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Painting in Venice

17th - 22nd September 2018

This is a 6 day tour

£2,795 Inc

excluding flights: £2,595
Sgl Supp: £465
Deposit pp: £100
Please call 01453 823328 (UK)


(Excluding flights)
Sgl Supp: $700
Deposit pp: $150
Please call 888-331-3476 (US)

Tap into your inner Tintoretto amid the ethereal streets and canals of Venice. The City of Water has been a hotbed of artistic activity for centuries. From gondolas to galleries, you’re sure to be inspired.

At the head of the Adriatic, floating on the ephemeral islets of the lagoon, is the city of Venice. We explore both the great churches, palaces and museums, and the lesser-known hidden gems too.

In a city famed for its Renaissance architecture, elaborate bridges and iconic canals, there is no better place to become inspired than in the very home of Canaletto.

We explore the once-mighty republic on-foot and by boat and uncover the heart and soul of it with a visit to the traditional Dorsoduro boatyard. These carefully crafted Gondolas are synonymous with this beautiful floating city. We cross the water to the island of Torcello, a tiny island that is home to some impressive sights that include Venetian-Byzantine mosaics and a beautifully decorated cathedral.



  • A viewing of Giorgione’s masterpiece, The Tempest
  • Visits to Guggenheim Museum, Torcello, Burano and Murano
  • Painting opportunities of the Grand Canal and St. Mark’s Square


Day 1 - Arrival day

We touch down in Venice in time for lunch and then head for the Accademia, where a viewing of Giorgione’s masterpiece, The Tempest, helps us put Venetian art history in the picture. Tonight we enjoy our first dinner as a group.

Day 2 - The boat builders of Dorsoduro

Time stands still today, as we paint amid the boatyard of Dorsoduro. Here boat builders continue to craft the city’s gondolas, creating endlessly captivating tableaus. A brilliant opportunity to capture a unique Venetian tradition.

Day 3 - Crossing the lagoon

Following breakfast we cross to Torcello, a former home to Hemingway, and the setting for Du Maurier’s ghostly novel, “Don’t Look Now.” After lunch here and a morning painting, we travel across the lagoon to Burano and Murano.

Day 4 - Free day

The fourth day of our trip is entirely free for us to explore Venice independently. Drink in some of the city’s wonderful galleries, shop for souvenirs at bustling local markets, delve in to some glorious churches, or pick up your pencils and sketch the hurly-burly of St. Mark’s Square.

Day 5 - Grandeur at the Guggenheim

We begin our penultimate day at the world-renowned Guggenheim Museum, where we set up on the terrace and paint the Grand Canal. After lunch at a famous family-run restaurant, Trattoria Altanella, we spend our afternoon at the Geoffrey Humphries Studio, a well-known centre for music and art, which attracts painters from all over the world.

Day 6 - Departure day

After a relaxed last morning we board for our return flight home.



  • Pavements and tracks. All locations are within 400 metres of transport

Options for partners


  • Walking

Travel Tip


  • The stunning Guggenheim art museum was formerly the home of Penny Guggenheim and the paintings housed there are simply breathtaking. You will see artworks by the masters, including Picasso’s ‘On the Beach’ and Duchamp’s ‘Sad Young Man on a Train’. The property itself sits on the Grand Canal, in the Dorsoduro sestiere of the city and the views over the water are breathtaking.


Susanna Bailey first travelled as an artist when she won the Nancy Balfour Scholarship during her postgraduate years at the Slade School. Her love of drawing and painting has taken her all over the world as a tutor, and as a working artist. A colourist, specialising in watercolour, she is popular, charismatic and fun. She enjoys sharing her love of art history and believes that careful teaching of sketching, colour, composition and the best use of materials, gives confidence and wonderful results. She delivers a structured week through demonstration and one-to-one tuition.

Susanna Bailey


5 nights in local 4* accommodation

Most meals included with wine

4 days tuition with expert tutor

Full time tour manager

Personal welcome at arrival point

All transport throughout the tour

Visits and tastings as per itinerary

Chairs and Boards provided (painting)

All excursions and experiences outlined in itinerary

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Contact Details

The Clock Tower,
Unit 4
Oakridge Office Park,
Southampton Road, Whaddon,
Salisbury, England, UK
01453 823328 (UK)
888-331-3476 (US)

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