Welcome to Catherine Parker Art Adventures + Sketchbook INDIA

contact:  catherineparkerarttours@gmail.com

Rishikish: Dusshera festival 2014Welcome to the most inspiring Sketchbook Art Tours to India!

After nearly 30 journeys to India, I remain as excited and passionate as the first time I arrived in 2005. I have artists who return again and again – testament to my impeccable service based on 15 years of love, integrity and hard work. I often spend years researching to deliver the best itineraries. They are specialised based on the uniqueness of the artist’ mind and sensitivity

discover.com gwaliorPublication: Guest Editor for Indian based magazine Discover.com/Gwalior/Madhya Pradesh 2018

  2020 Art Programmes

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NEW TOUR!! Short + Sweet Art Retreat: Orchha and Gwalior
9 nights/10 days: 25 September – 4 October 2020
Australian school holidays in most states

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Please note: These are pilot tour prices – take advantage of these special 2020 rates (the post Feb prices are also inaugural rates)

Tour cost:
 EARLY BIRD! If booked by February 29 you pay only $2350 based on twin share | single supplement: $415

Post February 29: $2530 | single supplement: $415
Tour includes: exquisite accommodation in heritage and heritage inspired hotels, all breakfasts; transport within India (according to itinerary – side trips at expense of artist), sketchbook guidance and tuition, local guides, all breakfasts and a whole lot more that is not listed and is totally unique.

Excluded: international flights;
$95 (to be paid upon arrival)
Max: 10 people means you get access to humble, life changing moments you may not otherwise experience….

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My philosophy – Integrity and impeccable research is the key 

As lead artist and organiser I have special creative control in the planning and am responsible for the quality and the meticulous research required to support artists for these unique ART tours.

The quality and inspiration that I would like is then applied across all areas from the Art programme, to the quality accommodation, from classic heritage, including Raj Palaces to authentic village experiences where you will not meet any other tourists…all are imbued with character suitable for creatives but never compromising on comfort


I have a body of trusted friends and colleagues who support our journey from transfers to special meals and off the beaten track forays and insights.

These tours are deeply personal, adventurous and full of cultural immersion. And we are flexible. If something doesn’t feel right on the day then we are open to change. We have a schedule but we are fluid and work according to the dynamics of each particular groups needs

The tours are fully escorted + safe with treats that you will not find on any other tour

New and very special tours are now on offer for 2020:
ODISHA – The ‘soul’ of India – March 1 – 14

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below: portable sketchbook works by Catherine Parker, Leanne Bray (on her third Art Tour with me!) Kate Humphreys as well as examples of traditional Patta Chitra and Palm Leaf scroll paintings

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Below: Gotipua Dancers – an ancient form of dance from Odisha – please play!!

I’d love to see you on this special journey that has taken 5 years to research and lovingly put together. Every time I depart the state of Odisha, east coast india, I cry…it’s a beautiful, humble state. The people are very connected to nature. Odisha has the largest tribal pop in India – 62 tribal groups. This tour will take us to some of their locations + colourful markets.

We will be visiting weavers, potters and painters as well as interacting with local village groups to learn how to make rice paintings and garlands.

Patta Chitra paintings – an ancient form of devotional work

An inspiring ART program in harmony with the people and locations….want to know more? Please email me for an itinerary and costs…

I’d love to see you…

email: catherineparkerarttours@gmail.com

Artwork: mixed media in concertina format in handmade journal by Catherine Parker

India has inspired me since 2005 where I have returned each year to paint and draw and be inspired by the beauty and candour of the people, the vibrancy of the culture, colours, arts and crafts, festivals, food, music and spirituality.

I am so excited to share this experience with you and hope you experience as much joy and creativity as I have over the years. These adventure Art tours  have been beautifully prepared, are thought provoking and designed for those who like to be personally and creatively challenged

We can also tailor make progams according to your needs – just ask – we have in depth knowledge and inspiring ideas to give you a unique experience

Thankyou for visiting Catherine Parker Art Tours!