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Paul Weaver | Course

Paul encourages his students by teaching the prime principles of design, a solid drawing base, the creative control of watercolour foundations and his own style of expressive use of brushstrokes.  By using his own creative style of entertaining and instructive demonstrations coupled with personal one on one guidance, Paul willingly offers many aspects of advice, from choosing the subject, composition and tonal sketches, his techniques for capturing the not only the atmosphere and character of rural Spain but also how to appropriate the correct light and mood in this truly inspiring setting. We will paint in local towns, rural landscapes and water reflections.

  • Course arrival date 5th August 2018
  • Course departure date 11th August 2018     

 

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Paul Weaver | Workshop

Watercolours

Suitable for all levels but some previous knowledge would be advisable, as Paul will focus on fortifying your confidence in your approach to plein air painting and how to achieve that sketch in situ perfection, for ease of reference when creating a watercolour at a later date under studio conditions. A brilliantly informative and stimulating workshop in the Valencian countryside, definitely one not to be missed.

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 Paul will give a demonstration of his 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 8:00

9:00, meet ready to leave for a trip to Bocairent, the town built on the hillside. Firstly a view of the town from the other side of the valley, this is followed by trip around the town,  guided by Paul who will point out some of the best viewpoints for painting.

Returning to Las Orquideas for lunch.

Free time until 5:00 then into the studio to learn how to turn your mornings sketches into paintings.

 Finishing in time for aperitifs before the evening meal. 

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 8:00

9:00, meet ready to leave for a trip to La Albuferra de Valencia, the largest freshwater lake in Spain. The waters from which are used to irrigate the infamous rice fields. The crop is then used for the real Paella dishes. A mornings painting of the waterways, boatmen and boats.

Lunch in a typical Valencian Paella restaurant followed by a boat trip around the lake for some inspirational photographs.

Returning to Las Orquideas for our evening meal

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

10:00, meet for a mornings painting in the gardens of Las Orquideas or at the local monastery.

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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August

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