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WORLD OF COLOUR: En Plein Air 2025

WORLD OF COLOUR: Exploring the way colour works, and how to deploy it effectively.

  • Dates: Tues 6th May to Tuesday 13th May (Peloponnese, Greece) 2024
  • Location: Ilias in the Mani (closest airport Kalamata)
  • Price: £2500 for 7 days - Delicious & healthy lunches and transport included. Double occupancy - single occupancy on application

Course Information


Suitable for all levels including the less experienced.

Duration: 7 days

Hugo’s en plein course is based at the luxury villa of Ilias, a charming small estate created by his old friends James and Charlotte Heneage, and a place where Hugo has often painted in the past. There are spectacular views of the mountains in one direction and the sea in the other. In May the garden and the landscape will be full of colour. There is swimming both in the pool and the seaside.

Taking the work of both the Impressionists and Post Impressionists as inspiration, we venture into the garden, five acres of terraces, where olive, fig, pomegranate, almond, lemon and orange trees give shade and scent. Students will be introduced to the way colour works, as they absorb the breathtaking views over the sea. The Mani is one of the most fascinating and dramatic parts of Greece.

Experimenting with the nuts and bolts of painting, this is a perfect course for painters of all levels who wish to further build their awareness and understanding of colour. For after all, colour is like a chord in music: once seen or heard it has the power to affect you emotionally.

We will be looking at the key elements in picture making, including how to create a strong composition and the complex relationships between colour and tonal value. We will also consider the different ways in which a subject can be treated, and how one can express a variety of thoughts, feelings and mood through the medium of paint.

The course is residential only and will include delicious locally sourced fresh organic Mediterranean food and drinks as well as transport and airport pick-up and drop-offs.

The painting guidance part of the day will run daily 10am – 2pm but students are welcome to stay on and paint in the landscape in the afternoons and evenings.

Basic structure of the days:

  • Breakfast from 8.30am
  • Painting tuition from 10.00 – 2.00 (with coffee break)
  • Lunch at 2.15
  • Afternoons at leisure:  sea swimming/ guided walking / painting / drop in yoga.

Includes a half day visit to the ancient site of Messene with writer and historian James Heneage

There will be evening talks from Hugo Grenville on painting, and James Heneage on the Mani and it’s history.

You will be sent a detailed materials list on booking.

Non-painting partners welcome. There is much to do in the area.
Single occupancy may be available for a supplement.

Click here to reserve your space with Charlotte. 


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