2023 – The Beach House, Norfolk, Photos & Testimonials
I really enjoyed the painting holiday and the days out in the lovely gardens you chose to take us too. Thank you for the happy memories. I would love to come again next year!
I so enjoyed the Norfolk Painting Residential . Great company, great outings, great fun and everyone produced amazing paintings under the expert guidance of our art tutor.
I’ve just returned from Sophia’s Residential Art Week in Norfolk. It was such a relaxed and varied week. Three days of painting supported by Sophia’s calm encouragement and other days when we visited gardens and places of interest. The house we stayed in was very well appointed with wonderful views of the sea. At the back is a pretty private garden. It’s a holiday I would thoroughly recommend to anyone even if you don’t think you can paint!
I really enjoyed this year’s residential. It was a great group and we had a lovely time together. I hadn’t painted since the last residential and so was pleased to produce paintings I was happy with especially as I did my own scene on the last day. I improve each time under Sophia’s patient tuition and am already looking forward to next year.
I recently enjoyed another fantastic residential painting holiday with Sophia Flowers, my second in Norfolk and tenth in total. There was a good balance of painting days and trips out, lovely accommodation and great food in a variety of local pubs and restaurants. Sophia is a great tutor, encouraging and very supportive. It was a really relaxed and friendly week.
I would like to say how much we enjoyed the week. It is always beneficial to meet new people, visit new places and learn new skills and we had a great time.
Michael & Sheila
2022 – The Beach House, Norfolk, Photos & Testimonials
I really enjoyed my recent holiday with Sophia. It was a lovely group and there was much fun and laughter. I found her to be very encouraging, bringing out the best in everyone. I enjoyed it so much, I’ve put my name down for next year already.
Having been to a number of Sophia Flowers residential painting holidays, I can honestly say they are always such fun and very relaxing which is exactly what I need. Sophia always choses high quality accommodation and puts together a great week including day trips out. I always feel very relaxed afterwards and am quite often surprised at the paintings I manage to produce under her brilliant guidance.
Once again, Sophia successfully arranged a one week painting holiday in Norfolk. The holiday was excellent with a mixture of professionally tutored painting classes, visits to a number of Norfolk beauty spots and finally, carefully selected pubs and restaurants! We bonded as a group which added to the success of the holiday.
Sophia organised a wonderful week’s painting holiday in Norfolk. The house we stayed in was beautiful with magnificent views across the sea. The holiday involved 3 days of painting and 3 days of trips out to various places of interest no more than half an hour’s journey from the house. My favourite was The Wild Flower Centre near Holt. In the evenings we went to various pubs in the area for our evening meal. The food at each was great.
Everything was extremely well planned and organised. The group got on really well helped by Sophia’s warm, happy personality.
I’ve just come back from a lovely painting holiday in Norfolk with Sophia, staying in beautiful accommodation. I learnt a lot of new techniques this time, and we were all pleased with the finished look. Sophia took us on some great trips out every other day, followed by evening meals in carefully chosen pubs and restaurants. Thank you Sophia.
This year’s painting holiday to Norfolk was enjoyable – this was my first holiday in some time. The group got on so well which made the painting days and trips out a success. I have put my name down for next year already. If you are thinking of a painting holiday, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend one with Sophia.
2021 – South Downs, Photos & Testimonials
I really loved this year’s Art Residential! Sophia does a fantastic job of putting together a very relaxing, funny, informative and, of course, creative experience. Thank you Sophia, great tuition! Great holiday!
I had a wonderful week spent painting and visiting local places of interest. Sophia is a delight, making the whole experience warm and encouraging. She is a very talented artist whose intent is to help you explore your own individual style and simply enjoy yourself.
I certainly enjoyed myself on this well organised holiday and although I was painting in oils, I was inspired by those around me using other mediums. I even had a go at the acrylics on the last day! The day trips out were just right and added to a wonderful trip away. Thank you Sophia.
Thank you Sophia for a thoughtful and well organised holiday. It was a success.
I have been on two holidays with Sophia as a tutor and have found her to knowledgeable about the problems in creating a painting. Sophia is particularly good at putting novices at their ease and encouraging them in the various stages. Thank you for a lovely holiday.
Sophia is patient and encouraging in enabling me to bring out what I truly wish to paint even if it is totally different from everyone else. By the end of the first day, I felt I was getting the colours and feelings that I wished to express in painted format. The friendly atmosphere made it a relaxing and enjoyable holiday – we had a lot of fun. Thank you Sophia.
2019 – French Photos & Testimonials
I’ve just come back from a lovely painting holiday in France with Sophia. I enjoyed the experience of painting more than I imagined and found it very relaxing, enjoyable and creative. I’ve never painted before and surprised myself with how well the paintings turned out.
Sophia is a great teacher. I wasn’t feeling confident in myself at first, but she was so patient and positive with me. The villa, food, hospitality and company were excellent. I’d definitely recommend this painting holiday.
Just had a wonderful holiday, painting with some lovely people – lots of fun and we never stopped laughing. The villa was absolutely beautiful with food and wine to die for!!
It was the first time I had been abroad and I couldn’t have chosen better. Sophia arranged everything she could for all of us whilst being inspirational and compassionate to all those she taught. The whole group had lots of laughs and fun and there was plenty of good food and wine.
This holiday gets better each year – the amazing location is so quiet and peaceful. The local food and wine is really top notch and to be guided through various paintings in this setting is a joy. A very relaxing week. I am still amazed at the paintings that Sophia manages to get me to achieve – I could easily do a month of painting on this holiday!
I have recently returned from a painting holiday in France organised extremely professionally by Sophia Flowers. The holiday was held at a charming luxury villa near Carcassonne, set in undulating countryside. The owners, Alistair and Janine, made us extremely welcome providing out of this world food, wine and very friendly hospitality.
The group bonded from the start and have since met as we now have the common interest of painting. The holiday was a unique and thoroughly enjoyable experience and can only be highly recommended. Thanks Sophia.
Another fabulous holiday brilliantly organised by Sophia. She achieved the right balance of painting and activities, while maintaining a relaxed atmosphere. The painting provided new challenges with Sophia giving guidance and support while allowing each individual to develop their own style. Wonderful food and wine together with a great deal of laughter meant nobody wanted it to end!
I have just had a wonderful and memorable painting holiday organised by Sophia. The accommodation and food were top notch and we were situated in the most idyllic and peaceful surroundings, ideal for aspiring artists. It was my first experience of such a holiday and I wish I’d done it sooner. Sophia, as a teacher, is absolutely fantastic! Her lessons were structured and great fun. The group of budding artists, of varying abilities, were all treated as individuals and painted as such – none of us expected to produce a masterpiece, but a few almost did! I can highly recommend this talented, fun-loving and inspiring teacher who nothing seems to faze! Thank you.
I had never been on a painting holiday before and had some reservations, but I needn’t have been concerned. I can honestly say it was the most superb holiday I have ever been on. I loved every minute of it, in such a beautiful set-up and to have such good company. The villa was fantastic up on a hill and the panarama so beautiful with the quietness of it all. I loved the small nooks and secluded areas in the gardens and the rooms were first class. The whole set up was five star and what lovely hosts in Janine and Alistair. Thank you Sophia.