narrative. I want to create images which have a presence capable of putting the viewer ‘in the moment”
Created both digitally and by hand, her illustrations stem from her daily practice of drawing from life. She says that drawing is “a process which connects me to the world. I use it to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of my surroundings.”
Check out Izzy's work here