Who are we? Awakening new sources of inspiration and passion
Martyn's first drawing trips were to Southern Spain, and were based on 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 use 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, sounds and smells. 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. Details here
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The tutors - Martyn Blundell
Martyn has has an MA in Fine Art and 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 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.
The tutors - Laura Barnes
Laura is a print designer and illustrator who since graduating from Nottingham Trent Uni has spent 4 years designing for White Stuff and, more recently, for Mini Boden in London.
She is an experienced print designer for children and womenswear, activewear and graphics for men's apparel.
Laura graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a First Class Honours degree and met Martyn when she was a student. It was on a drawing trip to Spain where they forged a connection based on shared values about the importance of drawing and methods of teaching.
Laura won Texprint in 2013 and has exhibited work in London and Paris. She has also worked for Libertys and Circleline, as well as freelancing for other textile design studios in the UK.
Laura is a huge fan of drawing from life and has worked extensively on location. She loves exploring and has travelled widely, always with her sketchbook. Recent trips include India, Nepal, Morocco, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia and the States.
She loves meeting new people and sharing skills and ideas. “One of my favourite things to do is to sit in a cafe in a foreign country, drawing the view and soaking up the atmosphere.”
Laura’s work is characterised by playful line and a love of pattern and colour. She loves botanicals, dancing, music, exhibitions, collecting, cycling and being outdoors. She is tough and resourceful and great fun to be with.