Colori Primari

Painting holidays in the Tuscan Mountains with Ashburn Creative Adventures

Colori Primari

21 – 28 September 2024

How does painting landscapes in undiscovered stunning Apennine mountains with professional tuition sound? Relaxing with an Aperol Spritz in the evening, or perhaps taking a short stroll to the river Presale to dip your toes into the cool running water?

The team at Ashburn Creative Adventures would like to tempt you away to join us for a very exclusive creative adventure in the Apennines, Tuscany, Italy.

We are situated in a relatively unexplored tranquil part of Tuscany, boasting breathtaking mountain views, waterfalls, natural swimming pools, and carpets of wildflowers including several unusual species of wild Orchid.

Your adventure will include five full days of painting instruction under the expert tuition of Louise Bougourd, one of our dedicated team of professional artists. A full itinerary will be available at the Welcome Drinks on Day One.

For this Course, we have also added a ‘drop-in’ drop-out’ option allowing local artists and creatives to join us for just one session or more.

Louise Bougourd

Louise is an award-winning artist who has painted and sketched landscapes for over thirty years. As an extremely accomplished art tutor, she shows ample patience and empathy as a teacher. She also has an instinctive gift for delivering an element of magic, allowing those under her tutelage to stretch their skills and abilities to not only produce work that they are proud of but also to bestow knowledge that can be taken away in their mental portfolio and used in the future to continue your creative journey. LOUISE BOUGOURD | British Landscape Painter | Devon

We will also provide ‘Sketch and Trek’ opportunities with Marco Zambelli of Zambo Trekking, Marco is a hike and trekking guide with a huge knowledge of the local flora and fauna, for those intrepid explorers amongst you, we can arrange a hike to the Specchio della Luna (Mirror of the Moon) this spectacular hidden pool is surrounded by the Alpe Della Luna (Mountains of the Moon) and is pure magic.

Additional treks in the local area can be arranged for friends and partners not taking part in the painting course. Upon request.

Your accommodation

Agriturismo Pian Di Botta on the fringes of the National Park – Alpe della Luna (Mountains of the Moon).

The Pian di Botta is a family-run guest house. The main building is an old barn that has been painstakingly restored incorporating an eclectic mix of new and old. Over the years the original farm owners Gerrino and Liana have handed over the running of the guest house and farm to their children Alessandro and Manuela.

The nearest neighbour is a wonderful old donkey called Mora.

We offer eight bedrooms, each with ensuite facilities, a balcony, and a Satellite TV. Each room has been decorated in typical Tuscan colours and each has its own name such as Non ti scordar di me (Forget-me-not) Ginestra (Broom) Pietra (stone used in mosaic) Calendula (Marigold) Rosmarino (Rosemary) Lavanda (Lavender) Agrifoglio (Holly) Salvia (Sage).

We will offer Single occupancy for all rooms; however, the rooms can sleep 1, 2, or 3 people and one sleeps four. So, we would encourage friends to share rooms if it is at all possible and there will be a saving if you do so. And if you share with a non-participating partner, he or she will enjoy a generous discount of £GBP 250 for the painting holiday week.

The grounds are beautiful and the guest house offers a full-size swimming pool that will be available solely for your use during your stay.

What does it cost?

Pricing is in £GBP however, the currency we advise you to bring for your spending money is €EURO 

Single Occupancy Course Participant £999 per person
Sharing Course Participant £759 per person
Sharing Non-Participant £550 per person
Single Session (DIDO drop in drop out) £50.00 per person per session
What is included? Not including DIDO

  1. Seven nights’ accommodation in Agriturismo Pian Di Botta.
  2. Bed linen and towels.
  3. Before booking, all meals (A vegetarian option will always be available) and specific dietary requirements must be made known to the course organisers.
  4. Any Picnics that are arranged as part of the course.
  5. Soft drinks will be provided along with water, coffee and tea, aperitivo, and wine with dinner.
  6. Professional Course tuition which will include one-to-one feedback.
  7. Materials.
  8. Wi-Fi (Please be aware the Wi-Fi can be affected by atmospheric conditions)
  9. Sole use of the full-size swimming pool.

