The way to choose the best painting holiday for you

Still unsure of which holiday venue to choose, from the many around?

Whether you are looking for an art course where singles are welcome, you consider yourself to be at beginner level  and want somewhere where all the art materials are supplied free, or are a more experienced artist looking for somewhere new to attend.

Then use this check list as to what to look for in a painting holiday. As written by Amanda Cooper for the  Leisure Painter magazine and kindly gave permission for Dalvaro Art to use it here.


How to choose a painting holiday

How to choose the best holiday for you and make the most of your time away.

To get the best painting holiday for you.....


1: The best websites can be deceptive, it is sometimes a case of what is left out, rather than "what is included".  See 1A below

2: The best recommendation is word of mouth.

3: Google the tutor and the venue organiser. see 2A below 

4: Contact the tutor and the venue directly.

5: Ask about the itinerary and how often you go out on location, everyday can be too tiring for some people, three times a week may not be considered enough by some. see 3A below

6: Ask if easels, stools or chairs are included in the price or are they extra. see 4A below

7: If materials are offered, enquire as to exactly which ones. Are cleaning materials included. see 5A below

8: Check the small print to see if ALL meals and drinks are included. see Meals and Drinks

9: Check that airport transfers are included or do you have to find your own way to some isolated location on your own. 
If pickups are at specific times it really is up to to make sure that your flight arrives at an appropriate time. see 6A below

10: If you are sharing make sure that the twin room is a large twin room. 
Also state that a double is or is not suitable. see 7A below

11:And finally, if you are in doubt about anything ASK, you will probably not be asking anything that has not been asked before .

We believe that this is all good sound advice, thank you Amanda, and we thoroughly recommend that these are the most important tips to check out.

You will want to get the most out of your holiday that you can, as much as we want you to choose the right tutor, the right location and the right time of year.

Remember it is your holiday, your money and your decision.

If you are happy, we are happy.


Comments about the above suggested questions to ask.

 1A:---  At Dalvaro we try to include as information as possible, but space is limited and we are always open to suggestions to improve the information on our web sites.

2A:--- All of our tutors are more than willing to explain directly to you, their courses and specifically as to the care and accommodation you can expect to receive at Dalvaro Art.

3A:--- The itinerary for our courses varies according to the course level, the tutors system for giving instruction and the requirements of each group. Approximately we divide each holiday into one of three main levels. On the beginners course we would go out 2/3 times per week, intermediates can expect 3/4 times and the advanced groups would be all day every day.

4A:--- We supply all the basic necessary equipment within the price of the inclusive holiday.   See equipment supplied. 

5A:--- At Dalvaro Art we discuss with each tutor individually, as to their requirements and provide you with the materials they require for their course. See materials.

6A:--- All our holidays have a pm pick up time from the airport. To allow for different flight arrivals we pick up at the most suitable time for the majority of arrivals. This may mean a limited wait at the airport for the next arrival.

7A:---At Las Orquideas our twin bedded, en suite rooms are between 16 and 24 square metres. We use the smaller of our rooms as a double room. These are used mostly for single occupancy but some couples prefer a double bed. Please remember that sharing is entirely optional.

Read about Carolyn Rondthaler's, of The Plum Gallery, visit to us in September 2017.

Carolyn's travel log.


For a complete list of just what is include in your holiday package please go to;   Included in your holiday


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