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  • Alpha Painting Holidays

    01934 733877

    Unit 4a, Kirklea Farm  Church Lane Badgworth, Axbridge

    We have 7 fantastic destinations in the UK and Europe and are one of the UK's leading painting holiday companies as we provide the complete package experience with all-inclusive residential holidays.

    All our tutors are amongst Britain's top tutors and internationally renowned tutors from the US. We thoroughly research all the holiday destinations including the hotels and painting locations. The organisers are on site with the group when on location to take care of the day-to-day practicalities allowing the tutor to concentrate on teaching.

    Our destinations include Somerset (inc Wells & The Mendip Hills), Exmoor National Park, North Devon Coast, North Cornwall Coast, Wye Valley, Lake District, Provence in France and the Western Algarve, all with stunning painting locations. Courses are available in all media and are a mixture of location and studio based. All abilities welcome and non-painters are catered for.

    Perfect places to have a painting holiday you will never forget. We guarantee you won't want to go home and you will definitely want to come back!


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  • Art Safari

    01394 382235/07780 927560

    Harbourmaster's Office Ferry Quay  Woodbridge

    Art Safari leads plein-air painting holidays with professional art tutors to destinations worldwide for unique wildlife, wilderness and city holidays. Join us to paint and sketch in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe as well as the Arctic and Antarctic.

    Tours for creative explorers, artists, writers, photographers and non-painters amongst like-minded people assuring inspiration, good food, comfort & style, relaxed wildlife viewing and personal safari guiding - brilliant for photography, bird watching and learning more about nature. At our base in Suffolk we have a light airy studio for art classes and workshops in different mediums. All abilities welcomed. ATOL protected.

    Also operating in:
    United States
    United Kingdom - Suffolk
    Sri Lanka
    South Africa
  • Arte Umbria

    0039 0763 837347

    Arte Umbria at Tenuta di Poggiolame  Vocabolo Poggiolame 16

    Inspirational painting and stone carving retreats and holidays in Umbria with tuition from celebrated artists and further excursions to exotic destinations staying in wonderful bijou hotels and retreats.

    Our beautiful country house and private 220 acre estate of Poggiolame, set in idyllic Umbria, Italy, is the globally renown venue for our highly recommended, prestigious week-long painting and stone carving courses.Seen on the BBC in 2014 and set in a totally relaxed environment our tutors - Antony Williams, Grahame Booth, Paul Alcock, Kelly Medford, Caroline Bays, Sue Moorcroft, Liz Chaderton, Adele Wagstaff, Simon Keeley, Belinda Biggs, Tim Wilmot and Claudia Tulifero make painting and drawing a pleasure, whether for beginners or experienced artists. Guests are able to realise their potential and style. All mediums covered. From £985 per person FULLY INCLUSIVE at our house in Umbria including all painting materials, tours, food, wine and free bar! Non-painting partners welcomed for just £750.

    In 2017/2018 we are working with our sister site and are running even more mouthwatering plein air painting cityscape courses. Check out dates and prices for Venice with Tim Wilmot, Udaipur, India with Grahame Booth and in 2018 the Himalayas (exceptional trip) and more to come next year. Breathtaking locations staying in delightful hotels. 
    Please look at our website for all new courses and dates for 2016/17! Courses are booking fast!

    Also operating in: Europe and Africa.

    Also operating in:
    Czech Republic
  • Art-Painting Holidays in SW Spain

    01766 590638

    Hafod   Maentwrog

    Noëlle Griffiths is a professional painter and experienced tutor and has been running art courses in Extremadura, Spain since 2012 and Snowdonia, UK since 1998.

    In Spain we stay in a delightful country finca, off the beaten track, set in a three acre olive grove for the LANDSCAPE Painting courses and as a base for TOWNSCAPE Sketching courses in UNESCO World Heritage Cáceres and Mérida. In Trujillo we stay in a wonderful 16th century Palacio.  New for 2017 : Vejer de Frontera one of the famous ‘white villages’ of Andulacia.

    The groups are small 1-8 with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  All painting and drawing mediums taught.  We explore different ways to look and make paintings – both inspirational and challenging.  The approach is based on art school teaching and tailored to each person’s experience and aspiration.

    We meet you at Madrid airport (Seville for Vejer) and look after all your needs.  4, 5 or 7 nights. FULLY INCLUSIVE all accommodation, tours, food, wine and basic painting materials included. 

    LANDSCAPE Sketching and Painting in May, August and October 2017.

    TOWNSCAPE Urban Sketching and Painting in March, May, September and October 2017.

    SINGLE DAY ART TUTORIALS in UK.  One-to-one teaching for beginners, intermediate or more experienced students in Noëlle’s studio in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park at most times of the year.

    Please see our website for all courses, costs and student testimonials.  

    Also operating in:
    United Kingdom - Gwynedd
  • Authentic Adventures

    +44 (0) 1453 823328

    United Kingdom

    Authentic Adventures offers innovative escapes to creative travellers right across the world. 

