Plein air landscape and townscape Art in Extremadura, Spain ~

DATE : not available 2020 or 2021 

DAY 1 : TRAVEL DAY : We personally meet you from Madrid airport (see costs & dates) and drive you to the beautiful Sierra de Montanchez. 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 on the studio terrace and later in the landscape. I have taught life drawing and observational drawing for more than twenty years and developed a way to help you to look more carefully and draw what you see more accurately. This is a good basis for the week, however you choose to paint. After lunch there is time to relax, walk and sketch or paint. 18.00-19.30 : tutored session drawing. 20.00 : drinks and dinner.

DAY 3 & 4 : LANDSCAPE PAINTING AND SKETCHING : 10.00-14.00 - We start each day with an optional workshop exploring different approaches and media followed by painting or drawing directly from the landscape with your media of choice - either painting en plein air or sketching and later working from your sketches on the studio terrace. After lunch there is time to relax, walk and sketch or paint. 18.00-19.30 : optional tutored sessions with creative exercises. 20.00 : drinks and dinner.

~~~DAY 5 : Guests staying 4 nights : farewell and departure after breakfast (return to Madrid by bus or train). We take you to Cáceres bus or train station. You can join the tour and sketching in Cáceres before travelling to Madrid if you wish.~~~

DAY 5 & 6 : URBAN SKETCHING AND PAINTING: 10.00-14.00 - Tutored sessions sketching and painting with your media of choice in Cáceres, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The emphasis is on observational drawing and finding interesting compositions etc.   After lunch you can continue sketching or choose to relax and explore Cáceres. 18.00-19.30 - optional tutored sessions. 20.00 - drinks and dinner. (transport is provided)

DAY 7 : PAINTING : 10.00 - 14.00 - Painting at the finca with your media of choice with guidance from Noelle. After lunch there is time to relax, walk and sketch or paint on the studio terrace. 18.00-19.30 - review of all your work with advice on how to progress. 20.00 : drinks and FAREWELL dinner.

DAY 8 : FAREWELL AND DEPARTURE after breakfast. We take you to the airport.

08.30: Breakfast. 14.00: Lunches are simple but plentiful salads, cheeses and cold meats. 20.00: Delicious dinners with local wine. All served on the terrace with fine views of the Sierra de Montanchez.

Please note: Lunches on days 5, 6, drinks and refreshments at cafes and bars are not included in the price.

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.

Some guests stay at one of the country fincas or in a hotel we have chosen in the area, all rooms are ensuite. We try to book the same accommodation and collect guests after breakfast and return after dinner. All transport is provided in the Sierra.

Our holidays are perfect for solo travel as well as for couples or friends. Discount for non-painting partners sharing a room.

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

SINGLE DAY ART TUTORIALS see prices and dates ~ you can stay independently and join the course on certain days.