Art Academy

Art Academies in other countries

in Beautiful locations

We offer Art Academies all over the world, France , Greece, Japan, India, Italy, and Morocco, places we have chosen for the fabulous painting opportunities.

Our Art Academy holidays are all different, we tailor them to suit the dynamic locations in which they host them. Sometimes based in one city or venue, others are multi city tours with many fabulous locations on offer.

The accomodation we offer is important too, we find boutique hotels, beautiful houses, or homesteads as our base. Offering a range of accomdation. Breakfast is a must, a great time to meet up and set talk about the day. Some of our holiday are catered holidays and others are breakdfast only.

The  Art Academy tutors are Janet Brady and Peter Davies. We draw on our 21 years of teaching experience to provide expert tuition, demonstration and painting support during the trip. We are committed to stretching and improving skills, our mission is encourage and develop each painter with focussed tuition.

Often excursions or special events are part of the itinerary. This may incur an extra cost but not always. Wine tasting tours are included, supper up the Eiffel Tower or riding a camel are not!

Group sizes vary, ranging from 6-12 painters. We prefer the groups to be quite small so that there is more tuition on offer.

Painters can work in any media, Janet is a specialist in watercolour, abstract acrylic, mixed media and sketchbooking. Peters expertise is in Oil, Acrylic, Charcoal and Mixed Media. They both teach drawing.

Painting plein air is a big part of these trips, the climate is often warm enough to be painting outside all day. We try to include studio days so that sketches and preparatory paintings can be developed further and finished to a higher standard.

A light travelling kit is reccomended, easy to carry and that is useful for both painting plein air and working in the studio. We have a reccomended equipment list as a guide to what to bring and we also bring extra materials with us,

Take a look at the academies on offer for 2024.

19th – 29th September 2024

The ancient city of


Perugia is a beautiful fortified walled city, standing proud on the top of a hill with dramatic views of the valleys beyond. It is the capital of Umbria and known as a city of art. Full of ancient buildings narrow alleyways the streets and squares have so much character. So much inspiration and characterful views to paint. The museum in the city centre is a feast of paintings, icons and inspirational ancient artefacts.

It is only a short bus ride to the beautiful city of Assisi. very picturesque with the wonderful basilica and pretty streets. A great day out to capture another beautiful city.

 A 10 day trip to soak up and capture this beautiful city. The accomodation is a centrally located hotel, with a selection of beautiful rooms.


Perugia – 19th – 29th Sept 2024

group size  max 8

  • 7 days teaching
  • all media all styles
  • all level of painters
  • transfers included**
  • Varying sizes – own ensuite room, breakfast only.
  • Excursion to Assissi
  • flights to Perugia not included but reccommended.
  • transfers included
    • amazing deal – new price single painter fee: £2395 –  £2795.00 TBC

Ancora de chianti

Oct 9th – 15th or 18th  – 2024



Ancora De Chianti 

A beautiful location only forty minutes from Florence.

a two centre retreat, six nights in Chianti with an option to extend with three nights in Florence.

We choose Ancora because it is a beautiful location with stunning long views of the Tuscan hills.  It is nestled in olive groves and surrounded by a beautiful vineyards owned by Laura and Phillipe Rotani. We love it because there are  plenty of fabulous painting opportunities on offer and it feels like you are staying in a beautiful italian family home.

The accomodation is an eco bnb with beautiful guest rooms with dining on the terrace. We are served with authentic cuisine made by a local chef. We drink the wine from the vineyards in which we paint.

The famous Chianti Classico  – Verrazano vineyard is nearby and this is a place we like to visit for lunch and for a wine tasting and tour experience. Its a beautiful old building with so many photo opportunities. It offers plenty of painting and sketching inspiration when we are back in the studio.

We dont buy your flights but recommend arrival and departure times as we collect** and return all guests from the airport.


Option 1 – Chianti Italy  9th -15th Oct 2024 

6 night in Ancora de Chianti 

  • group size  max 8
  • 5 days teaching
  • all media all styles
  • all level of painters
  • transfers included**
  • accomodation – own ensuite room
  • all breakfast, 4 lunches, 4 suppers
  • 2 evenings out to dinner*
  • tour and wine tasting lunch at Castello Verazanno
  • flights to Pisa not included but reccomended.
    • amazing deal – new price single painter fee: £2395.00
Option 2 – Chianti – 9th -15th Oct
and Florence  15th  – 18th Oct 2024

6 night in Ancora de Chianti and 3 nights in Florence.

group size  max 8

  • 7 days teaching
  • all media all styles
  • all level of painters
  • transfers included**
  • own ensuite room in both locations
  •  location 1- all breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 suppers
  • 2 evenings out to dinner*
  • location 2 – breakfast only.
  • tour and wine tasting lunch at Castello Verazanno
  • flights to Pisa not included but reccommended.
    • amazing deal – new price single painter fee: £3195.00

Brambles Marrakech – Morocco

Oct 2023 – Helen . UK

The trip to Marrakesh and Essaouira was a wonderful combination of art and tourism – a feast of colour, sights and smells in alleyways packed with spices, produce and craftwork bursting out of market stalls. Stunning public gardens, brilliant light. An enduring inspiration for artists.

Brambles Amalfi – Italy

June 2019 -Sylvia. UK

There were inspirational views of Naples’ Bay to sketch and paint, from the hotel. Painting trips provided diversity in the ruins of Pompeii, the gardens of Ravello, the churches, and the ancient streets of Positano and Amalfi. Expert tuition was provided by our hosts Janet and Peter. A delightful trip.

Brambles – Japan

March 2018-Birgit. UK

I’ve got lovely memories that have established themselves now I’m thinking back to all the lovely things we did.

Brambles – Corfu – Greece

June 2014 – Judith – Canada

 “Lovely holiday, lots of great moments – Old Perithia, Thanks, Janet and Peter.”

          June 2014 – Roy – UK

“A fantastic experience! Brilliant location and great company. really feel that I have learnt something. thank you so much Janet & Peter.

Brambles – India – Darjeeling

October 2012 – . UK

“Best course I have been on, easy-going, good teaching.”

               Brambles – Devon

        August 2010 – C.R. from UK

“Thank you for taking a total novice and giving me techniques, encouragement and confidence!”