Painting Holiday 2023 with Susanna Bailey | Threka

Painting Holiday 2023 with Susanna Bailey


Susanna Bailey first travelled as an artist when she won the Nancy Balfour Scholarship during her post graduate years at the Slade School.This fuelled her love of drawing and painting and has taken her all over the world as a tutor, and as a working artist. Susanna is a colourist who works in several media, specialising in watercolour. Charismatic, popular and fun, she believes that careful teaching covering sketching, colour, composition, and the best use of available materials, will lead to real confidence, and wonderful paintings. Her approach is to give a structured week through demonstration, and one-to-one tuition. She enjoys sharing her love of art history.

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Aminesh is enthusiastic and young and recognized that the world is full of must-see places and must-have adventures. This ambition has driven him over the years, amassing invaluable experiences, gaining a deep sense of satisfaction by incorporating “Threka Adventures”. He is an avid traveler, very update with Multinational Leisure, Travel & Tourism business corporations, an independent travel consultant and lately donned the cap of an entrepreneur, deservedly.

He is an undeniable expert in creative programme designing, managing and overseeing travel preparations, execution of contracts relating to travel services, playing a critical role in travel budget optimization, without compromising  leisure & comfort. This seriously needs to be experienced to realize the immense satisfaction. He quickly understands and determines his client’s needs. He is someone, who delivers “exceptional” rather than “expected” results. Of course, his clientele are his best referrals.


  • 13 nights’ full board, en suite, in charming, high-quality hotels
  • Air conditioned vehicles throughout the tour
  • Full-time support of local tour manager
  • Local sightseeing walks
  • Half-day boat tour in Kerala Back Waters
  • Visit to tea and coir producers
  • Longest transfer 4 hours
PAINTING Holiday Kerala



Transfer from Cochin airport to our first hotel in The Backwaters region. The Hotel sits right on the edge of the lagoon and provides a deep sense of calm, a wonderful place to relax after a long flight. Settle in and find your feet. By early evening we will be ready to come together for an informal introduction, short tutorial and tips and tricks for making the most of this painting holiday in Kerala.

The best way to see The Backwaters is from the water, so we soak it all up on a boat trip along local canals. Houseboats, fishing boats, ferry canoes, women washing clothes and cooking pots, birds and a tangle of tropical plants. Learn how to include people in your paintings, and how to capture the sunset – be quick, dusk comes very quickly.

Susanna will offer demonstrations on technique and there is always an informal critique of the days events. You can have a 3 hours boat cruise. After the boat cruise a traditional Kerala Lunch at Boatman’s house will be provided in banana leaves.


Periyar is spectacular as our minibus climbs high into the green hills. After settling in the hotel we take a walk to absorb local life and colour. We head off early next morning to Chellar Kovil region, and a plantation with a high view point. We paint ‘the big picture’ birds’ eye views, before looking at subjects close up; exotic plants and spices. Paint amidst cardamom, pepper, fenugreek and cinnamon in the spice gardens.

On your free day, choose from various options including a boat cruise on the lake to experience the game-viewing cruise in the Periyar Lake. During the boat ride there, you can spot the Indian Gaur, Elephants, Spotted Deer, Monkeys, etc., visiting the most fantastic bookshop or a visit to an elephant sanctuary – a wonderful opportunity to capture these majestic beasts in our sketch books, Jeep Safari, Jungle walk and Ayurveda massage. In the evening we are treated to a thrilling display of Kerala Martial Arts – The Kalaripayattu show and can have an evening village walk.


Munnar is good adobe of environment purity situated at the confluence of three mountain streams. It is surrounded by about 30 tea estates, amoung the highest in the world. At 1,500 metres, this vibrant small town is set amidst lush green tea gardens. We can walk into Munnar from our hotel. We move around with our sketchbooks capturing varied subjects, a temple, Churchill bridge, Main street and the busy vegetable market – learn the art of quick sketching.

Our painting locations reflect the fresh greens of this tea-growing region. We take on the challenge of painting all that green, and looking more closely at rhythm and pattern. At Seven Malai, a pretty village with a river running through it, we spend a few hours painting the plantation workers colourful cottages, in the shade of large trees. There is time to rest and recuperate between excursions. Evenings free to walk around in the town. As an optional extra, we visit a local school of Keralan cuisine to watch a cooking demonstration before dining on the delicious results!


The palm green commercial town of Kerala has one of the finest natural harbours in the world. This old European settlement and the many wonderful buildings remind us of its rich colonial past. After restoring ourselves, we take a walk to see the glorious Chinese fishing nets, stalls and shops on the sea front, before watching the sun dip into the Arabian Sea, once more. We will have opportunity to experience the distant views of Fort Cochin on the opposite side of the estuary. Varied subjects include fishing huts, fishermen mending their nets and their colourful boats, a wonderful old synagogue and the burial place of Vasco da Gama, lovely shops for artefacts, antiques, jewellery or saris, cafes, waterside restaurants, St. Francis Church, the Dutch Palace and Jew Street, to sketch…!

We will watch a traditional Kathakali dance keep an eye on the artists who apply the very distinctive and colourful makeup! An informal ‘exhibition’ will be organized in the last evening of your Holiday. It’s fun to appreciate the journey we have been on, and the portfolio of work you have amassed.

Painting Holiday 2023 with Susanna Bailey | Threka

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