and other exotic locations with Arte Umbria

Our course tutors

Our creative courses are led by superb, top class artists and tutors (all extremely friendly and approachable) who will give individual students the benefit of their extensive experience and skills, giving you the perfect opportunity to learn technique, explore a variety of media and realise your potential.

Grahame Booth

Grahame Booth lives and works in Belfast. He paints only in watercolour and his success in the medium is reflected in the many awards he has won.

Grahame started to paint in his early 30s and the fact that he clearly remembers the problems and frustrations of learning the medium helps to make him a particularly sympathetic tutor, eager to pass on lessons and techniques proven to ease the way.

His website is a great resource for the watercolour painter and his You Tube painting channel has well over 15,000 subscribers.

He is a past president of the Ulster Watercolour Society and has contributed many published articles to painting magazines and books in the UK.

It is his intention that you will leave us inspired with new knowledge to help you better understand this elusive medium.

Kelly Medford

Kelly Medford is a classically trained oil and water colour painter who specializes in Italian landscapes and citys capes but loves to experiment with a wide range of subject matter including still lives and interiors. Kelly is able to tutor and mentor in all styles and mediums and always brings something new to each course, and the best out of her students.

Kelly has studied and shown her work in both Europe and the United States and has completed a number of private commissions in the past year. She has been placed in the top 3 for plein air 'paint outs' in Italy and participates in plein air events regularly in the U.S. where she most recently won the St. Simon’s Landtrust award for best painting.

Kelly's 'joie de vivre' bring an extra element to all her courses, with some highly original, but effective, learning techniques. You can see her work on her website

Belinda Biggs

Belinda will be joining us and running a course in the India in 2019

Belinda exhibits several times a year and has won many awards for her painting and drawing, including selection for the prestigious 'Focus on Nature XIII' at the New York State Museum, the 'Mortimer Art Prize' (the very best in realism) and the Margaret Flockton Scientific Illustration Award at the herbarium NSW and has works in private collections in Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Italy, Norfolk Island and America.

Belinda is currently teaching painting and drawing for the Tuggerah Lakes Kincumber Community College. Painting, drawing and botanical illustration classes at Morriset. She also runs workshops around New South Wales, and conducts regular painting holidays to Italy, Rarotonga, Norfolk Island and New Zealand.

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Roger Dellar

Roger Dellar is joining us in 2018 to lead our painting trip to Udaipur, India. We are thrilled he’s ‘on board’!

Roger works from his studio in Surrey. He has a keen interest in people and their behaviour, and is fascinated by the way the play of light transforms a subject; either working in the studio or plein air.

He is a member of The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, The Pastel Society, and The Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
Since 1996 has been an active member of The Wapping Group. He has won numerous awards. He regularly exhibits in galleries in the UK and has had several one man exhibitions. Represented in USA by the Peninsula Gallery Lewes Delaware.

Kevin Scully

Kevin trained at Wimbledon School of Art, and has worked for many years as a successful illustrator in advertising and publishing, He is an award-winning artist and qualified tutor, and experienced in teaching in all mediums.

His tuition is relaxed and supportive, and he encourages students to progress at their own pace, whilst learning new skills, and of course to also have fun.

He especially enjoys sharing his vast experience with others, and his work encompasses a wide range of subject matter where he concentrates on working from direct observation to produce paintings that contain just the bare essentials, and devoid of too much unnecessary detail.

Colin Joyce

Colin conducts workshops and demonstrations for art groups throughout the UK, writes articles for Leisure Painter magazine and is a watercolour instructor on cruise ships. He works from his own studio in Fife, Scotland.

Colin always had an interest in art since early school years and studied art to A-level then, later, part-time college. Having pursued a career in Financial Services for 38 years, painting in his spare time, he took early retirement in 2013 to concentrate on art full time. Mainly self-taught, Colin has been fortunate to have studied with renowned oil painter Ken Howard RA OBE, also internationally known watercolourists Joseph Zbukvic and Alvaro Castagnet.

There’s more about Colin on his website –

Our Courses

Arte Umbria in association with Painting in Europe are delighted to be offering more courses.
We are returning to Udaipur, India in October 2018 and in March 2019..

New venues

In conjunction with our sister site Arte Umbria dip into some spectacular painting courses with our talented and creative tutors.

Canal du Midi Cruise Canal du Midi with Kelly Medford

Painting in Venice with Colin Joyce

India 2018 with Roger Dellar.

India, the Jungle and Himalayas with Belinda Biggs.

Jump in and out of painting, or you can take advantage of sightseeing, these art courses offer a luxury holiday for painters and non painting partners.

Indulge your senses in some spectacular painting courses and locations.

Non-participating partners welcomed at a large discount. Please see individual courses.

Ideal if you are travelling solo as NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT CHARGED!

Please see the individual location pages for booking details.