Painting Holiday with Gerry Dudgeon

Abstracting from the Landscape Painting Holiday

17th – 24th June 2023 – more than 4 places available

Using sketchbook research and acrylics on canvas-board or paper

Course Details


The stunning location of Montelparo will provide the inspiration for our first painting where we will make sketchbook research using drawing materials and colour reference. The way that the stone architecture interacts visually with the panoramic landscape will be a key consideration of this course.


We return to the hotel studio to make abstract interpretations of our experiences, beginning each painting with a varied use of colours and marks, loosely applied to create an underpainting which forms the catalyst for development of the work. There will be ample time for a swim in the hotel pool and a rest after lunch.


Over the week Gerry will take the group out on excursions to other hilltop villages to make sketchbook research in preparation for further paintings. There will be opportunities to explore aspects of local culture while we’re out, so that we can absorb the atmosphere of Le Marche.


Gerry will demonstrate his approach and use of materials by working on canvases throughout the course, and will provide tailor-made tuition, so that each guest can develop their paintings in a relaxed and individual way.


Suitable for those who have had some experience of working with abstraction.

About Gerry

Gerry exhibits professionally in the South West and London where he taught painting at Roehampton University for 20 years. He now runs short painting workshops from his Dorset studio and teaches residential painting courses in Dittisham, Devon and the Tarn, France.


The inspiration for his work comes from travels to India, Morocco, France and Greece as well as the landscape of West Dorset, and his paintings can be seen at



Painting holiday prices start from €1,599 per person which includes the following:


  • All painting holiday tuition fees
  • 7 nights luxury en-suite accommodation – see our rooms here
  • Group airport transfers to and from either Ancona airport or local pick up points*
  • All meals including breakfast, lunch and evening meals
  • Delicious local house wine with lunch and evening meal
  • 5 days painting tuition including 3 days’ excursions to stunning locations
  • transport to painting locations
  • Unlimited use of lockable studio
  • Easels, boards and portable stools and chairs
  • 1 free day (lunch not included)


*On the day of arrival we organise pick up times based on the groups arrival times either into Ancona airport or at the local train or coach stops.


We will do our very best to make sure nobody has to wait for too long but please be aware we will be picking up other members of the group whose arrival times may not necessary coincide perfectly with your own and we ask for your patience.


If you are arriving at a time that really doesn’t tie in with the group or arriving a day or so earlier we can arrange for a taxi to pick you up.   The cost of a taxi is in the region of €150.  If there is anybody else arriving doing the same we will arrange it so that you can share the transport costs.


Similarly for departure, for retreats the rooms are to be vacated by 10:00 on the morning of departure.  Departure time will be set based on the majority of the group.  Again we will do our very best to accommodate everyone.


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