We are thrilled to present our new dates for our Venice painting holiday workshop:



Monday, October 1st (9:30 am) - Friday, October 5th (5 pm) 2018  

PRICE for painting/drawing guests: £390

Free for non-painting guests.

5 full days of painting or drawing (if that is your medium) in one of Italy's most remarkable, ageless and timeless cities. Small group of like-minded people. Beginners to advanced levels welcome. 

What's included in our Venice plein air painting workshops ?

  • 5 full days of plein air painting / drawing (all media) exclusively in Venice and its islands.

  • 25 hours of plein air tutoring in the heart of Venice.

  • Art materials included (paints, pencils, paper, brushes, eraser/rubber, water cup, tape), whichever is adapted to your medium. Our painting holidays are plein air watercolour workshops, but also acrylic holiday workshops and drawing holidays. You can choose your favourite medium, including oils and pastels.

  • Board and stool provided

  • Fabulous excursions and sight-seeing.

  • Help with accommodation/lodging (hotels, rentals...), transportation.


About group lunches and dinners, please note that you are free to go your own way if you wish to. If you would rather continue painting and take a quicker lunch break, that's fine too. Also, depending on what group members fancy, some lunches may be a sit-down lunch at a local trattoria, and other times a sandwich eaten by the water.

About our day: We will spend 2 to 2 1/2 hours sketching and painting (or drawing if that is your medium) every morning, and every afternoon, for a total of 5 hours or tutoring per day. Doing so, we will do lots of sight-seeing.

How will we get around? With a weekly Venice Pass by vaporettos (hop-on hop-off bus boats) and by walking. Lots of tiny streets in Venice (some funnily narrow!) and quite a few mini bridges with steps on them to cross tiny canals. You should be prepared to walk, but the pace will be easy and relaxed.

What if I'm a beginner, won't Venice be too complicated to paint or draw? Not to worry, the tutor will have you concentrate on fewer subjects and take it one step at a time.

Free time: This simply means that tutoring and painting session has ended, and that you have free time. You may also however pack up before the others and go, if you feel tired or for any other reason. No questions asked, no problem.


  • In the afternoon before our first painting day, the tutor will meet the group to welcome everyone at the airport. We'll get everybody in the right direction to buy their bus ticket and to get to the selected hotel, or to another hotel that you will have chosen. When everybody's freshened up, we'll be off to have dinner together to get to know eachother. Let the fun begin!

  • Day 1: We will start our plein air painting morning in the SAINT MARK'S SQUARE area where the tutor will give some explanations of that morning's "work". The group will sketch, paint/draw ST. MARK'S BASILICA (probably the most famous landmark in Venice) and DOGE'S PALACE, a jewel within a jewel.  We'll then have our lunch break. We'll stay in that vast area in the afternoon (so much to see!), but with different views, this time facing the waters of the GRAND CANAL. When our day is over, we'll have our photo taken on the oh so famous BRIDGE OF SIGHS and have a well-deserved coffee or tea break at a nearby café, where we'll have informal constructive talk about our work. Free time, then dinner.

  • Day 2: We will start Day 2 by plein air painting/drawing in the area of the RIALTO BRIDGE. This is one of THE Venice postcards view that you'll love seeing. This area can be quite busy with tourists, so although we will "visit" the bridge, we'll take a bit of distance to work on it and other subjects, such a gondolas, from the canal with a gorgeous view of the Rialto Bridge. Around noon, it'll be time for lunch. Afterwards we will head to the ACCADEMIA BRIDGE, which you'll recognise immediately. The view from Accademia is breathtaking!  We'll paint there until about 4:30 or 5. Suggested group dinner at the very romantic Bar Foscarini, a pizza restaurant just beneath Accademia Bridge. We'll relax, have a Spritz (famous Venice drink) and dinner (no obligation),  and talk about painting and what they've seen in Venice.  

  • Day 3: We'll visit the utterly beautiful SANTA MARIA DELLA SALUTE CHURCH (free entry) in the morning, and spend our morning painting/drawing session there.  Lunch. Our afternoon session will be spent in the much quieter area of the VENICE ARSENAL where we will paint/draw until about 4:30 . Then a trip to LIDO ISLAND (about 10 minutes of Vaporetto) will be suggested for dinner. Back to Venice centre in the evening.

  • Day 4: A fabulous excursion to BURANO island, a colourful treasure nested amongst the Venitian islands, where we'll paint / draw a good part of the day and have lunch. Then, after a quick boat ride, an equally exciting afternoon painting excursion in perspective on TORCELLO island, where you will paint/ draw Santa Maria Assunta, an extraordinary Venetian-Byzantine style church, first built in 639 AD. Back to Venice centre by Vaporetto at the end of the day. Dinner. Suggested night outing* at Venice's most beautiful gold leafed concert hall LA FENICE where they'll be playing Gioachino Rossini, Il Barbiere Di Siviglia.

