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Drawing with Robert Barr

Over the course of four days Robert will demonstrate an array of drawing techniques employing various mediums. Focusing on still life, guests will develop a range of skills and techniques. Attendees should expect to leave the four-day course with the right skills and technique to go on to continue to practice with confidence and in time be able to find your own personal drawing style.

Robert’s holidays are designed to suit beginners, the course content will cover all the basics of drawing still life subjects.

To see pictures of the course please visit our gallery

Dates 2022

All of our holidays run for 5-nights from Sunday to Friday and start from £979 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy. A £100 per person discount is applied for art, craft and activity guests on a shared occupancy basis.

January 16th to 21st 2022
March 13th to 18th 2022
June 12th to 17th 2022
September 18th to 23rd 2022
October 16th to 21st 2022

If you’re coming on one of our holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests will enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. We also have a full programme of day trips and activities on offer for them. Please add them and day trips at the checkout stage.

How to book
To book online, please click on your preferred date above.
For any questions or to book direct please call 01877 382 991 or email mail@gartmorehouse.com
If you have any questions, you may like to take a look at our FAQs but if you have any further queries, please contact our team directly.

Payment, Terms & Conditions
A 25% deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 3 months prior to arrival. For art, craft & activity holidays booked within 3 months of course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Art, craft & activity holidays are subject to availability and subject to change.

Check in is from 4pm where you will receive a warm welcome from our team.
Once you are unpacked and settled, we invite you to enjoy some tea or coffee and home baking in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.
If you have never been on a holiday like this before, we understand how anxious you may be. That’s why, come 6pm, everyone will gather in the lounge for the Welcome Talk and Meet & Greet, giving you the chance to meet both your fellow guests and your tutor before the start of the course on Monday. Your tutor will talk you through what to expect from the week, discuss what you would like to achieve during your stay, and answer any questions you may have. 
From there, dinner is served at 6:30pm in the downstairs dining room.

Monday to Thursday
Throughout the week, tuition runs from 10am to 4pm with regular breaks for tea and coffee so you can relax and have a natter with your fellow guests about everything you’ve been up to so far.
All your meals are served in the dining room.
Evening tea and coffee is available in the lounge at 9pm.

Check out by 10am

What’s Included

  • 4 days of specialist tuition from Robert Barr
  • All materials required for the course
  • Full board catering
  • 5-nights accommodation
  • Complimentary transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00). Transfers from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports are available at an additional cost.

All participants of the beginners’ drawing course will receive their own art pack which contains:

  • 1 x tin of 6 Faber-Castell pencils
  • 2 x erasers 
  • 1 x pencil sharpener
  • 1 x pencil case
  • 1 x table top easel
  • Paper

Tutor Robert Barr

Your drawing tutor is Robert Barr, owner of Rob-Art, an international pet portrait internet-based business. Robert runs his business from his home studio on the outskirts of Glasgow. He studied Fine Art at Paisley’s Reid Kerr college and now sells pet portraits to customers all over the world in 2018.

Robert has built up a large community of pet owners on his Facebook page, he regularly streams videos of him painting and drawing in real time from his platform. Followers of his page enjoy a variety of content as well as pet portraits, Rob frequently paints large wildlife canvases, celebrity portraits, self portraits and other still life subjects. Robert has been credited for using his artistic abilities to raise funds for various charities, he is able to donate drawings to fundraising efforts.

You can see examples of Robert’s work on his website, or his Facebook page.




  • “Thank you so much for the tips, of your had asked me two weeks ago I would have told you that I couldn’t draw for toffee. This is possibly the proudest I’ve ever been of something I have made myself.” – Kirsty P
  • “The standard of his work is superb, the service he provides is amazing” – Claire B
  • “Fantastic, very friendly and so professional – 5 stars “ – Megan L
  • “Very talented and a great artist – would highly recommend to anyone” – Daniel M
  • “He is very talented and is very detailed, he has a great sense of how to draw, I would recommend him to anybody who loves art in general” – Joshua S

Please note: The above reviews come from past workshops and courses run by the tutor out with Gartmore House.

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