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Paint in Istanbul with Peter Brown

26th April - 6th May 2019

The Artist Magazine  magazine painting holidayIstanbul is intoxicating. The early dawn light heralds the magic of East meeting West as the mist lingers over the Bosphorus. The defined lines of minarets and beautiful colours of domed mosques glow by day and then as the sun sets and dusk approaches this spectacular silhouette softens. Istanbul is a busy sea trading route and the daily armada of ships waiting in the Sea of Marmara to enter the Bosphorus and continue on their journey to the Black Sea, is another spectacular site.

  • An oil painting holiday for 8 – 12 intermediate and experienced students
  • 9 full days painting in the Sultanahmet area of Istanbul
  • Early morning cruise on the Bosphorus to paint the dawn light over the city
  • Boutique hotel accommodation with roof terrace overlooking the Blue Mosque
  • Fully inclusive price except for lunches


Paint in Istanbul with Peter Brown

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The appeal for artists lies in the glorious light, the shimmering Sea of Marmara and the architectural splendours in Sultanahmet area with the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya, the Mosque of Süleyman the Magnificent and the Topkapi Palace.  The Sultanahmet area is steeped in history and you can follow in the footsteps of the Byzantine emperors and Ottoman sultans and wander in the cobbled streets of the Jewish, Greek and Armenian neighbourhoods and the labyrinthine in the Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Market.










Traditional ways of life prevail in the Sultanahmet area, with waiters carrying trays of çay (tea) to people sitting in alleyways, street vendors sell corn and bread from colourful wagons, worshippers hurry down the lanes as the muezzin call beckons them to prayers and hamans (Turkish baths) and waterpipe cafés are still very much a part of everyday life. The spice shops, street cafés, kebab houses, carpet shops and bright blue and red trams add splashes of colour to this constant hive of street activity.

Istanbul street scenes



Your accommodation is in the vicinity of the Blue Mosque in the heart of Sultanahmet and so all the key sites are within walking distance. The hotel is two former houses beautifully renovated. It exudes a calm ambience and relaxed atmosphere. There are just 24 ensuite bedrooms, a small sitting room and breakfast area and a roof terrace with a fabulously close up view of the Blue Mosque.  Dinners are included and will be taken in nearby restaurants.

Views from the hotel’s roof terrace & inside the hotel






Peter Brown Hon PNEAC, ROI, RBA, PS, RP,  is the newly elected Hon President of the NEAC and is fast becoming recognised as one of the UK’s leading figurative painters. Popularly known as “Pete the Street” from his practice of working on location in all weathers, he has developed a vigorous en plein air style, and happily interacts with passers-by and fellow students while at work. He is best known for his detailed and atmospheric depictions of street scenes in cities in the UK, and abroad. Peter has hosted previous painting holidays to Florence, Arles, Havana and Vietnam. Istanbul will be a new and perfect place for him to paint.



Painting with ‘Pete the Street‘ – Watch Pete painting in Arles.

This is a free-style painting holiday and you may choose to work alongside Peter or on your own. Peter will be working in oil but all mediums are welcome. He will encourage you to paint from dawn to dusk and to learn by example. Peter is very happy to provide individual guidance when needed, but there will be no group tuition, demonstrations or critiques. Peter is an enthusiastic and inspirational host artist, who is keen to share his knowledge with you and is great fun to travel with. A travel escort from the UK will be looking after you and will take care of all the arrangements including organizing restaurants each evening.


Peter Brown has a solo exhibition at Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford  16 – 29 September 2018

He is also an exhibiting artist in the British Plein Air Painters’ exhibition, The Menier Galley, Southwark Street, London 16 – 20 October 2018

Paintings by Peter Brown














8 – 12 intermediate and experienced students

Price per person in a twin:                                                                                   £4,795.00

Single room supplement:                                                                                     £   400.00

Price includes: flights from London Heathrow, 10 night’s accommodation, breakfast and dinners, host artist and travel escort.

This painting holiday is offered to you by The Artist Magazine magazine.

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    Peter Brown NEAC 16 – 30 September 2018

    The Brian Sinfield Gallery

    127 The Hill


    Oxon OX18 4RE




    Paint in Istanbul with Peter Brown

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