Painting Workshops are a great way to travel and explore interesting painting destinations with a group of like minded people. Fabulous food and wine, sightseeing, shopping, exploring and as much painting as you want all make for a great holiday and memorable experience.
You don’t need to be an experienced painter. Painting workshops are a place to learn, enjoy yourself and meet people with similar interests.
A few years ago we had a workshop in Italy and were joined by a lady who had never painted before. She spoke little English, but was very keen and determined. By the end of the workshop her drawing and painting had moved ahead in leaps and bounds. She kept up painting and has joined us on subsequent workshops, producing very competent and creative watercolors. She has also made lasting friendships with people from all over the world.
There is no minimum skill requirement – my painting workshops usually range from raw beginners right through to competent artists. Everyone is there to learn and enjoy themselves and the interaction between everyone is supportive and encouraging – never competitive.
Many of the painting workshops included meals in some really spectacular restaurants.
Painting subjects vary from grand architectural panoramas to simple rural landscapes.
A relaxing, sunny afternoon painting in the countryside.
Critique sessions are held every couple of days. They are a lot of fun and very informative
Afternoon drinks are a great way to get to know the other painters and swap stories of the days adventures
We travel to some busy locations. Having the support of a group of painters takes the pressure off setting up to paint in front of a passing crowd.
We always visit locations where non painters can find plenty to do. Cafes, shops, markets, museums, walks.
Painting is always optional – some people like to paint all the time, others prefer to break up their painting with other activities.
Paint as little or as much as you like. I like to do two demonstrations a day and help students with their work between demos. Some students like to mix painting with visits to near by villages, shopping excursions or just relaxing in the hotel. The choice is entirely up to you.
Painting workshops are a great way to meet interesting, like minded people. The atmosphere is always friendly and relaxed. With a couple of weeks to immerse yourself in painting, there is always noticeable progress in everyones work.
If you have considered going on a painting workshop but felt a little intimidated, don’t be. You will find lots of support and will be surprised how painting with a group of fellow students gives your work confidence and momentum.
The painting workshops are always great fun and an enjoyable mixture of painting, sight seeing, shopping, wining and dining. We always have a few non painters too, so if you would like to bring a friend or partner, they are most welcome.
Author: John Lovett