At Tenuta di Poggiolame ™


Inspirational painting, drawing, stone carving, creative writing courses in Umbria, Italy. 
We offer week-long courses at the most beautiful times of year in Umbria! 

Our all inclusive 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, Free Bar!
  • Complimentary accommodation

It is with the greatest regret that we have to inform you that we are obliged to close Arte Umbria. 2021 courses will therefore not go ahead. COVID-19 continues to cause devastation around the world and, though in the context of over three million deaths and so much sorrow the fate of one creative business may not register on the global scale, we announce this news with heavy hearts.

This website will be closing down in early June.

The email address to contact us on is

All clients have been informed as have the tutors who are all very sad and disappointed as are we.

One of many fabulous testimonials from our last summer of courses

"Just to repeat that we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday it was relaxing and the company was excellent. I learned a lot and Stephen actually had a rest - very unusual. Your hospitality was outstanding and we cannot speak highly enough of the food. Claudia was an excellent tutor and coaxed me into producing a piece of work that I did not believe I was capable of!" H & S August 2019 England


Featured on the BBC, and 'The Artist', 'Leisure Painter', 'Artists and Illustrators', 'International Artist', 'Australian Artist' and the 'Sydney Morning Herald!

Inspirational painting, drawing, portrait, plein air, stone carving/sculpture, print making, mosaic and jewellery, stained glass, illuminated manuscript, miniature and fresco work and writing retreats in Umbria, Italy.

EXCITING NEW COURSES FOR 2021. Come and relax and indulge yourself in your favourite painting or craft course. You will be waited on and spoilt by our in-house staff and you can also improve your own skills in your chosen medium. CONTACT US NOW!

Remember Gift Vouchers always available for the perfect Christmas present or Birthday gift for your partner or loved one. Please contact us now!

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As seen on the BBC and featured in 'The Artist', 'Leisure Painter', 'Artists and Illustrators', 'International Artist' and 'Australian Artist', and 'Sydney Morning Herald' our home 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.

We promise the BEST practising artists offering you the VERY best of their skills! All 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.

Please check the Course Dates and Prices page.
See the Tutors pages for further information about our tutors..

Booking now for 2021, Umbria and Venice in Italy, Malta, Brittany France and Peru and Easter Island 2022

Booking Form 2021/22

Keep checking the website for further information!

Arte Umbria courses and tutors:

Painting, drawing, creative writing, stone carving, stained glass and illuminated manuscripts workshops and courses in Italy and other exotic locations.

Each week, we don't just paint around the house and estate we include a days sketching and painting at Orvieto, we also visit Lago Trasimeno for a day of painting and the little local medieval villages which surround us - Castel di Fiori, Monteleone d'Orvieto, Montegiove and many many more. Also a visit to the amazing La Scarzuola where we are lucky enough to paint. We also visit our friends at the castle for a gorgeous wine tasting tour.

Contact us now for Christmas gift vouchers for all our courses for your friends and family.

  • Grahame Booth
  • Kelly Medford
  • Belinda Biggs
  • Liz Chaderton
  • Paul O'Kane
  • Colin Joyce
  • Maggie Sadullah
  • Jamie Sugg
  • Adele Wagstaff
  • Seraphina Moody
  • Paula Haughney - Stonecarving
  • Sue Moorcroft - Writing Retreat
  • Claudia Tulifero - Illuminated Manuscripts and Miniatures

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We are affiliated with Jackson's Art, from whom we buy all our art materials. If you have never purchased from Jackson's, please click this link to get a 10% discount of your first order!

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BOOK NOW FOR YOUR DREAM PAINTING TRIP 2021 - Only a few places left!

As seen on the BBC, our home 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 be spoilt and enjoy learning. COME to be inspired and explore your 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.

Our estate 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. A local convent 5 minutes away founded by St Francis of Assisi, and local historians are certain St Francis would have walked in our grounds to be at one with nature and the wild animals.

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 take pride in caring for all your needs, looking after you during your stay and visiting the amazing vistas, village, vineyards, castles as many as we can, to enhance your stay - not to mention the food is wonderful from our private chef. This is your TRIP OF A LIFETIME.

Our tutors TUTOR, they don't just host. You are guaranteed to go away with enhanced technique from tips and tricks. You won't be left 'fumbling in the dark' to work on your own. Our dedicated team of artists will help and guide you every step of the way, and there are frequent demonstrations. Take work home you are proud of. Some of our competitors just offer hosting tutors and at twice the price. Check us out you won't be disappointed!

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 can arrange extra activities for non painting partners such as golf, horse riding, extra wine tours to different vineyards.

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

Contact us now for Christmas gift vouchers for all our courses for your friends and family.

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