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Painting and Illustration Workshops in Spain

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My painting workshop for June 2019 has filled already. To join the waiting list, please send an email with your phone number.

I'm excited to announce a 10 day Illustration Workshop from May 30th-June 8th, 2020. Mark your calendar :) $3000 includes 10 nights private en suite bedroom, three meals a day (dinner on night of arrival, breakfast on morning of departure), transport to various painting locales, and transport from Valencia airport.

This course is designed for artists who wish to improve their observational painting and drawing skills in order to create convincing scenes from their imagination. We will work outdoors each morning, painting at a variety of stunning locations in and around Valencia. In the afternoons, we will work in the studio, using observational sketches as inspiration for experimentation in composition, color, and design. Those who wish to continue working outside of class will have full access to the studio. Students must be 21+ and should have some drawing/painting experience.

Class size is limited to 7. Students will have opportunity to privately discuss portfolio, current projects, and goals with instructor who has 25 years experience as professional artist/illustrator.

Instruction, transportation, private rooms, and three meals a day* (wine and beer included), are included. The beautifully landscaped home includes a pool and tennis court, as well as a lovely studio for our use. Meals together allow us time to discuss art, life and our goals. (ages 21+)

*dinner on the night of arrival, breakfast on the day of departure

*not included are traveler's insurance (highly recommended) and airfare

I fell in love with Spain and Portugal in the 80s, when I hitch-hiked from Lisbon to Amsterdam with my friend Pete. I've been back several times since, to paint landscapes, volunteer on organic farms, attend an artists' residency, visit as many art museums as possible and a few of the astonishing cathedrals, and enjoy the food and wine with my husband. 

I've been studying both Portuguese and Spanish on and off for decades and speak some of both (sometimes a mixture). Travel is essential to my work, as is being outdoors, trying new things, and exploring and getting lost in new territory. Community is just as necessary. The work of an artist can be lonely, and I find inspiration in being surrounded by other artists at work. 

I spent two months painting in Spain and Portugal this spring. I filled sketchbooks with paintings done from observation and created tons of tiny paintings from memory and imagination as well. My focus was on absorbing as much of my surroundings as possible and recording it in my sketchbooks for later use. Since returning, I've been developing some of these small sketches into larger pieces.

I've been teaching painting, drawing, and illustration since 1992 to students of all ages and experience levels- from private lessons and community centers to the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. My professional career includes solo and group shows around the US and abroad, as well as illustrated books and exhibition illustration for the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC.





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