Doranne Alden Caruana | Course

Doranne will teach you how to visualise and experiment, with gentle guidance in fun easy lessons. In a relaxed and gently humorous manner you will be inspired to create those paintings you have always wanted.

Join Doranne Alden at Dalvaro on April 22nd 2018 for a truly memorable week of watercolour painting guidance.

  • Course arrival date 22nd April 2018
  • Course departure date 28th April 2018
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Doranne Alden Caruana & Dalvaro Art

Doranne Alden Caruana | Workshop

Watercolours

A professional artist, art tutor, graphic designer and fine art photographer whose medium of choice is watercolour. She currently lives in Malta, but has also worked and lived for several years in Germany.

Her career in the art world spans over 3 decades. She began her career as a graphic designer in the 1980s working with several agencies until she opened her own advertising company in the late 80s. At the same time she has exhibited her paintings extensively both locally and abroad. Doranne Alden Caruana is now a freelance Art Tutor organising painting holidays overseas and on the islands of Gozo and Malta.

She says of her art: “My work is vibrant and bold and I like to think that it is a reflection of my personality and philosophy on life. I firmly believe that, as Matisse once said, ‘There are always flowers for those who want to see them.’ While Doranne is known for her still life, she very often paints Plein Air and is drawn to painting the sea in particular. She also says, “My work is a culmination of all my artistic skills – my graphic design experience helps with my choice of composition and colour, my photography is used as my sketchbook, and my art tutoring as a constant development of my artistic knowledge and painting skills. I believe that you should never stop learning as if you do stop your work will come to a standstill.”

Itinerary

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This is a guide only. Days out and locations my change.

Transfers from Alicante airport. We offer two pick up times.

On arrival at Las Orquideas you will be shown to your room to get settled in. After which there will be a tour of the grounds and a “get to know where things are” guide.

For the morning arrivals/later arrivals this will be followed by aperitifs and lunch/evening meal.

Breakfast, buffet style at Las Orquideas. From 8:30

10:00 meet in the studio. Get to know your tutor. Who will explain the way they work, the materials going to be used and the expectations for the week ahead. You will be given your paints and paper for the week and after a short break The tutor will give a demonstration, either in the studio or within the gardens. After which you will find your own spot in the garden, with guidance, to paint later.

Aperitifs will be followed by lunch at 2:00. After which there will be free time for siesta or relaxing by the pool.

A final painting session from 5:00 to 7:30 will be followed by aperitifs and the evening meal at 8:00.

Breakfast, buffet style at Las Orquideas. From 8:30

9:30, meet ready to leave for a trip to Xativa castle for a mornings painting.

Return to Las Orquideas at 1:30 in time to prepare for lunch at 2:00. Free time until 5:00, then into the studio to finalise the mornings work.

7:30 aperitifs then evening meal at Las Orquideas.

Breakfast, buffet style at Las Orquideas. From 8:30.

10:00 meet in the studio.

A morning spent within the landscaped gardens of Las Orquideas.

You will be guided through the procedures of making the best of the magnificent garden views and how to incorporate them with the distant vistas.

Aperitifs will be followed by lunch at 2:00. After which there will be free time for siesta or relaxing by the pool.

A final painting session from 5:00 to 7:30 will be followed by aperitifs and the evening meal at 8:00.

Breakfast, buffet style at Las Orquideas. From 8:00

9:00, meet ready to leave for a trip to La Port Saplaya, on the coast next to Valencia city, for a mornings painting.

Lunch at about 1:30, next to the beach. Free time until 3:00, then painting in the marina. returning at about 6:00.

Arriving in time for a dip in the pool or aperitifs before the evening meal at Las Orquideas.

Breakfast, buffet style at Las Orquideas. From 8:30.

10:00 meet in the studio.

A morning spent locally in Benigánim. Either in the town, it is market day or painting at the monastery.

Returning to Las Orquideas in time for aperitifs which will be followed by lunch at 2:00. After which there will be free time for siesta or relaxing by the pool.

A final painting session and assessment of the week from 5:00 to 7:00. This will be followed by aperitifs and our final evening meal at 8:00.

Breakfast, at a time suitable for the earliest departure.

What we include for this workshop?

  • Airport transfers from and to Alicante, choice of two pick up and drop off times.
  • Six nights stay
  • Five days tuition, a minimum of thirty hours.
  • Six breakfasts
  • Five lunches
  • Six evening meals.
  • Drinks with all meals taken at “Las Orquideas”
  • Drinks and snacks throughout the day at “Las Orquideas”
  • A paper block of 12 sheets of quality watercolor paper
  • A selection of six artists quality paints
  • A set of viewfinders.
  • A palette.
  • An apron.
  • A carry bag.

You will also have the use of the large, purpose built, air conditioned studio, light weight field easels, folding chairs, sunshades, boards and waterpots.

Not included

Brushes. Most people prefer to bring their own, but they can be purchased from the studio.

  • Flights.
  • Medical/travel insurance.
  • Staff gratuities.

Breakfasts

A variety of cereals, nuts and dried fruit. A selection of breads, marmalades and preserves. Yogurts, tea, coffee and fruit juices are also available.

Materials

You will be given paints and paper for the week ahead. Extra paint and paper can be purchased from the studio if required.

Drinks

Snacks and drinks are made available throughout the day from the breakfast bar area.

Pick up times

First pick up; Between 10:30 and 11:30. We leave the airport according to the later arrival between these times. The driver will not wait after 11:30, arrival time to Las Orquideas approx 12:45. 

Second pick up: Between 21:30 and 22:30. We leave the airport according to the later arrival between these times. Arrival time to Las Orquideas approx 23:45.

Pick ups outside of these times are charged at 70 Euros per person up to a maximum of 140 Euros for 2+ people. The same charges apply to pick ups from Valencia airport. Private taxis are available from the airports. Charges will be at the discretion of the individual driver but should be in the region of 110 Euros from Valencia and 130 Euros from Alicante.

Departure times.

Journey time approximately 75 minutes.

We offer two departure times to Alicante airport.

First departure from Las Orquideas between 07:30 and 08:30. This will be for flights between 10:30 and 14:30, this will be determined by earliest flight requirement.

Second departure from Las Orquideas between 11:30 and 12:30. This will be for flights after 14:30, this will be determined by earliest flight requirement.

Departures outside of these times are charged at 70 Euros per person up to a maximum of 140 Euros for 2+ people. The same charges apply to departures to Valencia airport. Private taxis are available.  Charges will be at the discretion of the individual driver but should be in the region of 110 Euros to Valencia and 130 Euros to Alicante.


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