Sketching & Watercolor Workshop in Morocco Jayson Yeoh

Sketching & Watercolor Workshop in Morocco Jayson Yeoh
11-18 December 2023

Join Me In Discovering The Enchanting Wonders Of Morocco!
I invite you to come along and capture the essence of your travel adventures with just a pen, a sketchbook, and vibrant colours. Get ready for an exciting 8-day 'Sketching & Watercolour Workshop'!
During our journey, spanning eight unforgettable days, we'll explore different destinations each day, indulging in the pure joy of painting amidst stunning landscapes. Enjoy the pleasant climate and mesmerizing scenery, without worrying about transportation, accommodation, or meals. Follow my lead and create your own travel journal!
About the Mentor: Jayson Yeoh-Malaysia
The Jayson Yeoh that I know…
I am not a professional traveller, but loves travelling; I am not a talented sketcher, but loves sketching!
I feel that I am a Travelling sketcher, and a sketching traveller! I like to use my eyes to see the world, and use sketching to record the sights of my journey.
To use words to record my thoughts and understanding, Because, After passing it will be forgotten, after meeting then there will be a story. Start my journey with a story, and bring the story home.
Jayson Yeoh -AWS, NWS
Self-taught Artist
Art Membership
* Malaysia Watercolour Society
* Singapore Watercolour Society
* Signature Member of NationalWatercolor Society,USA(2016)
* Signature Member of American Watercolor Society(2018)

Day 1

Marrakesh “Marhaba! (Hello!)”: Arrival to Marrakesh, welcome of participants by our guide

DAHMAN and the driver. Departure to Essaouira by bus (17 places). Overnight stay in Essaouira.


Day 2

“Closer to the Sun”: After breakfast we will take a little walk outside the old medina (old walled city) to reach our place where we will have a beautiful view of the reflection of the walls and the big boats on the sea, and the lunch break. In the afternoon, we will go back inside the walls going to a panoramic terrace where we will have the opportunity to paint multiple views like roofs and terraces of the city, the sea and the famous Skala(castle/harbour).Overnight stay in Essaouira. DEC. 13

Day 3

“The Harbour”: After breakfast we will go to the port where we will spend the whole day,   painting different views, from the Skala (harbour) 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 of the seagulls  in the air as they are letting themselves be carried by the winds. We will also witness the return of the fishermen and go to the rudimentary shipyard where carpenters build boats and paint them in blue. Overnight stay in Essaouira. DEC.14

Day 4

“The Souk and Sidi Kaouki (name of the town)”: After breakfast we will head to a traditional Souk (traditional marketplace) where we will also paint a beautiful mountain view. Then we will drive to a beautiful beach with a stunning view to paint while we enjoy the sun with the camels and horses around us (those who wish may ride a camel). Visiting the argan (oil trees) cooperative to see how to produce the argan oil. Lunch near the beach. Overnight stay in Essaouira. DEC. 15


Day 5

“The Skala Day”: Today is the time to visit the main Skala (castle) with her beautiful view and  her stunning old cannons facing the sea. Lunch break in a terrace near the Skala. In the afternoon,we will have a tourist visit in the medina (old walled city). Overnight stay in  Essaouira. DEC.16

Day 6

“Silent Retreat”: Early departure to Marrakesh after breakfast. We will be enjoying the landscape and watching the goats over the argan trees. Lunch will be on the road. In the afternoon, we will be visiting and painting the famous Garden of Marrakesh (Majorelle is its alternative name) Overnight stay in Marrakesh. DEC.17

Day 7

“The Red City”: After breakfast you will enjoy the Bahia Palace where you can sketch the splendid Moroccan architecture. After lunch break, you are free to continue to the world-famous Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, which houses an array of food, snake charmers, local musicians, and fortune tellers. There’s nowhere on Earth like the Jemaa el-Fnaa, the square at the heart of old Marrakesh. You can also walk through the souks and view hundreds of handicrafts Overnight stay (with breakfast) at the Riad (traditional Moroccan house), Marrakesh. DEC.18   

Day 8

“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. Then, you will depart to the airport.


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 / 7 nights:
- More than 40 hours of lessons spread over 8 days for a maximum group of 12 people
- Airport / Hotel transfers
- Air-conditioned 17-seater vehicle with a driver
- Officially licensed tourist guides
- Full-board accommodation, double rooms for couples (all rooms have a private bathroom)
- Tourist taxes to be paid on the site


- Trip 8 days / 7 nights:
- Full-board accommodation, double rooms for couples (all rooms have a private bathroom)
- Airport / Hotel transfers - Air-conditioned 17-seater vehicle with a driver
- Officially licensed tourist guides - Tourist taxes to be paid on the site

- Round-trip flights to Marrakesh - Painting equipment - Entrance fees to monuments
- On-site purchases.
- IF someone (in a couple) wants a single room, he should pay another 150 Euros

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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

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