Painting Holiday with Fiona Forbes

7th – 14th May 2022

Suitable for all abilities:  Drawing and sketching, watercolours and acrylics


Sketching and Painting outdoors amidst beautiful and inspiring scenery is one of the most pleasurable creative activities.


Fiona will encourage you to develop your individual skill and style whilst enjoying a relaxing and luxurious holiday. You will be able to try out different techniques using watercolours, pens, crayons and also acrylic painting with a  knife to create impasto techniques.


Course Details


Whether you are new to drawing and painting, or an experienced artist, Fiona will share her ideas with you and show how to develop sketches and photos into larger impressionistic style acrylics using a palette knife.


Some of the topics covered will be:


  • selecting a composition and making sketches in tone
  • colour selection and mixing
  • watercoloour techniques
  • using mixed media
  • creating texture in watercolour
  • acrylic painting using a knife

About Fiona


The Tutor, Fiona Forbes, is a professional artist with many years’ teaching experience with adults and in secondary schools in Scotland.


She did a 4 year course in Decorative Design in the 1970’s at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, and began painting in watercolours after she qualified.


Her paintings, in all media, are vibrant and uplifting and she enjoys sharing her love of colour with like minded people.


She has spent most of her life living in different countries including Cyprus, Aden, Scotland, Wales, Norway, Germany and France and moved to Wiltshire in the South of England in 2009.


This wealth of interacting with different cultures, age groups, nationalities and personalities has been a major influence on her art and outlook on life.


She has been a member of the Society of Floral Painters and is in the Guild of Aviation Artists as well as several local Art Societies in and around Salisbury.


Wherever she has lived, she has organised and run art classes and exhibited widely in solo and shared exhibitions. She recently had a successful solo exhibition in the Fisherton Mill Gallery in Salisbury, where some of her paintings, prints and cards are now displayed and for sale.


She runs a weekly art club and does demonstrations and runs workshops locally for various art groups.


Her work can also be seen online at:


Painting holiday prices start from €975 per person which includes the following:

  • 7 nights luxury en-suite accommodation – see our rooms here
  • 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 3 days’ excursions to stunning locations
  • Unlimited use of lockable studio
  • Easels, boards and painting chairs supplied


Note:  Tuition fees are payable separately and directly to Fiona.



*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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