Painting Holiday with Michele Illing

18th - 25th September 2021 - more than 4 places available

Suitable for all abilities: Drawing and sketching, pen and ink, watercolours, acrylics, pastels

Course Details

Leave the four walls of your studio behind and experience painting and drawing in the beautiful landscape of Le Marche, Italy where we will draw our creative inspiration from the wonderful scenery around us.  During the week we will embrace the freedom that painting en plein air gives us, painting and drawing historic villages and the stunning natural vistas around Montelparo. Alongside larger paintings, I will be encouraging you to use sketchbooks; pen and ink/watercolour journaling is a great way to capture memories when travelling and sometimes these loose spontaneous paintings turn out to be great inspiration for larger works. I will give group and individual tuition on techniques, perspective, composition, colour and tone with demonstrations throughout, giving you the encouragement to work at your own pace in a relaxed holiday atmosphere. What better way to increase your confidence and improve your drawing and painting skills! 

About Michele

Michele is an award winning professional artist and well known educator living in the Southeast of England and simply has a great passion for art, which she loves to share with others. She has run classes and workshops for many years and regularly takes workshops and demonstrations in all media for other art groups. She has contributed to several painting magazines, has created a number of online art videos in collaboration with and is currently working on an art book with Dorling Kindersley. In her early career she worked as a freelance illustrator in advertising and publishing.

Michele’s work can be seen at

Painting holiday prices start from €1,349 per person which includes the following:

  • 7 nights luxury en-suite accommodation - see our rooms here
  • Local transportation including group transfers to and from either Ancona airport or Pedaso (station or bus stop)*
  • All meals including breakfast, lunch or gourmet picnics on location and evening meals
  • Delicious local house wine with lunch and evening meal
  • 5 days painting tuition including 3 days’ excursions to stunning locations
  • one day "Taste of Le Marche" excursion visiting artisanal cheese, olive oil and wine producers with tours and tastings
  • Unlimited use of lockable studio
  • Easels, boards and painting chairs supplied

*On the day of arrival we organise pick up times based on the groups arrival times either into Ancona airport or at the local train or coach stops. 

Michele’s tuition fee is £240 per person and will be invoiced separately by her.  

We will do our very best to make sure nobody has to wait for too long but please be aware we will be picking up other members of the group whose arrival times may not necessary coincide perfectly with your own and we ask for your patience.

If you are arriving at a time that really doesn’t tie in with the group or arriving a day or so earlier we can arrange for a taxi to pick you up.  The cost of a taxi is in the region of €150.  If there is anybody else arriving doing the same we will arrange it so that you can share the transport costs.

Similarly for departure, for retreats the rooms are to be vacated by 10:00 on the morning of departure.  Departure time will be set based on the majority of the group.  Again we will do our very best to accommodate everyone.