Shadows and Light

Shadows and Light
19 - 25 October 2022


The Italian watercolor painter was born in 1973 in Kotovsk, ex. Soviet Union,
now the Republic of Moldova. He finished his studies in High School of Fine Arts “Ilya Repin” in Chisinau. In1999 Igor graduated from the West University of Arts in
Timisoara, majoring in grafic and indurstrial design. In the same year he decided to move to Italy. In Rome he enrolled and attended painting courses at the Academy of Fine Arts. Igor is one of the founders of the watercolor school “Aquarelle Art Studio”
He spends time painting and teaching watercolor in Rome and all over the world.
Description of Igors work and the way of painting :
« Igor’s watercolors have the tint of distant memories. His landscapes to the paradox of a time, even vertiginous, appear as unusual imbued of an old descriptive devotion of the vibrant light that always permeating the scene of Rome. “ says Ennio Calabria.
Igor Sava
Watercolour Artist & Teacher????

Day 1

Marrakech « Marhaba !» :

Arrival in  Marrakech,  welcome  of  participants  by our guide DAHMAN and  the driver. Departure to Essaouira by bus (17 places).

Overnight in Essaouia

Day 2

 « Closer to the Sun » :

After breakfast we will take a little walk  outside the old medina to reach our place where we will have a beautiful view of the reflection of the walls and the big boats on the sea , Lunch break. In the afternoon, we will go back inside the walls going to a panoramic terrace where we will have An opportunity  to paint multiples views like roofs and terraces of the city, the sea  and the famous ­{skala]}

OverNight in Essaouira.

Day 3

« The harbor  »   :

After breakfast we will go to the port where we will spend the whole day , painting different views ,  from the sqala of the port that has a panoramic view where we can see the medina, the port, the bay, the island of mogador , and the dance on the air of the seagulls ,after letting themselves be carried by the winds ,  also  we will witness the return of the fishermen and go to the rudimentary shipyard where carpenters build boats and paint them in bleu ;

Overnight in Essaouira

Day 4

«The Souk and sidi kaouki   » :

 After breakfast we will head to a traditional Souk where we will also paint a beautiful mountain view, then we will drive to the a beautiful beach with a stunning view to paint while we enjoy the sun with the camels and  horses, around , (ride the camel for those who wish). visiting the argane cooperative to see how  to produce the argane oil , lunch near the beach

OverNight in Essaouira.

Day 5

« The Sqala day » :

Today is the time to visit the main scala with her beautiful view and her stunning old cannons facing out the sea . Lunch break in a terrace near the scala  , In the afternoon we will have a  tourist visit in the medina

OverNight in Essaouira.

Day 6

« Silent Retreat » :

After breakfast, early departure to Marrakesh. Enjoy the landscape and watch the goats over the argan trees. Lunch will be on the road. In the afternoon you are free to  Continue to the world-famous Jemaa el Fna Square, which houses an array of food, snake charmers, local musicians, and fortune-tellers. There’s nowhere on Earth like the Jemaa el Fna, the square at the heart of old Marrakesh. You can also walk through the souks and view hundreds of handicrafts.

OverNight in Marrakesh

Day 7

« Harvest  day »

You will spend the Morning in the Riad in order to finish the travel log, diverse collages, layout of the pages with advice of the teacher.

Departure to the aireport.


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.

Our services

Lodging : Riad, guest house. Technical support and overall support during all your travels.

Our services

Lodging: Gîte, Kasbah in the heart of the valleys and palm groves Technical support and overall support during all your travels.


**-In case of withdrawal by a participant within 90 days of commencement of the workshop, the amount already paid will not be refunded.

**-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.

**-In the event the organisers cancel the trip with no alternative date proposed, all sums paid by the participant will be fully refunded.


Workshop Trip 7 days / 6 nights all inclusive:

This price includes:

- More than 40 hours of lessons spread over 8 days for a maximum group of 12 people

- Airport / Hotel transfers

- (air-conditioning) 17-seater vehicle with driver

- official licend tourist guides

- Full board accommodation, double room for couples (all rooms have a private bathroom)

- Tourist taxes to be paid on site

Accompanying Person Trip 7days / 6 nights all inclusive:

- Full board accommodation, single room & double room for couples (all rooms have a private bathroom)

- Airport / Hotel transfers

- (air-conditioning) 17-seater vhicle with driver

- official licend tourist guides

- Tourist taxes to be paid on site

These prices do not include:

- Roundtrip flights to Marrakech

- Painting equipment

- Entrance fees to monuments

- On-site purchases.

-IF someone want a single room He should add another 150 Euro

Watercolor Workshop Program 2022 with Igor Sava

The program of the master class: “LANDSCAPE”

1. Short lecture:

- about materials

- paper, brushes, paints, their features and use of watercolor in the work;

- about the most frequently used techniques of working with watercolor.

2. Demonstration of the master.

3. Practice participants under the guidance of the master.



Lemon Cadmium, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Orange, Vermilion Red, Pirrol Red, Quinacridone Red, Violet-Pink, Ultramarine Violet, Blue Indanthrone, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Turquoise, Green, Yellow Naples, Yellow Ocher, Burnt Sienna, Umber, Sepia, Payne's Gray, Black Neutral, Titanium White.


Round Big Mop Brushes Sable Or Squirrel (Not Synthetic)

Soft Squirrel Hair Brush 8,10, 12 (Not Synthetic)

Small Synthetic 6,8,10 (Synthetic For Fine Detail Work)

Asian Calligraphy Brush Set (Not Synthetic!)



Rough paper, Arches or Saunders Waterford paper – 100% cotton, 300 grams,

36x51 cm or half Imperial size.


Painting board, natural sponge, paper towel, water container, masking tape,

penci (B or HB), eraser, water spray, easel (for in case of outdoor painting).

Gallery Photos :

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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.

  • Free Wifi access in all rooms and common areas
  • Bedside Mineral Water
  • Hair Dryers
  • One-time complimentary laundry service for retreat weeks

Extra items you should pack:

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