Painting Holidays in Italy – Tuscany, Le Marche and Umbria. Our art courses include professional tuition, excursion programs and materials. The Retreat offers creative holidays in beautiful surroundings for lovers of all things Italian

Our tailor-made art courses are designed to inspire and build confidence across a range of media, styles and techniques. My name is John, I am a professional landscape painter and experienced tutor.  We work in small groups only and I will take care of your personal artistic needs. Together, we will undertake excursions and painting trips where I will give you an insight into the history and culture of our beautiful surroundings. Jana looks after your every needs and hospitality.

   Current Special offers

Our New 2015 Course Program is out now!

Group bookings 1-in-8-goes free.

Click here for the full course list: 2015 Painting Courses

Art holidays include 7 and 10-day courses at ‘ The Retreat’, our own artist studio and guesthouse. All courses are carefully designed to provide a perfect blend of a relaxing creative experience and cultural exploration.

Enjoy a fantastic creative holiday with a truly personal touch! As a family-run retreat we will welcome you into a friendly and homely environment. Here,  you can relax, create and explore in the company of like-minded people and simply enjoy the fresh food and wine in idyllic countryside overlooking vast uninterrupted views. We also offer artists’ accommodation with studio use throughout the year and group stays with or without tuition.

The works of 2014 of your experienced tutor and landscape painter John Skelcher are on show throughout this autum.


Every year, we also run a few specialist courses away from The Retreat in carefully selected locations in Italy and elswhere in the world to give returning and new guests the opportunity to benefit from our courses in other magnificient locations. Below are our ‘away from The Retreat’ courses 2014

What our Guests say:

“The Retreat is truly an inspiring place to be. Immediately, you are confronted by a tremendous panoramic view which sweeps from the snow-capped Sibillini Mountains on the left across a large selection of charming hill topped villages through to the glittering Adriatic on the right. Marvellous. It is most definitely a unique and very beautiful place to be. The food is excellent, the company stimulating and … John is an excellent and inspirational painting and drawing tutor, so leave space in your luggage to enable you to carry your work home!

You’ll love it – highly recommended!” M. Chatfield 2009

To read more testimonials click here