Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Painting in Spain: Travel Journal Workshop"
April 30 - May 7, 2018
 

This region is a journaling artist’s paradise. My pre-trip instructions and photos will help you arrive ready to capture the experiences with a keen knowledge of design basics, drawing and unique planning page compositions. Developed as a ‘journal key’ this will also include ideas for cohesive graphics, page edges and calligraphy. Using watercolors as a primary medium, the fun begins with introducing multi-media, iridescent highlighting, aquarelle pencil, found collage/tracing, nature printing, pop-up 3-D sculpture, origami and more. Your pages will come alive and move in vibrant style, interactive surprises and tactile details as you learn to embrace the imagery into a cherished work of art. Join us as we explore the breathtakingly beautiful landscape and architecturally unique villages of the Costa Brava.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Cherry Sweig, www.cherrysweig.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Pastel Workshop"
April 30 - May 7, 2018
 

Painting “en plein air” means being fully present to the experience of painting on location. As you observe and paint, every sight, sound, smell, and experience in the environment becomes part of your painting. That’s part of the joy that comes with working from life rather than a photo. We’ll go through the process of creating on location step-by-step, from choosing what you’re going to paint, to simplifying the scene, to drawing up a thumbnail, to blocking in the big shapes, and then to adding detail. We’ll go over the importance of understanding values and how this knowledge can liberate your colour choices and interpretation of a scene. The workshop is suitable for all levels but some experience with drawing and pastels would be helpful.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Gail Sibley, www.gailsibley.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Keiko Tanabe in Spectacular Spain"
May 13-19, 2018
 

A great artist, wonderful location, perfect setting for that magical art workshop you have always imagined. "Las Orquideas" an art retreat set in the Valencian countryside and center to many international artists. This workshop is designed for those people who would like to gain a better understanding of methods and techniques to produce watercolor paintings that are simple but strong. The goal is to develop an eye for a potentially good subject and capture the essence of it through the simplification process. You will paint different subjects every day, including landscapes, cityscapes and waterscapes, in plein-air and studio. Each day there will be a small exercise which will then be applied to a painting later in the day.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: €1695 single in private en-suite room
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Holidays
Website, email, 0034 96221 7226


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 14-21, 2018
 

When you paint a place, you really get to know it. Plein Air is not just a record of what you see but how that place makes you feel. Join Kristi in a magical place and learn how to tell your story with the magical medium of watercolor. We will cover basic techniques which will give you the language needed to communicate visually. Design & composition is one of Kristi’s strong suits and she will demonstrate on site with lots of individual help as needed. We will strive for a relationship with the medium, learn to trust what the paint does on its own and recognize those “happy accidents” when they occur! Be brave & confident…no more wimpy watercolors!
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Kristi Grussendorf, kristigrussendorf.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Sue Ford in Spectacular Spain"
May 23-29, 2018
 

"Las Orquideas" a peaceful, relaxing art retreat in the Valencian countryside of real Spain. During this painting workshop, Sue's aim is to ensure that all her students benefit, regardless of their experience. The idea of this mixed media workshop is to create a solid foundation of artistic techniques whilst you develop your own style, in a relaxed and comfortable learning environment. During each day you will be guided gently through each of the painting stages; often with a demonstration to get you started and build confidence. These painting demonstrations are followed by patient professional tuition throughout the holiday so that all the paintings you create will inspire you to move forward with confidence in your own artistic direction.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Sue Ford
Cost: €1525 single occupation in private en-suite room
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Holidays
Website, email, 0034 96221 7226


"Pablo Ruben in Spectacular Spain"
June 26 - July 2, 2018
 

A wonderful opportunity to spend five full days in a small group workshop under the direction of this master of watercolor techniques, winner of numerous art awards around the world. The art retreat of "Las Orquideas" opens its doors once again to Pablo. Learn how to capture the real atmosphere of a street scene by using just two dominant colors plus a few touches of their compliments. With plein aire painting in the cities and towns, a visit to the coastal marina and small local towns of this rural community, studio work and demonstrations in the beautifully landscaped gardens overlooking the Valley of Albaida. All meals, materials and airport transfers are included in this relaxingly invigorating and inspirational art week.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Pablo Ruben Lopez Sanz
Cost: €1595 single, private en suite room, inclusive
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Holidays
Website, email, 0034 96221 7226


