Enjoy painting the beautiful scenery surrounding the Le Marche Retreat. In the morning there will be plein-air demonstrations, followed by practical sessions where you put into practice what you have learnt, observed and remembered. In the afternoon, there will be more opportunity to paint during practical sessions, critiqued where necessary by your tutor. In the evening, there will be seminars on the subject of plein air, covering principals within the genre, examples, techniques, equipment all explained with references to painters past and present, to stimulate your appetite for more painting! The dialogue is fun, informative and focused and you will also have the opportunity to share your experiences.

Enjoy incorporating your learning experience into your paintings and relish in the improvement of your work during your week of intensive plain-air painting here at The Retreat. Book your unmissable painting trip today to avoid disappointment! This course is a must for those new to Plein-Air and wanting to accelerate their confidence in this demanding but ultimately very rewarding genre. It is also suitable for intermediate plein-air painters wishing to take a mirror check on their practice and find some quality time to improve in an ideal setting free from the daily encumbrances of daily life.

For Groups: If you are wishing to come to The Retreat with your painting group, we are happy to arrange a specific course of your choice for you. Group discounts apply. Simply contact us with your requirements.


Room Type 7 Day Course
Twin/Double room p.p. £ 1,200
Single Room £ 1,400
Twin/Double en-suite p.p.  £ 1,300                                     
Single en-suite p.p. £ 1,500
Non-painters £   900

Non-painting partners are welcome at a reduced rate and can join us on all our trips and excursions.

10% discount for returning visitors

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