Art Safari


Join an Art Safari painting holiday or art workshop to paint and sketch wildlife, landscape, people and places worldwide. Art Safari is a travel company offering plein air painting holidays to destinations worldwide.  It’s extreme watercolour, pencil, oil and pastel, it’s exciting field-sketching, and it’s great fun.

Join James Willis in Italy this Easter!

Travel to Shangri La with Mary-Anne Bartlett in China this June!

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. Travel with our 16 Art Safari tutors to explore the world with your art.

Read Art Safari tutor Julia Cassel’s article in the The Leisure Painter

Paint with us around the world 

We have sought out some fabulous painting spots for you, in Europe, Africa, Asia and America.

Organising and tutoring painting holidays and art tours since 1999, we’ve organised more than 200 exciting painting holiday 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, as well as European destinations: Italy, Scilly Isles.  New tours include China, New Zealand, Chile, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Japan and Bhutan, Galapagos, Scotland, New York and Sri Lanka.

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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!  

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

Our tutors Mary-Anne Bartlett, James Willis, John Threlfall, Jackie Garner, Julia Cassels, Sian DudleyMark Boyd, Maxine Relton, Shelly Perkins, Darren Rees, Claudia Myatt, Roger Dellar, Vincent DesplancheKaren Pearson, and Vicki Norman 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 – 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. 

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.

As featured in The TelegraphGuardian, Sunday Times, Wanderlust, Travel Africa, Africa Geographic, Artist & Illustrator, The Artist, Leisure Painter and on international news around the world via Associated Press.

Watch an interview with founder Mary-Anne Bartlett here about Art Safari in Africa.

Art Safari Studio

Ferry QuayThe 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.

ATOL logo 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 willnot 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:


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