The RWA Drawing School is delighted to be working in collaboration with the Verrocchio Art Centre set in Tuscany, Italy, to offer a week-long residential creative holiday Locating a Personal Practice in Landscape, led by artist and President of the RWA, Stewart Geddes.

Through a mixture of individual and group tuition, and en plein air and studio-based techniques, the course will assist participants in identifying and developing a personal way forward in their painting. The environment of the Verrocchio Art Centre, the ancient town architecture, and the surrounding landscape will form the basis for ideas.The character of the environment and the quality of light will particularly encourage thinking about colour.

Because the emphasis will be on locating a personal way forward, the course will embrace a breadth of painting styles: abstraction, figuration, observation and imagination. It is anticipated that by the end of the course the participant will feel more confident and clearer about their own painting, and be able to take this new insight beyond the week-long course.

Stewart Geddes is formerly Head of Painting at Cardiff School of Art and Design (now Cardiff Metropolitan University) and is currently an Associate Lecturer at Gloucester University. He has works in a number of public and private collections both nationally and internationally. He is an Honorary Academican of the Royal Scottish Academy.

The itinerary for the holiday is as follows:

Saturday 23 June

Outbound travel day - please see TRAVEL section in Terms and Conditions

Sunday 24 – Tuesday 26 June

Tutored sessions, 9:30am – 12:30pm, and 3:00pm – 5:00pm each day

Wednesday 27 June

Break day. Self-led time in the studio, or an optional excursion* to local land-marks

Thursday 28 – Friday 29 June

Tutored sessions, 9:30am – 12:30pm, and 3:00pm – 5:00pm each day

Saturday 30 June

Return travel day

* Optional excursion not included. Details of excursion provided by the Verrocchio Art Centre on arrival. An extra cost of approximately €35, payable directly to the Verrocchio Art Centre in euros applies.

Please note, the £375 above covers tuition and materials costs for the week only. A separate payment will need to be made to the Verrocchio Art Centre for half-board and airport transfers. This will be in between €680 - €862  per person depending on participant's choice of accommodation, and includes airport transfers. Standard single, including transfers, is €784. Please visit the Verrocchio Art Centre's prices page to see all available options, before contacting to make your payment.

Please scroll to the bottom of this page for full Terms and Conditions (download). You will need to read the Terms and Conditions very carefully, and contact if you have any questions.


The Verrocchio Art Centre, Casole d'Elsa, Tuscany


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Times & Prices

Saturday 23 June - Saturday 30 June. Further details in Terms and Conditions download below.

£375 for tuition and materials, payable by pressing the BOOK NOW button in the top left of this page

(Please note, there is an additional payment for half-board accommodation at the Verrocchio Art Centre - please visit the Verrocchio Art Centre's prices page to see all available options, before contacting to make your payment.

Participants will be required to pay for their own airfare - please scroll down to read the Terms and Conditions below fully (download).



Duration: 1 week holiday course

Ability levels: Some painting experience is desirable

Includes acrylic paints in a spectrum of colours including earth tones and black and white, easels, painting boards, paper, pencils, charcoal, erasers, sharpeners, and various sizes of greyboard and canvas board on which to paint. Excludes paint brushes. Participants are advised to bring their own brushes. For details regarding recommended brushes, please contact



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