2019 and 2020 VENICE PAINTING HOLIDAY | Italy art holiday

Take a delectable dive in this art holiday. Abandon yourself to your brushes or pencils in the most famous live open-air decor set 400 years ago. 

My first, most amazing painting holiday! I loved that the only thing I had to do all week was draw/paint and I got to experience Venice with a group of amazing people. Marie was my brain double and we had a lot of laughs together, she shared her knowledge and was so accommodating. The area we stayed was beautiful and not too touristy so we felt like we got the local flavour too. My stand out day was when we stayed in Burano and got to observe the wonderfully colourful fishing houses. I’m already starting to draw back home of the local buildings and contacting places to get permission to draw there also. Highly recommended.
— Caroline Vermeulen (UK)
Venice 2018

This art holiday in Italy is suitable for all artistic levels. Large choice of art media: Watercolor, acrylics, oils, drawing, pastels, gouache. Accommodation in Venice. Equipment & Materials included. Great quality-price value.


Below, a feel good video of our last Venice painting / drawing trip:

PAINTING HOLIDAY in Venice, Italy by AZENART. Art vacations in Italy and France. www.azenart.com

You’ll love our 2019 and 2020 painting holiday in Europe. Join us as an artist (all levels) and lose yourself in art in world-renown VENICE for a fabulous week painting in its very heart.

What's included in our 2020 Venice painting holiday?

  • One week painting in Venice (or drawing if that is your medium).

  • Fabulous excursions. Painting and sight-seeing in the HEART OF VENICE the whole week, plus on the Venetian islands of Burano and Murano.

  • Tutoring from a talented tutor, in a small group, exclusively in Venice and its islands.

    The tutor (Marie Remond) knows the area and gives plenty of one to one if desired.

  • Equipment is provided on this Venice art vacation.

  • Art materials are provided.

  • Accommodation: 7 nights, SINGLE ROOM.

  • Breakfast

  • Lunch (2020)

  • Weekly Venice Pass (2020)

  • Entry to Bovolo (2020)

  • Airport welcome at Marco Polo Airport.

    (Closest airport: Marco Polo Another possibility is Treviso.)

    What’s not included (2020): Getting to Venice, dinner (you can also make meals at the accommodation), personal insurance, airport transfer (10 to 20€.)

    What’s not included (2019): Getting to Venice, meals (budget depends on what you order etc., you can also make some ‘at home’ meals at the accommodation). Vaporetto bus pass (+-£50), entry to Bevolo (+-£10), airport transfer (10 to 20€).



  • DAY 1: In the afternoon before our first painting day, the tutor meets the group to welcome everyone at the airport at a set time, then head to the rental to drop bags off. When everybody's freshened up, we'll be off for dinner. Let the fun begin!

  • DAY 2: Breakfast. Introduction to the holiday by tutor where teaching and individual expectations are discussed. The group will then head for lunch at a restaurant in the heart of Venice near SAINT MARK'S SQUARE, a jewel within a jewel . You will be able to take photos on the famous BRIDGE OF SIGHS. After lunch, we will head for a quiet area where we will paint all afternoon until 5.00 PM, then dinner.

  • DAY 3: Breakfast. Visit of the ACCADEMIA BRIDGE, with Venice postcard views that guests love seeing and recognize immediately! We will then have lunch. After lunch, group and tutor will head for close-by SANTA MARIA DELLA SALUTE CHURCH which they’ll be able to visit for free, and then sketch and paint its beautiful multi-facet exterior until about 5.00 PM. Free time. Those wishing to visit the Peggy Guggenheim museum will have the opportunity to do so. Suggested dinner at Bar Foscarini, a pizza restaurant just beneath Accademia Bridge from which the view is absolutely breathtaking.

  • DAY 4: Breakfast, free morning to shop, wander around or finish some art work. Lunch. That afternoon session will be spent in the lovely and quiet area of the VENICE ARSENALE where group will paint all afternoon until about 5.00 PM. Dinner.

  • DAY 5: Breakfast. After breakfast, the group will be off to visit the very typical Venetian MERCATO DI RIALTO, a fish, fruit and vegetable market. We will then visit the close-by RIALTO BRIDGE and have lunch in the area. In the afternoon, we will be back in the Rialto Market area to paint until 5:00 PM.

