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!

Douglas Matthews

Douglas is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art (Drawing & Painting) and has been teaching art to adults and secondary school pupils both in the UK and the Middle East since he graduated. He has had six one man exhibitions and his work is included in a number of international private collections. For 16 years he was the water colour tutor at the Holyrood Art Club in Edinburgh and has run private painting groups at his home since his return to Scotland in 2000. Douglas continues to paint both in water and oil based mediums and includes mixed media in the landscapes and seascapes that will be the basis of his next exhibition.

Douglas’ next available holiday dates are:

  • Painting in Andalusia 24 April – 01 May 2022
  • Painting in Tuscany 14 – 21 May 2022
  • Panting in Tuscany 11 – 18 June 2022
  • Painting in Tuscany 18 – 25 June 2022

More dates are available – call 0131 343 2500 for further details

Douglas Matthews Flavours Holidays Painting Tutor

I am delighted to continue as a tutor with Flavours having successfully taught two weeks in Sicily during October 2018. My overriding aim is to ensure that you have an enjoyable, stress free but wholly rewarding holiday and that my help and expertise has encouraged you to progress your work in whatever medium you choose.

Douglas Matthews

Mark Holden

Mark Has been a Scottish based professional Artist since 2002 when he started his career in St.Andrews. He has exhibited in Galleries in Scotland, UK and undertaken commission works in Arnhem Hospital Holland, and for a variety of clients in Europe. He also coaches Art Groups in Scotland and later this year in Italy.

Mark work with Oils , Acrylics and Watercolours. Subjects range from Scottish landscapes, Classic Cars , Golf courses and Skiing. Mark like to work on commissions for clients and had had several recently used in new house build projects as feature artwork.

Mark’s next available holiday dates are:

  • Painting in Amalfi 16 – 23 April 2022
  • Painting in Amalfi 23 – 30 April 2022
  • Painting in Venice 30 April – 07 May 2022
  • Painting in Sicily 22 – 29 May 2022
  • Painting in Sicily 29 May – 05 June 2022
  • Painting in Sicily 26 June – 03 July 2022
  • Painting in Scotland 08 – 12 August 2022
  • Painting in Andalusia 02 -09 October 2022
  • Painting in Scotland 24 – 28 October 2022

More dates are available – call 0131 343 2500 for further details

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Mark Holden Painting Tutor Flavours Holidays Photo

How exciting to be able to paint and enjoy learning new techniques together with the added bonus of great surroundings, accommodation and of course the privilege of painting in the warm sunshine.

Mark Holden

Suzanne Taylor

Suzanne Taylor is a native to Scotland. She obtained her Masters in Fine Art from Glasgow School of Art and her Bachelor of Fine Art from The Academy of Art University (AAU), San Francisco. She teaches at Glasgow School of Art & online for AAU, USA. She is an interdisciplinary artist and works in various mediums but has a primary focus in oil painting. She exhibits regularly at The Royal Scottish Academy and recent shows include the Saatchi, Other Art Fair London, a solo retrospective at Summerhall Edinburgh and she is currently exhibiting with The Ages of Wonder Exhibition, On Tour, Royal Scottish Academy 2018-9.

I am passionate about creativity and the arts. I also adore teaching and sharing creative techniques. As a practicing artist and teacher I understand the frustrations that painting can sometimes present. With this in mind, I will take you step by step through the methods of drawing and painting. Giving you the tools to solve any issues you experience whilst encouraging you to have the best painting and drawing holiday. My desire is to ignite a love and passion of creativity in you, which will last a lifetime. It is my pleasure to work with Flavours holidays. Their experience, commitment and excellence inspire me to be part of the team and deliver excellent results for our clients.

Suzanne Taylor

Jaclyn Stuart

Jaclyn is an artist who works in St Andrews Scotland. She graduated from Grays School of Art with a BA Hons in Fine Art in 2000. She has taught art in many establishments including lecturing in Further Education. She now runs her own teaching business in St Andrews along with making and selling her own artwork. She works in watercolour,acrylics, oils and inks.

Jaclyn’s next available holiday dates are:

  • Painting in Tuscany 04 June – 11 June 2022
  • Painting in Seville 01 October – 08 October 2022

Art that speaks to the heart. I love to use symbolism to explore themes of meaning,faith, morality, identity and destiny. I want to create beautiful work that speaks to the heart.

Jaclyn Stuart

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.

  • Painting in Puglia 11 – 18 June 2022
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.

Michael Gahagan

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