Art Holidays Romania
based: Maramures, NW Transylvania, Romania
Painting courses and holidays in enchanting Maramures, in Northern Transylvania. These courses are run by established British artists and tutors and cater for painters at all levels; numbers are limited to maximise individual tuition. Professional artists looking for an artist retreat are welcome to join to do their own work.
| life drawing/painting | mixed media | Romania |
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 | dressmaking/tailoring | felt making | beadwork | lace making | embroidery | mixed media | painting/drawing | knitting/crochet | jewellery | calligraphy | paper crafts | 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 |
Azenart Creative Travel Ltd
based: London, UK
Unforgettable painting holiday workshops in Italy and France, in groups of 4–10. Destinations include: Venice, Rome, Capri, Pompeii – Amalfi, and South of France. Azenart Painting Holidays include 5 full days of plein air tutoring in beautiful renown sites, in the heart of the art, all materials and equipment included.
| painting/drawing | art appreciation | groups | city breaks | Italy | France |
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 |
Getaway and Create Minibreaks
based: Cordoba, Spain
Three day, fully inclusive, jewellery making or picture making minibreaks in the lush countryside of Cordoba, Spain. This country home is a short walk from a parque natural and 20 minutes drive from the historic city of Cordoba. A day trip tour to the centre is included in the stay.
| jewellery | painting | mixed media | Spain |
Heart and Art Andalucia
based: Granada, Spain
Week-long fully inclusive art and craft residential courses with professional, experienced artist teachers. Learn, create, relax in the beautiful Spanish mountains of Andalucia in a mountainside house with inspirational views of the National Park. Price also includes countryside picnics, day excursion and airport transfers in Spain. All art materials provided.
| jewellery | sculpture/carving | paper crafts | scrapbooking | embroidery | decoupage | painting/drawing | mixed media | soft toy making | retreats | self development | Spain |
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 |
Palettes de Gascogne
based: South West France
Luxury all-inclusive painting holidays, or painting and pilates, in a beautiful Gascon farmhouse in Southern France – tutored by professional artists and fitness instructor. Courses offer a variety of mediums and suit all ages/abilities. Also a varied itinerary of outings/visits, including chateau tours, wine tastings, canoeing, market and restaurant visits and pilates sessions.
| painting/drawing | mixed media | pilates | France |
based: London, UK
Sapienza Travel offer a range of cultural holidays, singing and painting holidays, and visits to opera festivals in Europe. The tours have a narrative running through them which tells the stories of the cities visited and of the people who lived there throughout history.
| singing | painting/drawing | historical tours | ballet/opera | art appreciation | wine | city breaks | groups | escorted tours | singles | Western Europe |
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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