Featured on the BBC - Inspirational painting, drawing, stone carving/sculpture, print making, illuminated manuscript work and creative writing courses in Umbria, Italy.

Last minute places available for Kelly Medford June 21! Contact us now.


Antony Williams, one of our tutors has been shortlisted, along with two other artists for the BP Portrait Prize 2017 (the most prestigious of the portrait awards) at the National Portrait Gallery, London. We wish him every success!

Antony will will accompanying his wife Caroline Bays for her painting workshop here on 19th July. Caroline is the main tutor covering life, portrait, landscape and still life, but Antony will be doing a demonstration whilst here, you can watch him paint and he will be giving a talk about his work during the week. They have both also been selected by the Royal Portrait Society for their Mall Gallery exhibition which opens 4 May. There are still a couple of places remaining on Caroline's course so don't miss the opportunity to work with a wonderful tutor and to meet Antony.


We offer week-long courses at the most beautiful times of year in Umbria!

Our all inclusive 2017 course prices start at £985* per person per week and include:
  • Expert tuition from celebrated artists 
  • All Art Materials (at our house in Umbria), two excursions and meal at local restaurant, Food, Aperitivi, Bar!
  • Complimentary accommodation

NOW BOOKING FOR 2017 & 2018

See our sister website www.paintingineurope.com for all our new courses for 2017 and 2018 to wonderful cities and exotic places.

Please check the Course Dates and Prices page
2017 & 2018 new dates and courses being added 

See Tutors pages for further information



Painting, drawing, creative writing and stone carving courses in Italy and other exotic locations.

See the Course Dates and Prices page to book and contact us for further details.

As seen on the BBC, our home, Tenuta di Poggiolame, is the venue for our painting, drawing and creative writing courses, which are designed to suit all levels of skill. We are NOT a hotel, it is our private home, and we are just lucky enough to have this wonderful place that we make open to people to come and enjoy learning, be inspired and explore their creative potential. As a guest in our home, this gives a more personal touch to the weeks and usually results in a house party atmosphere. We aim to offer every comfort and have a private chef. Our home is set in the Umbrian hills, overlooking the Cetona peaks and close to the Tuscany and Lazio borders and nestles in it's own private 220 acre estate. We promise the BEST practising artists offering you the VERY best of their skills!

Painting holidays in ItalyAll of the courses are designed to make painting, drawing and creative writing a pleasure in a totally relaxed environment and our tutors aim to motivate and encourage students to realise their potential, discover their own style and explore new media or writing genre.

The estate of Poggiolame is within easy reach of Orvieto and other beautiful towns - Assisi, Siena, but only 90 minutes from Rome or Florence and the Piero della Francesca Trail.

This is our home. A friendly, informal atmosphere pervades the courses so that people of all levels of skill can mix and relax. We aim to provide all comforts.

We welcome, at a discounted rate, non-participating partners and friends of our students, who just want to holiday and soak up the atmosphere.

We are also able to offer bespoke art and culture holidays for groups of 8 or more. Please contact us directly for more details.

No extra charges for single travellers!

The fees charged are for temporary membership of Arte Umbria Circolo Ricreativo (Codice Fiscale No. 90017030553). The fees cover all tutoring, collection and return to Perugia airport or Fabro-Ficulle railway station. Complimentary accommodation in our private house, use of all house facilities and pool. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with wine and drinks at the bar. All materials, use of equipment such as easels, chairs and any specified excursions.

All guests may have their own private double bedroom.

For Non-Participants we can arrange separate excursions to towns, shopping, gourmet wine and olive oil tasting experiences with our friend Marchesi Lorenzo at the castle, walking tours and truffle and mushroom hunting on the estate.

Or you can just sit by the pool with a glass of vino and chill whilst your partner is being creative!

If you decide to do oil paintings and they are not dry, we can arrange to have them sent sent them back to you for the price of the postage. 

We can also organise Italian Conversation and Cookery Classes to suit you! Contact us for further details.

Click here to see Booking Form for dates and rates.

The course prices for 2017 start at £985* per student and include:

  • Complimentary accommodation for the week in our 18th century private home and membership of the Circolo
  • All meals - delicious Italian/International cuisine from a professional chef, including aperitivi, wine with meals and refreshments - plus we take you to a local restaurant to sample typical Umbrian cuisine
  • All tuition and Art materials (oils, water colours, stone, tools, acrylics, pastel, pens, inks, paper, canvases - everything you could need)
  • Use of bulkier equipment such as drawing boards, palettes, easels and stools
  • Pick up from / drop off to Perugia airport or Fabro-Ficulle railway station.
  • Trips for sketching and photography to surrounding beautiful towns and locations
  • Professionally laundered bed linen and towels  

*Please see our courses page and booking form for more details of course prices

The price of your art holiday does NOT include:

  • The cost of your travel arrangements to Italy
  • Personal travel and health insurance
  • Any extra trips, tours, language or cookery courses arranged at your request during the holiday nor taxi rides for extra excursions at your request, nor hospital or medical appointments, prescriptions and medications.

Painting & Writing in Italy

BOOKING NOW FOR 2017 & 2018

Inspirational painting, drawing, stone carving/sculpture, stained glass, print making and creative writing courses in Europe and other exotic locations in 2017 & 2018, visit Italy, Spain, Venice, Prague, Morocco, Bruges, India and the Himalayas.

  • Master Classes and Painting Classes in Italy with Grahame Booth, Kelly Medford, Caroline Bays, Adele Wagstaff, Tim Wilmot, Paul Alcock, Belinda Biggs, Liz Chaderton, Roger Dellar, Paul O'Kane & Neal Winfield
  • Creative Writing course with Sue Moorcroft.
  • Stone Carving courses with Simon Keeley.
  • Workshop in Illuminated Manuscripts and Miniatures, with Claudia Tulifero.
  • Stained Glass course, with Neal Winfield.
  • Price includes tuition, art materials (if the course is at our home in Umbria), complimentary accommodation, food, wine and refreshments.

All inclusive from £985

BOOKING NOW For 2017 & 2018!

See our sister site Painting in Europe and other exotic locations with Arte Umbria.

  • Painting in Venice. Masterclass in Watercolour with Tim Wilmot.
  • Painting in Bruges. Painting and Art History with Adele Wagstaff.
  • Prague at Christmas. Masterclass in Watercolour with Kelly Medford.
  • Painting in India, with Grahame Booth.
  • Painting in Marrakesh, with Kelly Medford.
  • Painting in Granada, with Grahame Booth.
  • Painting in Barcelona, with Paul Alcock.
  • Painting in the Himalayas, with Belinda Biggs.
  • Painting in India, with Roger Dellar.


Email: info@arteumbria.com

+0039 340 371 6510

Italy: +39 0763 837347

Arte Umbria
Tenuta di Poggiolame Vocabolo Poggiolame 16 05010 Montegabbione (TR) Italia

Arte Umbria, painting in Europe and other exotic locations

Newsletter sign up