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Paint Venice with Colin Joyce for 7 days, 6 nights

2nd June 2019

By popular demand from guests and tutors we are delighted to offer this trip to Venice under the Arte Umbria umbrella.


2 June 2019 £1975 for a painter and £1075 for a non-painting partner sharing a room.

Colin is a superb artist and tutor and is perfectly suited to teach in this most beautiful of locations. Please have a look at his website Colin Joyce Website

What the course will offer

Painting with Colin around different locations in Venice for 6 days. Colin know's Venice as well as his painting palette! There will be lots of demonstrations by Colin and one-to-one tuition. It is entirely up to you if you want to jump in and out of painting, or you can take advantage of ‘sightseeing’ at your leisure. We paint away from the busy tourist locations, but everywhere is a painting location in Venice. You are of course welcome to site see as much as you want. For non painters, your hostess Seraphina Moody Seraphina Moody's Website will be there and happy to share photography tips and go out on photography trips with you.

This week is perfect if you want to come with a non-painting partner as there is so much for them to see and do in Venice whilst you are out and about painting and they can join you with a big discount. You are spoilt for choice in this romantic, historic city. All the pleasure, quality tutoring and congenial company you’ve come to expect from Arte Umbria but this time it will be in this beauteous location. Places are limited so early booking is advised.


Included in the price is a collection and return from Marco Polo airport and transportation by water taxi (arrival only - the best way to arrive in Venice) to our hotel, a Vaporetto (water bus) ticket for the week that will take you everywhere in Venice and to all the islands as well, and your Alilaguna ticket to take you back to the airport for your return.


We are so fortunate to be able to offer a delightful bijou, privately-run, 3 * hotel on the Lido which is exclusively for our use during the week.

The hotel (just a 2 minute walk from the Vaporetto/Taxi stop) is a mere 10 minute trip on a Vaporetto to St. Mark’s Square. Marco the manager is looking forward to our return and he and his staff will make sure we have everything we need.

Fantastic breakfast and Marco's team make sure we are well looked after. The hotel has a lovely Art Deco feel, a pretty garden where we can enjoy our aperitifs and nibbles after a long day painting or sightseeing, and an observation turret with amazing views over the Lido to St. Mark’s Square with wonderful dawn to dusk panoramas and sunsets. We think some of you may find that an inspiring vista. Perfect!

The hotel is a jewel entirely surrounded by high palm trees. Converted to a hotel in 1950 and carefully renovated in 2002, the hotel still retains some of the original furniture, including precious Murano glass chandeliers and wall lamps.

A very generous buffet breakfast (hot and cold) to suit all tastes,is served in a room with classic Venetian style furniture in shades of celestial blue and ivory.

All bedrooms have double beds (which can all be converted to twin for friends sharing), en-suite facilities and air conditioning, SKY television and mini bar (mini bar at your own cost). Each room has an internet link via ADSL. 3 rooms have balconies which come with a supplement of £50 so early booking is advised if you want one of these.

We can take over the whole delightful hotel for this week for our use depending on numbers.

(We reserve the right the change the hotel to one of the same standard, should numbers dictate.)

The Lido

We have chosen to stay on the Lido as after a busy day in the centre of Venice, you can relax and enjoy the convivial Lido atmosphere and amenities.

The centre of Venice goes to bed very early, around 9.30 pm, so staying here ensures we have an evening at a restaurant to enjoy ourselves after our busy days of painting and sightseeing. It is just a couple of minutes’ walk to the Boulevard and some lovely shops and restaurants.

The film Death in Venice was filmed on the Lido. If you do want to visit the centre in the evening for concerts etc, it’s only 10 minutes away and a 2 minute walk from the Vaporetto stop to the hotel.

All Breakfasts at the hotel and dinner with wine at a local restaurant are included in the accommodation price. Aperitifs and nibbles at the end of each day in the garden. Lunches are entirely up to you as you may be anywhere in the centre of Venice. We also visit a couple of the local famous islands such as Murano famous for it’s glass making or Burano, the ‘end of the rainbow’ island with it’s multi coloured houses.

