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.

Liz Chaderton

Liz Chaderton lives and works in a small village in Berkshire. She works mainly in watercolour on both paper and canvas, but experiments with printing techniques, particularly lino cutting. For Liz colour and pattern, not details are the passions. She enjoys how colours work together, mix and interact, along with the texture and pattern in everyday objects and unexpected places. She say's that she loves watercolour for it's immediacy, vibrancy and the unpredicted takes it can take you down as the paint mixes on the paper. Have a look at Liz's website Liz Chaderton

" I aim to capture the spirit of the subject but also create a painting that contains a part of me as well.'' Liz Chaderton

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.

Judy Bentinck

Judy Bentinck lives and works in London and around the world. With a background in Textile design and an initial career in theatre costume design, Judy trained in the craft of millinery with Rose Cory, who was the Queen Mother's own milliner. With Rose she learned the secrets of traditional couture millinery, gaining an appreciation for true craftsmanship, well-balanced design and exquisite detailing.

With this expertise, Judy established her eponymous brand at Cockpit Arts studios in central London, where she has built a loyal and ever-increasing following since 2002. Clients include celebrities such as Clare Balding, Amanda Redman, Alexandra Burke, Dillie Keane and Jenny Agutter, Countess Bathurst and the Marchioness of Aberdeen. Most recently HRH Princess Beatrice wore a Judy Bentinck headpiece at The Queen’s birthday 'Trooping the Colour'. Judy teaches millinery skills at Central St Martin's University of the Arts London, and has recently demonstrated at the British Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Museum of London.

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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Paul O'Kane

Born in Belfast in 1953, Paul lives in County Down, Northern Ireland, where he has been a self employed architect for 28 years.

''I really only paint out of doors, en plein air, if you will. It gets me out of the office...ideally for a week abroad. No telephone, just the heat and light. Wonderful!

I am self-taught and has been painting in oils and watercolours...from a very early age. My favourite painting trip was to Havana in 2000. But Provincetown in 2006 pretty amazing.

With painting now taking over full time, I try to paint on the continent at least twice a year. And I travel Ireland in the summer months in a tiny but luxurious camper-van. It’s great for ‘Art in the Open’ festival in Wexford each year. I’ve won prizes there in 4 year of the 6 I’ve attended, most recently the T. Morris Award in 2015.

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.

There’s more about Colin on his website –

Jamie Sugg

Acrylics and Watercolour.
Jamie will be joining us for a painting week during September 2019 in Suffolk, primarily concentrating on Acrylics and Watercolours during the week but is happy to teach in your preferred medium. Look at Jamie's website here Jamie Sugg

Our Courses

Arte Umbria in association with Painting in Europe are delighted to be offering more courses.

New venues

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

Venice in 2020 with Paul O'Kane 26 May 2021
Gorgeous Gozo with Paul O'Kane 11 September 2021
'Plein Air' Painting Brittany, France with Tony White 23 September 2021
Peru, Chile and Easter Island with Seraphina Moody February 2022

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!

Please see the individual location pages for booking details.