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Paint with ‘Our Man in Havana’ – Peter Brown NEAC ROI

19th February - 2nd March 2018

A fabulous opportunity to work alongside 'Pete The Street' – a highly respected figurative painter, in one of the most colourful and atmospheric cities in the world, before it loses its time-warped appeal


  • ‘Work alongside’ oil painting holiday ideal for advanced students and experienced painters 
  • Direct flights to Havana on Virgin Atlantic
  • Nine full days painting from dawn to dusk in Havana alongside Peter Brown
  • Capture Havana’s the endless layers of colour and culture
  • Stay in a 4 star hotel on the outskirts of Vieja – the old town
  • Be transported back to the days of Hemmingway and Graham Greene
  • Suitable for experienced & intermediate oil painters (other mediums welcome)
  • Number of students 8 – 12 students
  • Benefit from the services of a travel escort as well as the guest artist



Paint with 'Our Man in Havana' - Peter Brown NEAC ROI

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Havana’s appeal lies in its endless layers of colour and culture, it’s wonderfully diverse and dynamic street scenes, and the faded grandeur of its lavish Baroque architecture. Cuba’s time-warped allure, colourful African roots and relaxed Latin American atmosphere fuelled with rum, salsa and cigars that so inspired Hemmingway and Greene have not diminished. Added to this there is the fascination with the great revolutionaries; Che Guevara and Castro.  Old Havana is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and much of it remains intact and unadulterated by modern skyscrapers or gentrification, especially away from the main sites. There is something to inspire all painters – crumbling stone facades, peeling paint, rusting filigree work and washing draped over balconies, the old port and fortresses, statues, Plaza de la Revolucion with its evocative mural of Che Guevara, Plaza de Armas with its glorious baroque architecture, as well as everyday street scenes with horse-drawn carts, pastel-coloured vintage cars, old men sitting in doorways smoking cigars and woman wearing multi-coloured dresses.






An historical hotel (1908) located on the outskirts of Old Havana. The Sevilla is a ‘grand dame’ – a mix of extravagant grandeur and former state austerity. It featured in Graham Greene‘s novel Our Man in Havana as the location where the protagonist joins the British secret service. Whilst the Sevilla is a large property with 178 rooms on 9 floors, its proximity to Vieja (old town), its street-level pool surrounded by palms and its roof top restaurant offering fabulous views across the city, makes it ideal.


Guest artist

Peter Brown is a member of the NEAC and in 2006 became the first Artist in Residence at the Savoy Hotel, London.   In 2008 he won the Prince of Wales Award for Portrait Drawing. 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, Europe and India. Publications include My Indian Travels and Brown’s Bath and Oil Sketches, APV DVD.





Painting programme and general organisation

It has long been an ambition of Peter’s to paint in Old Havana before it changes forever. This painting holiday is ideal for experienced and intermediate students who aspire to achieving a very exciting and different portfolio of work. Students who travelled to Arles, Florence and Vietnam with Peter had a wonderful adventure capturing every corner of these towns, producing lots of work and learning much from him, so you can expect the same on this holiday. Peter is a humorous, enthusiastic and inspirational guest artist.

Peter will be working in oil but all mediums are welcome. He will encourage you to learn by example and provide guidance when needed. Tuition, demonstrations and critiques will not be provided. Peter starts each day early to capture the best light and works until the sunsets and may even do some twilight and night painting. On a typical day Peter is up and out painting by 0530 hours. He returns to the hotel for breakfast and to reconvene with everyone before heading out again until another meet up at around 1600 hours, to tell everyone where he’ll be working next. This enables you to choose to work alongside him or if you prefer to paint independently or with other students in the party. Everyone meets for dinner, which is an ideal time to get know you Peter. A travel escort from the UK will be looking after you and will take care of all the arrangements, enabling all students and Peter to focus on painting.

Works by Peter Brown







What past students say about Peter Brown

  • Painting with Pete is inspirational.
  • His easy going, fun and unassuming manner brought gentle guidance and an atmosphere where questions and thoughts were welcomed
  • He is great fun to be around and we had a lot of laughs over dinner every evening.
  • He is accessible and a pleasure to work with.
  • The end of trip “show” demonstrated the sheer quality and amazing output achieved by us all.

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


Price per person in a twin:                                                                      £4,795.00

Single room supplement:                                                                        £   700.00

Fully inclusive price except for lunches.

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