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We created Art Escape Italy back in 2016 as a way of combining great art with a unique travel experience, since then we have welcomed hundreds of wonderful artists on our retreats. Our main goal has always been to offer high-quality art instruction in a beautiful and inspiring environment.


We believe that you should come away from our retreats feeling refreshed and inspired, having gained valuable knowledge to push you further on your artistic journey.

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Meet the Art Escape Italy Team

Dorian Plaka

Tana Maxted
Co-founder & Co-Owner

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I was born in Albania and moved to Italy as a child. Growing up in Italy, whilst regularly returning home gave me a love of different languages, cultures and travel. One of the best bits about Art Escape Italy is having the opportunity to meet and make friends with people from all over the world. Tana and I organise and host every one of our retreats, and put so much effort and energy into making sure that everyone leaves having had the best possible experience with us.


Tana Maxted Dorian Plaka

I grew up near London and started painting soon after leaving school. Having grown up in an artistic family I've always loved art, as well as the idea of travel and working abroad. In my early 20's I went to Italy to attend a workshop in Florence, and after that I didn't want to leave. That's when the idea of Art Escape Italy came about. In designing and hosting these retreats it's so important to me that I create courses I would want to attend myself, taught by artists who genuinely inspire me.


Art Escape Italy Co-Founders

Back in 2016 Art Escape Italy was initially set up by Tana, Sarah and Monika, who all met on an art workshop in Florence, it was here that they decided to set up this venture together. At the end of 2017 Sarah and Monika decided to return home to their respective countries of Australia and the USA. Take a look below and see what they're up to now.

Sarah White

Monika Christensen 

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Sarah’s professional background is in medical research, and she currently works as a lecturer at the University of Sydney. Whilst running art workshops, Sarah developed a passion for photography along with a desire to pursue her love of painting and drawing.


Monika's first career was as a theater director and actor. Her love of art and Italy was the personal inspiration and motivation for co-founding Art Escape Italy. She now focuses her attention on her USA-based business, Housekeeping Maid Easy.


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