At Tenuta di Poggiolame

Painting at Arte Umbria

Our painting courses in Italy - the tutors are enthusiastic and inspirational practising artists who cater for all abilities, from beginners through to experienced artists, and teach oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel, pen & ink, pencil and charcoal sketching.

We like to keep the number of students on each weekly course to around 8 - to ensure individual attention.

The courses are run in a very relaxed and informal atmosphere; you choose the medium you would like to work in and set your own pace. You can paint round the clock or spend afternoons by the pool with every opportunity to eat, drink and socialise. It is a holiday after all!

On the day of arrival students and tutors get to know one another and familiarise themselves with the surroundings. The six days of tuition begins the following morning and each day begins with "al fresco" breakfast on the terrace where students and tutors can chat about their plans for the day in a relaxed and inspiring environment.

Suggested Itinerary


Arrival and if in time, lunch. Settling in and meeting tutor and other guests

Aperitifs at 6.30pm in the free bar.

Dinner with wine at 7.30pm.


9 am breakfast, 10 am start with a demo followed by painting in the grounds until

lunch at 1 pm.

Recommence at 2.30pm until about 5pm.

Aperitifs at 6.30pm followed by dinner at 7.30pm.


For painting weeks, we will visit a local pretty village for the morning until lunchtime and either return there or a new subject in the gardens.

Wine tasting tour with the Marquis at his castle at 6pm.

Dinner at 7.30pm.


Day excursion to Orvieto for sketching, painting or exploring this lovely city with its famous cathedral. Lunch at your own expense.

Aperitifs at 6.30pm followed by dinner out at a local Pizza restaurant.

Sunday as Thursday


After breakfast a trip to Lake Trasimeno for the day and lunch out at your own expense.

Aperitifs at 6.30pm followed by dinner at 7.30pm.


Finishing off your paintings and a Critique in the early evening with Prosecco.

Last dinner out at another restaurant.


Departure after breakfast according to your travel timetable.

All events subject to weather, course subject and availability.

Between finishing painting and dinner, there is plenty of time to relax - stroll along one of the many trails on the estate, perhaps resting under a pergola sipping wine, or take a (further) dip in the swimming pool overlooking the valley....

Or you can simply carry on painting !

Typical Daily Schedule

  • Breakfast: 9.00 am
  • Painting: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm
  • Lunch: 1.00 pm - 2.30 pm
  • Painting: 2.30 pm - 5.30 pm
  • Aperitivi on Terrace: 7.00 pm
  • Dinner: 7.30 pm

Gallery of photos

Below are a selection of photographs taken around Arte Umbria and a selection of paintings.

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