Oil Painting and great food retreat!

Oil Painting Retreat

25th September  – 1st October

The tutor for this week is Martijn Valkenberg, a successful painter on the Island who also happens to be a gifted teacher. 

He mostly works to commission.  The subject of the event is still life painting which is a technique in itself but students

also learn a lot about composition and how ‘to sculpt’ in paint, and past students felt very lifted by their achievements

at the end of the week.

The event takes place in a house in the middle of a pine forest with lots of birds and lizards to keep you company.  There

will be some sharing (maximum 2 to a room).  There is a lovely swimming pool in the courtyard and a dedicated studio.

About the hosts:

Martijn Valkenberg has been painting still lifes for the past 20 years and makes his living working on commission.  He has

been the tutor of Jennie Buckle who co-hosts the retreat for the last year and she was so impressed with his ability to

communicate instruction that she decided to start these art weeks so that others could benefit. Jennie completed a Fine Art

degree at Winchester Art School and will also be supporting Martijn with his students.  Greg Arter, her brother, is the

main chef.  All I can say is that we are very lucky to have him to prepare excellent healthy food and magical settings for us.

The event will suit all levels and anyone wanting to learn or improve their oil painting skills while enjoying a special

break in beautiful surroundings.


€710 residential €350 non residential

Retreat includes:

• All materials
• All meals
• Wine with evening meals
• Accommodation, some sharing
• Some outings to well known sites or venues
• Transfers to and from airport

A few outings will also take place in the evenings after dinner.

Optional extras:

• Visits to a spa
• Visits to a beach

There is also the option of taking part as a non-resident which would then include lunch

Wellness benefits:

• Creativity is one of the most beneficial activities for wellbeing.
• It raises one’s spirit and keeps you feeling alive and youthful.
• Everyone is capable of lifting their creative abilities.