cafe meletti(giclee)

Enjoy painting and drawing stunning Italian sceneries and hill-top towns. We will paint here at The Retreat as well as other magnificent locations and enjoy excursions around this spectacular area. There will be demonstrations in watercolours, oils and acrylics. (Apart from courses specified as watercolour only). We will explore the techniques and media as well as colour mixing, observation, scale, composition and more. There will also be the option of an introduction to pastels and pencil drawing.

Whether you wish to paint Sunflowers (July-September), Poppy fields (June), Hay-bales (July-August), vineyards or Olive Groves (all summer), with the sea in the backdrop sparkling with light and the ancient hill-top towns glowing in full glory across the panorama. From The Retreat you have stunning views across the region providing plenty of inspiration and we will be working plein-air in the surrounding area as well as in the studio.

Your experienced tutor will help you develop your confidence and skills. We will also visit ancient hill-top towns, the sea-side and historic cities where we sit and paint and simply soak up the atmosphere.

This course is suitable for beginners to advanced.

Your experienced tutor will demonstrate the principal techniques in the most popular painting media today. This course really is a must for anyone wishing to take up painting and drawing for the first time and those who have lapsed from their easels over the years as well as experienced painters wanting to paint away from their usual surroundings. All art materials, easels, aprons, etc are supplied.

The below dates take place at The Retreat, Le Marche, Italy

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.

Available 2018 Courses:

23rd-30th June Plein-air Workshop

04th – 14th July Sunflower Oil Painting with Yoga and Cooking classes (10 day)

21st-28th July Plein-air Workshop

11th-18th August Watercolour Workshop with Cooking Classes

25th August – 01st September Watercolour and Yoga Workshop

08th – 15th September Plein-air Workshop

21st-28th September Plein-air Workshop 

Prices (7 Day courses)

Room Type 7 Day Course
Twin/Double room p.p. £ 1,100
Single Room £ 1,300
Twin/Double en-suite p.p. £ 1,200
Single en-suite p.p. £ 1,400
Non-painters £ 800

Prices (10 Day courses)

Room Type 10 Day Course
Twin/Double room p.p. £ 1,500
Single Room £ 1,700
Twin/Double en-suite p.p.  £ 1,600
Single en-suite p.p. £ 1,800
Non-painters £   800

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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