Urban sketching and painting in Mérida ~

ITINERARY: taught in English ~ new course for 2017 ~

DAY 1 : TRAVEL DAY : We personally meet you from Madrid airport (terminal 1) or Trujillo bus station and drive you to the beautiful Sierra de Montánchez. Time to relax before drinks and dinner at 20.30. Or choose to travel independently, full directions are provided.

DAY 2: DRAWING : 10.00 - 14.00 - We start the course with a session of observational drawing in the Finca studio. I have taught life drawing and observational drawing for more than twenty years and developed a way to help you look more carefully and draw what you see more accurately. This is a good basis for the week, however you choose to sketch or paint. After lunch there is time to relax, walk, sketch or paint on the studio terrace. 18.00-19.30 : tutored session drawing. 20.00 : drinks and dinner.

DAY 3 : CULTURAL TOUR OF MÉRIDA: 10.00-16.00 - Gisela Radant Wood takes us on a tour of the Roman ruins telling us about the history of Merida. After a leisurely lunch you have the option of visiting the Roman Museum with Gisela or sketching in Merida with Noelle. We return to Finca Acehuche with time to relax before dinner. 20.00 : drinks and dinner.

DAY 4 : URBAN SKETCHING AND PAINTING IN MÉRIDA : 10.00-16.00 - We start each morning with a brief workshop: eg - finding a good composition, colour and tone, mark making etc. The rest of the morning is spent sketching or painting with your media of choice and guidance from Noelle. After lunch you can continue sketching or painting or choose to relax and explore Mérida. We return to Finca Acehuche with time to relax before dinner. 20.00 : drinks and dinner.

DAY 5 : URBAN SKETCHING AND PAINTING : 10.00-16.00 - We spend the day in CÁCERES or TRUJILLO sketching or painting with your media of choice and guidance from Noelle. After lunch you can continue sketching or painting or choose to relax and explore. We return to Finca Acehuche with time to relax before dinner. Guests staying 5 nights: review of all your work with advice on how to progress before dinner. 20.00 : drinks and dinner.

~~~DAY 6 : Guests staying 5 nights : farewell and departure after breakfast.

DAY 6 : FREE DAY : relax at Finca Acehuche today or join a guided sightseeing trip. Lunch at Finca Acehuche or a packed lunch is provided. 20.00 : drinks and dinner.

DAY 7 : URBAN SKETCHING AND PAINTING : 10.00 - 14.00 - We visit a smaller local town for today's session of urban sketching, returning to Finca Acehuche for lunch. 18.00-19.30 - review of all your work with advice on how to progress. 20.00 : drinks and dinner.

DAY 8 : FAREWELL AND DEPARTURE after breakfast.

08.00: Breakfast. 14.00: Lunches are plentiful salads, cheeses and cold meats at Finca Acehuche. 20.00: Delicious dinners with local wine.

NOT INCLUDED : Entrance fees and tapas lunches on Days 3, 4 and 5, drinks and refreshments at cafes and bars.

VENUE : The art course is based at Finca Acehuche. This is a delightful country finca set in a walled 3 acre olive grove, tucked away in a varied landscape of olives, figs, grapes and pasture. We start the day with a leisurely breakfast, lunches and dinners are served on the large terrace with fine views. The large garden provides space with hammocks and loungers to relax, read or sunbathe. For larger groups, some guests stay at one of the country fincas or hotels we have chosen in the area. We try to book the same accommodation and collect guests after breakfast and return after dinner. All transport is provided in the Sierra.

Finca Acehuche is a simple and contemporary house with two large covered terraces each with fine views of the Sierra de Montanchez. There are two twin or double bedrooms and two ensuite bathrooms. Both terraces provide studio space with easels, tables and boards. The surrounding land ensures a peaceful, rural atmosphere. For more photographs and information see www.finca-art.co.uk

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.