Sketching in Sardinia with Sonia Hawes 2023

7-night residential course in Sardinia with Sonia Hawes
Sketching in Sardinia with Sonia Hawes 2023


Join us on the northern tip of the unique island environment of Sardinia. Easy to get to by budget airlines from most airports, this unspoilt island boasts idyllic colourful towns, fabulous food, hilltop forts and magical beaches. A genuine jewel in the middle of the Mediterranean the island has a turbulent history which is highlighted by its sense of independence from mainland Italy.

During our week with Sonia, we will be sketching en Plein Air with pencils, pencils, charcoal and watercolour and using paint, textiles and paper to translate these sketches into alternative artwork during tutorial sessions in our studio space. Our dedicated workspace will be available 24hrs a day so work can continue evolving outside of tutorial sessions, giving students the freedom to experiment with newly discovered techniques. Our tutors will supply a materials list before the course and will bring some of their own materials just in case you run out.

The course is a mixture of all-day Plein Air outings where we are always not far from a cafe or loo and tutorial days or mixed sessions days at the villa. This variety of sessions allows our students to immerse themselves in the local environment, enjoy the time to pursue a creative journey and indulge in the luxury of being catered for by our amazing staff.

Our team is on hand at all times and provides x7 buffet-style breakfasts (a hot option is always available), x6 lunches (either freshly made rolls to individual specifications or a deliciously varied buffet to suit all tastes) and x7 two-course evening meals with wine. We try to use local ingredients whenever possible and use the culinary traditions of the area to inspire the menus, and our private chef can cater for all dietary requirements – so just let us know if you are coeliac, vegetarian, vegan or have any allergies.
Your accommodation will be of a 4 or 5-star quality, and our team will do their best to accommodate you in a bedroom which suits your needs.  However, our ensuite rooms book very quickly, so if a private bathroom is important to you, don’t delay, book now!

Our 2023 prices for this 7-night residential course with Sonia, which include scheduled airport transfers, are:

Tutored students
double / twin ensuite room from = £1450pp (solo ) £1350pp (shared)*
double/twin shared bathroom = £1250pp (solo ) £1150pp

Untutored guests
double/twin shared bathroom = £1100pp (solo ) £1000pp (shared)

*Priority for ensuite rooms is given to tutored students however if rooms are still available a few weeks before the course is due to start an upgrade may be possible.
Transport to painting sites and 24hr studio space is not included for untutored guests. N
on-painting partners or friends when sharing a room with a full-paying course student can stay as an untutored guest.