Swedish Royal Workshop, leading by Marie Andersson

Swedish Royal Workshop, leading by Marie Andersson

Marie Andersson Östersund AKVARELL, WATERCOLOR

Dear student!

If you are a beginner or if you have been painting watercolor for a while and wants to explore and “paint” Marocco, this is the watercolor workshoptrip for you!

Your teacher will be watercolor artist Marie Andersson fromNorth of Sweden.

” Marieis a popular leader and she’s contributesto: nothing is impossible and everything is possible.”

We will switch between theory, demonstrations, painting along and practical moments. In our paintings we will create lights and shadows and practise how to lighten up the painting. First of all we will play with the colours but we will also practise how to compose a painting. We will go through the ground pillars in watercolor and focus on the individual needs.

Marie is also there to give feedback to you, but only if you want it yourself.

Tips 1: Bring your I-pad/ reading tablet or your mobile phone. When you find an inspirational motive that you want to paint it can sometimes be easier if you have a picture as support. Even though the focus is on plain air painting = outdoor painting.

Tips 2: You can bring a paper copy of from a photo with you. There is if you want to paint something special from back home and you need Marie’s support. Sometimes that is a good thing if you don’t get inspiration from the outdoor a certain day. That can happen and its rather common.

Tips 3: Bring a hat for the sun to shade your eyes and a small folding umbrella for the same reason. It can be difficult to see all the colours on your painting and palette in bright sunlight.

The love for watercolour

It is the love for the watercolour that makes it here main medium for over 30 years. “I still learn new ways to paint, every day. It’s such a joy to be on this journey, exploring watercolours!” Marie is selling original paintings, Fine Art Prints, doing commissions and holding workshops. “I love holding workshops and it’s a privilege to see the light in the eyes of the participants when they understand my message that “nothing is impossible, and nothing is wrong” when it comes to painting watercolour. It is the end result that matters.”

Born, raised and still living in Östersund, in the north of Sweden, shespent a lot of time in the mountains and by the lake of Storsjön. It is a natural source of inspiration in many of her wonderful plain air paintings. Marie paint everything that inspires her, often in themes, city life, landscape, still-life, portraits. She also does abstracts; -I need to paint my inner landscape, the inner “space” and mysterious shapes.”You cannot put Marie in a box! She says that the four thingsthat isimportantto her is:the light, the light, the light, the shadows and values.





Are you interested in:

Original paintings? Fine Art Prints? A commission? A workshop?

Don’t hesitate to contact me: makvarell@gmail.com +46702776606

Day 1
Arrival to Morocco - Transfer to the hotel.
Arrival in Marrakech at the Marrakech-Menara International Airport. you will be hosted by our professional guide and driver. after the meeting , the departure will take place towards a an exotic guest house inside the heart of the high atlas called Ouirgane.
overnight and dinner at (Chez Momo) or similar
Day 2

Hollywood of Africa"Ait-Ben Haddou ":

Your day starts early with a picturesque sunrise before enjoying a special breakfast. As the sun begins to rise. this will be a full rocky desertic day sceneary , on the road to Ait Ben-Haddou, (about 200 km from Marrakesh). taking the road which passes through the High Atlas mountain range. On our way we will drive through the Tizin’Tichka pass, at an altitude of more than 2200 m and which links the valley of the Tensift wadi in the north, to the Asif Ounila valley a semi-arid region in the southeast. 
Dinner and overnight will take place in Ait-Ben Haddou (Riad Maktoub or similar)

Day 3
The Oasis (Skoura) :
After breakfast , you will enjoy a full day sketching and drawing this Unesco's world heritage, Ait Ben Haddou, the most spectacular Kasbah in the south of Morocco and the iconic landscape immortalized in such films as, Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, The Jewel of the Nile, The Living Daylights, The Sheltering Sky, Kundun, The Mummy, Gladiator, and Alexander the great,  Here we will begin our first sketches of  the kasbahs and Ksars buildings.Also, sketch the shaded alleys and along the wadi (river) .In the afternoon will leave Ait-ben-Haddou to arrive at one of the mesmerizing places called Skoura.
Night and dinner.

Day 4

Partridge Adventure: 

Skoura "The Palm Grove": In the morning we will discover the splendor of the date palms and the sheltered fruit and olive trees that cover over than 27km square. The local population will warmly welcome you, adding to your feeling of well-being, all this under the heat from the Moroccan sun. The palm grove..... with its flora and its kasbahs, will provide many subjects for the second page of your travel journal. Among all of this you will have a botanical lesson in the palme-groove.

