"The holiday was " excellent"  and most enjoyable. A friendly and interesting group of people. The hotel was excellent . The organisation overall was excellent, the lessons most interesting and informative and well presented. I will be booking with you for a painting holiday next year. The food was very good and the meals elsewhere excellent, thank you". - Venice 


"It was a wonderful week! So many magical moments, especially as it was my first time in Venice. That said, I was so glad that our hotel was on the Lido — much quieter, far fewer tourists, good restaurants and very beautiful homes and buildings. The hotel breakfasts were a gastronomic delight. Fiona was an extraordinary tutor. She brought a wealth of skills, experience and professionalism to her sessions and leadership. I found the demonstrations and mini-lectures very engaging and informative. We all agreed that the morning we spent together ‘in camera’ at the hotel as a working studio class was a great highlight. Fiona offered the opportunity for working in pastels, watercolours and oils. It was an extraordinary learning experience for each of us. Fiona demonstrated a very caring approach with each individual throughout the holiday. She was always positive and encouraging, and celebrated each of our improvements! and we were quite a diverse group! Thank you, Sheila. Mille grazie" - Venice 


“Organization excellent and Fiona,as usual , amazing. Hotel location, on the Lido good choice and Fiona's choice of locations for painting in areas away from the tourists was inspired.. However the hotel, while perfectly clean with comfortable rooms, the service was not up to your usual standard. This was largely due to the attitude of the manager who was surly and unhelpful to the point of laugh ability we christened him Basil as in 'Fawlty towers.' However, the group were lovely and supportive and , as always I enjoyed the holiday immensely and hope to be back next year. We missed Sheila.” – Venice 


"I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our holiday in Venice.  Venice is a fantastic location and Fiona was a wonderful tutor. We couldn’t have enjoyed it more and I feel I have really benefitted Fiona’s guidance and encouragement". - Venice 2019 - F. Green


"Painting in Italy’s Venice week is a perfect painting holiday. The hotel on the Lido made a great base, with a long beach only minutes away. The group enjoyed excellent, lively dinners each evening at different restaurants. Venice is always busy, but each morning Charles took us to places where it was possible to work for hours, without the crowds. Painting in Italy is an obvious choice for solo travellers. With no single supplement, no hidden extras, the holiday includes a Vaporetto pass for the week, and a private water taxi to and from the airport. From start to finish, this high end painting holiday is a winner". - Venice September 2018


"Thank you Sheila for organising an amazing holiday. The hotel was lovely and the other people in the group were great company. Venice is an incredible place in which to paint and draw and Charles was so kind, patient and I learnt a lot from him. The dinners were great too - it was so nice to be able to choose from the menu.   I will be back". Venice 2017


"Just wanted to thank you for a wonderful week. The hotel was lovely especially as it had such a great outside space for our glass of prosecco at the end of the day. Charles' tuition was the best I've ever had on a painting holiday. The food was yummy and the group were such good company. Book me in again for next year" - Venice 2017


“I  loved painting there & Phil Hobbs' tuition was excellent, a really nice group of people & great fun. I really think that Sheila organises these holidays very well. This is my third with another booked next year”. October 2016


"Just wanted to say how very much we enjoyed our holiday, it was just great and i wanted it to go on!!  Phil was a really super teacher and i think both Michael and i made progress! to the point that we would very much like to do another workshop with Phil to continue with his approach, so, as he is teaching the same class in Venice next year we would like to do it again!! " - Lynne Roche Venice September 2015


"Venice was fabulous, so nice to visit it again. Really enjoyed Phil's tutoring, so knowledgeable, patient & I learnt a lot. He has such a nice way about him & nothing was too much trouble. His anecdotes were funny too. Can't praise him enough & what a brilliant painter.  As for the opera....fantastic, great seats, the soprano was outstanding & the buffet was really good too.

So seriously thinking of going again next year, just need to check the dates.

Thank you Sheila as you can tell I really enjoyed the whole experience". Lynne Blore - Venice 2015

"Although it was my first time in italy i found it to be very satisfying in all aspects of the holiday there was a good balance between painting and free time and i believe it was the best holiday i have been on and i will be going back. most enjoyable experience could not be bettered". - Venice May 2015


"A very BIG thank you for all your hard work in organising such a wonderful painting holiday in Venice. I did appreciate all the advice and information you sent beforehand which was so useful. Fiona was a superb artist and so helpful both with group and individual input on location and at the hotel.     She has a lovely warm and inspiring personality.     I didn't know Venice was so delightful with the various venues we were taken to and members of the group were lovely in sharing their knowledge alongside Fiona's input.  The restaurants were great and very welcoming and the food delicious ( a few pounds have sadly gone on as a result!). There were so many good fish dishes to chose from.  I hope to join you again in the future on another of your holidays and have been recommending you to painting friends". - Christine D. Venice May 2015


"My second painting holiday and I had a wonderful time.  Venice is a dream city and it was like being in a film.  I enjoyed the varied restaurants and locations with the opportunity to visiting some fineart galleries and churches.  The opera was magical.  Fiona, as always, was an inspiration and this holiday has encouraged me to join a regular painting class".  Venice May 2015


"Excellent holiday, good company, great tutor". Venice May 2015