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Painting holidays in the beautiful Tuscan-Emilia National Park


three ladies painting in the garden
We offer excellent painting holidays which are tailored to suit you. First class art tuition means you learn quickly and easily (it is supposed to be fun!)

If you are a beginner, you can learn to draw and paint in only one week. No matter what level of ability you can improve and experiment in beautiful surroundings in a National Park with stunning scenery to inspire you. 

red poppies

If you are looking for an art holiday which also offers the opportunity to use all sorts of artistic techniques such as water-colour, oils, water based oils, acrylics, pastel, mixed media, photography, even sculpture, then this is also ideal for you.



entrance to the walled garden

We offer all inclusive value-for-money (£1,100), painting vacations throughout the year. No single person supplements and no hidden charges. Our holidays can be customised to suit your dates, your creative abilities, and your dreams of a perfect Italian holiday.

  • Casa Appennino, yellow three story chalet style house, with balconies
  • copy of Salvador Dali's Christ on the Cross
  • Pheona serving a cake

Your accommodation is spacious, luxurious and full of art work. This means you also learn about the history of art when you are here. There are beautifully landscaped gardens around the house, which is set in a wonderful rural location, surrounded by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grape vines.

Casa Appennino has been designed as a homage to Italian artists, with life-sized copies of famous paintings by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Caravaggio and others. So, you will also learn a bit about the history of art in a very informal way.

  • woman painting
  • girl painting in the garden
  • woaman painting a rabbit
  • man with finished still life painting
  • girl schetching on the Bismantova

There is a large fully equipped studio which is open all day for your use. Some people want to paint all day, every day, whilst others prefer a mixture of painting and walking, excursions, or a little immersion into Italian village life. Cookery lessons, massages, horse-riding and other things can be arranged.

Sometimes we paint close to the house but also out in the landscape or the village.

It is your holiday and we will endeavour to help you spend it just the way you want to.

  • Pheona giving a demonstration
  • girl painting in the garden
  • Talking about the Last Supper

Pheona Kerr is your host and tutor. 

She is an excellent teacher with over 30 years experience and gives lots of practical demonstrations and personal tuition...She is available all day, every day (more or less!).

With an absolute maximum of 10 guests we have plenty of time for everyone. It is an ideal environment to relax, be inspired, be encouraged, be creative, and to meet friends from all over the world.

You can learn or improve in many different media and subjects. See 'our courses' for an idea of the range of skills we cover.

  • man painting in the garden
  • Talking about the Last Supper
  • View of the Dolo valley in Autumn
  • Church at Carniana
  • Gruìoup doing figure painting in the garden
  • chillies hanging on a string

There is plenty of subject matter to inspire you; the beautifully landscaped gardens with lots of little places of tranquility and colour, stunning landscapes with patchwork fields, vineyards and little hilltop villages. There is also rustic Italian architecture - weathered and ancient, or well maintained and pretty. 

Also, friendly and welcoming local characters.... rivers and rock pools.... mountains and castles........ all far away from tourist traps and cities.


  • Bismantova
  • Cascata di Golforone
  • Woods in Spring
  • Dolo landscape
  • Woman in sunshine
  • Dandelion field with  a single tree

There is plenty to do if you are not a painter especially if you are a nature lover. See the information on our 'Things to see & do' link.

'Things to see & do'

Have a coffee, or gelato, or visit the weekly market. 

Market at Villa Minozzo

See how the Parmesan cheese is made, or investigate local wines!

  • Parmesan cheese
  • Rose prosecco
  • salad
  • green salad
  • cherries for jam
  • home made pizza
  • parmesan cheese
  • onions hanging in sunshine

This area is called 'the gastronomic capital of Italy' and is famous for it's many culinary gems such as parmesan cheese, Parma hams, truffles, porcini mushrooms, balsamic vinegar, wines and so on. You will be eating the finest of foodstuffs which are locally grown or produced.

The evenings have a lovely ambience. The clear night air, the scents of the garden flowers, the delicious local food, the sound of the cicadas in the field, the abundant wines, candlelight, and new found friends....

And one evening we will go out to a local pizzeria for a typical Italian evening meal.

'Things to see & do'

All photos and art work on the web site are by Pheona Kerr unless otherwise stated. 


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  • phone or SMS 0039 331 759 2333

Dates in 2017

June 5 - 15, or 6 - 13

June 30-July 7

July 11 - 25 (1 week or 2)

August 1 - 8 (beginners)

September 12-26 (1 week or two)

October 3-10 (painting & walking)