Art Safari


Painting holidays & art workshops

as featured in The Guardian

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Join an Art Safari painting holiday to paint and sketch wildlife, landscape, people and places worldwide. Art Safari is a unique travel company offering plein air painting holidays to destinations worldwide.  

Art Safari is a unique concept in adventure travel – you can combine travel, art, adventure and huge amounts of inspiration and fun on a wide choice of Art Safari painting holidays.   Pack your paints and brushes and travel with your art.

Sketch and paint in 2017 – take the opportunity to join us on an exciting holiday or sketching workshop.

Organising and tutoring painting holidays and art tours since 1999, we’ve organised more than 180 exciting tours worldwide.  Our holidays are for artists of all standards.

Each year we offer new painting tours for you to choose from, often including our favourite places in India, Cambodia, Madagascar, Namibia, Swaziland, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Morocco, Turkey and Italy.  


New tours include Papua New Guinea, Spain, France, Slovenia, Japan and Bhutan, Galapagos, Sicily, Scotland, Lundy Island, New York and Sri Lanka.zebra stripes MA Bartlett Art Safari

En plein air (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃ plɛn ɛːʁ]), or plein air painting, is a phrase borrowed from the French equivalent meaning “open (in full) air”. It is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, also called French: peinture sur le motif (“painting of the object(s) or what the eye actually sees”), where a painter reproduces the actual visual conditions seen at the time of the painting. This method contrasts with studio painting or academic rules; those might create a predetermined look. 

Paint with us abroad this year – we have sought out some fabulous painting spots for you, in Europe, Africa, Asia and America.

Delve into our website to see the new tours!

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Join us around the UK and in Suffolk this year at our HQ in the Harbourmaster’s Office in Woodbridge for photography, for sketching birds, painting castles and working up paintings from your holiday sketchbooks.


Watch Art Safari on the international news!

Our Dazzle of Zebras Art Safari was filmed painting in Namibia – have a look at how close we were to those cheetahs!  Email us to ask for availability for Namibia in February 2018.

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Art Safari – unique wildlife, wilderness & city painting holidays

Art Safari is for all those inspired to paint by travel.  Your travel sketchbooks become visual diaries, full of the wonders of the world. 

Our tutors Mary-Anne Bartlett, James Willis, John Threlfall, Jackie Garner, Julia Cassels, Mark Boyd, Darren Rees, Claudia Myatt, Tony Hogan and Karen Pearson will help you take in detail, observe, learn and collect memories in your sketches and paintings.  Whether you are a beginner or you are already an experienced artist, Art Safari’s professional team of tutors and guides will encourage you to sit, look, sketch, observe, soak up the atmosphere and produce many sketches and paintings of your new environment. 

Art Safari’s holidays are for creative explorers: artists, writers, photographers and non-painters.  Whether travelling on your own or not, you are welcomed into a like-minded group.  Be assured of inspiration, good food, comfort and style.  Photographers and non-painting partners will experience new ways of seeing as well as enjoying all the benefits of relaxed wildlife viewing and personal safari guiding – brilliant for photography, bird watching and learning more about nature.

Ferry Quay Art Safari Studio

The Art Safari headquarters is The Harbourmaster’s Office on Ferry Quay in Woodbridge, Suffolk, where we have a light airy studio space for art classes, workshops in a variety of different mediums and exhibitions. Our calendar of Art Safari Studio events is constantly evolving with guest tutors , artists in residence and guest lecturers. Call us for more information on 01394 382235 

Start dreaming now!  

Tell us when you can travel, where you would like to go most, what you want to see and who might enjoy it with you.  We’re planning new destinations all the time, so feel free to ask about what’s coming up – or even to suggest new routes!   Then email  or ring us on +44 1394 382235 to tell us!  We’ll reserve your place and we’ll help to book your flights.

Art Safari also operates a separate tour company Close Encounters Africa for private tailor-made holidays:  our team of specialists will introduce you to experts in nature worldwide as well as organise dreamy tours, honeymoons and specialist travel.

 Art Safari is ATOL registered No.9916 for your financial protection    

Many of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: