At Tenuta di Poggiolame

Our tutors

Our creative courses in Italy, 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.

On each course there is a maximum of 9 students ensuring plenty of one-to-one time with your chosen tutor.

See our Course dates and prices page for details of all the courses for 2018, in Italy plus our thrilling new courses in Europe and other exotic locations.

Booking Form 2021/22

Grahame Booth

Grahame has twenty years experience of teaching watercolour and he sees his course at Arte Umbria as the perfect opportunity to develop and hone the skills needed for enjoyable and successful plein air painting.

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Kelly Medford

Kelly Medford is a classically trained oil painter who specializes in Italian landscapes and cityscapes but loves to experiment with a wide range of subject matter including still life and interiors. Kelly is a superb tutor, kind, inspiring and fun.

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Judy Bentinck

Hold onto your hats! We are so excited that celebrated Milliner JUDY BENTINCK is joining us to run a week long residential course in Brittany, France in February 2020. We will be staying in a charming Breton complex of cottages nearby to the studio for the week and all delicious French meals and wine will be provided.

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'.

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Belinda Biggs

Belinda has been to Umbria many times now and she will be here for several weeks next summer. She is involved in the 'Flavours of Art and Italy' course which offers 'tasters' in different painting mediums, print making, photography, creative writing 'et all'! It was totally full this year and Belinda was able to teach many techniques of painting, pen and wash and printing. Belinda has already run our very successful painting trip to the Himalayas with a jungle safari.

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Liz Chaderton

Liz is returning in 2020 after a very successful week this year. TOTALLY FULL! She works mainly in watercolour on both paper and canvas, but experiments with printing techniques, particularly lino cutting. Liz is very 'up and coming' at the moment and a wonderful inspiring tutor. Liz is largely self-taught and has been exhibiting her work through exhibitions and galleries since 2009. A selection of her paintings are published and her work is licensed for cards, cushions and coasters.

Liz's book 'Paint Watercolours on Canvas' is No 1 on the best sellers list on Amazon. Here is a link to purchase this amazing book.

Liz Chaderton 'Painting Watercolours on Canvas'

Liz is also joining us to run the amazing Paint Magical Beasts and Birds in the Indian Jungle October 2019 just click the link to find out more. Liz's course this year was full to overflowing so please book early to avoid being disappointed!

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Claudia Tulifero

Claudia Tulifero joined us on May 4th 2016 and will be returning for her fifth time in 2019 and again in 2020, to run a week long workshop in Illumination on Parchment using the original techniques from mediaeval and renaissance times. Maybe a little Fresco work too!

Claudia is also running a Game of Thrones themed week long workshop in Normandy, France later in 2019. See more on her page.

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Sue Moorcroft

Sue Moorcroft is running another of her successful writing retreats with Arte Umbria in 2020. Best-selling author Sue Moorcroft's currently contracted to publishing giants HarperCollins will be there for evening discussions and lots of fun and chat, not to mention the 'pool parties'! Enjoy the company of other writers and share their creative energy, when you're not making the most of your precious private writing time in the most glorious of surroundings. Sue Moorcroft will be here to run once-a-day group feedback sessions for those who wish them. Always popular, we are taking bookings already for next year! The 2019 retreat filled overnight and so don’t miss out if you want a place for 2020!

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Paul O'Kane

"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!" Paul will be at ArteUmbria again in Italy in 2020 as well as leading our Venice workshop 27 May 2020 and Malta 2020 see his page for more details. A great tutor, a week not to be missed.

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Colin Joyce

Mainly self-taught, Colin has been fortunate to have studied with renowned oil painter Ken Howard RA OBE, also internationally known watercolourists Joseph Zbukvic and Alvaro Castagnet. We are pleased to welcome Colin to Arte Umbria for a another week long residential ‘Plein Air’ workshop.

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Jamie Sugg

Acrylics and Watercolour.
Jamie will be primarily concentrating on Acrylics and Watercolours during the week but is happy to teach in your preferred medium and he is returning in 2020!

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Maggie Sadullah

An Edinburgh based artist. Maggie is joining us in 2020. Gentle, inspiring and encouraging.

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Paula Haughney

A truly superb sculptor and carver. Paula has been a tutor with West Dean College for 20 years, which tells you all you need to know! Check out her course here!

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Adele Wagstaff

Adele, a regular with us now and devoted tutor, and we are pleased to be running another course with Adele on 5th May 2020 for one week, with us at Arte Umbria, an honour to have her back!

Adele will be offering portrait and still life in oil, and printmaking, mainly dry point. There will be a life model for the week.

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Arte Umbria Master Classes and Painting Classes in Italy & other exciting locations with:

Inspirational painting, drawing, sculpture, print making and 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 in Italy start at £985 per person per week and include:

  • Expert tuition from celebrated artists
  • Basic Art Materials (at our house in Umbria), two excursions Food, Aperitivi, Free Bar!
  • Complimentary accommodation



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