Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Painting in Spain: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
June 8-15, 2020
 

The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in Spain is the sheer breadth of subjects to choose from — that, and the near-magical light and colour of this unique part of the world. In our week together I’ll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in villages and towns, as well as the distant and scenic on the magical coast of Costa Brava. We’ll sketch the sea, majestic cliffs, boats, a botanical garden, a castle, a medieval village, etc…In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool (that will be provided). This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
June 15-22, 2020
 

The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in Spain is the sheer breadth of subjects to choose from — that, and the near-magical light and colour of this unique part of the world. In our week together I’ll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in villages and towns, as well as the distant and scenic on the magical coast of Costa Brava. We’ll sketch the sea, majestic cliffs, boats, a botanical garden, a castle, a medieval village, etc…In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool (that will be provided). This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Pablo Garcia Avila in Spectacular Spain"
June 28 - July 3, 2020
 

Join me, Pablo Garcia Avila at Dalvaro Art retreat, Valencia, Spain for this exciting watercolor course. I´m going to show you how to capture the magic of watercolor painting and composition. So, get ready for this fascinating and completely new perspective on watercolors, color, and paint application. Full accommodation, complimentary airport transfers, all meals, 5 days tuition, 6 night stay in private, en-suite, air-conditioned room. Secure your place with a €175 deposit.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Pablo Garcia Avila
Cost: From €1445
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"Loli Alvaro Oils and Acrylics"
July 12-18, 2020
 

I will be pleased to see you here at my art retreat in Valencia, Spain, for this abstract painting course in oils and acrylic. You may choose to paint in either one or enjoy learning the techniques I use in each one. I thoroughly enjoy painting in these two media and I am sure that you will have a week to remember. We will mix and apply paint to express our moods and feelings while creating artwork to be proud of. Please join me and have a great time. Full accommodation, complimentary airport transfers, all meals, 5 days tuition, 6 night stay in private, en-suite, air-conditioned room. A €175 deposit will secure your place.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Loli Alvaro
Cost: From €1295
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034610857136


"Manolo Jiménez Sanchés in Spectacular Spain"
August 16-22, 2020
 

Join Manolo at Dalvaro Art Retreat in Valencia for this highly recommended 5 day watercolor workshop. In an absolute wonderland of inspiration and relaxation Manolo will hold nothing back on this art workshop. Whatever your level of experience you are bound to thoroughly enjoy and benefit from Manolo's easy going style of teaching. Full accommodation, complimentary airport transfers, all meals, 5 days tuition and 6 night stay in a private, en-suite, air-conditioned room.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Manolo Jiménez Sanchés
Cost: From 1547 Euros per person
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"Les Darlow in Spectacular Spain"
September 6-12, 2020
 

Full accommodation, complimentary transfers, all meals, 5 days tuition, 6 nights stay in private, en-suite, air conditioned room. Join Les at Dalvaro Art Retreat in Valencia for this highly recommended 5 day pastel workshop. Les will show you how to become less preoccupied with extracting every detail and to become more abstract with your work. Think more about composition, light and the balance of shapes while eliminating some of the detail without losing focus on the subject. Join us on this journey which you will certainly find to be continuously creating evolving and inspiring as you develop new skills.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Les Darlow
Cost: From 1547 Euros per person
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"Michal Jasiewicz in Spectacular Spain"
September 27 - October 3, 2020
 

Join us and Michal in Valencia for this highly regarded watercolor workshop. He will show you how to capture landscapes differently. Get ready for an exciting, completely new perspective on color, movement and paint application, on location and in the studio, directly with watercolors. You will learn a variety of techniques and different forms of working. With small student numbers the teaching will be personal so no matter what your level, although not suitable for absolute beginners, Michal will quietly and patiently guide everyone through the course each day, including one to one tuition as necessary. Full accommodation, complimentary airport transfers, all meals, tuition and stay in your own private, en-suite, air-conditioned room.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Michal Jasiewicz
Cost: From 1547 Euros per person
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"Konstantin Sterkov in Spectacular Spain"
October 7-13, 2020
 

Join me at Dalvaro Art Retreat in Valencia for a genuinely memorable workshop. I get most pleasure when painting plein aire, there is a personal interaction and sense of - I am here, let's do it - this can only happen when you concentrate on the scene and feel your surroundings. With the spectacular scenery in this area we cannot go wrong. We will intersperse studio and location painting with an easy going schedule of demonstrations and exercises, one on one instruction and group tuition designed to build on your ability and increase confidence. your watercolor painting will go to the next level.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Konstantin Sterkov
Cost: From 1547 Euros per person
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"David Bellamy in Spectacular Spain"
October 21-27, 2020
 

