Are you an avid artist looking for new inspiration? Or perhaps you’re a beginner, or wish to learn a new skill. Whatever your interest, there is a holiday for you in a picturesque destination – with expert tuition included.
Many of these courses include materials and full-board accommodation in the price, but travel to your destination will be extra.
1. Saddle up for the main event in cool Colorado
Could you capture the drama of flying manes and thundering hooves? Learn to draw horses in motion on a working ranch.
Go west: Zapata Ranch in Colorado offers a 6-day painting horses course beginning in October (and you can saddle up afterwards)
After class at the Zapata Ranch in beautiful Colorado, you can saddle up to join the cowboys mustering bison. A six-day Painting Horses course starting on October 7 costs £2,600pp. zranch.org
2. Reach for the sky on a wild Scottish break
Kittiwakes, guillemots and peregrines and the cliffs of St Abb’s Head will be your subjects on a watercolour break in Scotland.
During the four-day trip from July 3 to 6, you will be based at a guesthouse in Eyemouth. The break costs from £695pp. naturetrek.co.uk
3. Let magical creatures cast their spell
Your imagination can run wild with papier-mache, vintage fabrics and embroidery threads to create magical creatures at a four-day folk art workshop at the pretty Manoir de Kerledan in rural Brittany.
The course runs from May 11 to 15 and costs £870pp. kerledan.com/workshops
4. Capture the exotic allure of a Moroccan sunset
Moroccan kasbahs, oases, ancient ruins and sunsets on snow-capped peaks… you can capture them all on a painting holiday in the Atlas Mountains that starts in a charming riad in the heart of Marrakech.
The nine-day trip, departing on April 5, costs from £985pp. responsibletravel.com
Go wild: In Northern Spain, dramatic seascapes reign supreme — and offer a prime opportunity to perfect your fine-art photography skills
5. Create a true Turkish delight
Take inspiration from patterned glass lanterns in local markets, then create your own mosaic at a villa overlooking the sea in Turkey.
You’ll have plenty of time to laze on a private beach near Bodrum after mornings in the studio.
Six-night courses run from May to September and cost from £749pp. golearnto.com
6. Dramatic seascapes reign in Spain
Perfect your fine-art photography working with the changing light and dramatic seascapes of Spain’s north coast.
An eight-night, three-centre holiday in the lush green hills of Asturia and Galicia starts on April 19 and costs from £2,100pp. wildphotographyholidays.com
7. Find inspiration at a Tuscan treasure
A farmhouse with swimming pool and views of the Apuan Alps in Tuscany is the delightful setting for sociable one-week painting and drawing courses from May to October.
Tuition is in the well-equipped studio and around the grounds. It costs from €1,180pp (about £1,050). art-toscana.com
Explore: Between the aromatic spice gardens and tranquil backwaters, Kerala in southern India is a dream for those so artistically inclined
8. Earn your stripes in the land of the tiger
Aromatic spice gardens, old colonial Cochin, tranquil backwaters and elusive tigers are all waiting to be interpreted on paper by you in Kerala in southern India.
The 13-night, four-centre tour starts on November 10 and costs from £2,895pp. authenticadventures.co.uk
9. Walk in the footsteps of a Japanese master
Pop your sketchbook in your rucksack on a mammoth walking holiday in Japan.
On a week-long guided trek between Tokyo, Nagoya and Kyoto, you’ll follow the scenic trail depicted in the Fifty-Three Stations Of The Tokaido prints by the 18th Century woodblock artist Hiroshige.
Departures on November 11 cost from £2,415. walkjapan.com
Epic: The romantic Cornwall locations featured in BBC’s Poldark are optimal for those keen to develop their watercolour techniques. Pictured: the Lizard Peninsula
10. Enjoy the romance of Poldark’s Cornwall
The romantic locations featured in the hit BBC drama Poldark take centre stage during a watercolour painting holiday at the Mullion Cove Hotel, perched on a clifftop on Cornwall’s wild Lizard Peninsula, steps from the South West Coastal Path.
A six-night stay with tuition, starting on May 28, costs from £1,485pp. mullion-cove.co.uk