Visions in Paint!

An Adventure in Colour with Mike Hoar and LuLu Hancock

September 14th to 21st 2014. (7nights) Italy

View the world differently!

Travel anywhere by road, view the original architecture and the colours you see above ground you know will be below; yellow ochres of the Cotswolds, pink granite in Leicestershire, Creamy yellow in the Charente France and golden yellow in the Tuscan Italian Hills.

Walk through the Italian Landscape below the hills of Assisi, look through the eyes and vision of artists Lulu Hancock & Mike Hoar and learn to transcribe your own vision into 2D; watercolor, oils, pastels, mixed media and / or photography.

Learn to view the world differently, learn to mix colour efficiently, learn to construct not just a painting but a memory.

Hancock & Hoar will guide you through the beauty of art, helping you to capture your own sense of place, sense of time, sense of being. For professionals adapt in the Landscape we can share knowledge, for beginners we will guide you through a learning process, for amateurs we will build on your confidence.

Our professional experience will become yours, take your work home, view it in a month, a year, two years time and that fabulous painting holiday you had in that fabulous place will come flooding back.

Lulu Hancock B.A Hons Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts London. M.A Distinction DeMontfort University Leicester.

Mike Hoar A.R.C.A. B.A / M.A Royal College of Art.

The Area

"I was so taken by this splendid vision that I never forgot it and it has become the star or, at least, the setting for most of my paintings, my beautiful Trasimeno."

Gerardo Dottori

Softly rolling hills on the borders of Umbria and Tuscany. The marriage of two magnificent regions on the banks of the serene Lago Trasimeno.

Here are hill-top towns steeped in history, in culture, in art and cuisine.

Here are some of the most beautiful landscapes you will ever witness.

Here are warm, convivial people who still meet in the piazzas to chat and spend time together.

Here are beautiful trails and paths crisscrossing woods and hills with breathtaking views.

Here time stands still .....

You will fall in love and never forget!

Your accommodation and location

Your location will be the hill-top village of Castel Rigone nestled in pine-woods and surrounded by rolling hills, Castel Rigone is a beautiful 'working' , hill-top medieval village with winding stepped streets, quaint houses and three lovely original wall-towers. Apart from during the Annual 'Festa dei Barbari' every August it is 'tranquile' and untouched by tourism.

Your accommodation will be in the lovely 4 star 'Relais La Fattoria' originally a 'pardronale' with history dating back to the 17th century, with its open terrace ovelooking the hillside and lake. Breakfast and dinner are included in your package and will be taken in the hotel's 'Hermann's Forest Ristorante' renowned for its excellent service, delicious local specialities and tasteful decor.

During the afternoons you will be free to continue your painting or enjoy quiet walks, a drink, gelato or snack at our village bar or simply to relax by the pool or in one of the hotel's comfortable lounges. There are several wonderful walks into the open countryside varying in length from 4km to 12km and extensive pine-woods offering shade on sunny days.

Included in your holiday are two excursions . On these days you again have the choice of either painting at these locations or to simply enjoy sightseeing.

Transfer will be from Perugia Airport for UK participents. For those travellng from outside Europe who will be arriving at Rome, we will collect from Passignano railway station.

Details on request.

Artist in Umbria

Your host

Hi! I'm Judi and my company, 'Not Just a Painting Holiday' organises Art, Culture and Cuisine Holidays in the beautiful Trasimeno area of Italy.

I fell in love with this region when my father brought me here over thirty years ago and now share a house in Castel Rigone with my husband Michael.

It is an exquisite area steeped in history and art, with amazing views, warm and friendly people, delicious food and wine and wonderful festas!

As the name of the company suggests, my holidays provide not just incredible tuition from highly acclaimed artists but also the opportunity to experience the 'real' Italy as I did so many years ago with my father, away from tourists in our quiet, medieval village. You will have the opportunity to enjoy private wine tastings, cookery lessons and excursions. Wonderful walks, amazing sunsets. To dine in my favourite restaurants. To feel 'part' of the community.

I will do my utmost to ensure that your week with us is one that you will remember for ever and you leave having re-kindled and developed your creativity and feeling as passionate about this magical region as I do!

If you would like further information on this holiday please visit my website (see below) and complete the 'contact form' or email me at

or Michael and LuLu at:

We are taking bookings now for this holiday. The Booking Form can be found on the Website.