Landscape Painting Holiday

from £1200 pp

Italy, Le Marche

6 nights/ 7 Days

Join a group max 8 people

Landscape Painting Holiday

from £1200 pp

What You'll Do

Get creative and let the stunning landscape of Le Marche be your muse on this 6 night painting and drawing holiday; benefit from personalised expert tuition as you improve your skills both in the onsite studio and 'en plein air', all in the great company of other like-minded artists.

Dates available in 2022:
18-24 June
23-29 July
20-26 August
10-16 Sept

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.


30 hours of personalized tuition from a professional landscape artist.

Lovingly restored farmhouse accommodation with swimming pool.

Includes return transfers from local train station with great airport links.

Your Local Host:


Jana is a co-founder at her retreat in Le Marche, Italy, 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.

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Experience Itinerary

- A Typical Day

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


The farmhouse accommodation is made up of three guest rooms and two self-contained apartments. Each bedroom is spacious and has been lovingly decorated and renovated to provide you with modern comforts yet retaining the traditional charm.

Onsite, there is a swimming pool as well as many outdoor terraces & pergolas. Here you will enjoy al fresco dining in the evenings, work on your art or simply relax and read a book. Not to mention the art studio, which you are free to use whenever the feeling strikes you.

– 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 5 nights / 6 days
– Check in anytime after 3pm on day 1 and check out by 10am on day 6

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Arrival day

15:00-18:00 Check-in

6:30 Welcome Drinks (Aperitivi) and Course Orientation

19:30 Dinner

Colour Theory workshop

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:00 – 12:00 demonstration and practical drawing and painting session (coffee break 11:00 am)

13:00 Lunch

15:00 – 17:30 Workshop Colour Theory and practical painting session

18:00 Aperitivi /Critique

19:30 Dinner

21:00 Seminar on Plein-air painting.

Paint on location

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:00 – 12:00 Demonstration and practical session

13:00 Lunch

15:00-17:30 Practical painting session on location

18:00 Aperitivi/Critique

19:30 Dinner

21:00 Seminar on the Principles of Painting

Drawing and Painting in a Local Hill Town

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-12:00  plein-air painting session

13:00 Lunch

15:00-17:30 drawing & painting in local hill-town

18:00 Aperitivi/Critique

19:00 Dinner

Trip out to Paint en Plein Air

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-12:00 Plein-air field trip

13:00 Lunch at local trattoria

15:00-17:30 continuation of plein-air painting

18:00 aperitivi

19:30 dinner

21:00 Seminar on Perspective

Plein air Painting

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:00 – 12:00 Plein-air painting

13:00 Lunch

15:00-17:30 completion of work in studio and critique of work achieved during the course

18:00 aperitivi

19:30 Pizza night at local pizzeria



8:00-9:00 Breakfast

10:30 check-out/drop-off at San Benedetto del Tronto

Reviews (1)

Jess V

Friday 26th July, 2019

I have just returned from a fabulous week at this Retreat !! Apart from John being the perfect host and exceptionally talented, his method of teaching and organisation of our week was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble and I was amazed at how mu...

I have just returned from a fabulous week at this Retreat !! Apart from John being the perfect host and exceptionally talented, his method of teaching and organisation of our week was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble and I was amazed at how much we covered and how much we all progressed in such a short time. Stunning scenery, fabulous food cooked by Jana and wonderful company made this a truly memorable experience for all. Cannot recommend highly enough !!!

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Location Information

Stay in gorgeous traditional farmhouse set in the heart of the Le Marche region, just one hour from the seaside town of San Benedetto del Tronto on Italy’s Adriatic Coast. Here you’ll experience ‘Italia in una regione’ – all of Italy in one region. Perched in a lush horizon of rolling green hills, olive groves, vineyards and sunflowers, the location is the perfect place to set up your easel and capture it all; along with the opportunity to relax and sample the regional wine produce.

Please note that prices for the holidays do not include flights. We recommend using www.skyscanner.net to check flights.

Complementary return transfers from San Benedetto del Tronto station:
This holiday includes return transfers from the train station of San Benedetto del Tronto to the retreat (about a one hour drive). This allows for all guest arrivals from various airports in Italy.


  • 6 nights accommodation at the farmhouse
  • 30 hours of drawing/painting tuition throughout the week
  • All art materials and equipment
  • Trips to historic local towns and locations of artistic interest to paint ‘en plein air’
  • Transport to and from painting locations/excursions
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners at the farmhouse (apart from selected meals on excursions)
  • Wine and water during meals on-site
  • Tea/coffee and refreshments during painting breaks
  • Daily aperitivi
  • Use of swimming pool (late June to early September), library & tea/coffee-making facilities
  • Return transfers from San Benedetto del Tronto train station (at specified times only)
  • Check in anytime after 3pm on day 1 and check out by 10am on day 7


- 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

- 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

- 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 fiestas in the area - a great chance to gain an insight into the local culture