Plein Air Painting Retreat with Christian Koivumaa
21-29th of september 2022
I'm a passionate watercolor painter and I paint landscapes and urban scenes primarily. My paintings are painted with a limited palette in a high pace. My goal is to simplify the motive and with a loose style still paint realistic scenes. I use backruns as a way to create interest in my paintings.
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✷Experience Morocco’s three imperial cities on this 9 days tour
✷Stroll the streets of Casablanca & explore its main attractions
✷Visit the biggest Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
✷Admire the beautiful historical monuments of Fez, Meknes and Rabat
✷Explore Fez, the country’s cultural capital, stopping at souks, tanneries, madrasas, and mosques.
✷Tour the ancient walled medina of Meknes and the beautiful gates
✷See the Roman ruins at Volubilis.
✷Explore the capital of Morocco (Rabat) and its cultural sights
-Artist level paint (most used pigments are : ultramarine blue, alazarin crimson, sap green, manganese blue, yellow ochre, burnt umbre)
-Watercolor paper (I prefer Arches 300-640gsm, cold press)
-Brushes in different sizes and shapes
-masking fluid (I prefer Winsor and Newton)
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.