From 21 to 28 April 2024
and retreats are an incredible way to enjoy the best a venue has to
offer- the sights, the food, the culture, spending time with like
minded artists and then there is immersing yourself in the art!
I love the fact that watercolour is so portable, perfect for travel either in a sketchbook or whole paintings,
recording what you see and feel, your reaction to the surroundings. So easy to use with so little mess, just close up the palette and rinse your brush and off you go. I love to paint while my husband drives the car on long trips! When tutoring I experience a real joy in watching students achieve success with their work in their own style at whatever their level of experience may be. We all have to start at the beginning! And Morocco is a perfect venue with the UNESCO listed fortified town of Essaouira, beaches, camels, beautiful blue boats and so much more.....a wealth of subject matter!
You are free to sketch and draw, make a travel diary, work in pen and wash, or follow my demo with a finished painting, all levels of experience are very welcome! My workshops are always relaxed, no pressure, lots of fun and very informative.
All you have to do is relax,paint and have fun! I have tutored international workshops in Bali Indonesia, Tuscany Italy, and France and regular workshops in Australia over the years, participated in numerous and diverse exhibitions in Australia and West Australia.
I have invited many International artists to tutored workshops in my private studio for groups of watercolour students. These sessions have always been very exciting and inspiring events.
Your painting sessions will begin with a chat where I will talk about some basics relating to the subject and then I will do a demo after which I spend time with you as an individual (if wanted) giving personal guidance and advise to enable you to get the very best results possible results for your efforts ! There are plenty of tips and techniques I will share that I have learned along the way in my 20+ years of painting and wanting to share with you!
Why you will love this trip
*Essaouira gained UNESCO status thanks to it being a prime example of an 18th-century fortified town. The city walls are an incredible reminder of its past, the medina inside still very much a part of its present. The harbor is chock full of traditional fishermen's boats, and you'll catch them (the fishermen—not the boats) hauling in their catch or mending their nets on the regular. The entire port is ridiculously picturesque, in that gritty, nostalgic kind of way.
*To get into Essaouira's history, carve out ample time in your itinerary to just wander. You likely won't get too lost—the streets are linked in such a way that you're never too far from the main thoroughfare running through its center, the spine of the medina. It stretches from the North Gate, Bab Doukkala, all the way to Place Moulay Hassan, by the waterfront.
*Agafay Ce Reg, a desert of stones and rocks, offers an immense, arid and lunar landscape, illuminated however by an oasis that appears as if from nowhere, it is called the enchanted oasis.
Workshop Trip 8 days / 7nights all inclusive:
Lodging : Riad, guest house. Technical support and overall support during all your travels.
v-In case of withdrawal by a participant within 90 days of commencement of the workshop, the amount already paid will not be refunded.
v-In case of cancellation of the trip by the organisers, a new date will be proposed. Any participant who cannot avail of the new date will be fully refunded of the sum already paid.
v-In the event the organisers cancel the trip with no alternative date proposed, all sums paid by the participant will be fully refunded.
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Good To Know
Travelers from the US only are required to have a valid US Passport – but it must NOT be due to expire within 6 months of your return flight.
Your flight destination will be Marrakech Menara International Airport (RAK) / Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport. Royal Air Maroc is the only airline that has direct flights from the US to Morocco, from both JFK and Washington Dulles.
You can also book flights traveling through major European airports, as there are many connecting flights to Marrakech through economy airlines such as Ryan Air, Easyjet, Iberia, etc. We’ve found that it is easier to find good connecting flights on the way to Marrakech than on the return, but you can take the opportunity to end your trip with a day or two stop in Spain, France, Portugal, England….
Immunizations are not required or necessary but check here for CDC recommendations.
Weather is predictably unpredictable so be sure to check on the estimated conditions the week before you travel. Even though Marrakech can be quite warm by day, it is usually quite cooler at night so pack light clothes that you can layer. We recommend cotton pants, long skirts, wraps or large scarves over tank and tee shirts, and a sweater or light jacket for chilly nights.
Your most important fashion asset: comfortable shoes for traversing the Medina on sightseeing and shopping adventures!
Morocco is a Muslim country and women generally dress more modestly than in the US or Europe. Like elsewhere, dress codes are gradually becoming more lax and there is a lot of tolerance for tourists, but wearing clothing that covers your best “assets”, and that your grandmother would approve of, shows cultural respect, good taste, and common sense.
The currency here is the Moroccan Dirham, and the exchange rate usually hovers these days around 10 Dirhams/1 Dollar. You CANNOT exchange for Dirhams outside of Morocco, but there are several currency exchange booths in the airport when you exit Passport Control and also located all around the Medina. Larger stores and restaurants may take Euros, but it’s really best to have dirhams.
If you bring large bills ($100) to exchange be sure that they are newer bills with holograms. Otherwise they will slide them back to you with a shake of their head.
Another good option for padding your wallet with dirhams is to use the ATM machines which are located around the medina. The exchange rate is a little better, especially if your bank or credit card doesn’t add foreign transaction fees (some homework for you). Be sure to notify your bank of your foreign travel destination so they don’t flag you for fraud. I also recommend that you bring 2 or 3 cards-just in case you still get flagged (happens!) and find too many things you just can’t live without.