Plein-air august 2014

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Set in the stunning Italian countryside The Retreat offers creative holidays in beautiful surroundings for lovers of all things Italian. We also offer seasonal courses in Florence and other carefully selected locations around Italy. Our painting courses and art workshops include a wide range of all inclusive programs with accommodation, meals, professional tuition, excursions, and all materials. The Retreat itself, is a beautifully restored guesthouse with large studio nestled in the heart of the Italian countryside. It’s uninterrupted views across rolling-hills and ancient hill-top towns provide the perfect backdrop for your unique landscape painting holiday experience.

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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 andpainting 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. As a professional landscape painter, I have many years of experience painting in Italy’s most stunning locations and you can see samples of my work here: 


Special offers:

Group bookings 1-in-8-goes free.**

10% discount for returning guests**

10% discount on your second course week**


Art holidays include 7 day courses at ‘ The Retreat’, our artist’s studio and guesthouse. All courses are carefully designed to provide a perfect blend of a relaxing creative experience and cultural exploration of this beautiful part of Italy. We work in small groups of max 8 painters only allowing each painter to get the maximum benefit of the personalised tuition we provide. The Retreat also offers group stays with or without tuition for art groups coming together. Our holiday apartments and B&B rooms with access to studio facilities and art materials provide an ideal set up for individual artists, photographers and other creative spirits wanting to work on their own. (Available outside advertised course dates only!)

What our Guests say:

“Watercolors in Florence” M. Yarney, April 2017

“A magical bubble of time spent and full of inspiration – simply charming.” Jo T., June 2016

“One of the best vacations you will ever choose” A. Yanko,  June 2016

For more reviews click on the TripAdvisor link

or to read more testimonials on our Review page here: click here

*discounts apply to courses at The Retreat only, not other locations, incl. Florence, one discount per booking applies. discounts apply to painting participants only, not accompanying non-painting partners.

** 1-in-8-goes free offer applies to minimum 8 painting participants for courses at The Retreat

**  non-painting companions

** Returning guest discount applies to courses run directly at The Retreat only and does not apply to   non-painting guests

Only one discount is applied per booking, when several discounts are on offer, the larger discount will be applied.