Virtual and in-person painting holidays and courses
We have made some changes to the way we work. We are still planning and taking bookings for real holidays, and we’re offering virtual workshops and holidays as an exciting way of painting from home. Virtual courses are amazingly satisfying and make a great way of being with people around the world.
Join Art Safari painting holidays and workshops to learn, paint and sketch – and to tumble further into your own artistic journey. Whether you join us virtually via Zoom or for real, we’ll introduce you to wildlife, landscape, architecture, people and culture. We will show you new places, new wonders, and new ways of seeing.
Are you inspired to paint? Make art? Take 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. You will have time to 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. Listed as No.3 Best Slow Travel Holidays in Britain in The Times.
Art Safari’s team is here to look after your travel needs and take the stress out of making arrangements – even during times of Covid-19. Art Safari is a registered tour operator offering plein air painting holidays to destinations worldwide, ATOL 9916, (offering financial protection for your tour, including rescheduled tours).
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.
Zoom off to Barbados!
Learn to paint spotty cats…
UK arty breaks in Bath, Cornwall, Northumberland, Orkney, Cambridge…
Creative journeys in Namibia, Zambia, Malawi…
Explore the Galapagos with a sketchbook…
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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…
Read through all the Art Holidays and UK Workshops and imagine yourself being there.
Which one has caught your eye? 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 operate a separate tour company called Close Encounters Travel 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.
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
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 project has been part-funded by the Coast & Heaths AONB Sustainable Development Fund in 2020 and 2021.