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.

Adrian Wiszniewski

Adrian Wiszniewski is a Scottish painter, draughtsman and printmaker has been secured as a painting tutor for our Venice painting holidays. Adrian is a leading figure in the revival of figurative painting in a group known as the New Glasgow Boys. His works can be found in the Modern Museum of Art in New York, The Tate Gallery in London and the Setagaya Museum in Tokyo and so will be a great inspiration to guests of the painting holidays in Venice.

our new painting tutor Adrian Wiszniewski
I'm interested in bringing out the individuality of each of the guests through a personal engagement that explores their personalities, interests and goals. I try to be as flexible as possible in my teaching approach as I believe that there are no right and wrongs in painting. Your artwork is yours and it is up to you what inspires your creation and how you decide to use your brush. Take time to try new things, explore the landscape and your artistic skills.

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).