Dinner and overight at (Bassatine Skoura or similar)

Day 5

Amridile Kasbah & Potery : 

After breakfast, you will start your day with an amazing ride on the Tok-Tok inside the oasis to visit the 17th century kasbah (Amridile) which used to be a fortress and a coranic school of the Naciri family, after lunch you will visit a pottery workshop and go back in time for a while.

dinner and overnight at (Bassatine Skoura or similar)

Day 6

High Atlas

we we’ll head to Marrakech , enjoying the panoramic view of the palm grove and the scenic moon-like landscape with the beautiful contrast of the Berber villages and the mountains; an area that has been a popular location for Hollywood films, including The Last Temptation of Christ, Jewel of the Nile, and the Mummy.
Our journey will continue through the majestic Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2260m) over the High Atlas Mountains, before arriving at your accommodation in Marrakech.

in the afternoon you are free to relax at the riad or go discover 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 will also walk through the souks and view hundreds of handicrafts.

Dinner and overnight at the riad

Day 7

Agafay day trip

After breakfast you will Enjoy and have the chance to explore amazing landscapes of the stone desert. Agafay desert is located just at 30 kilometers southwest of Marrakech between East Lake Lalla Takerkoust, South of the High Atlas mountains. we will spend our day in a luxury camp swiming,painting,riding camels for those who wish, and enjoying the view of the atlas mountains from this beautiful place .

lunch in Agafay

overnight in Marrakech

Day 8
Farewell :

It is hard to say goodbye. But this is the farewell day, you can take advantage of this day to buy some souvenires or gifts to remember this exeptional tour.


Why you will love this trip

• With the help of a local guide, you will have the impression of going back in time to the Middle Ages wandering the labyrinthine medina of Ait Ben Haddou, Skoura and Merzouga.

• Take the opportunity to travel through the spectacular red dunes of the Sahara by camel and have an unforgettable sunset experience.

• Djemaa el-Fna Square in Marrakech is a city within the city. Explore one of the largest meeting places in the world, joining the night carnival atmosphere of fortune tellers, dancers and healers.

Skoura is a town in Ouarzazate Province, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco. Skoura is a fertile oasis lined with immense palm groves. The Kasbah Amerhidil is part of Skoura palm grove alongside more.


√-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.

Material for you to bring on the trip:

Watercolor paper: Marie recommend a 100% cotton watercolor paper for exampleArches, Sanders Waterford and Fabriano and at least 300grams. Marie herself will use Arches paper 300 g, mainly cold pressed and some rough ones.


Marie is mainly using watercolor from tubes. If you have pans you can bring them. Don’t go and by too many new colours if you don’t want to.

Maries palette, Exemple:

French Ultramarine blue (WN), Cobalt blue, Antwerp blue ore Winsor blue, Raw sienna (WN), New Gamboge, Hansa yellow light, Burnt sienna (WN), Alizarin crimson, Cadmium light red (You can find cadmium free), Neutral tint (DS)and Ivory black, Lavender (DS).

If you have pans Marie give you a tip to by tubes of French Ultramarine, Raw Siennaand Burnt sienna (Winsor & Newton). She will use these colours in many of the paintings. And if you blend these colours you get fantastic blue, brown, grey, black and even sandy shades.

(WN = Winsor & Newton, DS= Daniel Smith)


Marie will for example use: Flat 4-5 cm wide, Flat 2 cm wide, (Natural hair:ex goat hair, squirrel hair ormixed hair with synthetic)Big round (18-20) smaller round (6) fineliner (2)

Squirrel or mixed hair with synthetic works perfectly. You do not have to by exclusive brushes with sable. Bring what you already have.

Other materials to bring: Sketchbook, led pencil, eraser, masking tape 2-3 cm, 1-2 board (ex gatorboard/foamboard, 5 mm thick and ca 42x33 cm.Its for stretching the watercolour paper) palette ore a plate for mixing colours (as we are on a trip use light material), a bottle for water, a container for water, a small spray bottle, a small towel or a sponge (for controlling the amount of water in your brush) Old credit card ore a small palette knife. Something to sit on outside, a backpack ore a bag for your equipment as we may take a walk to the site of painting. If you have a small light weight easel you can bring that with you, but it will work without it.

Our services

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

For more details on the itinerary of this trip, I invite you to read the document which you will find below in the section "Download and print your registration from".


Workshop Trip 8 days / 7 nights all inclusive:

This price includes:

- More than 30 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 8 days / 7 nights all inclusive:

- Full board accommodation, 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

-Camel ride in Agafaydesert

-Lunches of the first and last day

-Lunch in Agafay desert

- Painting equipment

- Entrance fees to monuments

- On-site purchases.

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


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.

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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