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.
Art holidays include 7 and 10-day courses at ‘ The Retreat’, our own artist studio and guesthouse, as well as carefully selected locations, in Tuscany, Umbria and elsewhere in the world. 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.
Current Special Offers
10% discount last remaining places 24th June-1st July ‘Art Workshop’
13th-20th July Tuscany Plein-air 10% discount – only few places left
Group bookings 1-in-8-goes free. (For stays at The Retreat only)
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 2013
Discover Tuscany through Plein-air Painting: 4dates available
As well as running our popular painting and art workshops at our own art retreat we offer a few select courses ‘away from The Retreat’ each year. This year, we have secured a few exclusive dates for plein-air courses in the charming town of Poppi, ideally located for painting trips and excursions to Tuscany’s grand cities of Florence, Arezzo and Cortona. This course is ideal for anyone wanting to explore the highlights of Tuscany through painting. Click for full details
This one-off exclusive plein-air course is the result of a collaboration between The Retreat and one of our repeat guests-become friend Put-in-Bay resident painter S. Market. Having visited the island earlier in the year to explore it’s potential for a plein-air course, we have been overwhelmed by it’s unique beauty, clarity of light and endless inspiration for a plein-air painter. Contact us for a detailed itinerary and prices. Full details coming soon. To see this unique location watch the video: Put-in-Bay
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
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