Agriturismo Villa La Rogaia
based: Umbria, Italy
Offering a wide range of creative classes including cookery, wine tasting, dancing, painting, sculpting, writing, guided walking, herbal tours and olive picking. Classes take place at Villa La Rogaia, an outstanding wheelchair friendly country house in Umbria with pool. They serve delicious food with products from their organic farm.
| dancing (mixed styles) | salsa | cookery | painting/drawing | herb | wine | sculpture/carving | Italian language | writing | for people with a disability | olive picking/harvest | Italy |
Anglia Leisure Learning Limited
based: East Anglia, UK
Weekend residential leisure courses with top quality tutors, comfortable venues and good home cooking. Improve your skills while making new friends and enjoying achieving more than you ever thought possible. Courses are held north and south of London, and in East Anglia, Bristol and The Midlands. See Answers to 101 Questions on the website.
| patchwork/quilting | textiles | beadwork | lace making | embroidery | music | mixed media | painting/drawing | knitting/crochet | jewellery | calligraphy | England |
artbreak™ Arts Immersion Vacations
based: Prague, Czech Republic
artbreak™ is an unequalled active-arts and adventure-learning vacation to renew your mind, heart, and spirit, midst the most beautiful city in Europe. artbreak™ gives you intimate access to Prague's brilliant artistic world via hands-on art workshops, gallery tours, plus the best of Prague's music, theatre and dance performances.
| city breaks | art appreciation | painting/drawing | music tours | concerts/music festivals | ballet/opera | theatre/shows | groups | Czech Republic |
based: Suffolk, UK
Assington Mill, set in the beautiful Suffolk countryside, offers over 55 different short 1-3 day courses at very reasonable prices. Courses are mainly on rural skills and crafts and include a very diverse range: from bee keeping to mosaic, ballroom dancing to storytelling and from scything to falconry.
| upholstery | cider tours/making | herbalism | dog training | raptor/falconry | felt making | ballroom/sequence dancing | storytelling | fungi/mushroom foraging | mosaic | painting/drawing | UK |
Atsitsa Bay Holistic Holidays
based: Skyros Island, Greece
Atsitsa Bay, on Skyros Island's pine-forested coast, offers a range of activities with experienced facilitators including windsurfing, yoga, art, comedy and music. Try something new, discover hidden talents and meet a variety of interesting people. Delicious food, inspiring courses, picturesque setting and great company, it's a winning combination! Vegetarians welcome.
| yoga | retreats | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | windsurfing | singing courses | comedy | painting/drawing | multi-activity | self development | singles | vegetarian/vegan | Greece |
Azenart Creative Travel Ltd
based: London, UK
Azenart takes you on unforgettable painting holidays in Italy, in groups of 6-8 people, to different destinations: Venice, Rome, Capri, Pompeii and Amalfi. 4-star accommodation, all meals with wine, tuition, local transportation and transfers are all included in Azenart Painting Holidays.
| painting/drawing | art appreciation | Italy |
French House Party Carcassonne
based: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Cookery, arts or leisure holidays in high-class private property near Carcassonne with great French cuisine and wines. Recommended in "100 World's Best Vacations" book. Eight-bedroomed accommodation has pool, tennis and boules. Tutored courses include painting, books, creative writing, songwriting, movie-making and Gastro Academy with top French chefs.
| cookery | gastronomic | wine | groups | weekends/short breaks | songwriting | writing | film/video | team building | weddings/honeymoons | painting/drawing | France |
based: Magnesia, Greece
Kalikalos summer school offers a full programme of holistic community-based workshops, retreats and workcamps from May through September. Offerings include, Advaita satsang, August family weeks, creative arts, healing, self development, Vipassana meditation, walking weeks and yoga. The centre is unique in that it's run as a community and with vegetarian meals.
| holistic/wellness/wellbeing | tai chi | yoga | self development | meditation | painting/drawing | ethical/ecotourism | vegetarian/vegan | family/child friendly | summer schools | working/volunteer holidays | Greece |
ISSOS International Summer Schools
based: St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, UK
Summer school program offering high school students (13-18) the opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in the amazing, historic and picturesque university towns of St Andrews, Cambridge and Yale. A three week program welcoming students from over 60 nationalities (each nationality limited to 10% to guarantee a truly international experience).
| summer schools | youth/teen | multi-activity | English language | painting/drawing | photographic | film/video | golf | tennis | writing | Scotland | UK | USA |
FRANCE: Group art & mixed media courses
A course catering for mixed groups of beginners, people wishing to re-awaken their artistic instincts, or more advanced artist who'd like to develop their skills. The course explores themes such as still life, portraits, landscape and villagescape – carried out using your preferred medium, be it drawing, painting or using mixed media.
The course is held at a stylish, 200-year-old Carcassonne farmhouse, located in the stunning rural environment of SW France.
A range of London based day activities and experience days in painting, drawing and sketching techniques.
Includes a one-on-one private painting workshop experience with a practising professional artist, suitable for all levels of experience and teaching a variety of techniques. The experience also includes a champagne lunch.
This section lists holidays, vacations and residential multi-day courses and workshops for hobbyists and amateur artists. This includes painting courses with instruction and training, or simply holiday studio space for artists, with instruction on hand if/when required. It covers the full range of painting mediums, from pastels, coloured pencil, charcoal, pen and ink to watercolour paints, gouache, acrylics and oil paints.
We have separate sections covering life drawing/painting and mixed media, and a host of other specific art related categories such as art appreciation or sculpture.
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