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Painting in Spain


Let Spain seduce you! Costa Brava, where the mountains meet the sea, is the setting of this exciting painting tour in the province of Gerona. Craggy cliffs, sandy coves, pristine beaches and inland, the fascinating, ancient history all await to be painted and experienced. This region was also the home and setting for the surreal world of Salvadore Dali.


 

Day 1: Arrival at the Costa Brava



We will pick you up at a specific hotel downtown Barcelona and drive you to our hotel located in one of the most exclusive beaches on the Costa Brava, Calella de Palafrugel. Upon your arrival at our hotel by the sea, take time to settle in or start enjoying the wonderful white-washed and preserved fisherman village on the beach.

Enjoy the beach in front of the hotel, walk along the pristine seashore, take in the sun from the terrace or have a drink in the Mediterranean breeze.

Before dinner, we will take an easy walk along the shore that offers breathtaking vistas along the way.

In the evening, you will enjoy a welcome reception followed by a delicious dinner.


Days 2-3: Painting one of the most Beautiful Villages on the Costa Brava


This "little fishing village" is an hidden gem amongst all other villages along the Northern Costa Brava. The village of Calella de Palafrugell is made up of endless rocks, cliffs and extremely beautiful beaches.

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................Village of Calella de Palafrugell: view from our hotel (Keiko Tanabe)

The parish church lies in the center of the village and is surrounded by numerous small, windy alleys, which lead down to the beach and give Calella de Palafrugell its picturesque charm.



Calella de Palafrugell consists of a series of pretty coves strung out like pearls behind a fishing village with whitewashed arches on the promenade.





Day 4: Flowers, Coves and Sea Views at the Botanical Garden



Ten minutes up the road, lies The Jardi Botanic de Cap Roig. It is considered one of the most important botanical gardens in the Mediterranean.

The most characteristic plant species in the Mediterranean region mix with trees and plants from other continents are a must see and a must paint...



High above the bay, the garden offers stunning views towards the ocean.



In 1927, a Russian Colonel and his English wife began building a castle and a magnificent park. The garden runs down in terraces from the castle to the sea. These ornamental and extremely beautiful gardens containover 1000 species of plants and flowers from all over the world.


Front door of the castle in the botanical garden

Day 5: Pals, an unique Preserved Medieval Village



As you walk through the narrow village streets, next to the city walls, towers and churches, you will feel as though you have walked into a new time altogether.

The stone archways, cobblestone streets and wrought balconies adorned with flowers create a welcoming feel in this Romanesque village.



Day 6: The Surrealistic World of Salvator Dali


For those interested we will go to see the largest surrealistic object in the world created by Dali, the Dalí Theatre-Museu in the town of Figueres, his birthplace.

We will step inside the surreal world of Salvador Dalí and find a museum like none other. Dalí wanted visitors to see his massive collection as a ‘whole’ work and therefore refused to have his works placed in chronological or subject order.

Inside is a world of fantasy mixed with architecture, paintings and sculptures. It's a complete surrealistic experience.


Dali museum in Figueres


Day 7: Magical Barcelona: Market, Gaudi's Architecture and Tapas




Flamenco night, watercolor by Keiko Tanabe


Leaving the countryside for a more urban atmosphere, we will drive to Barcelona and settle into our new hotel in the center of town.


Lunch: You will have free time for lunch. Why not go to the Market of la Boqueria with its incredible contrast between colours and activity, an ideal place to discover why Mediterranean cuisine is internationally known due to its ingredients?

All of the best products from Catalonia in one place: fruit, vegetables, fish, seafood and the world famous ham de Belota, the "pata negra".


Afternoon: Medieval and Gothic Quarter:
On this guided tour, we will walk through the ancient narrow streets of one of the best preserved medieval districts in Europe. Discover the secrets behind the stones of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter.

You will learn about ancient and current traditions of Catalonia, about the differences between being Spanish and Catalan while discovering the stunning Gothic architecture of Barcelona's most magical neighbourhood.

Evening: Dinner and Flamenco

In the evening, we will have our farewell dinner together followed by a wonderful and unforgettable Flamenco show. Flamenco singers, dancers and guitar players will be offering a powerful staging and musical event.



