Painting Holiday with Gerry Dudgeon

Abstracting from the Landscape Painting Holiday

15th – 22nd June 2024 

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.


Included in the price is:


  • All tuition fees
  • 7 nights accommodation in air-conditioned, en-suite rooms in a luxurious palazzo with commanding views across the rolling hills of the Le Marche countryside to the coast – see our rooms here
  • 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
  • Easels, boards and portable stools and chairs


Prices start from €1999 per person based on two people sharing a room.  To find out more about the different room types, pricing, how to get here and more fill out the form at the bottom of the page or to check availability email


Note:  if the arrival date is more than 12 months away you can book your place and choose your room without paying the deposit.  The deposit will become due 12 months from the arrival date


Bring a 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 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

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