Come to Valencia with me, David Bellamy, for this exciting watercolor workshop with Dalvaro Art Retreat. My method includes a lot of spontaneity in choosing painting subjects. Therefore the first part of this course will be spent outside on location gathering subjects. I will guide you in choosing a theme, your subject and proceeding with your painting. The subjects will be varied so that there will be something to excite the artist within. Included in this course will be accommodation in private en-suite, air-conditioned rooms, all meals, airport transfers and tuition.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: David Bellamy
Cost: From 1547 Euros per person
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"Painting in Spain: Urban Sketching in Pen & Ink and Watercolor and Watercolor"
May 9-16, 2021
 

My aim as a teacher is always to help my students bring out their own voice in their sketchbook, and to give them confidence in their own style. To do that, I help them get over thorny issues such as how to bring out the beauty of watercolour and make colour pop without clashing, how to master pen and ink and how to bring depth and interest to compositions. My students bring their sketchbooks to pretty villages, down quiet side streets, outside cafés, into bustling markets and wherever there is life and colour. My specialities as a teacher are storytelling and visual reportage; reflections and foliage; capturing people on the move and easy ways to tackle perspective.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Róisín Curé, www.roisincure.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Oil, Pastel and Watercolor Workshop"
May 9-16, 2021
 

Release your inner artist along the gorgeous coastline of Costa Brava in Northern Spain with encouragement and instruction from Maureen Engle. All levels and mediums are welcome. Maureen will demonstrate on site plein air painting in various mediums. She will demonstrate and then ‘circle’ to help people individually followed by a friendly group critique. Proficient in watercolor, oil and acrylic and mixed media, Maureen has been teaching painting for almost twenty years. Most of her students join her classes with a desire to learn from Maureen how to ‘loosen up’ and put a contemporary or expressive spin on their work. She promotes the use of large brushes, palette knife, contour drawing, wet-in-wet painting, and most importantly, to enjoy the process.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Maureen Engle, www.maureenengle-art.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Plein Air in Watercolor & Oil"
May 16-23, 2021
 

Join Julie Gilbert Pollard for a wonderful week of plein air painting on the beautiful coast of Northern Spain, the Costa Brava. Visit inspiring locations, learning to interpret them into your personal visual expression. Expect sight-seeing, photo-sketching, sketching and “light” plein air painting using minimal equipment that is easy to carry in a medium-size backpack. Julie will demonstrate and coach you through methods and techniques that have proven invaluable in learning to distill a scene into its most simple format, leading to studio paintings that retain that illusive “plein air feel”. All levels are welcome. Classes will be small, so Julie will have ample time to help students work toward individual goals.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Oil Painting Workshop"
May 23-30, 2021
 

Come join Brian Murphy for a week long painting adventure in the magnificent Costa Brava, Spain. Learn to loosen up your technique and create Light Filled paintings while also learning how to paint with a Limited Palette. Brian has led numerous painting trips to France, Italy and Ireland and this workshop will continue the tradition of painting and experiencing the natural beauty and culture of this beautiful part of the world. Spend each day discovering the wonderful light the Costa Brava landscape and seascapes provide while learning how to capture that light on your canvas. There will be daily critiques and discussions and Brian will spend part of each day “one on one” with you as you paint the magnificent views.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Brian Murphy, bmurphy.net
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting & Journaling"
September 17-24, 2021
 

Join us on the Costa Brava of Spain and experience daily demonstrations, personalized instruction, and, encouraging support. We show you how to design and simplify your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Enjoy creating colorful paintings with an emphasis on your own unique point of view. We look forward to returning to dreamy Spain and sharing the adventure with you. We have already been there with French Escapade a few years ago and can’t wait to be back! We’ll explore the inspiring coast of the Costa Brava and charming villages as we make the most of our painting time together.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 24 - October 1, 2021
 

Come join Suhita Shirodkar for a week long painting adventure in the magnificent Costa Brava, Spain. Suhita Shirodkar is a self-confessed obsessive sketcher and watercolor artist. Her love of color and of travel is reflected in her work. You will learn to sketch people, places, flora and fauna so your sketchbooks can truly reflect your travels. There will be critiques and discussions about your paintings and Suhita will spend part of each day “one on one” with you as you sketch the magnificent views.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Suhita Sirodkar, SketchAway.wordpress.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Plein Air Pastel Workshop"
September 24 - October 1, 2021
 

Join us for a week long adventure in the magnificent Costa Brava, Spain where you’ll learn to capture the light and mood of the moment and boost your observational and painting skills. In this plein air workshop, you will learn the key steps and techniques to work more successfully in painting outdoor scenes, from Spain’s magnificent sandy beaches and rocky coves and cliffs, to beautiful seaside towns, and medieval villages. Nancy covers many tips and techniques of composing and designing your painting on location. Working with shapes, values, edges and color, Nancy will help guide you to edit, simplify and interpret the scene to tell a story and create that emotional response in the viewer that all artists seek.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Nancy Nowak, NancyNowak.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


 

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