"Viktoria and Slawa Prischedko in Spectacular Spain"
July 3-9, 2018
 

This is a rare opportunity to experience small group tutoring from two of the best watercolorists around today. Viktoria and Slawa will inspire you with their very own artistic watercolor techniques which other professional artists perpetually try to emulate. As one of the best known art retreat, painting vacations venues, Dalvaro Art offers you extraordinarily well designed art workshops bringing you closer to your own aspirations of mastering painting techniques. Allowing you to absorb the tips from some of the world's best tutors, while retaining the memories of all you see and hear. Our intimate, individual, inclusive itineraries are designed for your exploration, while relaxing and being captivated by local food, culture, people and customs of rural Valencian communities.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Viktoria and Slawa Prischedko
Cost: €1715 single accommodation in private room
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"Keith Hornblower in Spectacular Spain"
July 22-28, 2018
 

Las Orquideas, a peaceful and relaxing art retreat in Valencia, Spain. Stay in this wonderful villa set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens, designed specifically with the artist in mind. All meals created by our own in-house chef using locally grown fresh ingredients. Your own private room to retire to each evening, feeling refreshed and invigorated every morning. A unique week of watercolour tuition in plein-air, on location and in the magnificent gardens, with detailed studio studies. Be guided through a loose style of watercolor painting sharing invaluable tips and techniques leaving you confident and inspired. With numerous demonstrations, Keith will give one-on-one guidance so whatever your level you will take some new knowledge away from this incredible week.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Keith Hornblower
Cost: 1525 €uros single, private room, meals + materials
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"Paul Weaver in Spectacular Spain"
August 5-11, 2018
 

A great artist in a beautiful location, a perfect setting for that instructional art workshop you have always wanted. "Las Orquideas" Art Retreat set in the Valencian countryside and centre to many international artists. This particular workshop, with Paul Weaver, an exceptionally talented watercolorist, is designed for those experienced painters to gain a better understanding of methods and techniques to create watercolor paintings which are simple yet strong. The goal; to develop an eye for a potentially good subject and capture the essence of it through the simplification process. You will paint different subjects each day, including landscapes and cityscapes in plein air and in the studio. There will be daily one-on-one tuition with well explained tutorials.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Paul Weaver
Cost: 1595 €uros. single, private en suite room + materials
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art
Website, email, 0034 96221 7226


"Painting and Drawing Holidays"
August 20-26, 2018
 

During the course the students will receive a minimum of 22 hours a week of tutoring and 24 hours a day access to the studio. The groups are kept small, up to 10 students. Every person regardless of their level will receive a tailored program putting the focus in their interests and wishes in a friendly, relaxed and inspiring atmosphere. Our local chefs will make delicious traditional Spanish dishes and international dishes using mediterranean ingredients. The price includes accomodation, main meals, art materials and equipment, tutoring, transfers from and to the airport and a visit to the nearby village. We also offer discounts to partners.
 
Location: Villanueva de la Vera, Spain
Instructor: Granada Munoz
Cost: 1400€
Sponsor: Las Paulinas
Website, email, 0044 7480 219 108


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 3-10, 2018
 

Craggy cliffs, sandy coves, pristine beaches and inland, the fascinating, ancient history all await to be painted and experienced! What a great combination for painting. And let’s not forget the Gourmet food and sangria! Demonstrations will help you with composition, color harmony and the play of light on objects. Sonja will do a demo every day and also give you some individual help. All skill levels are welcome. Plan on small format sketching plus painting in ink/ or watercolor - a doable size for the traveling artist. Join us for an unforgettable art holiday in Spain!
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Sonja Hamilton, www.sonjahamilton.com
Cost: $3,190
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Cultural Tour: Spain – Barcelona/Costa Brava"
September 10-17, 2018
 

Discover hidden gems of Spanish history, art and culture in Barcelona and Catalonia. From Gaudi’s masterpieces to the colorful La Boqueria market in Barcelona, from olive groves and archaeological sites to fishing villages and vineyards on the Costa Brava, from tapas and paella to flamenco and surreal Dali, let Spain seduce you! Price includes a personal chauffeur/guide throughout the week, entrance fees to all sites on the tour, accommodations, all breakfasts, 1 gourmet paella lunch, 5 dinners (includes drinks and wine).
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor:
Cost: $3,290
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain"
October 27 - November 3, 2018
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 €
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, +34 856 830 008


