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...

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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Belinda Biggs

At Arte Umbria in 2019, Belinda is the Arte Umbria 'Artist in Residence 2019'. 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'! Belinda has already run our very successful painting trip to the Himalayas with a jungle safari. Check out the next trip to the India and the Himalayas with Belinda here Paint ALL Things Indian! March 2019

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Liz Chaderton

Liz is returning in 2019 after a very successful week last year.. 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 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' course in Umbria is nearly FULL! Hurry!

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Claudia Tulifero

Claudia Tulifero joined us on May 4th 2016 and will be returning for her fifth in 2019, 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 2018. 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 2019. 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 2017 retreat filled overnight and so don’t miss out if you want a place for 2019! Read More

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 2019 see his page for more details. A great tutor, a week not to be missed.

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Megan Mahan

A great opportunity to try your hand at mosaic jewellery whilst enjoying a stay in Umbria.

This week long course will offer you the opportunity to study traditional and micro mosaic. You will also be able to create your own piece of jewellery. Choosing in advance to make ear rings or a pendant. Megan will be with you every step of the way to help you produce your chosen piece.

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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 in 2019. He is also leading our painting week to Venice in 2019.

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Kevin Scully

The course offers a wonderful opportunity to work en plein air in a wonderful new exotic location that you won't want to miss. Led by Kevin in 2020 and through short demonstrations and individual tuition.

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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.

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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 and meal at local restaurant, Food, Aperitivi, Free Bar!
  • Complimentary accommodation


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