Painting Holiday in Emilia Romagna

Highlights

  • Be constantly inspired by the surrounding artworks on display
  • Includes all tuition, materials, meals and airport transfers from Bologna
  • Art studio on the grounds which you can access and use at all times
£1500 pp
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What you'll do

Overview

Come and join this unique 7 night painting holiday in the foothills of Italy near Bologna in the region of Emilia Romagna; you will be spoiled in a lovely art retreat, free to roam the many countryside paths and see what captures your eye to serve as your painting subject each day.

Dates 2024
22nd-29th May
17th-23th June
26th June-3rd July
23rd-30th July
3rd-10th & 10th-16th September
1st-8th October

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Arrival Day

Please arrive at Bologna by midday if you wish to make use of the shared complimentary transfer to Bedogno.

Pheona will welcome you to her home, Casa Appennino, which is in the small hamlet of Bedogno. It overlooks vineyards and orchards at the back and has breathtaking views of hills and mountains all around.

Bedogno itself is very picturesque little village and the local town of Villa Minozzo is within walking distance (10 minutes). In Villa Minozzo there are shops, banks, Pos...Read All

Typical itinerary

Each day starts with breakfast – you will be provided with breakfast items which you can eat on your terrace, balcony or out in the garden if you wish.

Fresh items fruit, bread etc are purchased daily please feel free to let Pheona know your preferences.

Tutored painting sessions are from about 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm, however, everything is flexible here – the studio is open all day, and Pheona is always around to help you.

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Departure Day

After breakfast you will leave for the airport. Arrivederci – we hope to see you again soon.

What's included

Included

  • Airport transfers to and from Bologna airport (please aim to arrive around midday at Bologna airport, you will depart for Bologna airport at 8am on the last day)
  • 7 nights accommodation in a private bedroom in a shared apartment
  • Prices are person and there are no single supplements for solo travellers
  • All of your meals with wine and beverages
  • Daily morning and evening art sessions and personalized tuition
  • All art supplies needed during your holiday
  • All cultural excursions
  • A meal out at a local trattoria
Your local host

Pheona

Host and art tutor Pheona has been practicing art in all mediums for over 30 years now. She has now made hosting and art her life in a secret pocket of Italian paradise well off the tourist trail in the region of Emilia Romagna. Aside from personal lessons and group tutorials, she will be whipping up delicious meals of regional favourites using the best ingredients this gastronomical area has to offer.

Pheona is Scottish and studied at the Glasgow School of Art in the famous Rennie MacIntosh building. As an art student, she taught part time (in the art school) to finance her studies, and has since been a professional artist specialising in portraiture and figurative painting, although her first love is sculpture.

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Host and art tutor Pheona has been practicing art in all mediums for over 30 years now. She has now made hosting and art her life in a secret pocket of Italian paradise well off the tourist trail in the region of Emilia Romagna. Aside from personal lessons and group tutorials, she will be whipping up delicious meals of regional favourites using the best ingredients this gastronomical area has to offer.

Pheona is Scottish and studied at the Glasgow School of Art in the famous Rennie MacIntosh building. As an art student, she taught part time (in the art school) to finance her studies, and has since been a professional artist specialising in portraiture and figurative painting, although her first love is sculpture.

Before settling in Italy, Pheona worked for Strathclyde University developing fast track learning courses in art at undergraduate level for 20 years and has also taught for other further education establishments including the Open College Of Arts and was Educational Advisor for Scotland for Windsor & Newton.

Location

Stay in this artistic oasis in the foothills of the Apennine mountains and get inspired during a week learning to paint various subjects in any artistic medium that interests you. There are beautiful gardens with secret corners, a lovely village just a 15 minute walk away, and gorgeous country paths to wander and get lost on during your week of relaxation and channelling creativity.

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

Nearest airport:
Bologna (1 hour 20 minutes by car)
Milan (2 and a half hours by car)

Pre-booked transfers:
Transfers are included in the price from Bologna airport to your accommodation.

The included transfers are planned to coincide with flights arriving before noon , and departing after 11:30 am, from Bologna so please bear this in mind when booking your flights.

What our travellers are saying...

Just returned from a wonderful week in the mountains of Villa Minozzo, Italy. A great location for a painting holiday. We were a party of three. We had daily tuition on any art skill we wanted to learn about. In our case it was watercolour. Also we had really interesting visits to the local regional Parmesan and balsamic vinegar makers. We enjoyed leisurely lunches and dinners made by our host with local produce and wine. We had our own rooms in

Gillian H

All as described in the information supplied. The group worked hard throughout the week. Pheona provided tutoring 6 hours each day, responding to individual needs, conducting structured classes with handouts for beginners and improvers and supporting those who preferred to work independently. Recommended.

H Bennett

H Sandmeier

FAQs

Who is it suitable for?

- Suitable for all levels from beginner to advanced painters
- Minimum age 18
- The course is mainly focused on sketching and painting
- Everything you need to create your art is available for you at the studio, all media is catered for

I'm travelling solo - can I join?

- Courses have a maximum of 7 people in each group, singles are very welcome as you'll meet others with a passion for painting and there are NO single supplements

When can I start?

- Holidays run on selected dates throughout the year
- Painting holidays are for 7 nights / 8 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

Restricted mobility access

Please find below some information regarding the accommodation and location of the holiday which may be useful when deciding if this is the right holiday for you; should you have an further questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help
- The house is on three floors with two rooms on the ground floor with a shared a spacious bathroom with a normal shower
- The art studio and the dining area are also on the ground floor
- The driveway is gravel
- The gardens have rustic winding paths which are not wide enough for a wheelchair and there are areas of the garden which have steps and also flagstones
- The local town has normal paths, although they don't have ramps on the kerb as in the UK
- There are areas for disabled parking at most places
- Should a half day excursion of hiking be too active for some, your host will make sure you spend your time in a comfortable place or pick an activity nearby that may be better suited

What time should we plan our flights?

Nearest airport:
Bologna (1 hour 20 minutes by car)

Transfers are included in the price from Bologna airport to your accommodation.

The included transfers are planned to coincide with flights arriving before noon on arrival day , and departing after 11:30 am on your departure day , from Bologna so please bear this in mind when booking your flights.

What if I arrive and leave outside the organised transfer times?

For transfers outside of the agreed transfer time (8am departure and around noon arrival) there will be a €100 fee for transfers each way, payable locally.

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