Art*Splash founders Francine Lawrence and Susi Hoyle have successfully taught over a thousand people to draw. We teach one-day workshops, regular evening classes, corporate sessions and small private groups - and residential courses in Spain and Devon.

Corporate | Creative Days out | Devon | Drawing in Spain| Absolute Beginners’ Workshops


Unleashing creativity via team-building and bonding

We have successfully taken our unique Speed Drawing classes into advertising agencies, brand consultants, banks, architectural practices and law firms. 

Drawing is an excellent team-bonding activity; many companies have discovered that a lunchtime or evening drawing session adds a creative spark to the working week and builds bridges between departments. For people who work at a computer screen all day long, a drawing class is a terrific way to relax in a creative environment. 

Sessions are usually about two hours each and range from Absolute Beginners Speed Drawing (how to draw from scratch); to Creative Drawing or Painting (we bring unusual items to draw and paint); to Life Drawing (with a clothed or nude life model). We supply all the drawing materials plus a model if required. Sessions are relaxed and fun – with music, plenty of individual attention and opportunities for participants to work together. 

"Thank you again for running the workshops, we had some excellent feedback from all involved (as well as the wider firm when they saw the output!)" Jocelyn Corner, OC&C Strategy Consultants, London

"Just wanted to let you know how fantastic the class was last night. It has been a resounding success on all counts!!! Thank you so much! We can’t wait to book in another session soon." Camilla Byles, Culture Manager, Publicis UK, London

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NEW! We’re going to Kew!
Tuesday 1 October 2019 10am - 4pm
Explore and draw the VIBRANT colours and beauty of the falling leaves against the dazzling glass sculptures by Chihuly at Kew Gardens.

Meet at the main gate at 10am and after a quick demo from Francine and Susi using charcoal, inks and pastels we’ll spread out to look at the dynamic shapes of the trees and their leaves and fruits. We’ll come around to help and encourage you. We’ll get together at lunchtime for a review, demonstrate some more useful techniques before a picnic lunch and an afternoon of creativity.

 Please bring your own A4 or similar sketchbook, a fineliner pen, some soft pencils (2B, 6B or 8B), and, if you wish, some pocket watercolours. We will also bring some extra-large paper and other materials, so you can experiment with something new!

Cost £55 Includes tuition, entry to Kew*, A2 paper, charcoal and pastels

Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch! There are also drinks and sandwiches available at the new Pavilion Cafe.

Please reserve your place by email, after confirmation and payment (we will send details for bank transfer) we will buy your entry ticket as a group  - *unless you are member of Kew Gardens already, in which case we will alter your fee to us accordingly.

Rain won’t stop us! We’ll find shelter!

To book and for more info contact Francine at




A five day residential art course in beautiful countryside near Totnes, Devon

Sunday 28 June to Friday 3 July 2020

Painting & Drawing for Beginners – with Francine Lawrence & Susi Hoyle.

If you are an absolute beginner or have done a little drawing and painting and would like to develop your skills, why not spend a few days with us in a lovely location in South Devon? 

Working in the well equipped art studio at Coombe Farm Studios in Dittisham, Devon, we’ll start with pencil and charcoal exercises, learning how to draw simple objects before venturing into colour. We’ll expand on the skills learned in the studio and take advantage of the glorious Devon countryside to sketch on the banks of the River Dart – collect material for artwork back in the studio.  We’ll also show you how to begin ‘journalling’ – a great way to incorporate ‘found’ objects into your sketchbook. By the end of the week everyone will have plenty of black and white drawings, colour sketches, a sketchbook journal - and the skills and confidence to continue drawing and painting.

Delicious home-grown, home-cooked food and simple but comfortable accommodation is included, or if you prefer your own bathroom there are friendly AirBnB apartments at Fingals Farmhouse next door and several B&Bs nearby.

If you come by train, the journey from Paddington to Totnes is about 3 hours and Dittisham is about 7 miles from there. Transport is provided for the short trips where we will draw outside.

The course is suitable for beginners and anyone who would like to brush up their art skills. For booking and more details visit this website Coombe Farm Studios

or email us at for more details.

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Drawing for Absolute Beginners

Four one-day workshops in Sonning, nr Reading. Thursdays 3, 10, 17 and 24 October 2019