Painting with the late Ken Howard OBE, RA in Venice

In 2018 Ken Howard hosted his last painting holiday in Venice, a city he so loved and features in some of his most famous works. A dozen fellow artists joined Ken.

Whether it’s your first visit to Venice or not, you will be in awe of the grandeur and enthralled by the uniqueness of Venice. The special light, the architecture and its canals are what draws artists to Venice time and time again.

Ken Howard OBE RA painting in Venice

Ken had a studio in Venice and has been painting here for decades. He knows the city intimately and shared his favoured spots with his fellow artists.

Central accommodation on Dorsoduro near the Gallerie dell’Accademia, was a perfect location. Dorsoduro is much quieter and less touristy than around St Mark’s Square, the Doges Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge, which are just a short walk across the Grand Canal.

There are lots of lesser known bridges and canals and many fine palazzos and churches to paint on Dorsoduro. The areas around San Sebastiano, San Trovaso and San Barnaba are excellent for painting.  Other quieter areas to discover in Venice are the Frari quarter, Santa Maria Formosa and Campo del Ghetto Nuovo as well as the fish market which Ken never tired of painting. One of the best views of Venice is from the smaller Isola di San Giorgio, which is quickly reached by vaporetti.

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