Brambles “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,  the Forum Rome, and a particular favourite our 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
  • The Brambles “Art Academy” Bible
  • beautiful accommodation
  • stunning locations
  • local trips
  • pre holiday prep

“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.


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

 Venice – June 24th – July 1st 2022

  • group size 8
  • not suitable for beginners
  • all media and styles
  • Venice island hotel
  • water taxi transfers included
  • hotel with breakfast
  • Gondola trip
  • single painter fee: £2995.00

Aberdeen – Aug 6th – 14th 2022

  • Group size 10
  • not suitable for beginners
  • all media all styles
  • transfers included
  • Own room and all meals
  • visiting top London chef
  • single painter fee:£2590.00 tbc

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


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!”