“There is something so different in Venice from any other place in,the world that you leave at once all accustomed habits and everyday sights to enter an enchanted garden.” Mary Shelley

The one week painting and drawing course is suitable for all levels of experience and ability, from absolute beginners to professional artists. Chris Bell and Tony Phillips are highly experienced artists and teachers who will support you at a level appropriate to your needs, both within a group setting (maximum of 10) and individually.

Painting vacations in Venice
Art courses in Venice

With its myriad of canals, unique architecture and atmospheric lighting conditions, painting in Venice becomes a magical experience, and without doubt, offers the perfect location for a painting holiday.

The Renaissance was a golden age in the long history of Venetian painting, and the art that came from Venice during that era includes some of the most visually exciting works in the whole of western art. Visits will be made to the Galleria dell’Accademia, the Doges’ Palace and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection .

Painting retreats in Venice

Art retreats in Venice

This is a wonderful painting opportunity, firstly to observe and record through drawing and painting the atmosphere and mood of Venice through plein air work and secondly to gain an insight into the meanings and methods of the major artists, sculptors and architects of Venice.

You will be able to extend your skills, knowledge and understanding of art in a creative and relaxed atmosphere. Demonstrations are given in water colour, oil, acrylic, mixed media and a wide range of drawing materials. Paintings and studies made can be developed further in the studio.

Art lessons in Venice
Art lessons in Venice

The scale of work ranges from A4 sketchbook studies , A3 size canvases , A2 boards, A1 or largersurfaces. All work can be rolled to take home.

All equipment and drawing and painting materials are provided.

  • Main areas of study though not exhaustive
  • Sketching, the picture plane and the illusion of space.
  • Observation drawing using line, proportion, tone and perspective.
  • Painting principles from the Renaissance period to that of contemporary artists.
  • Colour, light and atmosphere.
  • Composition and the hidden Geometry in Art.
  • Expressive painting techniques and methods

It is our aim to ensure that you leave this course enriched by these new experiences and most importantly that you feel refreshed and confident to enjoy your creativity.

We offer you an art holiday where you can pursue your creativity with other interesting people, have fun and be well looked after in friendly and stimulating surroundings.