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Residential art courses Spain

Al fresco painting in the sun

Duration: 7 Days

Price: £950

Book with: Sue Paddon
at Sue O'Mara Art

2 Woodland Cottages
Pump Lane
East Sussex
TN22 5RN

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About the Course

Come and paint in the warmth of the sun in southern Spain. Banish the blustery British blues of winter and join us for an all inclusive, exclusive and strictly limited residential art course. Learn how to start or improve your painting and drawing skills whilst enjoying being outside in the delightful Spanish countryside where the orange, lemon and olive groves nestle on the sides of the mountains.

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What's included in the price?

Day 1 Saturday pm
Arrive Malaga airport, private transfer to villa, you can then relax and unpack. We will have welcome drinks and an evening meal with a review of what we will be doing during the week.

Day 2 Sunday
Morning - Breakfast in the villa.
Short drive to the charming and award winning local mountain town of Comares, coffee in a café where we spend time sketching or
painting the scenery. I will be on hand at all times to guide and
assist you.
Lunch in local restaurant.
Afternoon - Return to the villa and work on the mornings’ study pieces.
Evening - Dinner at the villa.

Day 3 Monday
Morning - Breakfast at the villa.
We drive to the Botanical Gardens of Malaga where we will spend approximately five hours enjoying the beauty of the gardens where we can sketch and take photos for reference.
Lunchtime - At around 1pm we will have lunch at the Gardens’ restaurant. We spend a few more hours working on our sketches and paintings.
Afternoon - Drive back to the villa.
Evening - Working on our paintings or sketches from the morning.
Dinner at the villa.

Day 4 Tuesday
Morning - Breakfast at the villa.
We take a pleasant drive to the small market town of Benamargosa to La Vaqueria, which means Cow Shed in Spanish, but it is far from a cow shed these days, it is a bright and creative space with outside and inside options. Here we spend the day with the talented and versatile Su Derrick, who owns and runs this lovely arts and crafts venue. We may be painting, creating ceramics, mosaics or life drawing! We do know it will be creative, inspiring and good fun.
Lunchtime - Lunch at La Vaqueria, made by Su or her daughter.
Afternoon - Finish our work at La Vaqueria and drive back to the villa.
Evening - Dinner at the villa.

Day 5 Wednesday
Morning - Breakfast at the villa.
Free day for either relaxing at the villa or we can offer a transfer into Malaga for the day, which leaves at 9.30 and collection from Malaga at around 9pm.
There are numerous museums in Malaga including the obvious Picasso exhibition in a museum dedicated to him, as well as at least ten more. There is also an unlimited amount of shopping opportunities to be had! There will be lots of information about things to do in Malaga at the villa so you can plan your day off.

Day 6 Thursday
Morning - Breakfast at the villa.
We will be working on our sketches from the Botanical Gardens today.
Lunchtime - Lunch at the villa.
Afternoon - Continuing our morning’s work.
Evening - Dinner at the villa.

Day 7 Friday
Morning - Breakfast at the villa.
A short and scenic drive to the village of El Borge or Cutar to sketch and paint the beautiful flower strewn buildings of one of these picturesque villages.
Refreshments in a local cafe.
Drive back to the villa.
Lunchtime - Lunch at the villa.
Afternoon - Continuing our mornings work.
Evening - Tonight we eat at the lovely El Molino Los Abuelos in Comares for a celebratory dinner and recap of our inspiring and productive week.

Day 8 Saturday
Breakfast at the villa and private transfer to Malaga airport for your return journey home.

£950 per person 7 nights accommodation based on 1 or 2 people sharing a double or twin room

All breakfasts, dinners and lunches (except lunch and dinner on the free day unless requested), are included with drinks, including local wine for dinner.
Morning and afternoon painting and sketching sessions (except free day).
Private transfer from and to Malaga airport.
All transport to the local towns/villages for painting.
Most painting and sketching materials, please let us know if you intend to bring all your own materials.
Travel easels.
Full use of all the facilities at the villa.
Rooms will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
A minimum of 25 hours of tuition and guidance from Sue.
Please note that holidays do not include flights.

You may bring a non-painting friend or partner who will share your room and spend their time as they choose while we paint, draw and enjoy our excursions. Cost for this person is £550

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 15th February 2020
Saturday 29th February 2020
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Accommodation offered
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Evenings
  • Intermediate level
  • Residential
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Weekends