Art Academy

Luxury Painting holidays


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, wandering the Souks of Marrakech, painting in the Forum in Rome, and a particular favourite our multi city tour of Japan.

We want our painters to get the most out of the 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
  • beautiful accommodation
  • stunning locations
  • local Trips

“Capture your passion and energy “

Beautiful locations

Our Art Academy holidays are all different, we tailor them to suit the dynamic locations we host them in.

We choose beautiful locations with luxury accommodation and have plenty of fabulous painting opportunities on offer.

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

The Art Academy tutors draw on their 19 years of teaching experience to provide expert tuition and painting support during the trip.

We will recommend a light travelling kit that is easy to carry that is useful for both paintings in a studio and working Plein air.


Ancora de chianti

September 8th – 15th  – 2022
An amazing deal – New price : £1995.00 single painter. 




A beautiful location is only forty minutes from Florence.

We choose this beautiful location because it has stunning long views of the Tuscan hills. Its nestled in olive groves and a beautiful vineryard, owend by Laura and Phillipe  Rotani our hosts. We love it as It has plenty of fabulous painting opportunities on offer.

The accomodation is an eco BNB with beautiful guest rooms with dining on the terrace. Wonderful authentic cuisine and wine from the vineyard we paint in.

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

The famous Chianti Classico  – Verrazano vineyard is nearby and we like to visit for lunch and for a wine tasting and tour experience. Its a beautiful old building with so many photo opportunities. Plenty of painting and sketching inspiration to work on, back in the studio.



2022 Art Academy Prices

 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 8th – 15th 2022

  • group size  max 8
  • all media all styles
  • all level of painters
  • transfers included*
  • room and all meals**
  • tour and lunch at Castello Verazanno
  • Discounted deal – new price single painter fee: £1995.00 


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!”