Urban sketching and painting holidays in SW Spain

with Noelle Griffiths, an experienced tutor and artist. I have chosen three of the finest historic towns of Extremadura and one of the famous 'white villages' of Andulacia.

Medieval Cáceres and Roman Mérida are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The hilltop Conquistador town of Trujillo is considered to be one of Spain's hidden gems. All in Extremadura - one of Spain's least visited provinces. For each holiday we focus on one town with our excellent guide Gisela Radant Wood, and visit other towns and villages during the week. Itinerary for Trujillo Cáceres or Mérida

Vejer de la Frontera is only 7km from the Costa de la Luz coast near Cadiz and offers a very different subject for urban sketching with its white washed Moorish architecture. Itinerary for Vejer

Noelle is keen to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for sketching and painting. Observational drawing is an important basis for making all types of art. We also explore different ways to look and make drawings and paintings - both inspirational and challenging. Noelle's approach is based on art school teaching and is tailored to each person's experience and aspiration.

The holidays include instruction and workshops, with people doing as much or as little sketching and painting as they wish. We start each morning with a brief workshop covering different approaches to sketching such as choosing a subject, ways of seeing, markmaking, colour and tone, composition, aspects of abstraction. The workshops are adapted to the needs of the group or individual requests. This holiday is suitable for all levels of experience. All drawing and painting media taught.

"I have learned that what I have not drawn I have not really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing - I realise how extraordinary it is" from The Zen of Seeing

10.00-14.00 and 18.00-19.30 : tutored sessions sketching and painting. Afternoons are free to continue sketching and painting or relax.......click to see itinerary for each location as session times and trips vary....

 

7 nights ~ £875 per person double occupancy, £1020 for single occupancy.

5 nights ~ £675 per person double occupancy, £875 for single occupancy for Mérida and Cáceres locations only.

Single or twin accommodation - most rooms are ensuite. All tuition. All meals (except tapas lunches on trips). All transport in region. We meet you at Madrid airport (or Seville airport for Vejer). Costs & Dates

Our holidays are perfect for people travelling alone as well as couples or friends. Discount for non-painting partners sharing a room. Ssuitable for all levels of experience.

What guests say:

"My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our week with Noelle in Trujillo. First and foremost, the art course was well structured and challenging enough to get us working and thinking. Noelle was keen to stress that nothing was mandatory, so it would have been possible to spend a very pleasant week sitting in the sun and doing the odd sketch; but it was well worth sticking to the programme. Secondly, the group were all great fun, we had some interesting discussions over our many drinks and meals. A memorable experience." John Kelly, UK

"The course more than lived up to expectations. It was clear that it would from the very first activity: an exercise that required us to look, and look and look again! And so it continued.
During the course of the week Noelle also encouraged us, in the quiet of the afternoon when working at our chosen spot,  to consciously connect with the environment by summoning all  our senses. " Catherine Castro, UK

" I stayed at the Palacio in Trujillo, in the centre of an historic and picturesque town ~ in itself a wonderful experience. I found it challenging but very rewarding, and anything I achieved  was down to Noelle's approach and patience." Anthony Brundle, Australia

"I had a wonderful time during my painting and drawing holiday in Trujillo, Spain. The Palacio de Piedras Albas is beautiful as is the town of Trujillo. Both gems! The food was delicious and my time with my instructor, Noelle Griffiths, was quite special." Mary K. VanGieson, US ....and see testimonials with students' artwork.

 

Noelle will teach individually according to the level of experience - teaching basic observational skills for beginners, whilst helping to improve existing skills and developing subject matter and direction for the more experienced. Working in a small group, Noelle gives each participant individual attention.

Art boards, easels, sketching stools, basic art materials including a sketchbook, acrylic paints and A2 paper are provided.

EXTREMADURA with its fine historic towns offers an enticing slice of unspoiled Spain. It is known for its wildlife and birds come from all over Europe and Africa to breed. The intense clear sunshine and evocative birdsong mark the changing seasons.

TRUJILLO ~ the walled town of Trujillo is perched on a hill overlooking a vast plain. It is one of the best kept secrets of Spain and dates back to 600BC. Once home to the most powerful Conquistadors, its architecture combines Roman, Moorish (with a splendid castle) and the beautiful mansions and monuments built by the wealthy families of the Conquistadors in the sixteenth century.

CÁCERES ~  Founded by the Romans, it retains widespread evidence of subsequent occupation by many different cultures.  The old town is well preserved and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  A mix of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, cobbled medieval streets, fortified houses and palaces.   Encircled by 12th-century Moorish walls, it also has around 30 towers built by the returning Conquistadors in the 16th Century. 

MÉRIDA ~ Mérida was founded in 25 BC as the capital of the Roman province of Lusitania.  It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered to contain the finest Roman remains in Spain.  It has a Roman theatre which can seat 6000 people, an amphitheatre and temples as well as the National Museum of Roman Art. Mérida has lovely walks along the wide Guadiana river and the Puente Romano, a 792m bridge crosses the river to the Alcazaba and Roman walls. It later became an important religious centre during the first years of Christianity and Visigoth rule.     

VEJER DE LA FRONTERA ~ The town of Vejer de la Frontera is one of the finest white villages of Andulacia.  Perched high above the River Barbate and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, you feel you can almost touch the mountains of Morocco. It is surrounded by orchards, orange groves and expansive plains.  Vejer is steeped in history, having been used as a fortress town by the Phoenicians, later by the Romans and for five centuries the Moors.  After its re-conquest by the Christians in 1248 it became a border town against the Moors and hence 'de la Frontera' was added to it's name. The famous battle of Trafalgar took place just off the coast near the town in 1805.

 

SINGLE DAY ART TUTORIALS see prices and dates ~ you can stay independently and join the course on as many days as you wish. We arrange to meet you at an agreed location at 09.45 to start at 10.00. You will need to bring art materials - I will send a suggested list.