Day 8: Departure


It is time to say Hasta Luego! But don't worry - you'll be back. We just know it!

You can choose to stay a few more days in Barcelona or fly home if you have to.





Transportation


You will be taken care of from the start to finish of the trip, in Barcelona and the Costa Brava.

We will drive you to different painting locations in our comfortable A/C mini van.





Accommodations


We have chosen this friendly and peaceful hotel located in the heart of la Costa Brava. Come and let yourself be carried away by emotions!

The hotel sits on bluffs overlooking the coves of a hidden preserved beach of the Costa Brava.

Besides magnificent views, the hotel grounds boast a shaded terrace and beautifully wooded gardens.

The village's narrowing streets and picturesque fishermen's cottages form an idyllic backdrop to the stunning Mediterranean coast.




Some rooms (if you book early) have a balcony with sea view. Enjoy exceptional views of the white fishing village and the blue sea in a comfortable, intimate and relaxed atmosphere. All rooms have TV, satellite, air conditioning, heating, hairdryer and safety deposit box.



 
Bedroom with sea view

View from the terrace
   



Dates & Rates 2016




May 2-9, 2016
Teacher: David Savellano
Ink and Watercolor Sketching/Painting Workshop
Max 12 participants
6 spots left
Price is $3,190 (double occupancy room)
+ US$350 pp double room with sea view
+ US$350 single standard room
+ US$750 single room with sea view

$400 off for non-painters
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"How you see and experience the world matters especially when you can combine art and travel. The combination of travel sketching (ink and watercolor) and painting gives you the best of both worlds; the immediacy of travel sketching and the spontaneity of plein air painting.

I want all the participants to leave the workshop with smiles on their faces knowing they received excellent group and personal instruction, successfully faced their artistic challenges, experienced the culture of Costa Brava and most importantly had fun.

Students will leave the workshop with specific exercises and instructions to improve their art and gain confidence with on-going practice".

About the teacher:

David Savellano is an artist who works primarily en plein air (outdoors), creating sketches and watercolor paintings that capture random moments—on the street, in nature, and wherever else his portable easel takes him.

“I enjoy working outdoors because it’s unpredictable and that lends itself to the kind of spontaneity you just can’t get in a studio,” he says.

Although largely self-taught as a watercolor painter, he credits his 30 years as a practicing architect with having given him the drawing skills and strong sense of perspective that have elevated his artwork.

David’s passion for outdoor painting isn’t limited to his own sketches and paintings, he also teaches it, offering classes distinguished by their intimate size and the generous amount of personal instruction he provides. His expert instruction enables students to improve their artistic skills and broadens their knowledge.

Visit David Savellano's web site




May 9-16, 2016
Teacher: Pat Fiorello
All medium Workshop
Max 12 participants
5 spots left

Price is $3,190 (Double occupancy room)
+ US$350 pp double room with sea view
+ US$350 single standard room
+ US$750 single room with sea view

$400 off for non-painters
See what rates include.





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Join in the fun, with artist and instructor Pat Fiorello, as you learn, grow and see new places through the eyes of an artist during this inspiring 8-day painting workshop in beautiful Spain.

Pat has extensive experience teaching on location in the U.S. and Europe and is author of the book “Bella Italia, Italy Through the Eyes of an Artist.” She creates a positive, supportive environment for students to stretch and grow.

"Are you new to painting plein air? Or if you’ve painted outdoors in the past, have you sometimes found it overwhelming to take in all you see in the landscape and translate it to a strong, cohesive painting that captures the spirit of the location and your experience of it?

In this workshop, you will improve your ability to observe the landscape and captures its essence. We’ll be focusing on how to select landscape elements and compose a beautiful painting based on what inspires you and how to then simplify the landscape and mass values for greatest impact. In addition, observing nature and capturing the joy of color and drama of light and shadow in your paintings will be emphasized.

Whether you are new to painting or experienced, you will be inspired and enriched by taking part in this very special growth experience. The program is open to artists of all skill levels and any medium.

Program includes demonstrations, group instruction on topics including technique, color, value, composition, tips for painting on location, one-on-one guidance while painting and critiques to provide feedback to build your skills.