    People come on our painting holidays for a relaxed and enjoyable artistic adventure. If painting is your passion, join us in four new locations for 2017 – ten nights painting in Umbria including Titignano, a private estate. In contrast, enjoy a week in the vibrant city of Malaga, rich in cultural heritage, home of Picasso and bursting with art galleries. If painting in Pollenca, Mallorca sounds like heaven – then come with us to savour sweet smelling pine trees and rock ringed bays. Finally Istria is perfect for discovering the faded Venetian grandeur of in this beautiful Croatian resort. Our tutors are hand-picked for their professionalism, teaching experience and humour. There is plenty of individual tuition for budding and accomplished artists alike, and an end-of-week informal ‘exhibition’ – with a glass of local fizz (if required)!  

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  • Callington School of Art Ltd

    01579 383491

    Lower House Church Street Callington

    Callington School of Art is one of the UK’s leading destinations for painting holidays and courses

    Courses in watercolours, acrylics, oils, drawing and printing
    Bespoke courses
    Visit Britain 4 star accommodation in our Georgian town house
    All courses run throughout the year
    Courses for primary and secondary teachers
    Located in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
    Trips to a variety of local sites
    Spacious light studio and workshops
    Extensive art library
    Personalised gift vouchers available

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    United Kingdom
  • Catherine Stott

    01398 332094

    Weston House Luke Street Bampton

    Inspired painting holidays in Devon with professional artist and tutor Catherine Stott

    Painting weeks and shorter breaks in beautiful Devon from Spring to Autumn 2017. Four star accommodation, great food and a warm welcome await at the home of Catherine and Peter Stott. Professional tuition in small groups of 4-7 painters in artist's spacious studio. Studio sessions and visits to wonderful Devon and Exmoor National Park locations.We support you to compose your own subjects and develop your own style, and cater for all levels including beginners, and most media.

    "Fabulous painting experience. The whole set-up - painting, rooms, food, atmosphere - is brilliant" V.D. Carshalton, student.

    Also operating in:
    United Kingdom - Devon
  • Charles Harris

    0044 7772144952


    Masterclasses for all in Spain. 

    If you are looking for a truly inspirational holiday where you can learn new skills on a residential course we offer a range of unique opportunities. Our luxurious, all inclusive courses are delivered in the picturesque hills and olive groves north of Malaga, Southern Spain. We provide all materials, visits, transport and tuition as well as outstanding Spanish cuisine and drinks.

    Our flagship art course with Charles Harris is a must for novice and experienced painters alike. New Traditional Art™ offers a groundbreaking programme for you to fully develop your talent for painting.

    You will learn how great classical art was made and how to make it, how to see and create life and 3D and how space, tone and temperature are all linked in the pursuit of excellence.

    Charles Harris is offering courses throughout the year with immediate dates and places available for March and April 2017. We strongly recommend booking now to secure your place. Please call Susan on +44 7772144952, or email:,

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  • Clos Mirabel Manor - Art Retreat SW France

    0033 (0)6 79 59 04 91

    Jurancon   Pau

    Painting holiday in the foothills of the Pyrenees 14-21 October, 2017

    An inspiring and relaxing one-week art retreat held on the Clos Mirabel Estate in Jurançon, Pau, South West France. The Manor House is set in 5 acres of parkland overlooking the Clos Mirabel Vineyard and the entire chain of the Pyrénées Atlantiques. Focus on landscape painting, with additional workshops in portraiture and still life, all combined with great food, local wine and good company.

    20 hours of tuition,

    Small groups max 12

    One to one sessions, excursions and lectures.

    1109 € per week (7 nights) full board based on twin accommodation

    860 € for non-painting guests

    Suitable for all levels

    Tutor Xavier Micol ~ Resident Artist with 17 years teaching experience

    Additional dates for groups on request


    For full details see our website and download our brochure (PDF)



  • Dalvaro Art Painting Holidays

    0034 962217226


    Painting Holidays for the discerning traveller.

    It is time to rethink your ideas about painting holidays. Gone are the times when you had to lug all your paints and paper, struggle with chairs and easels up and down airport escalators, through security and then spend the flight worrying about finding your precious art paraphernaila safe and sound on arrival or if you have enough money in your pocket to last the week. Open your mind to the 'nouveau arrive' of a real painting holiday experience.

    Only bring your favourite brushes, pencils and essentials.

    Arrive at the airport then relax.

    Your complimentary transfer is waiting to whisk you away to a week of tutored painting from some of the world's best international tutors. With the allotment of three sumptuous meals a day, anytime snacks and drinks freely available, minimum five hours a day tuition, on location and in the studio. Will you have enough time to use the cascade swimming pool, the tennis court or play petanque? Even to stroll leisurely around the beautifully landscaped gardens, created exclusively to inspire every artist to create the paintings of their aspirations. Return home relaxed and energised, with your money still intact, wonderful paintings in the suitcase, magnificent memories of your "I must return again" holiday.

    Tutors for 2017 include; Igor Sava, Antonio Giacomin, Viktoria Preschedko, Pablo Ruben, Anna Ivanova, Francesco Fontana, Eugene Chisnecean, Joe Dowden, Arnold Lowrey plus many more.