We can take over the whole delightful hotel for this week for our use depending on numbers.

(We reserve the right the change the hotel to one of the same standard, should numbers dictate.)

Who can forget Visconti’s film Death in Venice with the lovely Mahler music, or Don’t Look Now? Venice is a sumptuous feast, atmospheric and beautiful even in poor weather, full of colour, history, architecture, art, food and culture.

The famous Basilica in St. Mark’s Square, countless churches and palazzi, art exhibitions - it’s a culture vulture’s paradise. We promise not to have any vertically challenged people in red coats!

We have taken over the whole delightful hotel for this week for our exclusive use which ensures a house party atmosphere - a home from home.

For any of the guests we can arrange cookery classes or private tours with our friends in Venice.

The Lido has a lovely sandy beach just 5 minutes walk from the hotel. The Lido also has the best gelato and some lovely restaurants and cafes.

Testimonial from one of our guests on our Venice trip in 2016

''The Venice course was a joy and an eye-opener first to last, thanks to the unstinting efforts of sponsors David and Sara Moody. As a non-painting member of the group, I undertook crossing the pond and spending a week abroad with modest expectations: I wanted simply to "hang" with the watercolorists and their excellent instructor, see a bit of La Serenissima, and write some decent journal entries. Little did I know I was in for one of the great adventures of my life.

The artists in our group made me feel included and helpful, sometimes even asking for feedback on their paintings, while my hosts carved time from their busy schedules to take me on impromptu field trips, answer my many questions, and help with daily activities. The combination of a magical setting, comfortable lodgings, excellent meals and nonstop camaraderie proved an intoxicating blend, and even now, months later, I continue to think and write about these eight extraordinary days.

I could not have asked for a more positive travel experience and already am thinking of signing up for another course Painting in Europe, my lack of artistic talent notwithstanding. If this seminar can energize a non-painter like me, just think what it could do for someone at home with a brush and paper. Well done and I cannot wait to meet with you again! ''

Carol, Texas USA

Colin Joyce

Venice with Colin Joyce 2018

Date: 2 June 2019

Artist: Colin Joyce

Duration: Seven Days Paint Venice in Watercolour

Place: Venice



Course price: £1975 £1680 with the 15% DISCOUNT!

We are delighted to offer this trip to Venice again under the Arte Umbria umbrella in 2018


The above price includes bed and breakfast accommodation in a delightful bijoux hotel on the Venice Lido. It also includes dinners with wine at local restaurants. Your weekly vaporetto ticket and Alilaguna tickets to return to the airport. If the majority of guests arrive at Marco Polo airport a transfer from the airport to the hotel will be arranged by Water Taxi (collection only). If people come in at different times at the airport they have to make their own way to the Lido.

The pick up points will be Marco Polo at 1.00 pm approximately on 2 June for the water taxi or the Lido at any time you like. We do take portable chairs which people like, (refundable security deposit of 20 Euros).

Non-painting partners, sharing a double bedroom (twin beds are available in all rooms) are welcomed at the very special discounted price of £1075.

Single guests welcome at no extra charge as there is no single person supplement with us, unlike many other painting workshops.

The only thing we do not include are your flights, health and travel insurance. EasyJet fly into Marco Polo airport which is the most convenient airport to fly into and where we collect you by water taxi and take you to the hotel if you arrive at, or around 1pm. Ryanair fly into Treviso which is further afield and you would have to get a shuttle bus to the water taxi to be collected. Most major international airlines fly into Venice Marco Polo.

Trips to Burano or Murano at no extra cost and to all the other islands as these are included within your weekly Vaporetto ticket. We can also arrange tours around Venice with a private tour guide and tickets to the opera house or other concerts on the canal, the Teatro La Fenice (if open), or cookery classes during the week (extra cost).

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Gallery of photographs

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