Breathe Creative Breaks - Breathe

Breathe Creative Breaks

Our specialist drawing workshops for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS staff designed to promote health and wellbeing

Breathe Creative Breaks are weekly online workshops, offering NHS staff a chance to unwind and reduce anxiety by channelling attention through simple yet absorbing drawing activities.

Each week Breathe Visual Artist, Liz Atkin, guides participants through a calming workshop inspired by the work of well-known artists, giving the freedom to experiment and have fun in a non-competitive, open and friendly group.

Our short 30-minute workshops allow Breathe Creative Breaks to be fitted into a busy working day and to encourage staff to take a well-deserved lunch break. The approach using basic, easily accessible materials such as pens, pencils and even coffee and tea, enables staff to take part wherever they may be working, on hospital sites, in the community or from home.

Hear more about Breathe Creative Breaks from our fantastic NHS staff participants in this short film.


100% of Breathe Creative Breaks participants reported a positive impact on their wellbeing

The focus of Breathe Creative Breaks is not to create a finished masterpiece, but to engage in experimentation, be present in the process of drawing and give NHS staff time to pause in the middle of the day to refocus, relax and recharge.

The workshops are free and no previous drawing experience is necessary.

Breathe Creative Breaks photos: Liz Atkin.

Using simple resources at home or in the hospital, we are building drawing skills, confidence and expression. It’s wonderful to be offering a mindful and creative refocus for staff in their busy day, drawing can have such a positive impact on our mental health, most especially in these challenging times.
Liz Atkin, Breathe Creative Breaks Leader

Participant Artwork

Frequently asked questions

Yes! Of course, this is not about a finished artwork, it is about taking time for yourself to relax.

In the workshops we use simple art materials including pens such as biros, sharpies, ink, graphite pencil, colouring pencils, or even everyday objects like black tea and coffee. We will let you know in the weekly reminder email what materials you will need for the workshop.

No, sign up once and we will send you a reminder every week with how to join.

Our Partners

If you are interested to bring Breathe Creative Breaks to your NHS Trust or workplace, please get in touch

Evaluation Report 2020

Read 'Compassionate Care in a Year of Change', a full Evaluation Report on our Performing Arts Programme at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

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