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"Absolutely excellent, Fiona a brilliant tutor, who helped and guided so well. Claudia was a superb model for us really professional and coping so well with the challenges of the role.  We had a marvellous time".  - Mike - Lucca May 2019

"I think I enjoyed this holiday more than any I have been on with PaintinginItaly. Lucca had so much to offer me; lots of walking on the wall, the individual shops, cafes and the unique atmosphere . Fiona’s tuition was brilliant, and some of her tips and techniques have finally sunk in!". - May 2019

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Price:  £1800.00, no single person supplement, includes airport transfers from Pisa Airport,  hotel accommodation in double room, painting tuition with model, 5 dinners with wine, tickets to "Italian Opera Evening" at the Church of San Giovanni and guided tour of Lucca with professional guide.

Options:  Upgrade to a Classic Double room £35.00 per night

Upgrade to a Superior Double room £50.00 per night

Partners not participating in the painting classes will receive a £200.00 discount.

Transport from Pisa Airport on 11th May will collect at 12.30.

Transport to Pisa airport on 18th May will drop off at 09.00

Free bike hire

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"Absolutely superb. Our tutor,Fiona Graham-Mackay, was brilliant: intelligent, warm, and empathetic. She has the gift of enabling students to give the very best of themselves, and to push their boundaries.

"Fiona was brilliant as usual, encouraging and thoughtful, very aware of our individual needs". 

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Fiona Graham-Mackay is one of "Britain's foremost portrait painters" says the Daily Telegraph. She is one of just 50 painters selected from more than 80 countries for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 BP National Portrait Gallery Summer Exhibition.

In 2016 BBC Radio 4 made a unique series of programmes with Fiona - painting a portrait of former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion.  It was called "A Portrait of ...." .   The programme was a great success and so in 2017 the BBC commission Fiona to do another series of programmes painting Juliet Stevenson, the actor; Danny De Niese, the opera singer; and Ed Watson, principal ballet dancer for the Royal Ballet. 


We have rented a large studio space in Hotel Celide for this art vacation which will act as our Studio for the week.  On this Portrait Workshop lessons will take place every morning followed by lunch.  There will be a fully clothed model to paint every morning.  The studio is open to continue painting in the afternoon if guests wish or they can explore the beautiful town of Lucca.  Florence can be reached very easily from Lucca.  

We will be picking guests up from Pisa Airport.