  • DAY 6: Breakfast. Morning visit of the SCALA CONTARINI DEL BOVOLO (£7) a marvel of architecture with stairs leading to a nice view of Venice. Lunch in Venice. In the afternoon, the group will head for the lovely and quiet area of DORSODURO where you will love to paint until about 5.00 PM. Free time. Dinner.

  • DAY 7: Breakfast. Then group and tutor will head to the island of MURANO, famous for its glass-blowers. After that fun morning, we will be off to close-by BURANO island for lunch, and we will paint there in the afternoon. Burano is a treasure made of strings of colorful houses nested among the Venetian islands. Back to Venice around 5.00 PM. Free time, dinner.

  • DAY 8: Breakfast and goodbyes.

Venice art holiday

Mobility Rating: If you are generally relatively fit, you can skip this part.

Venice painting holiday

Test: I can walk 20 minutes at a time and climb one or two flights of stairs without it being strenuous.

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MOBILITY: How fit do I have to be to join this holiday? Although you do not need to be an athlete to join this Venice art holiday, you need to be able to walk 15 to 20 minutes at a time to get to places. There are stairs and bridges in Venice and at the accommodation.

ACCOMMODATION: Participants of the Venice painting holiday (week September 15 - 22 2019) will stay at 19th century villa. The house is in a quiet area of Venice, on Lido island, just 15 minutes away from a boat ride to San Marco Square by vaporetto (water bus). Guests coming for our Venice painting holiday (week September 8 - 15 2019) will stay at an apartment in Mestre, 20 minutes from the center of Venice. Please visit our accommodation section.

September 8 - 15 2019 accommodation.

September 8 - 15 2019 accommodation.

September 15 - 22 2019 accommodation.

September 15 - 22 2019 accommodation.

You've been looking for a holiday / vacation where you can paint or draw different central sites every day with a helpful tutor, artistic togetherness and a fun group? We’ve got what you need.

Welcome to our 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. Paint Venice in its very heart for the whole of your holiday. Our fabulous Venice excursions include close-by Venice islands Burano and Murano. 

We offer a painting /drawing open-air class in Italy, in one its most remarkable, ageless and timeless cities. Small group of like-minded people. Beginners to advanced levels welcome. 

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 different.  It is 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 gondola rides on the canals, or crossing bridges, their capes flowing, taking in the beauty of the famous Piazza San Marco, Rialto Bridge and many other landmarks. Being there, painting and sight-seeing, you are guaranteed to feel that you're an exciting part of it. Venice embraces its visitors. Painters of course leave with their personal art work, but also their heads full of fantastic memories. Non-painters are never bored, and always wish they could stay much longer to see it all! 

Venice is also about relaxation and culture. Our small group takes time to enjoy every morsel of the holiday. Our schedule is not set in stone. We have flexible rounded guidelines. 

Venice 2017

Venice 2017

How will we get around? With your 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? No, the tutor will have you concentrate on fewer subjects and take it one step at a time.

About group lunches and dinners: Lunch are taken at local trattorias, close to where we are painting. Dinners are taken at local places. Please note that you are free to go your own way if you wish to.

About the excursions: Plein-air painting holidays often have fun outings. Excursions on this Venice holiday are special day trips where we'll head out a bit farther into the Venetian islands: Burano and Murano.

  • Burano is a small Venetian island known for its colorful houses and is delightful to paint!

  • Murano is a world renown island known for its talented glass blowers. Those wishing to shop or visit a glass factory will be able to do so.

Let's not take the ZEN out of Azenart! It's your well-earned Italian painting break, and you've earned it! Your tutor will lead the art group to picturesque sites every day. If you are a beginner, you will learn basic techniques. 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, but also to teach you new tricks. Sketching and painting/drawing is planned outside, in the heart of the art. If weather conditions make that difficult, there are always fun temporary indoor alternatives.  

What about materials? Plenty of information on this in our Equipment & Materials section.

We'll be doing watercolors, but you are free to do any drawing media (soft pastels are not recommended as they are volatile), acrylics or oils, hard pastel, gouache... Please note that oil painters will be required to bring a wet canvas carrying case and will be asked to be extra careful in the accommodation (staining).

Please note that you can book your Venice painting/drawing holiday with an online deposit of £175 (+-$230).

This Venice plein-air painting course is also a course for people who like to draw.

This Venice Italy art holiday is a watercolor holiday, but also an oil painting holiday and acrylics art holiday, and is generally called a multi-media art holiday.

Book our 2019 or 2020 Venice painting holiday workshop today!