Brambles Art Academy

Brambles Art Retreat has been hosting painting courses in wonderful locations all over the world since 2005. Some of the most memorable are – on top of the world in Darjeeling in the Himalayas, in the Souks of Marrakech, in the Forum Rome, and many of the major cities while touring Japan.

We want our painters to get the most out of their trips, You will be provided with expert tuition and be equipped with the skills to get the best out of the locations we visit. To do this we provide:


  • two tutors teaching a breadth of media and styles
  • small groups of  8
  • focused tuition each morning
  • support tuition in the afternoon
  • positive critique
  • The Brambles “Art Academy” Bible
  • beautiful accommodation
  • stunning locations
  • local trips
  • pre holiday prep

“Capture your passion and energy “

Beautiful locations

All our Art Academy holidays are all different, we tailor them to suit the location and what it has to offer.

We choose beautiful locations with luxury accommodation and plenty of fabulous painting opportunities nearby.

We have exciting trips planned for 2022, as the world opens up and travel opportunities return.

The Art Academy tutors draw on their 18 years of teaching experience to provide expert tuition and support during the trip.

We recommend a light traveling kit that is easy to carry and useful for both painting in the studio and working Plein air.


 Sicily – May 7th – 15th 2022

  • group size – 8
  • not suitable for beginners
  • all media and styles
  • Palermo and Cefalu
  • transfers included
  • hotel with breakfast
  • single painter fee: £2995.00

Chianti – Sept 7th – 15th 2022

  • Group size 8
  • not suitable for beginners
  • all media all styles
  • Lucca and Grieve
  • transfers included
  • hotel with all meals in Greive*
  • hotel with breakfast in Lucca
  • tour and lunch at Castello Verazanno
  • single painter fee: £2795.00 tbc

L’Abbaye – Chateau de Camon

  • Ariege – France
  • Group size 8
  • not suitable for beginners
  • all media all styles
  • transfers included
  • hotel and all meals*
  • two evening eating out**
  • single painter fee:£3500.00 tbc


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!”