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SICILY – MALTA sketching with IAN FENNELLY Sept 2021

Saturday, September 11, 2021:Wednesday, September 22, 2021


A fully escorted quality tour with loads of extras and daily workshops and demos from the exceptional UK artist and renowned Urban Sketchers tutor Ian Fennelly.

Starts in PALERMO SICILY on SEPTEMBER 11 in 2021


Join  IAN for an 11 day fully escorted Travel Sketching and watercolor tour through the highlights of both Sicily and Malta.

Ian Fennelly Sicily to Malta sketching tour 2021
Each day we explore our town and have a sketch demo and sketching workshop as well as orientation, walking and history tours and free time to do what you like in each wonderful town we visit.

This is a tour for anyone and everyone. You do not have to be an experienced sketcher at all. Ian will show you his easy style and help you to achieve your own wonderful results in your own way. Those non-sketchers are welcome if they are travelling sharing with a sketcher as there is just so much to see and explore in this trip.

Your experienced tour manager and guide Kate Stedman is an historian, art lover and avid sketcher and she will take you to her favourite spots and regale you with fun facts and historic gems each day as well.


Ian studied painting at Wimbledon School of Art and gained a 1st Class Honours degree, is a professional artist whose artwork sells worldwide, has over 48,000 followers on Instagram and is a qualified teacher as well as a senior instructor for Urban Sketchers. See more of his unique pen and watercolour artwork on Instagram at @ianfennelly


Ian Fennelly Sicily Malta sketching tour


  • 4 nights in Palermo in Sicily
  • 3 nights in Ortygia, Syracuse in Sicily
  • 4 nights in Valletta, Malta

Get a taste of two different cultures and histories on these two small Mediterranean islands where you could stay a month in each town and never be bored.
Some of the things we see and sketch:

Palermo – Sicily

  • 6thC churches
  • 9thC palace
  • Palatine, Byzantine, Moorish, Norman, Greek, Egyptian and Phoenician influenced architecture

Ortygia – Sicily

  • Roman fountain
  • Ancient Market
  • Byzantine fortress
  • Cobbled narrow passageways
  • Tiny renaissance palaces in sidestreets
  • Boats on the harbour
  • People sipping Aperol Spritzes at sunset

Valletta – Malta

  • Port and scenic waterfront
  • The famous arab inspired bay windows
  • Steep streets of Valletta
  • Ancient Mdina town
  • The Fort St Elmo
  • Barrakka Gardens
  • The ancient Knights of Malta Infirmary hospital
  • St John’s Co-cathedral
  • British gaurd saluting battery

AND as a real treat – everyone receives a signed limited edition print of your choice from Ian Fennelly’s collection.

Our Travel Sketching tours cater for people who love history, food, culture and learning a creative skill – or just like to explore new places in a fun group.
Each afternoon is free for you to amble, explore, read, shop, paint, cook – whatever you’d like to do as we offer so many suggestions.
We design activities for variety and interest and you are free to join us or take off on your own.
Many meals are included: ALL BREAKFASTS, 3 DINNERS, 3 LUNCHES in this amazing tour price but even when you do decide to eat with the group at times when it is not included in the tour itinerary we ensure that you only pay for what you eat and there is no bill-splitting.

Non-sketchers are most welcome on this tour too if they are sharing a room with a Sketcher.


Absolutely not. You will be there for the pure love of learning and sharing with a group of like-minded people and we all learn and create at our own pace. You can be a pure beginner and feel just as pleased with your output and learning as everyone else. Ian will be there to teach, inspire and encourage you each day no matter what your skill and experience level. Our equipment is portable, watercolor based with some mixed media and designed to be quick, simple travel journal-style sketching to enhance your holiday

There is quite simply no more enjoyable way to travel! 


11 days  starting SEPTEMBER 11 – 22 IN 2021.  3 & 4 star accommodation with ensuite bathrooms

COST: Please note the cost is in EUROS.  To convert this to your currency please go to https://www.xe.com and use their currency converter

€3,200 EUROS pp for twin share in a room
€2,850 EUROS pp for a non sketching participant sharing a room with a Sketcher
€800   EUROS  extra single traveller supplement

* Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for all participants on our tours.


  • All accommodation whilst on tour
  • Daily breakfasts
  • 3 dinners (not inc alcohol)
  • 3 lunches
  • All entries
  • Ferry to Valletta from Sicily
  • All transport on tour in private bus
  • Your Tour Manager
  • 9 demos & workshops with IAN FENNELLY

GETTING THERE:  the tour starts in the late afternoon in our hotel in Palermo in Sicily on September 11 in 2021. See the list here of airlines which fly in.

TOUR FINISH: our tour ends after breakfast in Valletta in Malta on September 22 in 2021.  See the list here of airlines that fly in and out of Malta

Please ensure when you book your flights that you can arrive in Palermo, Sicily in the morning or early afternoon of September 11, 2021 and that you need to organise your departure travel from Valletta in Malta any time on September 22 in 2021.

[NB: THIS TOUR IS A NOT A CONFIRMED DEPARTURE until minimum numbers have been reached.
Please contact us before you book flights for this tour to ensure the tour is going ahead.
French Fusion Travel reserves the right to cancel the tour and refund you your deposit up to 5 months (150 days) before the departure date of the tour.]


ACTIVITY LEVEL: Valletta is a steep city and we will be walking everywhere to sketch. Please ensure that you are fit and able to walk up to 2 kms easily (uphill too) and climb stairs without problem

Even if you have never put a pen on paper to sketch anything – or if you have been sketching for a long time –  you will find this experience magic and inspirational. Our sketch Holidays suit everyone and everyone learns every day in a supportive, caring and happy environment.

You will be amazed at what you can achieve when shown how.

The bond created within the group becomes very special as everyone learns from and encourages each other in being creative. A skill and a present to take home with you for life.



* Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for all participants on our tours.

Learning Goals with Ian Fennelly – a creative experience

  • To look carefully at a subject, and initially see things in terms of big shapes and structures
  • To go on a journey of looking and use different tools at different stages
  • Use brush pens to establish a simple composition
  • To apply watercolour to add depth, tone, emotion and description
  • To develop pen work to animate the subject with detail and texture
  • To have a focal point, and appreciate the importance of the gaps around it
  • To have fun and make new friends


Saturday, September 11, 2021
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Single Supplement:
€800 euros
NB: THIS TOUR IS A NOT A CONFIRMED departure until minimum numbers have been reached. Please do not book international flights until you have ascertained this. French Fusion can cancel the tour and refund your deposit up to 5 months before the departure date of the tour.
If the artist cannot attend, the tour will go ahead and every effort will be made to replace the artist with another artist for the tour duration.
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