Painting Holiday with Fiona Forbes

20th - 27th June 2020 - more than 4 places available

Suitable for all abilities. Watercolours, Drawing & Sketching

Painting outdoors with a limitless source of beautiful and inspiring scenery is one of the most pleasurable pastimes imaginable, and Fiona would like to share this wonderful activity with you. The aim of this course is to increase your confidence to be creative outside, as well as enjoying good company with like minded fellow companions and artists .

Course Details

Whether you are new to painting, or an experienced artist, Fiona will encourage you to develop at your own pace and to learn from, and share ideas with, each other.  The week will be informative, fun and relaxing as well as productive!

Some of the topics covered are :

  • selecting a composition using viewfinders
  • making small "thumbnail" sketches in tone
  • mixing colours from a limited palette
  • practicing painting quickly
  • learning more about watercolour techniques includin "wet in wet"
  • creating texture using some everyday items

About Fiona

The Tutor, Fiona Forbes, is a professional artist with many years’ experience teaching in the U.K. and running painting holidays in Europe.  Vibrant, colourful and uplifting paintings are Fiona's speciality.

Born in Cheshire, Fiona spent her childhood in Cyprus and Aden before completing her education in Scotland.  She attended Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art followed by a year at Dundee College of Education in the 1970’s.

Her nomadic lifestyle continued after meeting her husband, and she spent many years in various European countries.  Wherever she lived, she initiated and tutored watercolour classes as well as painting and exhibiting.

This wealth of interacting with different cultures, nationalities and personalities has been a major influence on her art, palette and outlook on life.

She settled in the South of England in 2009 and belongs to several local art groups, as well as the Guild of Aviation Artists. She runs an art class every week in Salisbury and does demonstrations and workshops for local art clubs.

She has regular exhibitions with groups, and is having her first solo exhibition since moving to England in Fisherton Mill Gallery , Salisbury, in May/June 2019

To see Fiona's work visit:

Painting holiday prices start from €975 per person which includes the following:

  • 7 nights luxury en-suite accommodation - see our rooms here
  • full board: includes breakfast, lunch or gourmet picnics on location and evening meals
  • house wine with meals
  • 5 days painting days 
  • 5 lunches in a restaurant or gourmet picnics on location
  • all local transportation including transfers from local pick-up points*
  • unlimited use of our lockable studio
  • basic painting materials

Note:  Tuition fees are payable separately and directly to Fiona.  

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. 

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.