Five of the best painting holidays

An art Discount Holidays © holiday is undoubtedly enhanced by an expert guide who is able to bring a work of art to life better than any museum audio guide can. But these types of trips are no longer confined to simply admiring paintings in galleries. A handful of specialists are now offering breaks that combine sightseeing with painting tuition, often in scenic locations.

If you re a dab hand with the paint brush and are keen to develop your art skills, below are some of the best painting holidays in destinations, including Italy, France, Spain, Greece and further afield, Japan.

Italian flair

An eight-day Painting in Amalfi tour from Authentic Adventures (01453 823 328; authenticadventures.co.uk1) includes five full days of painting tuition, with a free day to rest and relax or visit Capri or Positano. The itinerary takes in Furore, a private garden which overlooks the Walks of the Gods, Pompeii, Atrani and Amalfi, a waterfront town with aristocratic houses, bell towers and churches. September 2 and September 26, from 1,599 full-board excluding flights.

Seaside break

Travel Editions (020 7251 0045; traveleditions.co.uk2), in partnership with West Norfolk Arts, offers an eight-day Painting in Crete tour based in Porto Veneziano Hotel which is set on the waterfront of Chania. Led by artist and tutor Roger Deller, this tour also visits the hilltop village of Polirinia where you will spend the day painting. September 22, from 1,395 b&b including flights.

Five Of The Best Painting Holidays Crete is your muse on this painting break Credit: Alamy

The big painting challenge

For intermediate students, a seven-day Painting Discount Holidays © Holiday in France from Spencer Scott Travel (01825 714310; spencerscotttravel.com3) might appeal. Lachlan Goudie, an artist and judge on the BBC s series Big Painting Challenge, leads this tour based in the little coastal town of Collioure, which has been an inspiration for many artists including the first of the Fauves and later Dali, Picasso and Chagall. May 14, from 2,995 half-board including flights. (01825 714310 ; spencerscotttravel.com)

Five Of The Best Painting Holidays The town of Collioure has been an inspiration for many artists including the first of the Fauves and later Dali, Picasso and Chagall Credit: David Norton / Alamy

Going solo

Go Learn To s (0208 1445990; golearnto.com4) eight-day Painting Discount Holidays © Holiday in Andalusia combines painting tuition with visits to a beach, a tropical garden, a castle and local towns. There is no single supplement on this course so it would suit solo travellers. Departures between June and October, from 799 including most meals but excluding flights.

Five Of The Best Painting Holidays The Andalus an mountain village of Torrox is the setting for your painting course Credit: Manfred Gottschalk / Alamy

Art safari in Japan

For something further afield, Art Safari (01394 382235; artsafari.co.uk5) is offering a 14-day Japan Floating Landscapes itinerary which visits the Land of the Rising Sun, with a chance to meet contemporary Japanese artists. You ll paint Mount Fuji, snow monkeys bathing in onsens or hot springs and fascinating architecture. November 13, from 3,584 b&b excluding flights.

Five Of The Best Painting Holidays Mount Fuji is captivating from every angle Credit: Sean Pavone / Alamy

References

  1. ^ authenticadventures.co.uk (www.authenticadventures.co.uk)
  2. ^ traveleditions.co.uk (www.traveleditions.co.uk)
  3. ^ spencerscotttravel.com (www.spencerscotttravel.com)
  4. ^ golearnto.com (www.golearnto.com)
  5. ^ artsafari.co.uk (artsafari.co.uk)

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