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Painting holidays In Italy & France


Small groups - fantastic sites | art workshops in europe

Painting holidays In Italy & France

Quality painting holidays in Europe's most breathtaking destinations. Small groups. Talented tutors. All art materials & equipment included.

Unwind and paint ...

5 full days - Monday to Friday - of plein air painting (or drawing) to your heart's content with like-minded people in fabulous places. Beginners to advanced artists welcome. Join our unforgettable art holidays today.

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Our painting holidays are plein air watercolour workshops, but also multi art media. You can choose  your favourite medium, including any drawing medium, acrylics, oils, pastels, or gouache.

Our painting trips are also customized vacations / bespoke holidays for groups of painters or painting groups with a teacher. Contact us for quotes.

The Artist The Leisure Painter Painting holidays

Azenart painting holidays are featured on, and in The Artist and Leisure Painter.

Our plein air painting workshops in Italy and France include:

  • 5 full days of plein air painting / drawing media.

  • 25 hours of tutoring in a relaxed environment with a talented tutor.

  • Art materials adapted to your medium (paints, pencils, paper, brushes, eraser/rubber, water cup, tape) 

  • Board and stool provided

  • Painting on exciting excursions

  • Help with booking your accommodation and flights.


    In order to taylor the cost of your painting trip, our guests pay their different providers directly.  This lowers holiday costs considerably, as we do not take a margin or commision on your flights, accommodation, food or local transportation, which you pay directly to your airline, hotel, restaurants and bus company. We help and advise our guests every step of the way from the time of your booking online to the last day of your holiday. Please refer to your destination in the top menu for cost estimates.

A typical day on a plein air painting workshop in Italy and France

Painting/drawing generally starts at 9:30 after a short 15 minutes explanations of the morning's work in perspective. At an easy pace, you and your small group will settle in a chosen spot, sketch, paint, and enjoy the dream setting of the scenery. Your art tutor will help you as you go along, answer questions, give tips and guidance, all the while giving you immense freedom to create your art work. 

Lunch is taken together around noon or 12:30. Schedule is flexible but will always include a minimum of 5 hours of tutoring per day. You may choose to go your own way for lunch if you'd like to.

Back to painting after lunch, usually at a different spot with an equally picturesque view, until about 4:30 or 5 pm. At the end of each afternoon,  we'll head to a café and take a well-deserved coffee break where teacher and group will talk (in a positive and constructive manner) about the different works done. 

Dinner is taken as a group, but you can choose to go your own way, if you wish to.

Remember that although painting holiday workshops are "artfully" complete, meaning that most of your day will be spent painting (or drawing if that is your medium), you will also be sightseeing, as our painting is plein air (outside), and our tutors will guide you on exciting excursions.


What you will learn:

Throughout the week, you will learn new techniques and be rewarded with personal artistic improvement and self-confidence as an artist.

In fun and easy ways, you will learn or improve:

  • The basics of sketching, (quick drawing based on observation)

  • How to paint and sketch outdoors

  • Study value (lights and darks)

  • Efficient composition

  • Perspectives

  • Shadow management

  • Proportions

  • Colours / colors 

  • Painting subjects


You can refer to our teaching section for more details. 

More about Azenart ART HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS in Italy and France:

We concentrate on breathtaking settings in world renown destinations.

We aim to give our customers the very best and we take you to paint (or draw) in the heart of the art throughout your painting / drawing holiday workshops in a European city known for its beauty and history.

Accommodation, flights, meals, transportation, and insurance (optional) are to be paid directly to providers, and are not included in the £390. Paying providers directly (hotels, restaurants...) will save you money as no commission or margin is made on those services by Azenart, although we offer full organisation of your art holiday by helping every step of the way with: 

  • Accommodation: Depending on which destination you have chosen, and the type of accommodation that is right for you, (prices vary). You may choose to book a room at our suggested hotels. We have pre-selected hotels in Venice where artistic inspiration lives and breathes, and also on the island of gorgeous Capri, at eternal Rome, Sorrento (Amalfi-Pompeii painting trip) and sumptuous Nice (South of France). Our preselected hotels are mostly 4 star hotels, in the center of these destinations. It is however up to each guest to decide if they want to stay very close or a 15-minute bus ride away with cheaper accommodation, that can be as low as £40 per night.

  • We take our guests on fabulous excursions on every one of our destinations.

  • We specialise in painting holiday workshops (with qualified tutors). Nothing else.

  • Non painters or anyone accompanying you goes FREE. They will not be asked a fee from Azenart, and will still be able to join the group on excursions.

  • We also cater to private groupsContact us. You'd like to be in a group with people you know (your friends, people from your art class, your family members), that is entirely possible.

