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
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
of Calella de Palagrugell: view from our hotel
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
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
The most characteristic plant species in the Mediterranean region mix
with trees and plants from other continents are a must see and a must
High above the bay, the garden offers stunning views towards
In 1927, a Russian Colonel and his English wife began building a
castle and a magnificent park. The works continued for 50 years.
The garden runs down in terraces from the castle to the sea. These ornamental
and extremely beautiful gardens contain species 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
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
Some Dali'work at his museum in Figueres
Day 7: Magical Barcelona: Market, Gaudi's Architecture and Tapas
Fruit stall at the Boqueria
Casa Batlló, Gaudi
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: We will 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: Gaudi's amazing architecture:
On this guided tour, we will get up close to some of the best
Gaudí's grand designs: Palau of Guell, Casa Batlló,
Casa Milla and of course la Sagrada Familia.
Casa Batlló is Gaudi's most emblematic work of
with a facade that is original, fantastical and full of imagination.
Gaudi redesigned the original facade to give it a wavy shape
and covered it with a mosaic of coloured glass
and ceramic discs. Just amazing!
The giant Basilica, the Sagrada Familia,
is one of the most original and ambitious modern buildings.
You can't fail to be humbled by such an imposing and ambitious
project, being under construction since 1882! The detail on
the exterior walls is just staggering.
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.
You will be taken care of from the start to finish of the trip
from and to the Barcelona airport.
Every day, we have our comfortable A/C mini van at your disposal
to drive you to different painting locations.
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.
We have chosen this friendly and peaceful hotel located in the
heart of la Costa Brava. Come and let yourself be carried away
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 steep winding streets and picturesque fishermen's
cottages form an idyllic backdrop to the stunning Mediterranean
View of the village from the hotel
Bedroom with sea view
View from the terrace
|Sept 7-14, 2014:
Painting workshop and retreat:
All media welcome
Workshop: You’ll be given daily on-location
demos in oil. Artists may work in the medium of their
choice! Each workshop participant will be supplied with
a 6” x 8” gridded view finder & rendering marker, which
we’ll use as we learn to simplify and start with a good composition.
I’ll demonstrate the fundamentals of simple perspective,
line, value and color. Artists will learn the secrets
of using temperature to create the illusion of depth
in their paintings. Workshop participants will each be emailed
art supply suggestions and tips on traveling with paints. I
will invite participants to a free one day plein air
class in Colorado Spring.
Artist Retreat: Advanced
artists who don't desire instruction are welcome to sign up
as a "Retreat Participant" for $350
less. They won't watch the demos but will paint
on same locations and enjoy the camaraderie of other artists.
We'll all get together in the evenings to discuss art.
Painting Workshop (all media)
US$200 off before Jan 31st, 2014
|| Join Martha Johnson
for a wonderful week of painting and sightseeing in Spain.
is known for her passionate approach to landscape painting.
Her classes include understanding regional colour as well as developing
realistic geography and landmarks.
Suitable for all media and levels of experience Martha's workshop
will include developing atmosphere with emphasis on sketching,
composition and creating finished work.
Each painting day will include a positive, encouraging informal
critique at the day's end.
Martha encourages having a point and shoot camera with you for
works to be developed in your studio.
Martha always develops a great sense of camaraderie with her students, so don't miss her first Spanish workshop.
|Sept 15-22, 2014:
Primarily Oil Painting Workshop
|| This painting
trip to Barcelona and the Coasta Brava has more visual beauty
and inspiration than any artist could dream of ! There is something
for everyone and all level of painters are welcome.
Victoria teaches primarily in oil but also teaches acrylic and
watercolor. She will teach you how to paint water and
reflections, capturing white washed buildings against
cobalt skies and a turquoise sea. Learn to paint a boat or a whole
harbor as Victoria teaches you the methods of simplicity.
Because it is a small class she spends a lot of time individually
and as a group lecturing and demonstrating the how to's of painting:
composition, color, value and edges.
Victoria is also a figure painter, so she will give tips on painting
Flamenco dancers as well as old fishermen!"
Victoria will hold a FREE Travel Painting Workshop
in her Loomis, CA studio 6 months prior to departure. She will
do a painting demo using all her travel painting equipment and
give tips on how to pack for painting overseas.
2014 SOLD OUT
Sonja Hamilton, SWA Watercolor Painting
|| "Light! It
is all about light! And how to interpret light to its
fullest to create the most enchanting of paintings. Imagine the
white-washed villages of Costa Brava bursting with glowing color.
How does the light hit the rugged rocks and play into reflections
in the water? Find the subtleties of light underneath arches on
land and water. With watercolor, there are ways to quickly achieve
all this and more. Working on quarter sheets or smaller papers,
you have the freedom of mixing color on paper
and see what happens. Go home with the best of souvenirs - your
For those who live close to Sonja (Auburn, CA), she will give
a pre-trip lesson - painting water, rocks and
reflections and offer to teach you proper matting and
framing for exhibits in her studio afterwards.
|May 3-10, 2015
Theresa Goesling & Cindy Briggs from
Make Every Day a Painting
US$2,990 before Nov 30, 2014
+US$350 double room with sea view
+ US$350 single room
+ US$750 single room with sea view
After Nov 30: US$3,190
|| Absorb the beauty of the Spanish coast as you learn how
to infuse captivating color and luminescent light into your paintings. Capture sunlit window box flowers and
weathered walls, colorful villages and city scenes, boats and reflections, people and local subjects in
watercolor and water mediums. |
Recognized for our mastery of color by Daniel Smith, we teach you how to
loosen up and manipulate watercolors for exciting color transitions, motion, the illusion of depth, and magical
You'll learn how to simplify and spontaneously paint what inspires you through our daily demonstrations and
individualized attention. We'll help you build confidence as you create a colorful portfolio of memories.
We’ll make the most of each day with time to paint and explore, then share creative journeys over dinner.
Yoy'll receive a free digital copy of our book “Make Every Day A Painting” prior to departure.
US$3,190 (+ $550 for single suppl.)
On the tour with Jeannie Breeding, it is possible for
artists not to take the lessons. In that case, price is US $2,840.
- Pick up and drop off at a speific 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
- 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/guide throughout the week
- Flights to and from Barcelona
- 2 dinners (we will go with you for those meals).
- Optional activities
- Personal expenses and tipping