What is not included?

  1. Flights and car hire (with your permission we will share email addresses so there will be a possibility of car sharing)
  2. Travel Insurance is imperative and is not included. Please make sure you have your travel insurance arranged before travel.
  3. Wine is provided with dinner, if you would like additional alcoholic drinks or wine after dinner, they can be available but will be chargeable.

How do I book?

A deposit of £250 per person is required to confirm your booking.
Payment of the balance for your holiday will be required eight weeks before arrival.
The deposit is non-refundable unless you cancel within 14 days of booking.

Payment can be made by bank transfer or credit card. In the first instance to make a booking please email

What happens if I need to cancel?
In the event that cancellation is caused due to a pandemic or events beyond the control of the organiser, your deposit will be frozen and transferred to a future course.

If you have to cancel the following charges will apply.

8 to 4 weeks before departure: 40% of the total price is payable
3 to 1 week before departure: 80% of the total price is payable
Less than 1 week up to Commencement: 100% of the total price is payable

You will be refunded the appropriate portion when the cancellation is confirmed.

We reserve the right to cancel any course at two months’ notice and will, where possible, provide you with an alternative date.

How do I get there?

You will be provided with full instructions of how to reach us and a pin to use with Google Maps
When you have provided your mobile phone details.

Check-in is from 14.30 on day 1 and Check-out is until 10.00 on Departure Day.

You can fly into Perugia or Rimini both are a similar distance of just over an hour. Bologna is also suitable but is just over two hours from us.

Ryanair is the cheapest provider to these destinations and has regular flights to all locations.
You will need to hire a car unless driving the full way, please inform us if you would like to car share with other guests if possible.

Do not forget to arrange your travel insurance.

There is plenty of parking onsite.

Book now

Thank you. Once we have received your information one of the team will be in contact with you to confirm your reservation.

La Prima Volta – Landscape Painting Holiday in Italy – What will I do on the Course?

Love It…. relax…unwind…. drink in your surroundings (and the local wines)
The perfect opportunity to develop your unique creative style in your art practice, perfect for artists at all levels from the inquisitive beginner to the more established artist. This course offers you the opportunity to spend concentrated time immersed in a beautiful landscape developing your artistic voice.

Join Louise Bougourd on Colori primari’ in Italy exploring the landscape, and creating artwork that fills you with joy and a satisfaction of achievement.

This is combined with excellent Italian home-cooked cuisine and hand-picked Tuscan wines. What more could you ask?

More info

The following outline is a suggestion of what will be covered during the week, content may change depending on group size, weather, etc. The order of the course sessions may change as they will be ordered depending upon individual/group requirements and how Louise feels they best fit!

Course Outline – What to expect from your week

Demonstrations – Daily workshop demonstrations with Louise to inspire you. Processes will be explained to ignite individual responses and to develop your own unique style.

The Mystery of Painting with Acrylics – How to use them?

  • Preparation
  • This introduction will only be made to beginners who need a refresh. Experienced artists will be set on a separate experiential project.
  • Application
  • Layering

Explore Colour – Colour, complementary, an overview of mixing colour

  • Introduction to colour – Primary colours, Colour wheels
  • Colour to create depth and atmosphere – Demonstration and practice

Sketching – Sketching for the development of a painting

  • Sketching Materials – How to use them?
  • Sketch and Trek
  • Reading the Landscape
  • Individual one-to-one tuition and advice
  • Demonstrations

Equipment – How to get the best out of them

  • Brushes, palette knives, feathers, sticks, porcupine quills!

How to Capture the best that nature has to offer without being daunted.

  • Develop your own style
  • Demonstrations

The course will be dynamic and will evolve throughout the week, but we promise YOU

  • Supportive and encouraging feedback
  • Group discussions and critiques
  • Individual tuition and feedback
  • Immersion in the Apennine Landscape
  • Time to just sit and stare
  • Time to listen and feel the landscape
  • Studio time
  • Fun
  • Excellent Food and Drink
  • Good Company

And did we mention …. FUN!

Come and join us

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