Your Most Frequently Asked Questions
How early do I have to book?
Most courses fill up quickly and it is advisable to book as early as possible - especially for Sicily. Do enquire about late availability, however, as there may be some places left nearer the departure date.
Can I bring a non-painting partner?
Yes, non-painting partners are welcomed at a discount. Prices and booking arrangements are detailed in the brochures.
Do I need to have any painting experience?
No, the courses are suitable both for beginners and for accomplished painters - and all levels in between!
Do I need to bring my own equipment?
Yes. If you would like a list of things to bring, please contact Bettina.
Will I be picked up from the airport?
Yes, you will be met at the arrival's gate by Bettina or one of her colleagues (holding a sign), who will take you to the course location in time for refreshments.
How many students are typically on a course?
Typically, there are between 8 and 14 students on each course.
Is the course price fully inclusive?
Yes, only the optional excursion trips and activities and airport transfer might incur an extra cost on some courses. All painting trips, tuition, meals and accommodation are included in the course price.
I have difficulty in walking long distances. Will this be a problem?
No, typically everything is organised around the participants' needs, and trips to painting locations necessitate very little walking. Please check the brochures for detailed info about specific courses, because the locations differ and some might be less suitable for people with mobility issues. If you'd like more information about getting around please contact Bettina or contact the course organiser.,
Can you cater for my special dietary needs?
Yes, just let the course organiser know about these when you make your booking and enter your needs on the booking form.
"I did so enjoy the painting course and loved meeting new friends as well as. Thank you once again for the excellent tuition."
"In particular I really appreciated the way that everything was laid on for us, so that almost no walking was required, and you always knew the best places and best views to paint."
"I do not know any other painting tutor who puts so much into teaching with lots of patience and encouragement and such spontaneous and lively, colourful paintings to inspire us."
"Happy memories of a delightful week and so much fun!"
"I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. First Class!"
"For me it was one of the best holidays I have ever had – so different in every way!!"
"You helped me improve my painting, and after all these years I am beginning to feel more confident in developing my own style."
"I learned so much, and am so proud of some of the paintings I achieved, but really it was all to do with the encouragement you gave me Bettina!"
"The holiday was great and I feel inspired to use watercolour again."
"What a wonderful experience, so much more than a painting holiday. To have been part of such a group with friends and meeting new people all contributed to an unforgettable experience."
"My mother said she’d never learned so much before because she never had a teacher actually demonstrate. It was really wonderful to see her being so enthusiastic again. So thank you!"
"I felt that I have picked up some very useful tips. It was great to meet up with a lovely bunch of people too."
"I had such a relaxing and productive time, and the hospitality and friendliness was brilliant!"
"Thank you again for your really helpful advice, and for your great sense of humour which always makes your courses so much fun."