Our Painting Holiday Tutors

All of our painting holiday tutors are experienced and inspiring artists who will ensure your perfect Italian painting experience. To get to know each of our painting tutors and to see what to expect from an Italian painting week, find out more about them below!

Hugh Tuckerman

Hugh is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art where he studied Drawing and Painting. He has 30+ years of teaching experience in various secondary schools in Scotland’s central belt, teaching art and design to both school pupils and to adults. He is now a full time artist working in a range of media; watercolour, acrylic and oil painting plus printmaking and photography. He exhibits nationally with work in a number of private collections.

hugh tuckerman with jenny eclair
I will guide you through the week, offering advice and tuition in order to improve your technique, understanding and increase your passion for painting. I concentrate on adapting my teaching to the abilities and experience of each individual. I believe it is important guests enjoy their holiday while developing their painting skills. One of my mantras is "it is only a piece of paper”.

Michael Gahagan

Michael Gahagan is an accomplished artist and professional business and life coach who delivers painting and drawing tuition in an engaging, relaxing, fun and supportive style to people of all artistic abilities. His animal illustrations have also appeared in numerous articles and books. Artistic subject matter includes landscapes, seascapes, still life and wildlife.

Michael Gahagan on a painting holiday in sicily
I passionately believe that we can all draw! As an artist and professionally qualified coach my aim is to combine my artistic and coaching skills to help participants enjoy art and develop at a pace that suits their own level of skills and experience in a supportive environment with like-minded individuals. The format of the each course is informal and supportive and is designed to improve confidence, build artistic skills and encourage each participant’s individual artistic development.

Catherine Sargeant

Catherine Sargeant is a visual artist based in Edinburgh. Graduating from Edinburgh College of Art during its Centenary year she became the first recipient of WASPS new graduate award. Along with her art practice, Catherine teaches various art adult classes encompassing all painting mediums.  Catherine is frequently drawn back to Italy, finding the culture, history, beauty and rhythm of the landscape a constant source of inspiration. She is a professional member of the Society of Scottish Artists.

Catherine Sargeant artist
Teaching in Italy is so exciting with many inspirational opportunities. I love enabling people to look and see before translating into paintings: the rhythms of the landscape; the textures of the stone buildings; the colours of the delicious foods, wines and more. During the lessons I demonstrate ways to use watercolour paints freely and how to incorporate mixed media, encouraging loose vibrant paintings. I give individual tuition throughout the week, so both beginners and experienced artists can expand their painting skills. We end the week with a group exhibition (entirely voluntary).

Ian Hamilton

Ian is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art in Drawing and Painting. With over 30 years experience both as Head of Art and Design, Further Education lecturer and Senior External Verifier for the Scottish Qualifications Authority; he has tutored both residential and evening classes in Drawing and Painting. Ian is enthusiastic about enabling students to gain more confidence in their abilities and allowing them the freedom to develop their own style of creativity. With a particular interest in landscape he enjoys working in a variety of media, oils, acrylic and watercolour. Exhibiting with the Aberdeen Artists Society and various galleries he has work in private collections both in Britain and abroad.

Painting teacher Ian Hamilton in front of a landscape painting.
I firmly believe that everyone has some degree of artistic and creative ability and that developing these skills in Drawing and Painting should be tailored to the individual’s requirements in an enjoyable but structured way. The holiday should provide the opportunity to develop the participant’s own style, increase their understanding of observational drawing and media handling through personal tuition, whilst relaxing in the company of fellow enthusiasts no matter what level of ability.

Catriona Taylor

Catriona graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2005 as a mature student. She has had several solo exhibitions, including: The Park Gallery, Falkirk, Amber Arts, Edinburgh; Stanza Poetry Festival in St Andrews; Tweeddale Museum Peebles; and has been part of a number of group exhibitions including: Cameron Contemporary Art in Brighton, the London and Bristol Affordable Art Fairs. She has had work selected for the RSA annual exhibition; SSA and VAS at the RSA on a number of occasions. She has completed a number of Artist’s Residencies including the National Library of Scotland funded by an Arts and Business Award. And the Scottish Centre of Diaspora Studies at Edinburgh University, funded by a Leverhulme Artist in Residence Award. 2012-2014. The work from her residency was shown at the National Museum of Scotland and the Scottish Parliament. She taught on the Adult Education programme in Edinburgh for four years and is now Arts Group Facilitator at Castle Craig Hospital for Addictions.

I very much enjoy teaching painting and my belief is that people learn and flourish through encouragement rather than criticism. I always try to find the good thing in a painting and build on that. I try to support people to develop and flourish, and I enjoy it when someone has a break through. It’s also important to remember that it is a holiday in a beautiful place, so there should be a good balance between building up your painting technique and having a great time away with a group of like-minded people!