The Welsh Academy of Art offers week-long modules to those wishing to combine their holiday with artistic development in one of the most beautiful landscapes in the UK.

Situated in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National park there is ample material for inspiration amongst a well developed and thriving artistic community.

Our week-long courses provide 5 days of intensive training for both beginners and experienced artists.

(We can also tailor a module to suit the specific needs of groups)

Modules include:

  • Cast drawing/painting
  • Portrait drawing/painting
  • Still life drawing/painting
  • Figure drawing/painting
  • Landscape painting

In addition to the core modules we offer a number of specialist workshops with visiting tutors from all over the world.

Previous workshops have included:

  • Landscape painting with Marc Dalessio and Donald Jurney
  • Écorché with sculptor Jason Arkles
  • Anatomy for Artists with Brian Gorst
  • Materials workshops teaching students how to make canvases and grind their own paint


For further information on our range of modules and specialist courses see here.

“Marc Dalessio is a wonderful teacher, so inspiring and what Stunning Locations we had to paint in.”  Boo Vaughan
“I attended the Landscape workshop with Marc Dalessio, which was fantastic!  I had a truly magical week. Everything exceeded my (already high) expectations. The setting was stunning, Marc was an incredibly inspiring and generous teacher and I felt like I learnt a huge amount in just a few days whilst having a tremendous time with wonderful people. I also stayed with Lucy which was just perfect – everything was so comfortable and I was made to feel totally at home. The communal dinners in the evening were such fun and Bert’s homemade bread for breakfast was the best I’ve ever had!  I can’t wait to attend another workshop!”   Georgina Weston
“It was an amazing week with a lovely group of people. Marc Dalessio was an exceptional and inspiring tutor.”  A. Saville


The WAA works with accommodation providers to provide a range of highly-recommended camping sites, self-catering properties, B&Bs and hotels all within easy reach of our lovely converted Victorian schoolhouse in Cwmdu.

If you would like further information click on the links below or to discuss options available, please contact us.

(Please note: we will continue to build these accommodation pages)


The WAA is situated in a prime tourist destination and there is a wealth of things to see and do in the surrounding area. We have cosy country pubs, some of the finest dining in Wales, farmers markets showcasing an abundance of outstanding food producers, music festivals, craft markets, bookshops galore and the city of Cardiff with its museum, galleries, shops, restaurants and nightlife only an hour away. Why not finish your holiday with a stay in the Gower? Home to 50 unspoilt beaches and coves and among the top 25 beaches in the world as voted by The Times, the Gower is only 1.5 hours’ drive from Crickhowell.

We can offer a host of recommendations for places to eat and visit, many with an emphasis on the arts, so come along to the WAA for a painting holiday to remember!

“I attended a cast drawing module with some trepidation.  But I needn’t have worried, the Academy is set in a stunning rural location, where you feel instantly at ease and relaxed!  Met some wonderful likeminded people. Lucy was absolutely brilliant, inspirational! I only wish I was taught this technique when I was in school!  Left on a high wanting to book my next course!!!  “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau.  How true!”   Annette Exley