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A unique concept in adventure travel, you can combine travel, art, adventure and huge amounts of inspiration and fun with Art Safari.  Art Safari leads plein air painting holidays to destinations worldwide.  We have set departures that you can join us to paint and sketch in Africa, Asia, Europe as well as Antarctica and the Arctic. 

With more than 12 years experience in leading art tours to adventure destinations, we’ve organised more than 100 tours worldwide 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 Spain, Japan and Bhutan, with new itineraries in Galapagos, Sicily, Scotland, Jersey, New York and a new tour to the desert cities of Jodhpur, Nagaur and Jaisalmer.

NEW – We have just launched a brand new series of art workshops here at our HQ in the UK at the Art Safari Studio.

Join Art Safari in unique wildlife, wilderness or 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 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.

Art Safari Studio

The Art Safari hFerry Quayeadquarters 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 

Art Safari Tours – 2015 booking now

Malawi               Rivers, lakes & mountains                       4 – 16 Sept 2015  MAB
Zambia              Large Grey and unmistakable 18  – 29 Sept 2015        MAB
Sicily    Sicilian Grand Tour (East) 11 – 18 October 2015            JW
Morocco Blue boats, golden ramparts  7 – 14 Nov 2015 KP
India, Rajasthan Royal Rajasthan Desert Cities 28 Dec 2015 – 9 Jan 2016 JW


We are proud to have as our Art Safari Tutors:    Mary-Anne Bartlett (MAB)  Karen Pearson (KP)  James Willis (JW)  John Threlfall (JT)  Jackie Garner (JG) Julia Cassells (JC) Mark Boyd (MB) 

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.

Please ring 01394 382235 or email for your booking form.“I set up Art Safari so that artists could paint together in wonderful places, with experts leading groups and giving heaps of enthusiasm and knowledge.  We’d be delighted if you’d join us on one of our expeditions.  We look forward to hearing from you.”  Mary-Anne Bartlett, Art Safari founder

Meet our team and read about our Art Tuition


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