Art Holidays in the Himalayas

Art School Nepal

Art School Nepal

Art Holiday in the Himalayas

10 Days of Fun

Based in Pokhara in West Central Nepal, Art School Nepal is an informal Art Holiday that aims to give an entertaining stay in Nepal, coupled with art activities with two very experienced Art Teachers and Practionioners.


We will be delving into the Nepali culture but will be making Art rather than trekking. We will be sightseeing and making art in some amazing locations.

Kate Hardy



Kate is a painter (BA St Martins) and printmaker (MA, MFA University of Michigan School of Art) She has a PGCE (University of London Institute of education) in post 16 teaching. Kate currently teaches painting and drawing face to face and online at City Lit and Chisenhale Studios. > She has huge experience in inspiring learners of all levels.


She's planning a variety of painting and drawing projects projects using colour and texture to explore the landscape and objects around us.

Jan Turner



After studying at Art School for 7 years, Jan worked in the theatre in Londons West End for twelve years to support his painting. He then turned to lecturing and teaching art for the next 30 years, to all age groups and abilities. Jan has been visiting Nepal for over 40 years and first came here to paint in Pokhara.


Jan will be holding workshops in watercolours and landscape painting and will assist Kate (if she wants him too!) Jan knows some incredible locations to paint.


Based in Pokhara, a lakeside town at the foot of the Annapurna Range, you will have the best of both worlds: cafes, restaurants and bars and the rural idyll of the Himalayas. Within a few miles you have such diverse locations to paint in that you are spoilt for choice. The night life is vibrant and safe with live music and a friendly happy atmosphere.


The course of workshops will be adapted to accommodate the skils and experience of the participants. Typically they will involve painting, drawing and collage activities within the locations of Pokhara. Sculpture would be a challenge due to transportation home afterwards. Everone is encouraged to take photographs. These could take place within the hotel garden or in locations in and around Pokhara. Working in sketchbooks and with local materials will be the order of the day and to be influenced by the local environment. Kate and Jan will be using their considerable experience to break new ground with all participants and to ensure that everyone returns home a body of work that reflects their experience of Nepal.


The package on offer includes transport within Nepal, accommodation, meals and tuition. It does not include visas or trekking permits (which we will not be undertaking). Alchohol and food outside of organised meals is not included. Each participant is expected to bring with them their own brushes, pencils and paints (including water colours) though there will be a provision of materials for specialised activities. A drawing board is particularly usefull for most of our activities. There are places to buy paper and sketchbooks and we will be visiting these venues. Typically, each day will include two activities, one after breakfast and one after lunch. Evening meals will be provided. Sometimes a packed lunch or picnic will be provided if we are on location somewhere. This course is run as a holiday and is informal. It has been costed to cover the expenses of the holiday, not as a profit making exercise. As the holiday starts when the plane lands in Kathmandu, it will be necessary to co-ordinate everyones flights so we are all in sync. We do not provide flights but we can arrange with a travel company that everyone is on the same flight to help with logistics.


  • Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu
  • Visit Durbar Square
  • Day 2 - Bus to Pokhara
  • Walk around Pokhara
  • Day 3
  • a.m. - Drawing by the lake
  • p.m. - water colours (colouring in morning sketches)
  • Day 4
  • Peace Pagoda - sketches and painting all day.
  • Day 5
  • Collage Day - collecting and using materials. Paper shop visit.
  • Day 6
  • Garden Workshop
  • Colour Workshop
  • Day 7
  • a.m. Drawing People - Street Workshop.
  • p.m. Colouring our Sketches
  • Day 8 - Sarankot
  • Looking up at the mountains and down at the lake.
  • Day 9 - Bus to Kathmandu
  • Visit the Monkey Temple
  • Fly Home


The cost of the package described is £900. To reserve your place you must pay a deposit of £100 which will be fully refundable up until 100 days before departure. After that time it will be only 50% refundable. The balance must be paid in full 50 days prior to departure at which time the whole deposit becomes unrefundable. There is a limit of 15 people on the course, determined on a first come - first served basis. We will hold a waiting list in the event of cancellation. A deposit of £100 must be paid to be on the waiting list. This will be fully refunded if your application is unsuccessful.

All flight bookings are subject to the terms and conditions of the airline and the travel agent and we will not accept any liability for them. Obviously we will endeavour to tailor our courses around any problems around international travel issues.

It is strongly advised for all participants to take out travel insurance.


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