Painting and drawing outside in the beautiful surroundings of my home village, Foxt in north Staffordshire ...what could be more pleasant? Well, that's what I think anyway...and if you think the same, then please do join me...Rosemary


I am happy to be able to offer everyone the chance to enjoy painting days out in the really beautiful countryside which surrounds my home village of Foxt in north Staffordshire. There is a choice of activities to suit anyone  interested in painting "en plein air" and refreshments (pub or tea rooms) available nearby at the end of the day.

What does sketching mean? Sketching is a very loose term which covers all manner of drawing and painting activities. For example, a sketch can be a simple line drawing done in pencil or ink, or a more extensive watercolour image with pencil added later. Anything can go into a sketchbook including written notes and daubs of mud!

  Quick soluble ink sketches...simply brush water over the drawing to create tonal studies.  This little sketch had to be done  as fast as possible in case the mist obscured my view of the I was sailing past it at speed at the time!  A soluble ink pen and  water brush are the perfect tools at times such as this.                                                                                   


 An atmospheric rendering of Staffordshire Moorland scenery, taken from my sketchbook

 Sometimes a sketch turns into something more extensive, depending on the time available and how you feel.

 Also from my sketchbook, a watercolour painting, done when time was not pressing and I was comfortable and warm!



All outdoor days start at 10.15am and finish around 4pm. £40 per person                                                                                                                                                                             

To book your place:

1. Check availability by ringing 01538 260007 or email Rosemary on

2. Send the fee to: Church View, Foxt, Staffordshire Moorlands ST10 2HN (cheques made out to Rosemary Hale). Please enclose your telephone number - so you may be contacted if the event has to be cancelled for any reason, in which case you will be given a refund.


 Thursday 2nd. August - Norbury Junction, Stafford                         

Canal boats, bridges, rural landscapes...there are so many subjects here and a good pub for refreshments.                                                Address: Norbury Junction, Stafford, Staffordshire ST20 0PN. Meet at the Junction Inn car park 10.15am. Finish about 4pm.                                                                                                            

Wednesday 8th. August - Tissington Village, near Ashbourne                 

Tissington is a delight - from the lovely avenue of trees leading into the village to the grand Hall, it is full of lovely and interesting subjects…plus a great tea rooms! Emphasis here will be on how to draw/paint some of the shapely trees although the choice of a subject to do yourself after the demo will be your own.                        Address: Tissington Village, near Ashbourne DE6 1RA. Meet 10.15am on the village roadside parking by the tearooms Finish about 4pm

Tuesday 14th. August - Oakamoor Village, Staffordshire                         

Another lovely village, Oakamoor has a good variety of subjects so there should be something for everyone plus the village pub.              Address: Oakamoor Village, near Cheadle, Staffs. Meet 10.15am at Oakamoor Picnic Area car park, Mill lane, Oakamoor ST10 3AB. Finish about 4pm.