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Paint on Isola di Ponza with Richard Pikesley PNEAC RWS

9th - 19th September 2018
  • A ‘free-style’ painting holiday ideal for intermediate and advanced students working in mixed media
  • Discover volcanic Isola di Ponza in the Gulf of Gaeta south of Rome – one of Italy’s best kept secrets
  • Nine full days painting alongside Richard Pikesley
  • Paint the rugged white and blue-grey cliffs, beaches, fishing boats and the cubic and gaily painted houses that surround the harbour of Ponza

Paint on Isola di Ponza with Richard Pikesley PNEAC RWS

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Isola di Ponza is known to discerning Italians who wish to avoid the bling and expense of staying on Ischia and Capri.  Ponza has very few hotels and is a longer ferry ride away from Rome and Naples, so attracts fewer visitors, which makes it very appealing for artists.




Isola di Ponza is one of Italy’s best kept secrets. It is a small unpretentious island with a population of 3,300. A simple and quiet way of life is maintained with most people keeping a few chickens, rabbits and goats. Apart from a small amount of tourism, fishing, boat building and boat repairs are the main activities.



The island is formed of a caldera rim of an extinct volcano. It has a rocky coastline and is surrounded by crystal clear waters. Ponza has a surprisingly rich history and there are many archeological ruins. Its isolation destined it to be used as a penal colony in the past and today it is a popular film set location


There is plenty to paint here and the subject matter is perfect for Richard Pikesley who is known  for painting seascapes and beach scenes. There are the white and blue-grey cliffs, sea stacks, grottos and secluded bays, the busy little harbour with its pastel coloured houses and fishing boats and the Giardino Botanica Ponziano, which has a villa and the remains of a castle.


Your hotel is conveniently located for painting the main square and harbour area of the town of Ponza and the beach at Chiaia di Luna. There is only one road that runs the length of the island and two other villages, which are served by the local bus. 


Richard Pikesley RWS PNEAC is a leading figurative painter who incorporates abstract elements in his work. He is the current President of the New English Art Club and regular exhibits in the top galleries in London. This is a wonderful opportunity to work alongside him in a little known location at a time of year when it is still pleasantly warm, the light is good and the summer visitors have departed.

Whilst this painting holiday will not have a structured ‘teaching’ format Richard Pikesley is a very engaging and approachable guest artist who will give you much encouragement and guidance. ‘I find it hard to resist teaching and will offer whatever is appropriate including demonstrations, talks and guidance. I am a great believer in painters learning by watching each other work, so I am very happy to paint with an audience and to talk about it.  I expect to take sketchbooks, watercolours and oils and my focus will be on oils but students can work in any medium.’ Richard. 


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Price per person :                 £3,295.00

Single supplement:               £  450.00

Number of students :             10 – 12

Includes flights, ferry, hotel accommodation, meals (except lunches), travel escort and guest artist.

This holiday is operated on behalf of The Artist magazine, which has been offering overseas painting holidays since 1990 with renowned tutors.


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