Paint with Peter Brown in Kathmandu, Nepal

A special one-off opportunity to join ‘Pete the Street’ en plein air painting in Kathmandu and the foothills of the Himalayas, at one of the best times of the year to visit Nepal. Every day will be spent painting the vibrant & colourful street scenes, temples and shrines in and around Kathmandu, the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, and the terraced hillsides and mountain villages. You will also experience the Tibetan New Year celebrations at the great Bodhnath Stupa. This is an exclusive painting event offered by The Artist magazine.

Kathmandu nestles between the highest mountains in the World and the lowland jungles of Nepal. Its architecture reflects the rich cultural and religious heritage of the country with Hindu pagoda-style temples, shrines and palaces and Buddhist stupas. Of the three main towns in the Kathmandu Valley, Patan (Lalitpur) has the most impressive historical Durbar Square with many red temples and palaces, and is also a thriving working town ideal for painting street scenes.   

Bodhnath Stupa, Kathmandu

Painting with Peter Brown , PPNEAC, RBA, PS, ROI, aka ‘Pete the Street’ is one of the UK’s leading figurative artists. He is best known for depicting street scenes but he is happy painting almost anything. Working alongside Pete is an enriching and fun experience and he is happy to share his knowledge with you and for you to learn by example.  He will encourage you to make the most of your time in Kathmandu and produce lots of work.  This is a free-style painting programme that is best suited for experienced artists or confident intermediate students. Peter will be working in oils but all media are welcome.

Pete the Street

You will be based in the heart of Patan (Lalitpur) where there is plenty to paint – the changing light on the temples in Durbar Square, the busy street scenes, the washing wells or the quieter alleys, hidden courtyards and sacred shrines. A night will be spent in the foothills of the Himalayas to paint sunrise and sunset over the snow-capped peaks of Mount Everest and the Annapurna’s, the terraced hillsides and mountain villages.  This special painting event culminates with the Sonam Lhosar Festival which celebrates the Tibetan New Year, when many of the Tamang community and monks gather at the great Bodhnath Stupa in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu street scenes


Your accommodation in Patan is the Hotel Timila – a traditional Newari guesthouse-style hotel located in a quiet side street just off Durbar Square in Patan. It has modern ensuite bedrooms, a private courtyard, roof terrace and restaurant. The Fort mountain lodge in the Himalayas offers simple accommodation in ensuite cottages, lovely gardens and fabulous mountain views.

An event host will be with you in Nepal to take care of everyone and all the arrangements and to help you have the best experience possible.

The Himalayas from Nargakot

Summary itinerary

2 February Programme commences in the afternoon with a briefing about your stay and painting in Kathmandu, followed by a walk around Patan’s impressive Durbar Square.

3 – 11 February Every day painting with Peter Brown in the Kathmandu Valley.

12 February Programme ends after breakfast.

Dates:  2 – 12 February 2024
Number of students:8 – 10
Price per person: £3,695.00 (no single supplement)

Price includes: 10 night’s ensuite accommodation, breakfasts and dinners, transfers in Nepal, Patan and Bodhnath permits, guest artist, event host 

Useful information:

Flights to and from Kathmandu are not included. Airport transfers in Kathmandu are included.

UK students the best flight options are with Qatar Airways or Turkish Airlines . We recommend booking flights through Dial A Flight or Trailfinders

A Tourist visas is required for entry to Nepal and can be obtained prior to travel from the Nepalese Embassy in your country of residence or upon arrival at the airport US$30 (15 day tourist visa). Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry to Nepal.

No specialist inoculations or heath requirements are necessary for travel to the Kathmandu Valley, but please check your individual requirements with a specialist travel clinic.

Find out more about Peter Brown

the artist magazine offers this painting holiday on an exclusive and bespoke basis.

This painting holiday is an exclusive corporate event operated on behalf of TALP (the Artist and Leisure Painter magazines) and Painters-online.

Images – Fotolia, Istock, Eileen Allen, Liz Drake


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