About Art Escape Italy

Our main goal is to offer high-quality art instruction in a beautiful and inspiring environment! We believe that you should come away from our retreats and workshops feeling refreshed and inspired.

Art Escape Italy art holiday
Art Escape Italy Workshop
Art Escape Italy Workshop

Meet the Art Escape Italy Team

Tana Maxted
Co-founder & Co-Owner

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Dorian Plaka

I grew up in England, near London and started painting when I left school. In 2015 I travelled to Italy to attend a workshop in Florence. After that I didn't want to leave, so in 2016 I moved to Florence and put all of my energy in to making Art Escape Italy a success. My main aim in designing these workshops is to create something that I would want to attend myself, taught by artists who genuinely inspire me!

I was born in Albania and moved to Italy as a child. Growing up in Italy, whilst returning home often gave me a love of different languages and cultures. One of the best bits about this company is having the opportunity to meet and get to know people from all over the world. Tana and I organise and host every workshop, and my parents (who are excellent cooks) cater every retreat, so each one of our art holidays has an incredible community feel.


Sarah White

Monika Christensen 

Sarah White artist

During the first two years of Art Escape Italy, Sarah was a huge asset to the team and responsible for Art Escape Italy's marketing, design and other aspects. Whilst running art workshops, Sarah developed a passion for photography along with a desire to pursue her love of painting and drawing. Sarah’s professional background is in medical research, and she currently works as a lecturer at the University of Sydney. However, art has been Sarah’s non-professional passion since high-school and she continues to develop these skills from her studio in Sydney. 


Keep up to date with Sarah's artwork:



Monika left Art Escape Italy at the end of 2017, she now focuses her attention on her USA-based business, Housekeeping Maid Easy, which she founded in Indianapolis, Indiana. Monika's first career was as a theater director and actor. The Mt. Zion Theatre company was the first company she founded while living in Michigan and completing her theatre BA. Her love of art and Italy was the personal inspiration and motivation for co-founding Art Escape Italy, and she has other ventures in mind for the future. 


Keep up with Monika’s travels and artwork here: @monichris