Why painting holidays are for beginners too

Yoga_retreat_with_painting_Rome_paintIs your artistic portfolio a collection of paintings by numbers? Have you not picked up a paintbrush since GSCE art? Was your last picture created from dried pasta shapes and pipe cleaners?

Even if you answered yes to one of the above, you still shouldn’t right off a painting holiday. With arty breaks catered to all levels, you don’t have to be John Constable to spend a few days at the easel.

Patient teachers and beautiful settings make painting holidays perfect for beginners who are picking up a paintbrush or piece of charcoal for the first time.

Plus, holidays set amid the inspiring stomping grounds of the likes of Cézanne, Van Gogh and Velázquez in regions like Andalucia or Languedoc are bound to bring out your suppressed or hidden artistic flair.

Beginners embarking on a painting holiday should relax and remind themselves that it won’t be like Channel 4’s Watercolour Challenge. While your neighbour’s canvas may look worthy of hanging space in the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition, it doesn’t mean yours has to.

Producing a masterpiece is a mere bonus on a holiday that allows you to relax, switch off from your day-to-day anxieties and gives you plenty of time to consider the beautiful scenery and glorious architect that surrounds you.Creative holidays spain (12)

What’s great too is that you get to enjoy all that fresh air, exercise the right-hand sides of your brain (that often-left-to-languish creative part) and learn a great new skill.

It’s never too late to learn to paint and, with some courses offering a lively palette of landscape, townscape, photography, still-life or portrait painting, you are bound to find a genre you are good at.

And it’s not all paint, paint, paint either. Most arty holidays offer plenty of time away from the canvas, with lots of chances to explore the local area and culture. You can choose to do as little or as much art as you choose so, if you fancy a break from the easel one day, take it.

Group meals and activities also provide a great opportunity to meet other like-minded people, relax with a glass of wine and soak up the sunshine.