Painting Tours: Spain: Barcelona & the Costa Brava

Painting Tours: Spain – Barcelona/Costa Brava

spain-introLet Spain seduce you! Costa Brava, where the mountains meet the sea, is the setting of this exciting painting tour in the province of Gerona. Craggy cliffs, sandy coves, pristine beaches but also medieval villages and botanical garden, all await to be painted and experienced.
This region was also the home and setting for the surreal world of Salvador Dali.
The magical Barcelona will also be part of this unique plein-air painting workshop in Spain.
Day 1: Arrival at the Costa Brava

spain-day4-castle1We will pick you up at a specific hotel downtown Barcelona and drive you to our hotel located in one of the most exclusive beaches on the Costa Brava. Upon your arrival at our hotel by the sea, take time to settle in or start enjoying the wonderful white-washed and preserved fisherman village on the beach.

Enjoy the beach in front of the hotel, walk along the pristine seashore, take in the sun from the terrace or have a drink in the Mediterranean breeze.
Before dinner, we will take an easy walk along the shore that offers breathtaking vistas along the way.

In the evening, you will enjoy a welcome reception followed by a delicious dinner.

Days 2-3: Painting One of the Most Beautiful Villages on the Costa Brava

spain-day2bspain-day3aThis “little fishing village” is a hidden gem among all other villages along the Northern Costa Brava. This village is made up of endless rocks, cliffs and extremely beautiful beaches.

The parish church lies in the center of the village and is surrounded by numerous small, windy alleys, which lead down to the beach and give this village its picturesque charm.

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Day 4: Flowers, Coves and Sea Views at the Botanical Garden

spain-day4-gardenTen minutes up the road, lies The Jardi Botanic de Cap Roig. It is considered one of the most important botanical gardens in the Mediterranean.

The most characteristic plant species in the Mediterranean region mix with trees and plants from other continents are a must see and a must paint…

High above the bay, the garden offers stunning views towards the ocean.

In 1927, a Russian Colonel and his English wife began building a castle and a magnificent park. The garden runs down in terraces from the castle to the sea. These ornamental and extremely beautiful gardens contain over 1000 species of plants and flowers from all over the world.

Day 5: Pals, a Unique Preserved Medieval Village

As you walk through the narrow village streets, next to the city walls, towers and churches, you will feel as though you have walked into a new time altogether.

The stone archways, cobblestone streets and wrought balconies adorned with flowers create a welcoming feel in this Romanesque village.

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Day 6: The Surrealistic World of Salvador Dali

For those interested we will go to see the largest surrealistic object in the world created by Dalí, the Dalí Theatre-Museu in the town of Figueres, his birthplace.

We will step inside the surreal world of Salvador Dalí and find a museum like none other. Dalí wanted visitors to see his massive collection as a ‘whole’ work and therefore refused to have his works placed in chronological or subject order.

Inside is a world of fantasy mixed with architecture, paintings and sculptures. It’s a complete surrealistic experience.

Day 7: Painting in the Village

For the last day, we will stay in the village by-the-sea. They are endless vignettes to paint:

cliffs and rocks, boats on the beach, white-washed houses or a magnificent fortress on the beach right in front of the hotel. We will finish our workshop by a “Show and Tell” or ‘Critique” while sipping some sangria before going to the restaurant for our farewell dinner.

Day 8: Departure

It is time to say Hasta Luego!!

After our last breakfast, we will drive you back to Barcelona (either the airport or downtown). We will get to Barcelona around noon so make sure your flight is not before 3pm.

2022 DatesDestinationsPainting MediumTeachersBooking StatusPrice
Plein-air Painting and Sketching Workshops in the US
March 29-April 3Santa Barbara, CaliforniaTravel Sketching in WatercolorBrenda SwensonSold OutUS $1,590
(hotel not included)
April 3-8Santa Barbara, CaliforniaSketching and Journaling in WatercolorShari Blaukopf3 spots leftUS $1,590
(hotel not included)
April 8-13Santa Barbara, CaliforniaTravel Sketching in WatercolorShari BlaukopfOpenUS $1,590
(hotel not included)
April 8-13Santa Barbara, CaliforniaWatercolor Painting WorkshopKeiko Tanabe, AWS, NWSOpenUS $1,590
(hotel not included)
April 28-May 3Pasadena, CaliforniaTravel Sketching in WatercolorBrenda SwensonOpenUS $1,590
(hotel not included)
Oct 26-31Santa Barbara, CaliforniaTravel Sketching in WatercolorBrenda SwensonOpenUS $1,590
(hotel not included)
Nov 1-6Santa Barbara, CaliforniaSketching in ink and WatercolorDavid LobenbergOpenUS $1,590
(hotel not included)
Nov 6-11Santa Barbara, CaliforniaWatercolor Painting WorkshopDavid R. Smith, AWSOpenUS $1,590
(hotel not included)
Plein-air Painting and Sketching Workshops in Europe in the Spring
May 26-June2
SpainOil Painting Workshop Brian MurphyOpenStarts at US $3,590
May 26-June2
SpainAny medium since it is uninstructedUninstructed retreatOpenStarts at US $3,190
June 10-17Loire ValleyWatercolor Painting WorkshopKathy Rennell ForbesOpenStarts at US $3,590
June 10-17Loire ValleyAny medium since it is uninstructedUninstructed retreatOpenStarts at US $3,190
June 21-28French AlpsWatercolor Painting WorkshopFrank Eber, AWS, NWSOpenStarts at US $3,590
Workshops in Europe in the Fall: Book before March 31, 2022 and Save $200!
Aug 21-28 & Aug 28-Sept 4GivernyOil Painting WorkshopJane HuntBoth SOLD OUT-Wait List Starts at US $3,390
after $200 early bird discount
Sept 2-9French AlpsWatercolor Sketching WorkshopLeslie Fehling2 spots leftStarts at US $3,390
after $200 early bird discount
Sept 9-16ProvenceOil Painting WorkshopSuzie BakerOpenStarts at US $3,390
after $200 early bird discount
Sept 10-17SpainTravel Sketching in WatercolorShari BlaukopfOpenStarts at US $3,390
after $200 early bird discount
Sept 17-24Spain
Watercolor Painting & JournalingCindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling2 spots leftStarts at US $3,390
after $200 early bird discount
Sept 24-Oct 1Spain
Watercolor WorkshopCarrie Waller, AWSOpenStarts at US $3,390
after $200 early bird discount
Oct 9-16ProvenceWatercolor Painting WorkshopUma Kelkar, NWS, CWA, CSPWCOpenStarts at US $3,390
after $200 early bird discount
How to book

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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel the trip:Cancellation Fee per Person
More than 90 days before departureThe $600 deposit is forfeited
(however $500 can be transferred-only one time-to another trip with a departure date within 2 years of cancelation date)
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