Venice Painting Workshop: private classes in Venice!

Enroll in a painting course in Venice, from two to three hours. Let yourself be guided by a group of professors from the school “beaux arts” from Paris. From oil painting to watercolor, there is something for everyone in our Venice painting classes! The teachers will teach you the essentials of professional painting in a way that will allow you to achieve a finish taken from life that will leave a striking and emotional “handmade” memory of your stay in Venice.


  • Painting outdoors in Venice is a real treat for any artist!
  • Your professional art tutor will guide you step-by-step!
  • Paint your own Venice – the best souvenir to take home!



2 hours (watercolour): 109 € /person
3 hours (oil painting): 139 € /person

Other practical information

Suitable for kids from 12 y.o.
You get to choose the meeting time with the teacher.
In case of rain or unsettled weather, the lesson will take place in sheltered places or at another time.

Spoken Languages

  • Italian
  • English
  • French
  • German

Included / Excluded

Included :

Painting workshop and techniques.
Painting material.

Excluded :

Anything not specifically included.

Sales Conditions

In case of cancellation:

  • Up to one week before the activity, a 20% cancellation fee will apply.
  • Thereafter and up to 48 hours before the event, a 50% cancellation fee will apply.
  • We regret that no reimbursement will be possible for cancellations within the last 48 hours before the activity or in case of NO SHOW (not attending the experience at the time and place agreed).



2 or 3 hours.


    The beautiful city of Venice makes an incredible subject for any artist. The Italian landscape, the architecture, the colours of the Grand Canal and the gondolas of the city are all truly unique subjects to represent. 

    To be able to paint these subjects while actually being outdoors looking at them directly, as well as being guided by a professional art tutor is a real treat for any budding painter.

    Vivovenetia offers the amazing opportunity of actually having a private painting lesson for those who want to improve their skills, or learn from scratch the techniques of watercolour and of oil painting on canvas.  

    The lesson will take place either in the studio or outdoors, and you will have a teacher with you to guide you at the same time. We recommend a minimum of 2 hours for outdoor watercolour painting and 3 hours for outdoor oil painting. To develop your skills even further, we could arrange multiple lessons for you over few days. These lessons are for all levels from beginner to advanced.

    Venice painting -where to start?

    Our tutors are dedicated to teaching students the secrets of vintage oil painting in Venice, using a unique method that they have developed. These workshops explore the various stages of how to create an oil on canvas painting or watercolor painting outdoors.

    Oil painting ‘en plein air’ in Venice 

    The first step is the sketch, which remains essential in order to create the outline and dimensions of a well-planned painting. Then colours are carefully added, chosen to create the desired effect.

    You will learn how to create subtle colour variations which typify the landscape of Venice Italy. Next you will learn how to understand shading and contouring and how to represent light in your Venice oil painting, a very important element for Venice especially with all the water around in the Venice canals!

    The teacher will start by drawing or painting in front of the students, to show how to do it in practice. Everything is explained in detail so you will understand both the concept and the execution of the painting technique.

    Watercolours in Venice open air

    For those who prefer watercolours as a medium, instruction is adjusted accordingly for that type of painting. We explain how to build up colour in layers, how to deal with graded colour wash, how to soften edges and overlap strokes with your brush. Again capturing the light within the painting, is an essential technique

    For drawing we suggest charcoal pencils to create good shading effects. You will also learn the basic principles of perspective so that your images will look as realistic as possible.

    Venice painting – your tutors

    All our instructors are recognised artists in their own right, and graduates of schools of Fine Art. European by birth and Venetian by choice they all either paint or sculpt themselves. Over time they have developed a highly efficient teaching method to transfer their knowledge of the practice and theory of classical painting.

    Our tutors Sebastien and Caroline will be happy to welcome you and teach you the “en plein air” technique in the beautiful city of Venice.They will take you to quiet places, off the beaten track, and depending on what you want to do they will teach you the technique of watercolor, charcoal or oil painting.

    The painting course is suitable for everyone, from beginners to the most experienced.

    Painting Venice, is an unforgettable experience for an artist. Not only will you be taught the academic principles of drawing and painting but you will be given the ability to create and eventually complete your own original oil painting! (or watercolour!) To be able to learn to paint in this incredible location is an opportunity not to be missed.

    These classes take place in the sestiere of Cannaregio. The teachers are all Venetians by adoption as they have been living here for many years! They know just where to go to find typical views of the city but where you will not be disturbed. They will show you the variety of views on offer from the spectacular open views across the canal and the city to the urban landscape of the more working class neighbourhoods. All locations are accessible by foot.

    If you have any questions or special requirement. Please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to help!

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