Painting Holiday in Zambia

Painting Holiday in Zambia

Blazing a Colourful Trail

With Alison Street

24 April – 01 May 2020

South Luangwa National Park

Per person sharing from: £2,156

Join us on this residential Art Safari in one of Africa’s top National Parks where Alison Street will be running a full week of painting at Thornicroft Lodge. 

This is a wonderful opportunity to study the regal majesty of elephants and baobabs, the sleek low prowling leopard and the statuesque elegance of kudu… 

We will be visiting at a cooler time of year when the bush has been rejuvenated from recent rains and landscapes are flourishing with greens.  It’s a dramatic and beautiful season; elephants glide through the tall grasses like ships, big cats stick to the roads to avoid getting their feet wet, impala rams leap and snort to defend their territories, and pelicans, spoonbills and storks are busy fishing in the lagoons. Taking your sketchbooks, pencils and watercolours out on game drives, Alison will guide you through how to capture the essence of wildlife with fewer strokes enabling you to depict movement in a couple of minutes.  Alison loves vibrant background colours and techniques but feels the wildlife should be depicted as they are anatomically, but then who’s to say that an Elephant is not pink or that a Buffalo is not Blue!!

Some of her more unusual methods include working with everyday items like bleach, clingfilm, salt, coffee, and tea. So, watch out – your gin and tonics may be repurposed!

Whatever your level of artistic skill, the combination of art and wildlife is unbelievably exciting, challenging and great fun.  Even if you have never picked up a pencil in your life (!), it matters not, Alison really enjoys teaching beginners.

We stay at Thornicroft Lodge, which was built by Art Safari director Mary-Anne Bartlett and seven other Africa colleagues in 2008.  This is a friendly, simple and comfortable lodge that is situated just outside South Luangwa National Park on the banks of the Luangwa River.  The chalets have fabulous views over the river and there is always something happening at the water’s edge – whether it is hippos and crocodiles lazing around, or elephants coming to drink!  Wildlife can also wander freely through the lodge at any time of day, so there is always some action to be sketched and drawn somewhere in camp…

Your tutor Alison Street

Alison lives in Zambia and spends most of her spare time in either the Lower Zambezi, where her family have a small cabin on the banks of the Zambezi River or the South Luangwa National Park.  It is from here that she gathers most of the reference material and inspiration for her very colourful paintings. Trying to impart the vibrancy, colours, rhythm and atmosphere surrounding this very important part of our natural heritage is her objective. 

Alison considers herself very lucky to be able to observe the wildlife at close range and conservation is very important to her.  A percentage of her art sales are given to Conservation Lower Zambezi in support of anti-poaching.  She also supports the Elephant Orphanage Project in the Kafue National Park. Alison’s artwork is exhibited in Lusaka, New York and London, and has had several paintings selected for the David Shepherd Foundation’s ‘Wildlife Artist of the Year’.

Tour costs per person sharing, from: £2,156

Single room supplement: £304

Our prices include: All accommodation, all meals, safari guide and art safari tutor, all game activities as indicated, all transfers from your lodge to Mfuwe airport return.

Our prices exclude: Airfares from your home country and internal flights, visa fee, departure taxes, park entrance fees, art materials, drinks and personal expenses.

Joining point: Mfuwe Airport, Zambia

Book now using the form below. Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)1394 382235