  • Day 5: The morning will be spent sketching and painting/drawing a run of the mill (if anything can be called "run of the mill" in Venice!)  picturesque sites, 'simple' and lovely to paint.  Lunch break. An excursion to visit MURANO island is planned for the afternoon's painting/drawing programme. We'll visit a GLASS FACTORY and GLASS SHOP, where we'll do some quick sketches of glass subjects. That's always tricky and fun! Free around 4:30 or 5 pm. Dinner.

* Those wishing to enjoy the evening show at LA FENICE theater should buy their ticket online at the same time as the Venice painting holiday workshop, as it tends to fill up quite quickly.


More about this Venice art trip...

 2017 Venice group

2017 Venice group

You've been looking for a holiday or vacation where you can paint or draw?

Welcome to our plein air Venice painting holiday workshop and to the world’s most captivating 17th century setting, where the streets are made of water.

Breathe in Venice, and... breathe it out slowly. Take a delectful dive in this art holiday. Abandon yourself to your brushes or pencils in the most famous live open-air decor set 400 years ago. 

Paint Venice in its very heart for the whole of your holiday. Our fabulous Venice excursions include close-by Venice islands Burano, Murano and Torcello. We have selected a reasonnably-priced, comfortable 4 star hotel (Antony Hotel) 15 minutes from Piazza San Marco, the very centre of Venice. Prices include buffet breakfast.

Different central sites to be painted every day, a helpful tutor, artistic togetherness and fun with your group!  

Anyone who’s ever been to Venice has never forgotten it. As soon as you step into it, you are under a spell of enchantment, where even the light seems to be different.  It's far from being sappy or over-rated. It is simply a painter’s absolute paradise, where what seems to be allusion or allurement is actually real life. You’ll easily imagine Casanova or Canaletto taking gondolas in the canals, crossing bridges,  their capes flowing about, taking in the beauty of the famous Piazza San Marco, Rialto Bridge and many other landmarks. Being there, painting and sight-seeing, you are garanteed to feel that you're an exciting part of it. Venice embraces its visitors. Painters leave with their personal art work, their heads full of fantastic memories. Non-painters are never bored, and always wish they could stay much longer to see it all! 

But Venice is also about relaxation and culture. Our small group takes time to enjoy every morsel of the holiday. There is no set time schedule per say. Only rounded guidelines, to get us painting again after a canal view lunch, for example. You will get five hours of painting every day, split between mornings and afternoons.

More about this Venice painting holiday workshop: 

  • Excursions

Plein air painting holidays are by definition full of outings. Excursions on this Venice holiday are special day trips where we'll head out a bit farther into the Venitian islands: Burano, Murano, and Torcello.

  • Burano is a small Venitian island known for its colourful houses, delightful to paint!
  • Murano is a world renown island known for its talented glass blowers. We'll visit the glass factories.
  • Torcello is a peaceful island with a monastary, also fantastic to paint or draw.
  • 5 full days of Tutoring

Let's not take the ZEN out of Azenart! It's your well-earned Italian painting break, and you've earned it! A fun and friendly tutor will lead the art group to delightful, picturesque sites every day. You will learn basic and new techniques. If you are a beginner, the tutor is there to teach you A to Z painting, or simply guide you if that is your preference. If you're a confirmed artist on this painting trip in Venice, the tutor is at your service to answer any questions you might have. Sketching and plein-air painting is planned (or drawing if that's what you choose). 

  • Art materials included

No need to worry about bringing your paints, brushes, pencils, paper and so on, it's included.

We'll be doing watercolours, but you are free to do gouache, pastels, drawing, or to choose another medium. Please note that oil paints are not recommended, although quick-drying oil paints can be used as long as you provide a wet canvas carrying case and are responsible for the long drying times).

  • Board and stool at your disposal for the duration of the stay.

  • Group airport meeting and welcome by the tutor.

Planning my Venice plein air art class:

- Flights (London - Venice flights (from £40) / Cross-Atlantic (from $200)  -Accommodation: As low as £40 / per night for a single room close to Venice. We have a few rooms booked at a suggested hotel: 4 **** Antony Hotel (£48 / night per person for a shared double, city tax and breakfast included. £93 for a single room. - Meals and cafés (£30 - £45 per day depending on the person) - Venice weekly pass (public transportation on Vaporettos - "boat buses") £55 for the week + a few extra £ for airport shuttle bus trips.

 Painting in front of the Basilica Santa Maria de la Salute, Venice.

Painting in front of the Basilica Santa Maria de la Salute, Venice.

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