Painting holidays for the petrified

New year’s resolution to do something creative this year or just always had a creative streak buried somewhere within? If you felt that painting holidays were a) for older people and b) for people who know how to paint well think again.’s painting holidays are perfect for beginners and guaranteed to inspire you to get out that paint brush.

If you have always wanted to learn to paint and draw, but the last time you put paint brush to paper was in primary school then why not take some time out to try one of our down to earth, fun and relaxed painting holidays. Combine superb scenery, expert instruction, great food, fun hosts for a picture-perfect holiday…

Here’s our pick of the best painting holidays

Painting holidays in Spain

We have a great choice of painting holidays in Spain from glorious Andalucia to the wild coast of the Costa de la Luz.

Painting weekend in Spain
If you are not ready to commit to a full week course, why not try our taster painting weekend in Spain?

Recommended by Alastair Sawday, set in the heart of the ‘Parque Natural Sierra María-Los Vélez’ in the Almería province of Andalucia, this ‘eco-chic’ guest house and creative retreat set in 50 acres of farmland, resides within a place of extreme natural beauty, profound peace and tranquility and an awe inspiring wilderness, in one of Spain’s most dramatic alpine deserts

Now come on… how could you not feel inspired to capture that on canvas?

And, at just £291 for 3 nights including luxury eco-chic accommodation, all meals, drinks, painting tuition and materials its a great way to get a taste of the creative lengths you can go to.

Week long courses in this glorious location start at £788 per person.
And if you are not confident enough to show your work to others, there’s no single supplement so go, have fun and come home with artwork to be proud of.

Painting holiday in Cadiz
The setting for your painting holiday is the heart of the Alcornocales Natural Park, the dazzling white village of Alcalá de los Gazules is nestled in an area of extreme natural beauty and is an artist’s paradise, where your tutor and professional artist Andy will help you to develop your painting skills.

Andy teaches in a relaxed, fun way which boosts your confidence and helps you achieve techniques you’d never thought possible.

The wild coast of the Costa de la Luz and the surrounding countryside is an amazing place to spend a week. A completely unspoilt area of Spain, you’ll hear nothing but Spanish and will feel closer to nature to help you represent your surroundings on canvas. Great food, great company and relaxed tuition makes for a fun holiday.

Painting holidays in France

Looking for a house party feel for your holiday with some painting thrown in? Head to David and Sally’s place in France where David will teach you how to create your very own masterpiece while Sally opens the wine to get your creative juices flowing.

Stay in the unspoilt French town of Lodève in the heart of the Languedoc region in Southern France.  The house has a homely feel with beautiful gardens that lead down to the pretty river offering a multitude of wonderful scenes to paint right on your doorstep and couple that with great French food, wine and company – we challenge you to find better painting holidays in France.

Just £676 for a week all in, its a great value creative holiday suitable for all.

Make 2011 the year you try something amazing on your next holiday with

Personally, I’m booked into the eco-chic retreat in March to try to relive my primary school drawing talents of not colouring over the edges!