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Lunch: 11am - 2pm
Dinner: M-Th 5pm - 11pm, Fri-Sat:5pm - 1am

Painting and Wine Holiday on the Silver Coast of Portugal

3 – 9 June 2017,  1 – 7 July 2017  and  16 – 22 Sept 2017 with Tutor Valentine Sabin

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Cost:  €695 per person in a shared room or €740 for a single room. Includes tuition, 6 night´s accommodation, breakfast and one main meal each day. Local transport is provided each day to the locations.

Local residents not requiring accommodation can join for a reduced price.

Combine wine tasting with developing your drawing and painting skills at our inspiring seaside location on the Silver Coast of Portugal. Visit fabulous locations oozing Portuguese charm, including seascapes and delightful old character towns. Evening meals include delicious local fare such as fresh fish, regional dishes and selection of Portuguese wines. The holiday includes an indulgent day at a vineyard where you will sketch, paint and taste organic wines and tapas.

Typical schedule for this holiday:
Day 1
Check in any time from 3pm. Settle in and enjoy the seafront of Sao Martinho do Porto.

Day 2
Walk, design and paint a Portuguese tile. We start with a guided walk around Sao Martinho do Porto to view Azelujos – Portuguese painted tiles, both traditional and modern. The tour includes the chapel of Santo Antonio (viewpoint) and the old town. We will enjoy a relaxed lunch al fresco in Sao Martinho do Porto. Followed by a session of tile painting using our simple process. With our help you can devise your own design or transfer one of our prepared designs to your tile. Then apply a range of coloured glazes (paints). We will take the tiles to be fired and collect them for you within a few days.

Day 3
Drawing and painting class in the studio and gardens. We cover techniques to help you paint freely, creating pictures that express emotion. Firstly we work on quick sketches to record your impressions using a sketchbook or whatever is to hand. You will practice capturing the main information using line and tone, which will enable you to develop your sketches into paintings. We will consider different perspectives and discuss simplified approaches to colour for expressive paintings. In the evening we enjoy a meal at our centre or in a local restaurant.

Day 4
We visit the local town of Caldas da Rainha, which is the centre for arts in the region. We visit the Bordalho Pinheiro factory shop, which exports unique ceramics worldwide, and enables you to buy at factory prices. We will spend time at O Jardim d´Agua – a modern sculpture park. Here we will make sketches that record our impressions and also take photographs to use as resources for developing into your own artwork. After lunch at a restaurant in Caldas, we will bring you back to Sao Martinho do Porto, or you may prefer to explore Caldas da Rainha and return later by bus or train.

Day 5
Painting and wine tasting outing. We visit a small vineyard and winery, lovingly restored by the current owners, and nestled in a lush hidden valley with beautiful views. The afternoon includes a tour of the vineyard and wine-making facilities, wine tasting (award-winning red and white wines) accompanied by snacks. Within the ambience of this setting your tutor will encourage you to experiment with expressive painting that conveys a flavour of the setting and your experience in this historic place. Art demonstration and guidance provided.

Day 6
Drawing and painting class in the studio and gardens. Consolidating ideas experienced during the week and developing your artwork in progress. We finish the afternoon with a review of the group´s work and discussing how to continue to develop your art after returning home. The holiday closes with a visit to a local artisan´s shop and an enjoyable evening meal.

Day 7
Checkout at 10am. Optional transfer to airport, or options to extend your stay subject to availability.