Immerse yourself in painting, beauty and fun during this weeklong escapade to Spain"!





June 6-13, 2016
Teacher: Kathy Rennell Forbes
Watercolor Painting Workshop
Max 12 participants
6 spots left

Price is $3,190 (double occupancy room)
+ US$350 pp double room with sea view
+ US$350 single standard room
+ US$750 single room with sea view

$400 off for non-painters
See what rates include.



Kathy will inspire you with daily watercolor demos and then provide hands on and individual instructions as you capture the mystique of the Costa Brava in your own watercolor journal.

We will travel light with just a small bag of watercolor supplies and journal to paint your golden memories while also exploring this magical destination.

Kathy encourages your own painting style while sharing her watercolor secrets. You will bring home a personalized journal of your discoveries that you can share with others and inspire you to paint larger versions back home.

There will be ample time to explore the area’s treasures and history while enjoying wine and conversation with Kathy and the group at the end of each day. 

This is a great workshop for beginner and intermediate painters who want to enhance their watercolors skills while traveling.

Kathy Rennell Forbes teaches art classes in the Atlanta area and watercolor workshops in the US, Europe and Cuba.
Kathy is an accomplished artist and instructor. Her representational paintings are in private and corporate collections around the world.

She is a Signature Member and past President of the Georgia Watercolor Society and is also a Member of Excellence in the Atlanta Artists Center.

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Aug 28-Sept 4, 2016:
Teacher: Daniel J. Keys
Oil Painting Workshop
4 spots left







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Price is $3,190 (double occupancy room)
+ US$350 pp double room with sea view
+ US$350 single standard room
+ US$750 single room with sea view

$400 off for non-painters
See what rates include.

ALLA PRIMA, ABROAD
A Spanish Painting Experience


Internationally known artist, Daniel J. Keys, will be taking a small group of artists on the Costa Brava and Barcelona, to paint and explore.

During each of the painting days, Daniel will offer demonstrations and teach each student the fundamentals of painting, both “en plein air” and still life. Topics of discussion will include…

Drawing: Getting the shapes accurate.
Values: Understanding light and shadow.
Color & Color Temperature: The secret to life-like paintings.
Edges: Using hard, soft, and lost edges correctly.
Composition: Designing your painting with confidence.

I believe that any artist would benefit from a workshop experience such as this, no matter their usual painting subject-matter. It’s all about painting shapes of color, and with a locale like the Mediterranean Sea, inspiration is bound to be plenteous!

A supply-list of Daniel’s materials will be provided upon registration. Space is very limited (max 10 participants).






Sept 4-11, 2016:
Teacher: Rae Andrews
Watercolor Painting & Sketching Workshop (all media welcomed)
8 spots left







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$200 off before April 30
so price is US $2,990
+ US$350 pp double room with sea view
+ US$350 single standard room
+ US$750 single room with sea view
After Feb 29th: US$3,190
$400 off for non-painters
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Rae says: "For all the artists out there who have wanted to do a magical dream vacation catering to your creative talents, and be with like minded people without the hassle of organizing it yourself, join me in Spain".

"For most of us, organizing these trips can be a hassle with transport, lodging, food, and still manage to paint. Well this trip is all catered for".

RAE'S STORY.. "A full time artist I work and teach in all mediums. I LOVE the freshness of leaving the white of the paper with my watercolors. I am an intuitive artist, consider myself playful with my works, always trying to challenge myself however always mindful of design, color and my values.

This workshop is designed for all levels. Students will work en plein air in both painting and sketching, coming away from this fun week with a myriad of ideas for use in their own works.

Rae will show students how she uses a variety of tonal values, color and movement, making her work unique and exciting for the viewer. If you think this workshop might be just the thing to get you moving in your own art, even if you have never traveled to Europe before, now is your chance!"





May 1-8, 2017:
Teacher: Annie Strack
Watercolor Painting Workshop

$200 off before Nov 30th
so price is US $2,990 (double occupancy standard room)
+ US$350 pp superior double room with sea view
+ US$350 single standard room
+ US$750 superior single room with sea view
After Nov 30th: US$3,190
Discount of $400 for non-painters
See what rates include.




Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn to master the techniques of watercolor painting on the breathtaking coast line of Spain's Costa Brava with Annie Strack, an America's Master Maritime Artist!

Annie guides students through the painting process with helpful step-by-step demonstrations and individual attention. This workshop is open to painters of all levels. All artists, whether they are new to watercolors or experienced painters, will learn new skills from watching Annie as she explains her techniques for creating spectacular paintings.

Multiple watercolor techniques are covered in the workshop, including glazing, washes, dry brush, masking, lifting, & more. Students will gain an understanding of the properties of different paints, learn how to successfully mix colors, and how to use values and color temperatures to enhance their compositions. Students will watch and learn as each painting step and technique is explained and demonstrated with a clarity that makes the lessons easy to absorb and replicate. Students will benefit from personal and group critiques, and receive individual attention from the instructor.

Annie Strack is a Signature Member of the International Society of Maritime Painters and several other artist societies, an Official Authorized Artist for the USCG, Painting instructor at Artists Network University, and Contributing Editor at Professional Artist magazine. She is a highly esteemed workshop instructor, and she is a much sought-after juror for art exhibits. Her artwork has received hundreds of awards and hangs in over 1,000 collections worldwide including USCG, U.S. Navy, U.S. Pentagon, U.S. Senate, Veterans Administration, and many more.

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May 8-15, 2017:
Teacher: Susan Blackwood
Watercolor and Oil Painting Workshop




$200 off before Nov 30th
so price is US $3,190 (double occupancy standard room)
+ US$350 pp superior double room with sea view
+ US$350 single standard room
+ US$750 superior single room with sea view
After Nov 30th: US$3,390
Discount of $400 for non-painters
See what rates include.

Susan Blackwood has a love of painting and teaching others to paint and draw. Oils and watercolors are her preferred mediums for paintings. She has been painting plein air for years…since she was in her teens.

Painting on location captures all of the senses and each painting done plein air becomes a memory that will never be forgotten. Traveling and painting becomes a wonderful way to make memories and capture the experiences. “ I would love to show you how to create successful paintings that you will enjoy years after you go home. Painting in Spain will be full of wonderful opportunities to take your paintings (watercolors or oils) to a new level. I have lots of easy methods to show you how to paint villages, buildings, boats and water. I can’t wait to share them with you”.

Susan has been teaching classes and workshops nationally and internationally since 1975. Her teaching is based on solid knowledge and enthusiasm. Her greatest joy is to help artists reach new levels in their paintings.

Her work has been seen in many National art Magazines, won many awards and accepted into many Museum Shows, National and International.

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May 8-15, 2017:
Teacher: Howard Friedland
Oil Painting Workshop




$200 off before Nov 30th
so price is US $3,190 (double occupancy standard room)
+ US$350 pp superior double room with sea view
+ US$350 single standard room
+ US$750 superior single room with sea view
After Nov 30th: US$3,390
Discount of $400 for non-painters
See what rates include.

Painting the light of the Costa Brava with Howard Friedland OPA/AIS

In this workshop we will focus on capturing the unique and spectacular light and subjects of the Costa Brava.

No matter how long one has been painting, there is always something new to learn! Every morning, I will demonstrate and lecture for about an hour and explain the day’s lesson, it will then be your turn to explore the many exciting subjects and compositions to be painted.

Students will have individual attention at their own easel and a positive critique to give you some food for thought at the end of the day of painting.

This will be a fun and memorable painting holiday for all! I really look forward to meeting and painting with all of you!



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May 22-29, 2017:
Teacher: Erin Hill
Travel Sketching Workshop




$200 off before Nov 30th
so price is US $2,990 (double occupancy standard room)
+ US$350 pp superior double room with sea view
+ US$350 single standard room
+ US$750 superior single room with sea view
After Nov 30th: US$3,190
Discount of $400 for non-painters
See what rates include.

Erin Hill is the founder and creator of ErinHill Travel Sketching.

With over 40 years in the creative industry, Erin brings together her art experience into a simple learning system which enables absolutely anybody to learn to sketch an impression of what they see.

Erin guides students in a relaxed way to find their creative side. She follows a program of foundation skills to take you from first stepping stones through to confident and passionate travel sketcher. She teaches you to work quickly and often to a time limit, exactly as we must when out in the real world.

