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Lavender fields of Provence… Rolling hills in Tuscany… These are landscapes that have inspired artists throughout the centuries. If you’ve ever dreamed of standing in a wheat field with an easel and capturing the golden hues of a country sunset like van Gogh, or painting an explosion of red poppies spread across a peaceful pasture like Monet, then you can follow in the footsteps of your favorite artists by treating yourself to a painting holiday.
Painting holidays are growing in popularity amongst professional artists and Sunday painters alike. They offer the unique opportunity to travel, create art, and immerse yourself in a foreign culture. Painting holidays are the perfect opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life and rejuvenate your passion for making art, all under the professional supervision of an instructor.
A painting holiday not only provides you with the time and space for making art – it also provides countless other benefits as well: experiencing other cultures, socializing with other artists, and receiving teacher supervision and support. Your hosts will be knowledgeable about the area and usually take you on outings to the market and to cafe and restaurants, so that you can get a taste for local life.
Most people go on organized painting holidays so they can be part of a group and interact with others. More independently-minded artists and travelers can also choose to create their own painting holidays. Some art centers in France and Italy offer self-directed artist retreats, where for a fee you receive room and board as well as studio space.
Although the most popular painting holidays take place in the French or Italian countryside, you can find painting holidays in nearly every country in the world, from England to Kenya. If you get tired of painting alone in your studio, consider taking a painting holiday!