Art Safari runs exciting painting holidays and art courses for artists. These life-changing experiences into nature, architecture and landscape are led by inspiring artist tutors.

Holidays & Workshops

Adventure is never far away

Join Art Safari painting holidays and workshops to tumble further into your own artistic journey.  We’ll introduce you to wildlife, landscape, architecture, people and culture, via zoom or for real.

It’s a beautiful world – come with us and enjoy it with us.

Are you inspired to paint?  Write?  Make art?  Take the best photos?  Have an adventure?  Reconnect with nature and with yourself?  Pick up your paints and brushes and join a creative journey!!

Our tutors and guides are waiting to welcome you.  Make travel sketchbooks and visual diaries, full of the wonders of the world.

Our virtual art courses range from free events, to one day, two day and whole immersive virtual holidays, as recommended in The Guardian. Art Safari has been listed as No.3 Best Slow Travel Holidays in Britain in The Times and featured in-depth in The Telegraph.

We’re here to take stress out of making arrangements, including flights.  We started in 1999. Art Safari is a registered tour operator offering plein air painting holidays to destinations worldwide, ATOL 9916, (offering financial protection for your tour).

This is adventure travel – whether real or virtual! – you will combine travel, art, adventure and huge amounts of inspiration and fun on a wide choice of Art Safari painting holidays.

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Art Safari In Africa

Travel Artist and Art Safari director Mary-Anne Bartlett reflects on leading Art Safari tours in Africa – where Art Safari started.

Features exclusive wildlife footage shot during Art Safari tours with original drawings and paintings by the artist.

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"Each of my three Art Safari trips have been absolutely wonderful! I love learning about the different cultures, seeing and sketching/ painting new subjects, and sharing the experience with other artists. I feel welcomed and ‘taken care of’ while having fun!"
Bernie from Canada

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We also have the Art Safari Members Page where we all share our sketches and paintings – it’s a great place to get feedback on your work and to show others.

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Non-Painters Welcome

We are always happy to welcome non-painting friends or partners!  There are plenty of activities for non-painters to choose from while the group is painting.  Many of our trips work well for those with an interest in nature as non-painters benefit from the attention of the safari guide for in depth animal or bird watching while the group is sketching…


Start dreaming now...

Read through all the Art Holidays and UK Workshops and imagine yourself being there.

We can reserve your place.  We’ll send you log-ins for virtual trips or we’ll help to book your flights.  Tell us about yourself, when you’re available to paint, 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 use the form below to ask about what’s coming up!  Alternatively you can call us on +44 (0)1394 382235 to tell us!

Alongside Art Safari we also organise private tailor-made holidays – ask us about nature worldwide as well as dreamy tours, honeymoons and specialist travel.

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    Art Safari Fine Art Editions

    Thank you to New Anglia Business Growth Programme and the European Regional Development Fund!

    We are setting up Art Safari Fine Art Editions so that we can print your paintings to high quality for your exhibitions and gifts, a move prompted by diversification needed to keep us going during Covid-19.  With a new A1 giclee printer and A3 scanner we’re ready to print editions. Please email about it.  Mary-Anne’s early career and MA was in Fine Art Printmaking, so Art Safari Editions is a natural step.

    Our new booking system and this website are also thanks to the same fund – internationalizing our website, making our lives easier and making the information we send out to you smarter.


    Tourism supports local economies.  We know that art and travel can make a big difference to communities and to conservation.


    Lilongwe Wildlife Trust

    We encourage you to offset your carbon footprint when you travel.

    Root to Fruit

    Forests without Frontiers

    Thank you Coasts and Heaths AONB

    Suffolk SketchFest

    Suffolk SketchFest is an annual outdoor sketching event held in Woodbridge.  SketchFest brings together artists to sketch along the river with art workshops and demos to celebrate the unique area of natural beauty that borders Woodbridge.  Water, mud, boats, people, dogs, birds, meadows, flowers, buildings and the ever-changing tides make this event so varied and so exciting.  This event has been part-funded by the Coast & Heaths AONB Sustainable Development Fund.