Painting Holidays UPDATED for 2016

FRANCE - Eymet - hiring a gite for a week 27th June 2016. 4 artists thus far room for one or two more. Beautiful give just outside this village set in the Dordogne with a large pool to ease the body into after a hard days sketching and painting. Photos to come.

PORTUGAL - Faro/Olhao, prior years FRANCE - Pau, Carcassonne, SARDINIA, ITALY - Dolceacqua, PORTUGAL - Olhao/Tavira
A typical art holiday runs for 7 days usually off peak or shoulder season when the weather is not too extreme. Prices tend not to include air fares, travel insurance or travel to and from the airport. Otherwise they are fully inclusive, all tutoring, accommodation, food, wine with dinner.....who could ask for more! There are usually discounts fo sharing accomodation and for non-painting partners.
Here are some details of current and previous holiday destinations.

FRANCE - Pau - PASSIONATE About PAINT

Neil and Sandy Whitehead are our hosts for this art week in South West France at Maison Lahon
Accommodation is in twin-bedded room either in the converted barn which consists of four rooms on the first floor each with own shower and toilet, or the house which consists of three bedrooms all en suite.
The ground floor in the barn consists of the studio and the kitchen/dining/living area.
No single supplement is payable but non-participating partners are only accommodated in shared rooms.
Outside is a 10m x 5m pool with pool house (with shower and w.c.), pelota wall, dining terraces, barbecue and garden
furniture. Access to the 10 acre garden/land.

Olhao artists


What's included
Transfers from Lourdes/Pau airport or Pau train station.
Group and individual tuition. Location visits (weather permitting). Access to the Studio during the day and evening.
Plenty of opportunities for relaxing in the garden and pool. Full board with accommodation in twin-bedded rooms all with private facilities. All meals at Lahon - continental breakfast, light lunch, 3 or 4 course evening meal, coffee, tea, water and, wine with meals. On one evening we organise a meal at a local restaurant - cost of meal, wine and transport included.
Wine tasting at a local vineyard (dependent on availability). Visit to Pau or the Pyrenees.

what's not included
Travel to France - Ryanair make regular flights to Lourdes airport from Stansted about 40 minutes from us, Pau airport is the nearest at about 20 minutes. Alternatives are Toulouse and Bordeaux, both about two hours by train or car to Pau; Biarritz is about one hour twenty minutes. It is two days drive or 12 hours by train from London.
Travel insurance-you must have insurance to cover travel, medical and cancellation of the course. Deposits are not refundable-please read their terms and conditions.

Olhao old facade


PORTUGAL
The location - the old port of Olhao, east of Faro in Portugal. Set in the heart of Olhao's protected historic area one can find the Olhao Art School, a purpose-built development and the brainchild of our host David. Just 30 minutes from easily accessible Faro this beautifully renovated set of adjoining properties is an ideal location for a painting holiday. With vaulted ceilings, Roman brick work, three courtyards and an olive tree (believed to be over 150 years old), the school has been restored offering an exceptional space for artistic creativity.

There is something romantic about the building with the beautiful light outside filtering through from the large windows and courtyards adding to it’s charm. There is an abundance of old features and is a fantastic place to gather inspiration. The Art School can comfortably accommodate up to 10 artists and a teacher. Cost £695
(see www.artinthealgarve.com for photos and more details)

FRANCE
Situated between Carcassonne and Toulouse in the Pyrennian foothills lies Manzac d'en bas run by Giles and Louise Nevill. This was my second art holiday location. Superp food and accommodation in a series of gites the couple have painstakingly renovated. Great views of the snow capped mountains, ancient villages and towns, vibrant markets to name but a few attactions to this location.
(see www.manzac.com for photos and more details)

Sienna View


ITALY
Podernovo farmhouse is the oldest on the San Fabiano country estate, dating back to 1750. Beautifully restored, it has every amenity. Filippo and Rachel Fiorentini invite you to their San Sabriano Agriturisme in the heart of the Tuscan countryside located 12km south of Sienna.
Tuscan View

A minimum of 10 guests are required for this art holiday where we can paint this amazing landscape, visit San Gimignano, the city of towers, local markets, Sienna and possibly Florence as well.
(see www.sanfabiano.com for photos and more details)

Dolcheaqua view

Also-Nestling in the hills above the medieval town of Dolceacqua in western Liguria, north west Italy, less than half an hour from the sea and from the French border, in the foothills of the Ligurian Alps is the enchanting Villatalla Guest House. Why not consider joining me there with hosts Roger and Marina possibly in May when the Riviera is in full bloom and at its most colourful.

Italy Villa

Close to the fabulous coastal resorts of the Italian Riviera and the French Cote d'Azur (also Monte Carlo), the pretty perched villages in the mountains, and the famous mountain walking trail known as the Alta Via, a walker's paradise, immersed in nature, with stunning views of mountains and valleys. Typical cost circa £870
(See www.villatalla.com for photos and more details)

SARDINIA
BellaSardinia is a small tour operator founded and operated by John & Maria Gardner, who specialise in organising painting, photography, yoga and cooking holidays. With over 15 years’ experience in the tourism and hospitality industry and 5 years as an independent tour operator, they know what factors can make the holiday you have been longing for.

Sardinia pupils

They choose the best times for you to visit: autumn, spring, and even mid-winter, where the average temperature by day can still be very mild, and the crowds of mass tourists have left, allowing us to enjoy the warm sunshine, the miles of unspoilt coastline, the rugged countryside and the picturesque villages in peace and tranquility. Typical cost circa £900




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