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”

— Jalaluddin Rumi

Choose our unforgettable art holiday workshops in breathtaking destinations. Are you tempted by a painting trip in Europe? AZENART takes you on stunning painting holiday workshop tours (and/or drawing) in the heart of Europe's most inspirational locations, where your artistic expression can flourish amidst awe-inspiring surroundings. Beauty is our business! We'll take you closest to the perfect painting site settings where you'll be able to capture the magnificence!


What is plein air painting?  Plein air painting or drawing (French for "full air", meaning out in the open) means leaving the art studio in order to experience painting or drawing in front of natural landscapes and models. French impressionists made this practice a recognised art form at the turn of the 20th century. Artists took paint(s) which was now available in tubes they could transport anywhere, along with newly conceived portable easels, and off they were to create and transfer fresh lively moods onto their paintings. A form of 'freedom painting' was born.

Plein air painting (also spelled plain air painting) workshops have today become an enjoyable trend in the art world. It's a highly satisfactory activity. Artists come away with work containing an authentic piece of time and space, which makes for an "I was there and I painted that" impressive type of  souvenir.

Painting Trip in France

About our new ART HOLIDAY IN the SOUTH OF FRANCE...  

Come paint in France with us! Alone or accompanied, beginner or more advanced, you'll love our exciting French painting/drawing holiday in Nice on the French Riviera. 

  Nice, Promenade des Anglais by ALAIN DEMARTE

Nice, Promenade des Anglais by ALAIN DEMARTE

Are you tempted by a painting trip in Europe? AZENART takes you on stunning art painting holidays / vacations in the heart of Europe's most inspirational locations, where your artistic expression can flourish amidst awe-inspiring surroundings. Beauty is our business! We'll take you closest to the perfect painting site settings where you'll be able to capture the magnificence!

Whether you are a complete beginner or a confirmed artist on our painting breaks (where you can also draw), you'll fit in perfectly to join our small painting groups in any one of our gorgeous destinations. Our art vacations include fantastic painting / drawing sites, a lovely tutor who is able to teach beginners, or more advanced artists, wonderful excursions,  all art materials and equipment provided during the holiday. Plus, let's not forget fun artistic togetherness, an important part of painting trips.

You've heard of painting holidays or art vacations before, you might even have been on one already. Now is the time to experience one of our holidays! We aim to please. Our concept is simple, paint in renown star destinations like Venice, Capri, Nice, Rome... We want our customers to get the most out of their vacation and to come home having their own special works of art to show for the fantastic time they've had.

You've never painted or haven't painted in years? No stress. Perfect beginners or "rusty" artists leave our beautiful European destinations with art work they can later on frame and be proud of. 

You don't paint but only draw or do watercolour pencils? Fantastic! At Azenart, you are perfectly free to choose your medium. We do however make specific recommendations for oil paints, as these are not easily compatible with a painting holiday due to long drying, and hence makes your work difficult to carry around, unless you bring your own carrying case. You are free to choose oils if that is your absolute must medium.

You and your partner or friend are both interested in visiting one of our destinations, but only one of you paints or draws? No problem. You can both come, the non-painting partner goes free, no Azenart fee, and he or she is free to join excursions, outings and meals (food and transportation not included).   

When considering going on one of our painting trips, please know that some of our dates are set closely from one holiday to the next in order for our customers to enjoy 2 holidays in a row. 

What's it like going on a painting holiday?

Do you ever feel like people around you don't fully measure your artistic capacity or interest? Like it's a secondary matter? Well, when you're on a painting vacation (literally from the word 'vacate'), you are for a few days in an art cocoon, where everyone speaks your 'language'; the language of creation, of art, with the very same enchantment you have when  seeing beauty, shapes, colours. Your group members are your art peeps, and you will most likely boost them the same way they will boost you. People on art holidays often ask themselves, "why hadn't I traveled like this before?". Some art travellers are afraid of joining groups alone, but they quickly realise that others are also going on art holidays by themselves, soon to make friends with like-minded people with whom they keep in contact, and who sometimes end up going on other painting holidays together. Interested in booking one of our painting trips to Europe? 

Our painting holiday destinations:

SOUTH OF FRANCE (Nice, Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, Monaco) - 5 full days Painting holiday workshop | 2019 dates soon to be posted.

ROME Italy - 5 full days Painting holiday workshop | 2018 Dates: Mon 4 June (9:30 am) - Fri 8 June (5:00 pm) |  Price: £390

VENICE Italy - 5 full days Painting holiday workshop | 2018 Dates: Mon 1 Oct. (9:30 am) - Fri 5 Oct. (5:00 pm) | Price: £390

CAPRI Italy - 5 full days Painting holiday workshop | 2018 Dates: Mon 8 Oct. (9:30 am) - Fri 12 Oct. (5:00 pm) | Price: £390 

AMALFI-POMPEII-CAPRI - 5 full days painting holiday workshop | 2018 Date: Mon Oct. 15 (9:00 am) - Fri Oct. 19 (5:00 pm) | Price: £390

Contact Azenart

TEL:  00 33 668 014 691