Capturing the Colours and Light of Italy

En Plein Air

With Manon Sander

23rd – 30th May 2025


Course Details


Charge your painting skills and gain confidence during a fun-filled, informative, and inspiring week painting the gorgeous Italian countryside with Manon while absorbing the vivacious Italian way of living.


Manon will offer plenty of guidance in regards to how to cho0se your subject, feel less overwhelmed when painting outside, and break down the painting process in easy steps.






Manon considers it her strength to share tips on how to capture and fill your painting with light, how to get more expressive in your brushwork, as well as how to mix luminous colors while avoiding mud and chalkiness.


There will be demos, hands-on individual assistance, and valuable group critiques. By helping you to strengthen the fundamental elements of making a painting, you will be able to express yourself more confidently with brushes and paint in your future wor



Included in the price is:


  • all tuition fees
  • 7 nights accommodation in luxury air-conditioned, en-suite rooms with: – see our rooms here
       – luxury bedding
       – high quality, 100% natural, Italian toiletries: shampoo, shower gel, body lotion and hand gel
       – daily servicing of the rooms
       – mid-week linen and towel change
       – 100% cotton waffle robes & slippers
  • All meals including breakfast, buffet lunch and a choice of up to 4 courses from our daily changing gourmet evening menu
  • A ‘pizza-giro’ evening at a local trattoria within a few minutes walk of the hotel
  • Delicious local wine with lunch and evening meal
  • Private group transfers to and from either Ancona airport or Pedaso (station or bus stop)
  • 5 days painting tuition including demonstrations and one-to-one advice and guidance
  • 3 days’ excursions to specially selected stunning locations
  • Private transfers to and from painting locations
  • Guided orientation walking tour of the medieval hill-top town of Montelparo on day of arrival
  • 1 free day (lunch not included) with the option to take an excursion to the beautiful town of Ascoli Piceno, a Renaissance town full of history as well as fabulous boutique shops, charming cafes and one of Italy’s most beautiful piazzas
  • Unlimited use of air-conditioned studio
  • full-time staff on site including concierge service


Prices start from €2399 per person based on two people sharing a room. 


To find out more fill out the form at the VERY bottom of the page.


Bring along Partner or Friend


If you’d like to bring along a non-participating partner they too can experience our hospitality enjoying all the meals and excursions.  If you’re wondering what else there is for them to do then find out just some of the options here.




About Manon


Manon is an award-winning contemporary impressionist, born and raised in Berlin, Germany, who now resides in Southern Florida, which with its glittering bodies of water and ocean presents a cornucopia of inspiration for her. However, more important than the subject matter itself is Manon’s goal to capture the effects of light on a subject and the feeling it evokes, expressing it through interesting patterns, luminous color, and juicy brush strokes.


Manon participates in juried and invitational plein air events and exhibits frequently in juried shows. Her works are in private collections on three continents and have frequently been included in publications such as American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, and Plein Air Magazine. Manon is a sought-after instructor, teaching national and international painting workshops. Her work is being represented by Lost Art Gallery in St. Augustine, and Park Avenue Contemporary Art in Winter Park, FL. Manon holds signature status with National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society and American Society of Marine Artists. Her work was recently selected for the cover of Modern Impressionist Magazine, which included also a feature about Manon’s artistic journey.


Ultimately, Manon aims to communicate her joie de vivre through paintings that reflect the color, light, and joy Manon feels surrounded by and is ever so grateful for.

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