and other exotic locations with Arte Umbria

Paint Venice with the incredible Paul O'Kane

for 10 nights


26 May 2021 departing 5th June

10 nights so lots of painting and also time to explore this unique city.

We are delighted to offer this wonderful trip to Venice again with one of our most popular tutors under the Arte Umbria umbrella.

26 May 2021 £2499 for a painter and £1650 for a non-painting partner sharing a room. INCREDIBLE VALUE given all that is included.

Paul is a wonderful artist and tutor. One of our main tutors with Arte Umbria as we adore his work. His knowledge of Venice is vast and he has produced some stunning paintings there over the years so he is perfectly suited to teach in this most beautiful of locations. Please have a look at his website Paul O'Kane Website

What the course will offer

Painting with Paul around different locations in Venice for 6 days. There will be lots of demonstrations by Paul and one-to-one tuition. It is entirely up to you if you want to jump in and out of painting, or you can take advantage of ‘sightseeing’ at your leisure. We paint away from the busy tourist locations, but everywhere is a painting location in Venice. You are of course welcome to site see as much as you want.

This week is perfect if you want to come with a non-painting partner as there is so much for them to see and do in Venice whilst you are out and about painting and they can join you with a big discount. You are spoilt for choice in this romantic, historic city. All the pleasure, quality tutoring and congenial company you’ve come to expect from Arte Umbria but this time it will be in this beauteous location. Due to Paul's popularity, this course will fill very quickly, from Europe and Internationally, and as places are limited early booking is essential to ensure you don't miss out.

Venice 2020 with Paul O'Kane

Loose Itinerary

Paul knows some lovely places to paint. A love view of the Accademia from Campo S Vio. The Calle Dose da Ponte gives a smashing view of Santa Maria Della Salute. John Singer Sargent painted from there. As did Monet and Ken Howard. It’s a cul-de sac and very quiet. Great spot. A visit to Squero di San Trovaso is the Gondola repair yard. A very popular location for artists. Calle Crosera is an easy to reach ‘Campo’ between San Marco Cathedral & the Arsenale.

No visit is complete without a visit to the Fish Market and it's a great painting venue. The building itself is very dramatic with huge red awnings and lots of stalls and shopping activity within its open air ground floor. The market is in full swing in the morning and very quiet in the afternoon.

The buildings along the Grand Canal are fabulous. So our trick will be to get ourselves on the San Marco side of The Canal, looking across at the opposite bank when it's in full sunshine. Riva del Carbon is a good spot with tempting views toward Rialto Bridge.


Included in the price is your Vaporetto (water bus) ticket for the 10 days that will take you everywhere in Venice and to all the islands as well, and your Alilaguna ticket for your journey to and from Marco Polo airport to the hotel.


A lovely 3 star hotel just 5 minutes from the Vaporetto station and the centre of the Lido for restaurants and shops.

All breakfasts and dinners.

We can take over the whole delightful hotel for this week for our use depending on numbers.

(We reserve the right the change the hotel to one of the same standard, should numbers dictate.)

Who can forget Visconti’s film Death in Venice with the lovely Mahler music, or Don’t Look Now? Venice is a sumptuous feast, atmospheric and beautiful even in poor weather, full of colour, history, architecture, art, food and culture.

The famous Basilica in St. Mark’s Square, countless churches and palazzi, art exhibitions - it’s a culture vulture’s paradise. We promise not to have any vertically challenged people in red coats!

We have taken over the whole delightful hotel for this week for our exclusive use which ensures a house party atmosphere - a home from home.

For any of the guests we can arrange cookery classes or private tours with our friends in Venice.

The Lido has a lovely sandy beach just 5 minutes walk from the hotel. The Lido also has the best gelato and some lovely restaurants and cafes.

Testimonial from one of our guests on our Venice trip in 2016

''The Venice course was a joy and an eye-opener first to last, thanks to the unstinting efforts of sponsors David and Sara Moody. As a non-painting member of the group, I undertook crossing the pond and spending a week abroad with modest expectations: I wanted simply to "hang" with the watercolorists and their excellent instructor, see a bit of La Serenissima, and write some decent journal entries. Little did I know I was in for one of the great adventures of my life.

The artists in our group made me feel included and helpful, sometimes even asking for feedback on their paintings, while my hosts carved time from their busy schedules to take me on impromptu field trips, answer my many questions, and help with daily activities. The combination of a magical setting, comfortable lodgings, excellent meals and nonstop camaraderie proved an intoxicating blend, and even now, months later, I continue to think and write about these eight extraordinary days.

I could not have asked for a more positive travel experience and already am thinking of signing up for another course Painting in Europe, my lack of artistic talent notwithstanding. If this seminar can energize a non-painter like me, just think what it could do for someone at home with a brush and paper. Well done and I cannot wait to meet with you again! ''

Carol, Texas USA

Gallery of photographs

Here are a few photographs of the hotel and paintings by our tutors and students to tempt you...please click on any of the photographs to see a larger image:

Paul O'Kane

Paul O'Kane

Date: 26 May 2021

Artist: Paul O'Kane

Duration: Ten Days and Nights to Paint Venice in Oil and Watercolour

Place: Venice

Course price: £2499 - Painters £1650 - Non Participating partners

The exceptional Paul O'Kane, soon to be featured in The Artist magazine, is leading this trip to Venice for us in 2021. One of our main tutors, we are working together with Paul for several painting weeks in 2021. Venice is the first course of our season for 2021.


We are so fortunate to be able to offer a delightful bijou, privately-run, 3 * hotel on the Lido which is exclusively for our use during the week.

The hotel (just a 2 minute walk from the Vaporetto/Taxi stop) is a mere 10 minute trip on a Vaporetto to St. Mark’s Square. Marco the manager is looking forward to our return and he and his staff will make sure we have everything we need.

Non-painting partners, sharing a double bedroom (twin beds are available in all rooms) are welcomed at the very special discounted price of £1650.

Single person supplement £360

The only thing we do not include are your flights, health and travel insurance. Marco Polo airport which is the most convenient airport to fly into and where we collect you by water bus and take you to the hotel if you arrive at, or around 1pm. You can also fly into Treviso which is further afield and you would have to get a shuttle bus to the water taxi to be collected. Most major international airlines fly into Venice Marco Polo.

Trips to Burano or Murano at no extra cost and to all the other islands as these are included within your weekly Vaporetto ticket. We can also arrange tours around Venice with a private tour guide and tickets to the opera house, the Teatro La Fenice or other concerts on the canal, and cookery classes during the week with our friend a superb Venetian chef (extra cost).

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