Each class day on our Costa Brava Spain Sketch Holiday, we meet together for a lesson in techniques based on the subject of the day. Following that we go out on location to sketch our impressions and apply some simple colour. After a late lunch we have free time for more sketching or to shop, explore or just relax.

"You will be creating a lasting memory of your days. It’s your fun impression as only you see it. You really can’t go wrong! I look forward to meeting you all and sharing the joy of sketching".

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June 5-12, 2017:
Teacher: Gary Tucker
Watercolor Painting Workshop





Gary has been living as a watercolor artist in Boston and the Cape Ann region for more than 20 years. When in Boston, Gary teaches to about 65 students a week, watercolor and drawing, giving demonstrations in watercolor to many of the museums and arts organizations in the area.
“Watercolor differs from other media in that there is a performance aspect to it. The fine pieces come out in one sitting and very often like a classic performance, something happens, a fusion of mind and subject, an improvisation that cannot be duplicated”.

$200 off before Nov 30th
so price is US $2,990 (double occupancy standard room)
+ US$350 pp superior double room with sea view
+ US$350 single standard room
+ US$750 superior single room with sea view
After Nov 30th: US$3,190
Discount of $400 for non-painters
See what rates include.

There is only one thing that can be better than walking out the door towards a new destination with your paintbox in hand and that is to be joined in this adventure by friends.

I am sure our adventure in the Costa Brava will be a wonderful experience and will give us memories for a lifetime.

Painting our of doors is different than working in the studio - -and nothing is as rewarding as working on location. The rewards are in the experience of the moment, the light, the air, the sounds,  everything. This experience comes flooding back when you see your painting - even years later. It is what draws us outside again and again.

When teaching out of doors I like to demonstrate each morning, and with each lesson I try to impart something useful that builds upon the previous days work. The subjects that I demonstrate are:
Drawing: Placing the motif with a good idea of proportion and perspective
Design: Composition, Line, Tonal Values, around a center of interest
Watercolor Technique: Once or drawing and design are set we can completely concentrate on the painting process working with watercolor wet into wet, dry into wet, and using dry technique  Brushwork  Color strategies and more.
Critique: In the evening, after a day of painting, we gather together for a critique. It is a great learning moment to see your work through the eyes of others.

A few words about our destination -  It is the Costa Brava !!! - Subject matter in every direction!!

Read what Gary’s students have to say by going to Gary's website





June 19-26, 2017 (max.10 pax)

Teacher: Adrienne Retief
Watercolor Sketching Workshop

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$200 off before Nov 30th
so price is US $2,990 (double occupancy standard room)
+ US$350 pp superior double room with sea view
+ US$350 single standard room
+ US$750 superior single room with sea view
After Nov 30th: US$3,190
Discount of $400 for non-painters
See what rates include.

"Join us for a week of sketching with watercolor as we explore the breathtakingly beautiful landscape and architecturally unique villages of the Costa Brava.

As a practicing architect, architectural illustrator and watercolor painter, I am passionate about travel sketching and painting, and love to share that passion with others. It does not matter if you have never sketched or painted (or think you can do neither) since I believe everyone can do this with just a little coaxing and coaching.

I will demonstrate the fundamentals of simple perspective and composition; cover basic color theory and simple watercolor techniques, but the focus will be on individual expression and exploration. There is nothing that anchors memories (the view; the feel of the sun; the sounds; the smells; the immediacy of the moment) quite like the act of sketching and painting on location.

Having been a participant of one of Jackie's painting tours in 2014, and a teacher in June 2015, I know just how magical the experience can be!

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Rates include:
  • Pick up and drop off at a specific time in a hotel downtown Barcelona
  • A welcome reception
  • All nights (6 nights at the hotel on the Costa Brava and 1 night at the hotel in Barcelona)
  • All breakfasts
  • 1 lunch and 5 dinners (incl. drinks and wine)
  • A Flamenco show
  • All art classes
  • Entrance fees to all sites on the tour
  • Transportation every day in a comfortable van
  • A personal chauffeur/tour leaderthroughout the week

Exclude:
  • Flights to and from Barcelona
  • 6 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Optional activities, personal expenses and tipping




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