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SPANJE - Valencia - Tutored Painting Course – a typical day…

Dolores Alvares

Tutored Painting Course – a typical day…

…starts with a leisurely breakfast - this is Spain after all - in season including fresh orange juice from ‘Las Orquideas’ own freshly picked oranges, homemade marmalade, freshly picked figs all with bread straight from the local bakery… what better way to start the day.

At 10am the morning painting sessions begin with a short drive to the chosen location for that day (each day’s location being different). 

Theese sessions are landscape in situ with locations

just a short drive from The Studio, in or around Benigánim, where the beautiful scenery and light will allow the inspirational senses to flow. The sessions are fun, informative and non-competitive and are held in an extremely friendly, inviting and relaxing environment. 

Painting in Holidays are aware that this may be the first time you will have painted outdoors and the locations used are carefully selected to be mostly out of the eye of the public - hidden gems that are hard to find without the local knowledge that Painting in Holidays supplies. 

The tutor paints alongside you and guides you step-by-step through the planned progress of each painting. 

The course starts with simple subjects designed to build confidence and skills in what will be an entirely new experience. The more experienced artist will be encouraged to try new techniques. You will have something new to discover and this new-found knowledge is easily transferred within such a small group of like minded people. 

The course starts with the initial sketch/drawing of the subject, penciled loosely on the paper, focusing on structure, composition, perspective and contrast - while deciding on the lights and darks of the image in mind. Over the course of the week you will find your knowledge and skills increasing and this will be adding depth and space to your paintings. 

At 2pm lunch is provided either at ‘Las Orquideas’ or perhaps in a local restaurant. This is followed by a free period, perhaps with a short siesta, where you can relax in or by the pool while for the more energetic there is tennis or petanque. Alternatively you may just want to sit and sketch or paint some of the beautiful scenery that can be seen from the many shaded locations within the magnificent garden setting

Evening sessions start at 5pm and are held in the splendid, fully equipped studio. Here you can
develop on your morning’s work, listen to the various lectures on contrast, colour harmony, application and composition, revealing the techniques of the professional artist. 

At 7pm it is time to prepare for the evening meal served either in ‘Las Orquideas’ or on occasion at one of the local restaurants. ‘Las Orquideas’ has many ideal spots for meals; inside or preferably on the veranda overlooking Benigánim and the mountains beyond, as beautiful at sunset as during the heat of the day, around the large Carob tree or on the patio with its beautiful running water feature shaded by the Kiwi fruits.

Feel free to contact us. You will have a great time!

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