Painting Holidays and Painting courses in the Algarve and France
We are specialized in painting holidays and art workshops in Portugal and France. Our goal is to provide painting courses during the holidays that offer a unique experience of some of the most beautiful beaches, gardens and villages of Europe.
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Art holidays in the Algarve, Portugal

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.

Jude de Berker
Who will teach you

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!

Painting Course Algarve Portugal
Why you should come

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.

Where you will be

The courses are based in beautifully restored historic buildings in the Algarve in Portugal, and Gascony in France.

olhão Algarve
Olhão Algarve

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).

Gascony, France

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.

Think you can’t draw? Our teachers are highly qualified artists whose passion and enthusiasm brings out the creative in you, giving you all the confidence you need to produce your own portfolio.

Jude de Berker
Jude de Berker

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 Eglise

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.

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Craig Sutherland

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.

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