Escape to the fishing town of Olhão and immerse yourself in mindful days of art….
This holiday is competitively priced to make it accessible so you can discover your creative side. Whether you choose to relax on the sandy shores of the islands, work up an appetite after an afternoon kayaking, or develop your morning’s work, the choice is yours.
Discover the basic principles of one and two point perspective and be confident in selecting and analysing composition. You will understand how to use colour, shadow and tone to create a dramatic painting.
At the end of the week you will feel refreshed and inspired.
The enthusiastic experienced tutors will bring out the creative in you, advance your knowledge, and give you confidence. Unlike many other art courses, the options allow for days packed with tuition and interesting activities – such as kayaking, sailing, horse riding, walking and yoga – in the afternoon. Or stay in the studio and carry on drawing!
You will have a really enjoyable and sociable week where you can take a refreshing break from the pressures and demands of working life and kick back to a relaxed pace looking at colour, light, and form – not just in art work, but in everything around.
The courses are based in beautifully restored historic buildings in the Algarve in Portugal, and Gascony in France.
Olhão is the perfect place to feel far away from the international tourist crowd. It is an old working fishing town with the largest fish market in the Algarve, has great local character and faded grandeur from its prosperous past as a major sardine canning town. (If you think that you might like Havana, then this is the town for you).
Sos is in the old province of Gascony which is still relatively undiscovered and therefore the “tourist industry” in the area is relatively underdeveloped. It is a typical French Village on a hilltop in Gascony surrounded by forest and sunflower fields.
Jude de Berker is a passionate and encouraging teacher (PGCE) with a BA degree from Central Saint Martins. She is Creative Director of the Turpentine, a gallery and workshop space in South London where she teaches and creates their own range of illustrated products and Jewellery.
With 10 years of teaching experience, she has taught a wide variety of artistic subjects including fine art, architecture, life drawing, painting and 3D design. On this course, she will guide you in creating beautiful sketches and watercolour paintings, developing your skills for using colour, shape and tone.
Kay is a professional teacher and designer, specialising in mixed media, watercolours, acrylics and oils. After graduating she became Art Director of Children’s Books for an international publisher. In 2000, she became a certified teacher in Fine Art and Graphics, teaching students to National Diploma level. Her knowledge and experience of typography, graphics, colour and painting techniques provided for unique art courses for students of all ages. Kay is a talented artist and a natural educator, whose enthusiasm and energy for drawing and painting is both appealing and engaging.
Craig learnt his basic drawing and painting skills at a very early age from his Grandfather, a well respected and accomplished water colour painter. His love for art grew and the art education he received was organic, developing his techniques as a landscape oil painter.
He was lucky enough throughout his diploma and degree to be surrounded by peers who had interests in many different subject matters, creating pieces through all kinds of mediums. This allowed him to appreciate art at a new level and gave him a more advanced understanding of work produced throughout history and, crucially, contemporary art.
He has exhibited in a number of galleries and continue to produce scenes and landscapes of the British countryside around him.
Craig has taught fine art secondary school level during the summer and worked on youth projects in Bristol during his Fine Art degree.
When I signed up for the course I had two objectives: Rekindle my love of drawing and painting and discover the charm of Olhao. After returning home I am inspired by everything around me and visualizing it as something to paint. So my passion for drawing and painting has definitely been awakened again. And the fishing village of Olhao could not have been more picturesque. I loved the field trips that offered a glimpse of this special place and some of the areas nearby. I plan to return. Highlights for me: Trip to Armona Island, the walk through Ria Formosa Natural Park, the old town of Faro, the chance to paint at the villa in the countryside (and the wonderful tea and cake afterward), even the kayaking was fun, the cooking class was enlightening plus the meals were delightful and so fun to all dine together.
I could not recommend this trip more, it felt like stepping into a dream paradise world for a week. Lovely accommodation, amazing food and a chance to meet some lovely people. On top of all that I sold a painting at the exhibition!
I found the art sessions very useful - I think because I was a complete beginner there was a lot that Jude could direct me on, and I felt able to ask if needed throughout sessions. Overall I found it a fantastic experience, and so reasonably priced. It was so fun and relaxing, the perfect combination of activities, exploring, and eating amazing food/wine! Thank you so much, looking forward to the next one!
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