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September 11th to 18th 2017

Watercolour Painting and Drawing with Dawn Oliver


Painter (single occupancy) - €1000

Painter (sharing) - €895 euros

Partner (sharing) - €745 euros


What's included in the price?

- 7 nights accommodation in one of our en-suite hotel rooms.

- Full board* including half a bottle of wine with the evening meal.

- Daily studio tuition by Dawn Oliver (painters only).

- Transport for 2 x mornings at nearby locations.

- Painting boards, folding stool, light box and jam jars.

- Free tea and coffee.

-* Dinner on day of arrival, breakfast on day of departure, full board on all other days.

What's not included?



- Airport transfers (please contact Il Collaccio to arrange this if required).

How to book

To make a reservation or request further information, please contact:

To learn more about Dawn Oliver please click on the link :

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to Il Collaccio? 

Il Collaccio will arrange shared airport transfers where possible to minimise the cost to each student. Il Collaaccio can also arrange private transfers by taxi to any of the destinations below. These can be arranged direct with Kevin Hendry, the event co-ordinator at Il Collaccio. For more information and to arrange your transfer please contact Kevin at: 

The nearest airports are: 

Perugia 1hr 

Ancona 1hr, 45 minutes 

Rome 2hr, 15 minutes


The nearest railway station is: 

Spoleto 45 minutes (+ 90 mins from Rome Termini station to Spoleto).


What painting materials do I need to bring with me? 

You need to bring your own: 

Sketch pad, smooth paper.

Watercolour paper, I do find a block is good to use on a holiday as it means you don't need to use a board. I generally use 140lb -200lb fine grain as this is suitable for all techniques.

Please bring whatever size paper you are happy working on.

Drawing pencils HB 2B and 4B

A Putty rubber and India (or plastic) rubber.

Your normal Watercolour paints, brushes and other equipment you like to use such as mixing plates etc. 

Provided in the studio are:

Fold up stool 

Painting Boards (A3 size) and wooden blocks for support 

Jam jars 

Light box 

Rolls of paper towels


Other: there are free tea and coffee making facilities in the studio available 24/7 but not in the rooms. If you would like to make a hot drink in your room we recommend you bring a small travel kettle with you. 

What else do I need to bring with me? 

A pair of sturdy, flat-soled shoes or trainers is advisable. Walking boots if you plan to walk a lot otherwise trainers will do. Sun cream and insect repellent (not a major problem but advisable as it is not available on site).  

Will the swimming pools be open? 

Yes. The pool is open from 9am to 6pm. An early morning swim is possible though. Please note that you are required by law to wear a swimming cap in the pool. These can be purchased at reception for a small fee. 

What clothes should I bring? 

The days are normally sunny and pleasantly warm but can occasionally get very hot in the middle of the day. A sun hat is essential. The evenings and mornings can be surprisingly cool so a cardigan and a light rain jacket or fleece is recommended. There is a short walk from the studio to the restaurant so a small umbrella is advisable. Hairdryers are supplied in the hotel rooms. 

Is Il Collaccio suitable for people with walking difficulties? 

Generally, yes. The studio is on the ground floor and there are two rooms on the ground floor of the hotel. There is a walk of about 100 meters with a gentle incline from the studio and hotel to the restaurant.

Can I walk nearby?

Yes. There are 4 or 5 walks of varying duration and difficulty from Il Collaccio. Free maps with directions are available from reception. There are countless other walking opportunities within the national park.

What can my partner do?

Besides lazing by the pool or enjoying the other on-site facilities your partner can explore the local area (we provide free maps and local information) - your own car is essential to do this. There are lots of fascinating little villages to stroll around and a beautiful 12th century abbey (St. Eutizio Abbey). We are on the edge of the Sibillini Mountains national park considered one of Italy’s most wild and beautiful. The local scenery is simply stunning. There are various other interesting local activities (see our website for more information). 

What other activities are there at Il Collaccio and nearby? 

Besides exploring the local villages and the food shops of Norcia, nearby activities include walking, river rafting, horse riding and mountain biking. We can organise all these activities for you at reception or in advance. 

Is there a shop at Il Collaccio?

Yes, there’s a small shop open daily that sells everyday items including wine and soft drinks.

Can I use the studio anytime?

Yes. You can also leave your painting materials in the studio all the time.

Can I pay by credit card? 

You can pay for your room and most services by credit card. Bar bills are payable in cash euros. Please note there is no ATM on Il Collaccio so please bring some cash euros with you. There will, however, be possibilities to stop at ATM machines on the painting days out.

Is the restaurant close to the studio?

It’s about 100 metres on a white road with a small, gradual incline (and spectacular views!).

What’s the food like?

Breakfast is simple as is the Italian tradition with fruit juice, coffee/tea, croissant, cheese, ham, bread, jam and cereals. 

Lunch is a hot and cold buffet.  

Dinner is classic Umbrian cuisine with a starter, then pasta or fish or meat followed by desert (see our website to view the standard restaurant menu and the type of dishes served.) The area is famous for its black truffles, prosciutto, salami, wild boar, sausages, river trout, sheep’s cheese and lentils.


Do you cater for Vegetarians and special dietary needs?

Yes. Please advise us when you book.

What will the weather be like? 

Obviously, we can’t guarantee the weather but if it’s fine then expect warm or hot sunny days with cool early mornings and evenings. We are at 600 meters so there is low humidity most of the time.

Is there an internet connection?

Yes. A wi-fi internet connection is available in most public areas. The prices are: 2 hrs - €1, 1 day - €3, 3 days - €6, 7 days - €9. There is also a public computer for guests use.

Is there a mobile phone signal? 

Generally, yes. There are also telephones in the hotel rooms and public telephones on site.


About Dawn Oliver

Born into a family of Artists, Dawn was raised with a paintbrush in her hand and art has been her lifelong passion. She works mainly in Watercolour and in many different styles, experimenting with colour and exploring different techniques. She loves to be able to share her love of painting and knowledge with her students.  She has a fun approach to teaching and believes people are more open to learning in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

She has been teaching drawing and painting at all levels and in all media in Adult Education for 19 years and has been teaching on painting holidays in England, France, Portugal, Spain and Greece for 16 years.

Along with teaching in Adult education and on holidays she does demonstrations and workshops for Art societies and groups. She exhibits regularly and has had selected exhibitions at RSWA Mall Gallery London, RSMA Westminster London, HS. MASF Florida USA. She also has paintings in collections worldwide.


Il Collaccio

Azienda Agricola "Il Collaccio" 06047 Preci (Perugia) Partita IVA: 01399890548
Tel. (+39) 0743/665108 - 939005 - Fax: (+39) 0743/939094 - Cell. 334/ 2611111 - E-mail: