Landscape painting holiday

Le Marche Region, Le Marche, Italy

7 days from
per person

Holiday Itinerary

Nestled in the rolling hills of Le Marche, you’ll find this 6 night landscape painting holiday. It’s the perfect base for a week of creativity, incredible sights, tastes and great company.

On offer is 30 hours of personalised painting and drawing tuition with professional landscape artist John Skelcher, who will help you find and build on your creative strengths. Throughout the week, there’ll be new landscapes and plenty of opportunities to paint ‘en plein air’.

During his 15 years tutoring all levels in a variety of media (watercolour, oil and acrylic are provided on this holiday), John has seen incredible progress in both absolute beginner painters as well as advanced painters gaining a new perspective.

Working alongside John is your host, Jana, who’ll be there to ensure your week goes smoothly. In addition to cooking you delicious meals made from fresh local produce, Jana will be organising fun activities designed to bring the group together and make the most of the local area.

You’ll also see Jana’s touches in the lovely farmhouse accommodation. All rooms are tastefully decorated and provide modern comforts while maintaining some traditional Italian charm. There is also a swimming pool, library and plenty of outdoor areas where you can relax or continue to work on your art.

Who is it suitable for?
- Suitable for all painting levels from beginners to advanced
- Minimum age 18
- The course is focused on landscape painting and drawing
- Watercolour, oil and acrylic paints are provided and you are free to use your preferred medium

I’m travelling solo - can I join?
- This art retreat make a great singles holiday as you will be joining a group of like-minded people
- This holiday does not need a minimum number to go ahead which means once you book, your holiday is confirmed

When can I start?
- Arrival days are on set dates with arrivals on Saturdays and departures on Fridays
- Painting holidays are for 6 nights / 7 days
- If you wish to stay for extra nights, please email to check availability for your preferred duration and we will do our best to accommodate you
- All holidays are on request so please email us and we’ll check availability for your preferred day of arrival as quickly as possible

Typical itinerary
The itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change depending on the group’s needs and wishes but is typically as follows:

8-9am: Sit down to a delicious buffet breakfast
9:30am-12:30pm: Morning art session - work in the studio or paint 'en plein air' in the surrounding areas
1-2:30pm: A traditional Italian lunch is served before some time to relax at the house or explore your location for that day
3-5pm: Afternoon art session - continue your work from the morning either at the studio or on location while discussing progress and sharing ideas with the group
6:30pm: Aperitivo time! Share ideas and inspirations from your day with the rest of the group over a drink
7pm: Dinner will be served at the farmhouse or a local restaurant

- Excursions/painting locations can change seasonally and depend on the group’s opinion but some examples are sunflower, olive or vineyard landscapes, along with historic hill-towns such as Montedinove, Montalto delle Marche, Force and Ascoli Piceno
- After dinner, evening activities may include art seminars, visits to seasonal local festas or simply time to relax
- Other evening activities such as bingo and pizza night, classical film night and more will be offered at the farmhouse
- Your hosts are flexible and willing to accommodate the needs and wishes of the group, their goal is to give you a wonderful holiday and painting inspiration in one

About your painting tutor & host
- Jana is a co-founder at the retreat and is in charge of guest hospitality as well as administrative tasks
- She is the woman behind all of the logistics and bookings, as well as creating delicious seasonal menus during your stay

Art tutor
- John Skelcher will be your landscape tutor and he has been teaching art for over 15 years
- He has experience teaching all levels of ability, from beginners to degree level
- John strives to bring out the best in his students and positively encourages them to develop their confidence
- He loves sharing his knowledge of painting techniques tied in with some art history during his workshops

Where will I be staying?
- This holiday is based in a beautiful Italian farmhouse that has been lovingly restored into charming accommodation with an onsite art studio
- There are six individual guest bedrooms over 2 floors; 4 of which have an en-suite bathroom
- Two bedrooms are in a self-contained apartment on the ground floor and share one bathroom
- Rooms are wonderfully spacious and decorated to high standards
- Fully stocked art studio for whenever you want to create
- There are tea and coffee making facilities available all day
- WiFi is available throughout the property, both inside and in the garden
- Large, inground pool open from late June to early September (unheated)
- The property also has sun-loungers, a library, covered terraces with beautifully scented roses and wisterias to provide shade while you’re drawing or relaxing
- There are stunning walking trails of all durations in the surrounding countryside as well as to the local town of Force, nearby vineyards and olive groves, as well as an ancient chapel to explore
- You’ll find 360 degree views across the region, towards the sea, mountains and myriad of hill-towns dotted across the rolling hills - plenty of inspiration for sketching, painting and great photographs
- Accommodation is included for 6 nights / 7 days
- Check in anytime after 3pm on day 1 and check out by 10am on day 7

Are meals included?
- Your hosts believe that good food is an integral part of a great holiday experience, so you’ll be enjoying healthy and delicious meals made from home-grown and local seasonal produce
- Of course, Italian food is on the menu but they have also put together a range of international dishes that showcase the region’s best products, such as truffles and wines from the area
- Breakfast, lunches and dinners are included, apart from from 2 meals out, where you’ll have a chance to try some local restaurants

What can I do in my free time?
- During your free time, walk the countryside, relax by the pool or head out the ancient town of Force
- Have a glass of wine and relax in the garden with new friends or continue working on your art
- Join in on a quiz or a movie night, all organised by your hosts
- Some evenings, there will be the chance to go to local festas in the area - a great chance to gain an insight into the local culture