Draw Out Your Creativity – Drawing Weekend Workshop

For complete beginners to the more confident

12-14 October 2018
Hartington, The Peak District

Let your creative juices flow on this weekend led by artist and educator Amanda Allan from CreativeBloc, and set your imagination free through exploring the art of drawing without any hard and fast rules.

This weekend will encourage you to trust your imagination and intuition.

Great for: A tech-free escape in natural surroundings, with the support to explore your creativity in a welcoming and non-judgememental atmosphere, whatever your experience.

Not so great for: Those wanting to learn the ‘rules’ of drawing.

Drawing is for everyone

Taking part in a creative weekend can be a refreshing experience. Amanda is a strong advocate that everyone has the ability to draw – it’s within all of us, to make a mark. Let’s take art and drawing down off its’ pedestal, and unlearn the negativity around whether you are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ at drawing.

Drawing ink
Drawing ink and tools

To draw is to look. When you draw, you start to see things in more detail, becoming more inquisitive, and you’ll remember more of what you see.  You’ll be supported to explore your curiosity, and will leave with a series of tips & inspirational ideas on how to continue and develop you own creativity.

A drawing can be a thing in itself. It can be a starting point or it can be a finishing point.

‘I think then I draw my think’.

Going on a creative break can be liberating. At its’ deepest, your experience can be an incredible journey of personal discovery. At its’ simplest, it’s a chance to explore your artistic side and have a relaxing break in beautiful surroundings.

You will leave on Sunday with your own unique pieces of work, inspired to continue your creative journey at home.


Suitable for beginners and non-beginners alike and for those curious to explore their artistic side.

Shake off any doubts or worries you might have about having to be ‘good at art’. Instead, expect to be part of an exciting and creative space where you’ll be inspired to explore.

Drawing ink
Drawing ink

Beginners will be guided and supported from start to finish, with time to play and practise – familiarising themselves with different materials – and continuing on to create some unique drawings for themselves.

Those more confident or experienced will enjoy being in a creative atmosphere, devoting time to  their passion.

You will create something unique that you can be proud of by Sunday afternoon.

Everyone is welcome – come alone or bring a friend.

Workshop Leader, Amanda Allan

Amanda is a practicing artist and Head of Art at a secondary school.

She enjoys collaborative projects and recently has contributed to the ‘Drawing Dialogue’ (phase 1) exhibition in Romania and her latest collaboration “Vessels’ exhibited in several UK cities before travelling abroad. Currently she is collaborating on a new project to be unveiled later this year.

Amanda fosters an inclusive & welcoming atmosphere and always aims to keep classes ‘anxiety-free’ and enjoyable whilst providing clear guidance & support.

Hartington Hall
venue & location

Nestled in the lovely village of Hartington, Hartington Hall is a stunning 17th century Manor House, full of character and charm. It has its own restaurant; a bar and several social areas to relax in. The beautifully kept grounds are a haven for local wildlife, and sitting on a bench in the grounds listening to all the different birds chattering above is a simple pleasure.

This is an unspoilt and beautiful part of the Peak District National Park. It’s popular with walkers & cyclists alike, having a number of pubs, coffee shops & a village store. But above all it’s a picture-perfect country English village that you’ll want to return to.

what’s included

Both residential and non-residential options are available:

Workshop only:

  • All workshop sessions with an experienced educator and artist, including course materials & your finished artwork to take home
  • A light lunch on Saturday
  • Refreshments throughout the weekend
  • Use of all facilities including the beautiful grounds

Residential option:

  • Your chosen accommodation for two nights
  • All workshop sessions with an experienced educator and artist, including course materials & your finished artwork to take home
  • A meal on Friday evening
  • A full English breakfast both mornings
  • A light lunch on Saturday
  • Refreshments throughout the weekend
  • Use of all facilities including a bar, restaurant & a modern self-catering kitchen and beautiful grounds
Hartington area

The sessions are 10 – 4pm on Saturday and 10 – 2pm on Sunday.

You will be able to check into you room from 3pm on Friday, and you are more than welcome to arrive earlier and enjoy the facilities and grounds, or explore Hartington village.


There is a choice of single or twin rooms, either en-suite or with their own private sink & shower.


If you choose the residential option, you will enjoy a full hot & cold breakfast  on both mornings. On Friday evening we will have a delicious meal at the venue in a relaxing atmosphere, with a chance to mingle and meet others on the weekend.

For Saturday evening we will make a reservation in a local restaurant which has an excellent selection of superb quality food. We hope you will join us, but of course you’re free to make your own arrangements if you prefer.

There is a very well-equipped self-catering kitchen where you might like to prepare a meal or a snack. This is convenient if you have any particular dietary requirements.

Coloured drawing ink
Coloured drawing ink

Prices are per person, based on full occupancy.

Course only: £190 p.p.
Single en-suite: £349 p.p.
Single with private shower & sink: £339 p.p.
Private en-suite twin:  £339 p.p.
Private twin with shower & sink: £319 p.p.
Private room with double bed, shower & sink:  £319 p.p.

contact us for availability

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