Travel Sketching in Watercolor in Spain, June 8-15 & 15-22, 2020.
Teacher Shari Blaukopf
Travel Sketching in Watercolor in Spain, June 8-15 & 15-22, 2020.
Teacher Shari Blaukopf
About the Workshop:
“The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in Spain is the sheer breadth of subjects to choose from — that, and the near-magical light and colour of this unique part of the world.
In our week together I’ll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in villages and towns, as well as the distant and scenic on the magical coast of Costa Brava. We’ll sketch the sea, majestic cliffs, boats, a botanical garden, a castle, a medieval village, etc…In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool (that will be provided).
This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are, gazing at a street scene in a medieval town or the way the light grazes the trunk of an olive tree. We’ll work spontaneously, and I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful. Each day will start with a short demo and end with a critique, hopefully while sitting in a shady courtyard with a glass of wine in hand. As part of a small group, you’ll have plenty of individual attention as we work on value studies, composition, simplifying a scene and capturing the essence of a place. We’ll focus on having fun while we sketch, recording as much as we can as we move from café to hilltop. The aim is to have you return home with a fat book filled with fresh and colourful sketches”.
About Shari Blaukopf:
Shari a Montreal-based painter, graphic design teacher, illustrator and sketch blogger, is best known for her urban scenes in watercolour. She is a correspondent for UrbanSketchers.org, a global organization that promotes on-location sketching and is co-founder of Urban Sketchers Montreal.
She is the author of “The Urban Sketching Handbook: Working with Colour”. She has given many watercolour workshops both on her own and through the Urban Sketchers Workshop Program in Chicago, Galway, Barcelona, Singapore, Manchester and Porto. Shari is a signature member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour and her paintings are in corporate, government and private collections in Canada, the United States and abroad. You can find her online courses Sketching Landscapes in Pen, Ink and Watercolor and Sketching the City in Pen, Ink and Watercolor on craftsy.com.
Shari’s almost daily sketches can be found on her blog
Shari’s watercolours can be found at Shari Blaukopf
“It was a true pleasure to teach in Provence with French Escapade. I am pleased to say that the experience exceeded my expectations in every way, both for me and for my students. We shared glorious days in unforgettable sketching locations, and we were spoiled with stunning views, amazing food and a top-notch hotel.
I loved being able to focus on the teaching experience and have the time to give individual attention to each student. Not having to worry about locations and logistics made that a breeze. Each day was well organized and included a superb location, ample time for painting, a bit of touring, and lots of fun. We especially enjoyed relaxing and getting to know everyone at the group dinners.
Jackie, Marie and Natalia make travel sketching easy by taking care of everything, making everyone feel welcome and sending us all home with a sketchbook of fabulous memories.” – Shari Blaukopf
We 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.
This “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.
Ten 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have chosen this friendly and peaceful hotel located in the heart of the Costa Brava. Come and let yourself be carried away by emotions!
The hotel sits on bluffs overlooking the coves of a hidden preserved beach of the Costa Brava.
Besides magnificent views, the hotel grounds boast a shaded terrace and beautifully wooded gardens.
The village’s narrowing streets and picturesque fishermen’s cottages form an idyllic backdrop to the stunning Mediterranean coast.
Some rooms have a balcony with sea view (very few available so book early). Enjoy exceptional views of the white fishing village and the blue sea in a comfortable, intimate and relaxed atmosphere. You can even paint from your balcony, the blue water or the village below.
All rooms have TV, satellite, hairdryer, safety deposit box and wifi.
Dates: June 8-15 & 15-22, 2020 Travel Sketching in Watercolor with Shari – Max: 12 Participants
Sign up early and save $200!
Rates: US $3,190 before Nov 30 (US $3,390 after Nov 30) for a shared standard room.
+ US $550 for single standard room
+ US $900 for a room with sea view (the price is for the room so for a shared room, the suppl is US $450 per person).
Non Painters are welcome to join. They get a $400 off and will come on excursions with the group, share the meals, etc…
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