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  • Algarve Art Painting and Walking Holiday Retreat

    +44 7976660526

    S.B. Messines   Algarve

    Join Cheryl’s Riverside Art and Walking Holiday for an inspiring, creative retreat set on the banks of the alluring Algarve River in southern Europe.

    During your stay, at Figs on the Funcho, you will enjoy daily art lessons on the waterfront deck under the mature carob trees with accompanying bird song. The surrounding countryside and views of the river will make you feel as though you have discovered a secret oasis and you won’t be at loss when choosing your landscape art scenes.

    Our qualified Art Tutors will help you:

    - develop self confidence within your own artistic practice

    - identify new techniques and approaches through preparatory drawing

    - experiment with different materials

    - gain understanding of the importance of contrasts in art

    - develop a better understanding of how perspective effects landscapes painting

    In the afternoon, if you are feeling energetic Cheryl will take you walking to explore the countryside.

    The River House offers spacious, airy and fully air-conditioned bedrooms plus an infinity pool with jaw-dropping views of the Funcho dam and river area.

    You will feast on a varied menu of local seasonal produce and fresh juices, exploring what feels good and tastes great. Our menu includes tasty homemade cakes and treats too!

    Non-painting partners are welcome as there is so much to discover and enjoy such as golf, dolphin spotting, rock climbing or exploring historical towns. Cheryl loves finding places to shop, dine and explore that add a touch of authentic flavour and variety to your Algarve visit, and she is always excited to share them so that you can also experience these wonderful discoveries.

  • Alpha Painting Holidays

    01934 733877

    Unit 4a, Kirklea Farm  Church Lane Badgworth, Axbridge

    'We have 8 fantastic destinations in the UK, Jersey 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 EU and US. We thoroughly research all the holiday destinations including the hotels and painting locations. The organisers are on site with the group all the time to take care of the day-to-day practicalities allowing the tutor to concentrate on teaching.

    Our destinations include Wells, Somerset, Exmoor National Park, North Devon Coast, North Cornwall Coast, Wye Valley, Lake District, Jersey, 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 at the Castle - pleinair retreats at Marouatte Castle


    Marouatte Castle   Dordogne

    Paint in one of the most beautiful and unspoiled parts of France, eat like a King or Queen while you live in a genuine medieval castle fully catered to from arrival to departure - the painting experience of a lifetime! Marouatte Castle sits within its 270-acre estate of woodland and fields and very private. The ten bedrooms with private bathroom and common rooms are lavishly decorated with period antiques creating an inspirational ambiance. Single or double occupancy available. Amenities include heated pool, tennis court, game room, and of course walks and pathways through its grounds. Each retreat features a well-known and respected instructor to lead both less and more experienced painters on their painting experience 

    taking in not only the castle but its picturesque villages, castles and towns. For more information please go to Artatthecastle   

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  • Art in The Algarve

    (+44) 0203 287 7140


    Our school is set in the heart of the historically protected and picturesque town of Olhão, perfectly placed to capture its romantic charm. We run courses throughout the year and you'll find something that's suitable for you, whether you are a beginner or more advanced. Our courses all follow a similar pattern of sketching in and around the village and using the school's large studio. Our school can comfortably accommodate up to 15 artists and a tutor. The cost of courses start from £865 and include a weeks-long stay in our school.

    Tutors include Paul Weaver, Roger Dellar, Grahame Booth, Bettina Schroder and much more.

    For more info on dates and prices please visit our website or call 0203 287 7140

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    United Kingdom
  • 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.

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    United Kingdom - Suffolk
    Sri Lanka
    South Africa
  • Arte Umbria

    0033 643 436 721

    Arte Umbria at Tenuta di Poggiolame  Vocabolo Poggiolame 16

    Inspirational painting, printmaking, stone carving, mosaic, jewellery, stained glass, illuminated manuscripts, writing retreats, cookery 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 courses. Seen on the BBC and featured in the Sunday Telegraph these courses are set in a totally relaxed environment. Our tutors - Antony Williams, Caroline Bays, Colin Joyce, Paul O’Kane, Sue Moorcroft, Liz Chaderton, Simon Keeley, Belinda Biggs, and Claudia Tulifero make painting, drawing, crafts or writing a total 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 to enjoy all the comforts and pampering for just £750!

    In 2019 together with Painting in Europe and Other Exotic Locations we are running even more mouthwatering ‘Plein Air’ painting. cityscape and flora and fauna courses. Check out dates and prices for Venice with Colin Joyce, Udaipur and Indian Jungle with Belinda Biggs  and the Magical Beasts and Birds with Liz Chaderton in the Indian Jungle in March and October 2019. Breathtaking locations staying in delightful hotels and retreats. 
    Please look at our website for all new courses and dates for 2019

    Courses are booking fast!


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  • Arts Holiday Italy



    At Arts Holiday Italy we are passionate about creating bespoke painting and drawing holidays in Italy for beginners and more established painters. Throughout your holiday you can expect to work alongside two professional painting tutors which adds real diversity to our painting holidays. Demonstrating and guiding you though techniques, styles, materials and processes you will be able to create individual work at your own pace in a relaxed atmosphere.

    Painting the stunning landscapes and amazing architecture of Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio and Sicily. We take a maximum of eight people per course, many of our guests return annually because of the quality of teaching and breath-taking new locations.

    Our offer includes great accommodation, airport pick-ups, authentic food and wine, art equipment, transport to locations, galleries and historical sites. Non- painters are very welcome and can join us on excursions and partake in activities like cookery classes, well-being treatments, mountain and road bike excursions as well as country walks and wine tasting. 

    Visit our website to book your bespoke painting holiday, or email us.

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  • Bespoke Painting Holidays in Tuscany

    0039 338 3875128


    Bespoke painting holidays for small groups in Tuscany

    Bespoke watercolour painting holidays for individuals and small groups in a beautiful, peaceful Tuscan hill town in the region of Siena. Emphasis on 'plein air', I have 20 years of local painting knowledge and can take you to a variety of beautiful locations to paint. 

    Accommodation included, some dinners, pick up from local station and local transport to the painting sessions. Some art materials and equipment are provided including easels, boards, chairs etc.

    Apart from the painting trip you can also hire me for a day's or morning's activity, to add to your own holiday in Italy.

    Visit the website for testimonials. For further information please call 0039 338 3875128 or email


  • Big Sky Art Courses in beautiful Norfolk

    07785 439727

    The White House Sussex Farm  Burnham Market

    Four day inclusive residential tutored art courses on the stunning North Norfolk coast.

    In an area beloved by artists for hundreds of years – a unique, unspoiled landscape of beaches, harbours and villages – BIG SKY ART offers you the opportunity to improve your painting, while enjoying a thoroughly relaxing and comfortable break.  All our courses are fully inclusive of tuition by top tutors, B&B and home-cooked dinners.

    Set in tranquil farmland, between Burnham Market and Brancaster The White House provides superb accommodation, and a very welcoming atmosphere.

    Painting ‘en plein air’ under the wide open Norfolk skies, or in the Little Barn studio on site, tutors include Jem Bowden, John Hoar, Steve Hall, Tim Fisher, Ian McManus, Herman Pekel and Sarah Wimperis.

    Non-painting partners are welcome and will find a host of occupations – from walks by the sea on Brancaster beach or along Peddar’s Way; birdwatching at the RSPB Nature Reserve at Titchwell, to visiting historic Holkham and Houghton Halls  – not forgetting the famously tempting shopping in the market town of Burnham Market. 


  • 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