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Journaling Workshop"
May 6-13, 2019
 

Come along with me to Spain for a week of painting Barcelona and the Costa Brava. All the logistics will be taken care of – all you have to do is relax and enjoy as we sketch pristine shorelines, craggy cliffs, sandy coves, medieval villages, white-washed houses and flowers from a botanical garden. In Barcelona, we’ll visit the fascinating Dali museum and attend an unforgettable flamenco show. And we’ll capture these once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the pages of our travel journals. Our focus throughout the tour will be on illustrated watercolor journaling. I’ll share my sketching process from start to finish and offer daily demonstrations of techniques for painting the subjects you’ll encounter each day.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Leslie Fehling, www.lesliefehling.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov. 30 ($3,390 after Nov. 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
May 13-20, 2019
 

Join me for sketching on-location in beautiful Spain! Learn to capture your experiences on paper, and more important, in your mind and heart. The process of drawing imprints what you see into your brain in such a way that years from now, the sounds of the people walking by, the scent of the rain, the feel of the warm air, and much more will all flood back when you look at your sketch. In this workshop, we’ll focus on quickly capturing buildings and spaces, as well as skies, trees and water. I’ll do lots of quick demos and provide hand’s-on guidance as you sketch and paint the beautiful scenes of the Spanish coast and Barcelona.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Stephanie Bower, www.stephaniebower.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov. 30 ($3,390 after Nov. 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
May 20-27, 2019
 

Join me for sketching on-location in beautiful Spain! Learn to capture your experiences on paper, and more important, in your mind and heart. The process of drawing imprints what you see into your brain in such a way that years from now, the sounds of the people walking by, the scent of the rain, the feel of the warm air, and much more will all flood back when you look at your sketch. In this workshop, we’ll focus on quickly capturing buildings and spaces, as well as skies, trees and water. I’ll do lots of quick demos and provide hand’s-on guidance as you sketch and paint the beautiful scenes of the Spanish coast and Barcelona.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Stephanie Bower, www.stephaniebower.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov. 30 ($3,390 after Nov. 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Workshop"
May 27 - June 3, 2019
 

Join Vladislav (Vlad) Yeliseyev, AIS, NWS, for 8 days in Barcelona and Costa Brava! This pristine coast shore is the perfect environment where color and light meet together to produce stunning results waiting to be expressed on watercolor paper. Vlad is an academically trained master watercolorist who will show you how to quickly capture the essence of the scenery with a dynamic and powerful impressionistic approach. His individual approach to teaching is designed for artists at all levels. Join us for plein air painting in beautiful Spain!
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev, www.yeliseyevfineart.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov. 30 ($3,390 after Nov. 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2019"
July 1-12, 2019
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne when the lavender is in its glory, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3685 around US$2830 as of March 2018) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule.
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2830
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"5 Day Plein-Air Watercolor Workshop, Barcelona"
Year round
 

This is an opportunity to enjoy a 5-day plein-air intensive urban watercolor workshop in the heart of Barcelona. Professional artist Paul Raymonde and his wife Angela run this unusual city based painting course in one of Europe’s most beautiful metropolis'. The week's curriculum is carefully structured to cover all aspects of technique. Starting with simple value studies it rapidly progresses to full colour paintings. Classes are held in the mornings leaving visitors time to explore the sights and culture of Barcelona. All abilities are welcome.
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Paul Raymonde
Cost: from €400 EUR
Sponsor: La Terraza Atico
Website, email, +24611360131


"Initiation to Neolithic Pottery & Paper Engraving in Rosa del Taro"
During all the year
 

Art "Atalaya la Rosa del Taro" Artists Residence. It is a process of Neolithic tradition, totally by hand without winch and cooking with direct fire. Very rudimentary technique but of great ethnographic value. With your hands and the help of beach stones, pieces of wood and bone, you can make the tools that the aborigines of the islands used for everyday use. It is an elaborated ceramics, by the procedure called of the warping, consisting of the application and stretching of successive buns, churros or colombines of mud. There is also the technique of recessing and stretching a clay pellet. The preparation of the ceramic paste is made from the mixture of different muds with degreasers (sand or volcanic ash).
 
Location: Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain
Instructor: Silverio Lopez Marquez
Sponsor: La Rosa del Taro
Website, email, 0034 619835684


 

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