"Drawing is your opinion on the page." Anna Stone
This was my first drawing escape.
I would draw constantly as a kid, and somewhere along the way I forgot that I enjoyed it. Fast forward 25 years and my day to day job is selling medical devices and being a mum and wife. Daily demands squeeze out time for myself, and being able to have time to contemplate on what I enjoy.
My visit to Krakow with the group was a total joy. I loved the company of the new faces and the support to share drawings, and stories of our lives. All of us from different backgrounds but brought together through the common interest of drawing.
Thank you Martyn and group. Teenage Anthea resurfaced again while sitting in the main square in Krakow, listening to Groove Armada on my pods, feeling free as bird with my sketchbook 🕊
If you're looking for a stress-free experience that's great value for money and a unique opportunity to meet and spend time with other creatives; I highly recommend booking a trip with Martyn at Drawing Escapes.
This was my first of such trips and I can't wait til the next adventure!
These drawing trips are amazing! No matter what your background, you'll learn something new (guaranteed!) and you'll meet some wonderful people.
They're focused on drawing, but they really are so much more than that.
I've been on almost every one of these trips (apart from the secret trips and Bali - on the list though!) and I seriously cannot recommend them enough!
Martyn had everything organised beautifully. I just pitched up at the airport and then spent the whole trip free to focus on my drawing.
Martyn’s evening tutorials were cleverly responsive to the different needs of individual members – plenty of advice and guidance. I had a great time, did loads of drawings and I wholeheartedly recommend Drawing Escapes. Bring on Bali!
Kathleen Olsson, Teacher
ENLIGHTENING AND INSPIRING
It was lovely to meet you, to get our drawing tuition and to see so much - so diverse, enlightening and inspiring in so many ways! And fun! We both feel we have improved in our drawing and have so much to develop going forward. So thank you for all your input.
What a treat!
Nicki Stubley, Secret Destination Trip
PERFECT FOR EVERYONE
An amazing break in the most gorgeous picture perfect little Spanish village.
TONS of creative support and tutoring, and a chilled, non-judgmental creative atmosphere.
Every single one of us came back more confident understanding of our style, and with so many ideas! This trip is perfect for everyone, whether you feel like you need to push your work that little bit more, or don't think you can draw at all, you will come back so excited.
Do it. Seriously, what are you waiting for?! DO IT!
Lauren Vickers, NTU
... JUST GO
Just come back from an awesome week away in sunny spain! Learnt loads...
developed my drawing and design theory, feel prepared for final year of uni, got a tan and ate my weight in tapas! If your thinking of going... just go!
Beth Lewton, Decorative Arts, NTU
ONE OF THE BEST WEEKS OF MY LIFE
Literally one of the best weeks of my life!! Everyone should do it. Beautiful sunshine and surroundings, loads of beer, wine and drawing and the best company EVER! I have come back with loads of new ideas, inspiration and feel that I have been able to explore drawing without being judged. SO GOOD! :)
Lucy Yates, English Teacher, Spain
I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THIS
If you have ever lacked confidence, inspiration or disregarded the importance of drawing, I strongly recommend this. Alternatively, if you just want to get away to a lovely remote Spanish village surrounded by mountains, olive groves and mangos, you won’t be disappointed!
Becky Eastgate, Fine Art, Manchester
ENTHUSED TO CONTINUE
Just an initial thank your for your hospitality for a most thrilling visit to Cútar.
Also your input regarding my painting has been so very helpful and I am now.
enthused to continue from the amazing photographs and to paint here in Norfolk
- the group was a perfect mix so all in all Wonderful.
A WONDERFUL WEEK
Just a note to thank you for a wonderful week of drawing & painting. You are a brilliant teacher!
Missing the focus on art already…but I am determined to keep it up.
Sacha Lehrfreund, Photographer
VARIED AND INSPIRING
The long-delayed ( Covid ) Northern Loop was worth waiting for. Not only did Martyn organise brilliant weather, but he also managed all the travelling, navigating and accommodation superbly.
This allowed me to concentrate completely on looking and drawing, absorbing three distinctive cities in two very different Baltic states, and some great train journeys.
The venues for drawing that he selected were varied and inspiring. Each evening's show-and-tell was stimulating and encouraging and I particularly valued Martyn's suggestions for how to take my work forward on the following day or in the next task.
I wanted to work with Martyn and I feel his approach will add great value to the design process.
His intellectual approach to drawing - exploring self, viewing the world and translating within various mediums is very valuable in the journey of the designer. This is an opportunity to explore, relax into your work and most importantly enjoy the process.
Esther Patterson, Graphic Designer,
SECOND TO NONE
I have had the best week, met some great people and developed ideas that would have been hard to get to otherwise. In terms of improving your visual
communication this is second to none.
