Painting Holiday with Carole Massey

14th – 21st May 2022 – less than 4 rooms available

Suitable for all abilities. Drawing, Pen & Wash, Watercolours or a medium of your choice


Course Details


Each day is structured but you can choose to work as much or as little as you like. The holiday is aimed at all abilities and is designed to benefit and inspire everyone. Some may prefer to fill a sketchbook, taking in the essence of each site with a series of pen & wash studies whereas others may aim to do a complete painting. Drawing media and watercolours are the most portable materials but you may choose to work in your own preferred medium.


Daily Routine


Our first “warm up” day, getting to know one another and into the swing of painting outdoors, is based at Hotel Leone or in Montelparo. Each day we will be working either in the town of Montelparo or in a neighbouring location no more than 20 mins’ drive, returning to the hotel mid-afternoon, allowing time for a short demo, more one to one tuition, painting in the studio or simply some well-earned relaxation by the pool.  Lunch will be an on-location gourmet picnic, or in a local trattoria. Carole will be with you throughout each day offering both group and individual tuition and Eric is on hand as our “goffer”, helping to carry bags or find the nearest café for you!


We generally return to the hotel mid-afternoon, where you can choose to carry on painting, take a well-earned siesta or relax by the pool. Before supper each evening, we’ll review the day’s work over a glass of wine and discuss the following day’s itinerary.


You will receive a list of suggested materials on booking, but are welcome to contact Carole regarding any aspects of the holiday. Carole’s fee for tuition will be invoiced separately from the cost of the holiday.


About Carole


Carole has been a professional artist all her working life. She received a fine art training at St Albans School of Art, then Demontfort University (formerly Leicester School of Art) where she trained as a graphic designer, a career as a self employed artist she followed for over 25 years.


Carole is an extremely supportive and popular tutor, accomplished in painting both landscapes and portraits in watercolours, pastels and acrylics. She has tutored painting holidays in Morocco, Sardinia, Italy and France as well as many courses throughout East Anglia.


Carole has exhibited and demonstrated at the Mall Galleries, in East Anglia and in France. She was honoured with a portrait commission of Sir Charlie Bean, the retiring deputy governor of the Bank of England, where the portrait now hangs.


She has published six books, has appeared on national TV, has been a contributor to the Leisure Painter and Paint magazines as well as online painting websites.


She lives with her husband, Eric, in Suffolk.


Painting holiday prices start from €1,250 per person which includes the following:


  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in spacious en-suite rooms – see our rooms here
  • breakfast, 5 lunches and evening meals
  • Local transportation including group transfers to and from either Ancona airport or Pedaso (station or bus stop)*
  • All meals including breakfast, lunch or gourmet picnics on location and evening meals
  • Delicious local house wine with lunch and evening meal
  • 5 days painting tuition including 2 days’ excursions to stunning locations
  • Unlimited use of lockable studio
  • Easels, boards and portable stools and chairs
  • one day “Taste of Le Marche” excursion visiting artisanal cheese, olive oil and wine producers with tours and tastings
  • a pizza making masterclass in a traditional wood-burning oven


Stay for the two weeks and receive a 10% discount.


Carole’s tuition fee is £275 per person and will be invoiced separately by her.  £50 ispayable at the time of booking and the balance due 6-8 weeks prior to arrival.


*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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