Enjoy an inspiring holiday with personal artistic tuition by English painter and art tutor John W. Skelcher. Workshops and painting sessions take place in a relaxed and square canvas 1friendly atmosphere at The Retreat and scenic outdoor locations. You will enjoy breath-taking views and visit historic towns and places of natural beauty and artistic interest in Southern Le Marche. The sessions are 3 hours in the morning, followed by a light lunch and a 2 hour session in the afternoon. In the evening, we will gather at The Retreat or a local Restaurant for a delicious meal with fresh local wine. There will be a one-day artistic break for you to explore this beautiful region on a tour with us or spend the day relaxing on the beach.

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Seasonal Themes

RosieWe have given some of our landscape courses a seasonal theme, including the best time to come to paint sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards and when best to see the magic of starry nights or visit the open air opera and many more.



On your holiday you will be able to enjoy a variety of excursions to historic towns, roman cities, the national park in the mountains and during the summer months the beaches of the Adriatic.

Your Holidays includes:

All tuition, art materials,square canvas 4 accommodation, all breakfast, most lunches and all dinners, wine and soft drinks, transport to and from painting locations and sight-seeing and painting  excursions. Free pick-up and drop-off from/at Pedaso or Ascoli Piceno to/from flights for Ancona, Pescara and Rome. You will also receive a high quality 50 page sketchbook.


discounted rates for joint booking for painting partners/friends sharing a room

10% for returning visitors

Groups of 4 or more 10% discount p.p.

A 25 % non-refundable deposit is required to confirm bookings.

Non-Painting Partners:

Non- participating companions are always welcome to stay and relax at The Retreat, and join us on trips and excursions. We will also be happy to assist with itineraries and ideas for non-participating companions.

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There are six beautiful double/twin rooms most with en-suite bathroom.The rooms are light and airy and individually designed to reflect a relaxed countryside retreat style.

For self-catering stays outside our course dates. We have a small self-contained apartment with it’s own en-suite and sitting/kitchen area ideal for one or two people and a two-bedroom apartment sleeping upto 4 people. B&B stays are available in en-suite bedrooms. The accommodation is ideal for artists, photographers, writers and other creative minds looking for a place to work in tranquility on their own outside our advertised course dates.  For information on self-catering and B&B stays click here:  Self-catering & B&B stays.

Please contact us for holidays outside the listed dates, group bookings or discounts