The contrast of each day’s drawing venues alongside the relaxed nature of the evening tutorials, provide an arena to explore your ideas and gain support. It feels very one to one and just has to be experienced – book on next years trip now!!
I will be booking on this again next year. In the meantime I will not be shutting up about it for a very long time!
Deborah Burke, Dec Arts, NTU. Spain
MADE ME MORE CONFIDENT
Drawing in Spain was amazing! I feel that this experience has made me be more confident for approaching 2nd year and I have found the strengths and developed them in my drawing and colour skills.
I would definitely recommend this trip. Especially if you are like me and feel you want to have an enjoyable and exciting experience before you leave uni!
Imogen Cotterill, Dec Arts, NTU
BENEFICIAL TO MY PRACTICE
Spent the past few days working through the material generated in Gdansk; both the drawings and photos have emerged wonderfully and the experience as a whole has been really beneficial to my practice and general mindset. Thanks again for the support over the trip!
Eleanor Marshman, Fine Art, NUA
NEW SENSE OF DIRECTION
Best holiday I’ve ever been on… thank you for a fantastic week Martyn, your attention and encouragement have helped me believe in my future and capabilities. It was an inspirational, relaxed and creatively inspiring week and come back with a new sense of direction and purpose in both myself and in my work!
Sarah Kirby, Dec Arts, NTU
CLEARER DIRECTION IN MY WORK
Just a quick note to say many thanks for a wonderful experience at Cutar. It has given me a clearer direction and confidence in my drawing which I am sure will be of great benefit to my work.
Kath Parkin, Knitwear Design, Nottingham Trent
ONE OF THE BEST TRIPS OF MY LIFE
STRESS FREE DRAWING
A huge thank you Martyn for your support and for making the course a real pleasure. I really enjoyed starting to get to grips with stress free drawing, and will certainly continue.
Couldn’t have had a nicer group of people to learn with too. Thanks to all.
I've just returned from a life-enriching week of drawing in Krakow amongst a group of like-minded and fun people. Each day we walked to drawing sites where you could draw what you liked (or ask for suggestions) and we evaluated our drawings with the group in the evening.
I would highly recommend Drawing Escapes to learn more about the technical aspects of drawing and to share ideas with the group and of course to enjoy the culture of your host country in evening of food, drinks, and plenty of laughs. I was sad to return home. Thanks for everything Martyn, the trip was very well-organised and I felt looked after.
Caroline Pennington, Payments Administrator
ONE OF THE BEST
Lithuania, you will be missed!
Lots of people said I was brave/crazy
when I told them I was going on this
"secret destination" trip but it has
turned out to be one of the best trips of
my life. Met some incredible people
whom I've shared an amazing
experience with. Thank vou so much
@martynblundell for being our guide!
Can't wait for the next one.
I went to a life drawing class at the National Portrait Gallery Friday night and
I was so disappointed with the tutor and model after you and Yuka! How can
we follow that? We were SO spoiled in Berlin!!
Jane West, Graphic Designer
I’ve had such a good experience on this trip and feel more confident in my drawing and project focus. It has been such an amazing time, created some fun memories and met such a lovely mix of creative people. Thanks to Martyn for organising and tutoring, and all the others on the trip who have been so inspiring.
Claire Bradshaw, NTU. Gdansk
Martyn is an absolutely fantastic teacher of the arts, incredibly inspirational and free - whilst studying in my final year at Trent I took drawing classes with Martyn that were amazing and really helped free up my learning and break out of a mould I was stuck in.
I couldn't recommend Martyn more as a tutor and mentor! Seriously good stuff and his personal work rules. TOP! :)
Michelle Wood, Digital Marketing Manager at Pinterest
THE WEEK WAS WONDERFUL
Our drawing trip was a great success on many levels. The ease with which the days were played was a delight. Each of us were happy with the progress made in our drawing skills.
My reason for attending the drawing trip was to propel me from the safe corner; overcome the attitude which confined me to producing safe undemonstrative works. The week was wonderful, warm and full of friendship.
Sarah Brookman, Leicestershire
NEVER FELT SO MOTIVATED
Had an amazing time, just looking through the pics so many amazing memories
made.It was so nice to meet so many creative people! Never felt so motivated.
Special thanks to Martyn for organizing such a wonderful trip!
Faiza Hussain, NUA Textiles
CHANGED MY WAY OF THINKING
This trip was both relaxing and hard work and completely changed my way of thinking about art and drawing and also teaching art and drawing. It was almost too good.
Rhiannon Edwards, Art Teacher
I loved the calm stillness - the lack of pressure or competition. Felt a supportive & safe place to expose ones drawings and learn.
Katy Ferguson, TV Editor