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Joe Dowden | Course | October

Each class is subject driven. You get to complete that particular subject on the day. You can use what you learn in all your future work. Through practice plus confident and friendly tuition you can achieve a great deal.
Joe’s workshops are for all level, beginners are especially welcome as Joe’s easy going manner and expert guidance really does build confidence in one and all.

  • Course arrival date 21st October 2018
  • Course departure date 27th October 2018
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Joe Dowden | Workshop

Watercolours

Joe has his very own style of teaching, here is a brief of his method.

A demonstration is followed by the class painting under guidance from Joe until that stage is complete and we move on to the next. This is repeated until the painting is complete. Joe produces a painting from scratch in stages with full explanations. He has a friendly relaxed way of teaching while managing to get around to all the students so no one is left behind or bemused. He will start with a demonstration of the initial stages of the chosen painting. After each demo, everyone has the opportunity to follow along and complete that stage, while Joe gives each individual some, one to one tuition. This is followed by a demonstration of the next stage, while the group takes a break from painting and watch how the next step of the painting unfolds. The class follows each demonstration, with the practical task of taking their very own painting toward completion, under the artist’s expert guidance.

This method is designed to build confidence. Everyone is enabled to get a result by the end of each day. You will find not only do you complete a painting, but you will be able to put into practice what you have learned in all your work. There are also numerous tricks, tips and techniques to be learned. You can benefit from Joe Dowden’s professional insights.

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 Anne will give a demonstration of her style.
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 for a trip out to Albufera de Anna.
The Albufera de Anna is a natural fresh water lake fed by mountain springs, the complex houses a purpose rock built bathing pool filled by the natural springs. Small row boats are available for hire to explore the small lake and there are number of resident water foul and fish.
Picnic lunch at about 2:00. Then continue painting from another viewpoint around the lake before returning to Las Orquideas in time for aperitifs before the evening meal.

Breakfast, buffet style at Las Orquideas. From 8:30.
9:30 meet for a trip to the castle of Montessa, a ruin now but at one time a fortress of the Knights Templars.
Lunch at the local restaurant, next to the castle, for typical Valencian paella.
Returning to Las Orquideas in time for siesta or relaxing by the pool, before the final critique or even a demonstration and assessment of the week. This will be followed by aperitifs and our final evening meal at 8:00.

Breakfast, buffet style at Las Orquideas. From 8:30
9:30, meet ready to leave for a trip to Gandia on the coast for a mornings painting.
Lunch at about 2:00 in a fisherman’s club for the most perfect feast of the freshest ingredients you can imagine, cooked to perfection as would only be acceptable to the people who caught it. Meat dishes available for those who have a dislike of fish.
Continue painting after lunch, returning in time for aperitifs and the evening meal at Las Orquideas.

Breakfast, buffet style at Las Orquideas. From 8:30
10:00, meet for a mornings painting in the gardens of Las Orquideas or go to the town.
Lunch at about 2:00, Free time until 5:00, then painting in the gardens and finalising any works in the studio with an assessment of the week.
Finishing in time for a dip in the pool or aperitifs before the evening meal at Las Orquideas.

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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