Please note; some excursions  are optional and are charged separately.

Drawing and Painting – This course is a mixed ability group for beginners and for those more experienced, who wish to brush up their skills, You will cover colour, composition, perspective and drawing and painting in all media. Our aim is to boost your confidence and skill sets, but above all we want you to enjoy yourselves.


  • Continental breakfast is served at 8.15 until 9.15 either in the garden or the dining room according to the weather.
  • After breakfast there will be a short talk and demonstrations regarding the topic of the day and what we hope to be gained from the day’s work.
  • The morning will continue with working on sketches, drawings or paintings during which the tutors will come to discuss individual progress.
  • After lunch students continue the mornings activities or personal projects, relax or go on one of the trips provided.

Sketchbooks and cameras are advised on every occasion.

There will be 6 days tutoring during the week.

Please bear in mind that this is a ‘family’ style holiday should anyone want extra teas, coffees etc. they are more than welcome to pop into the kitchen and help themselves.

After your arrival, you will be given a chance to freshen up and get your bearings, we will give you your materials and show you your work station, giving a brief description, to those who wish, of the tools of the trade; brushes, mediums etc. after which a welcome drink and dinner will be provided which give you the opportunity to settle in with your fellow guests and hosts.

During our cocktail hour (!) Sandra and I will go through the following days’ programme and answer any questions.

At this time we will chat with individual guests and discover their aspirations for the course.

B L D Demonstration on Colour mixing Washes and canvas preparation. 10.30 – A short walk around the village with your tutors to find a good vantage point for the first work.

Once the subject is decided upon, sketches will be made prior to embarking on water colours, oils or medium of choice.

13.30 Lunch.

Free afternoon or continue with your landscapes.

If anybody is particularly interested in flowers, rather than landscapes, Sandra could give some useful tuition in our garden.

19.00 Cocktails on the terrace

20.00 Dinner.

Optional excursion to Hamam or Turkish Bath. This is our local bath, which is traditional marble clad rooms and very relaxing steam rooms and scrub/massage. You emerge after a few hours feeling and looking terrific! Recommended to all.

Bring a swimsuit.

10.00 Continue with your painting from the day before.

The local market is on during the morning, so you may like to take in some of the atmosphere for your paintings.

13.30 Lunch.

Afternoon. Continue with your work, or free afternoon and evening.

Discuss over drinks what we will encounter at Iassos, regarding perspective, either by colour or by 2 point perspective.

19.00 Cocktails on the terrace

20.00 Dinner.

Optional excursion: Bodrum Castle. This is well worth the visit the castle was originally built by the Knights of St. John in the mid 1400s. It holds one of the finest marine archaeology museums in the world.

We supply water colour pencils as well as other dry media, you can of course take one of our traveling water colour palettes too, or medium of your choice. B D

Early breakfast.

9.00 Trip to the Ancient harbour city of Iassos.

This will be a full day trip, we will have lunch at the delightful harbour restaurant.

The atmosphere and views are outstanding. We do not expect a full piece of work from this trip, but a series of sketches from which to work or have as a momento would be wonderful to see.

Those of us that prefer to just soak up the atmosphere with a beer are also very welcome so to do! Early evening return.

20.00 Dinner.

9.15 a.m. A dolmus visit to the renowned Yalikavak bazaar and market, where you can browse, find souvenirs, delicious foods and if you wish make sketches of local life.

13.00 Lunch. After lunch there will be a set up for still life, or you can have the afternoon off, sit by the pool or go for a nosey of your own around the area.

19.00 Cocktails on the terrace

20.00 Dinner. Optional excursion: Kudur a narrow peninsula, now a nature reserve, to visit the ancient rock tombs and the beaches and/or Sandima the deserted village. Both of these places are within fifteen minutes drive.

9.30. Discussion on the many ways to show water and reflections ref still and wavy water. An opportunity to try some of the methods described.

13.30 Lunch.

After lunch there will be a Life drawing class for those who wish. It is intended that we can then place figures or animals into our landscape painting if desired.

19.00 Dinner in Yalikavak on the water’s edge. You can choose your own restaurant or we can make arrangements for you.

A light breakfast as we will be having brunch later!

During breakfast there will be A short art history talk about Islamic art and how patterns and geometry are linked to God and everyday life, with particular reference to carpet and ceramics.

Time to finish your paintings and drawings.

12.00 Traditional Turkish breakfast served at Hava Hanim’s Turkey-wide famous Khavalti Yeri. An experience not to be missed!

14.00 Short appraisal session. There will be a discussion and feedback from the group and tutors on problems and achievements made during the week.

4.30 Visit to the ancient carpet village of Comlekci. This is an opportunity to see real traditional Turkish village life, which does not appear to have changed in hundreds of years. You may even get a chance to weave a little of your own carpet! Dinner at Carpet village.

Bring cameras.

9.00 BREAKFAST Airport transfers start in the morning.

Some people may be staying on, in which case they can relax by the pool or go into Yalikavak, Their time is their own.


NOTHING is compulsory; the object is enjoyment for all.

If you wish to miss a session and relax that is perfectly okay.

In the unlikely event the weather be inclement alternative arrangements will be made for undercover working. We can arrange short visits and tours of the area if you feel so inclined.


  • B Breakfast provided
  • L Lunch provided
  • D Dinner provided

Where meals are not shown guests will be eating away from home.

Important Additional Information

*There is bus service between Gokcebel and Yalikavak and thence to Bodrum running from in front of the shop twice an hour for those who want to eat out or explore on their own. Cost is a mere 3 Lira. Taxis are easy to find and reasonably priced.

We have a stock of maps and touristy type info sheets on everything from shopping to walking in the hills, plus we are more than delighted to suggest excursions according to taste.

*Transfers to the airport are extra and are charged at around £20 per person for multiples of two people and over, £30 for single travellers.

We are sorry to charge, but there are so many different flight times, we have to use outside driver service in some circumstances.

*Optional guided excursions are also extra, ask us for cost, nothing is very expensive and we have chosen good places to go!

If you are intending to stay on for a few days we can also arrange boat trips, excursions to Ephesus and or any other place you have heard of that takes your fancy.

We want you to really get to know Turkey, so ask away. Extra days are charged out at £20 B&B or £40 full board. You can also opt in or out of lunch if you so wish.


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Please bring with you: camera and any of your personal equipment you wish to use.

We provide sketch books, easels, palettes, portable seating and boards. We also have a selection of canvas papers, watercolour pads, acrylic pads, linseed oil, thinners, mediums, budget oils, acrylics and watercolours along with brushes for all mediums should you prefer to get from us after travelling, there will be no charge for these items. We also supply overalls and carrying bags for trips out.

We have a selection of art books and magazines in the office. Broadband available.