Painting holiday at the Finca el Cerrillo ~ April 2024

6th April 2024 - 13th April 2024

Come along on a painting holiday at the beautifully restored, 200 year-old farmhouse, in the foothills of the Sierra Almijara in Spain.

Saturday 6th – 13th April 

This is a one-week course, with tuition in sketching and painting. Working both En Plein air (working outdoors) and in the studio. You will be encouraged to experiment with new techniques and try new ways of working. We will be working in mainly watercolour but adding mixed media.

The aim is to develop and improve your personal skills.

Finca itself is a beautiful place to paint, but the nearby countryside is  also wonderful. We will be working in a light and airy studio, with plenty of space available and will be for our use throughout our stay. 

There is an optional, mid-week day trip to Malaga (at extra cost) where the attractions include the Picasso Museum, the Carmen Thyssen Museum and Picasso’s House.

Ali Hargreaves is an experienced teacher (B Ed Hons) and an accomplished artist. She teaches regular weekly classes and monthly all day workshops in Poynton, Cheshire. She also demonstrates regularly to Art groups. She is a PA for the SAA and has been filmed running a live workshop and had several articles published in “Paint” magazine. She is known for her sunny colourful style 

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The price for the course tuition is £250 ( or £100 for non – painting partners) paid to Ali at the time of deposit.

The cost for the Finca package is  900 Euros for a person sharing a twin/double room  (plus 200 Euros supplement for Single occupancy) paid to Finca once the booking is full and confirmed.

This includes:

  • Tuition  – 5 days (Sun, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri) Ali will teach a morning session from 10 a.m. till lunch at around 1.30 p.m. She will also be available for consultation in the studio between 5 and 6 p.m. 
  • An introductory session will be held on the arrival day (if flight times permits)
  • Full board accommodation in spacious rooms with twin or double beds
  • Evening meals are taken either at the Finca el Cerrillo  or (on some nights) guests will be taken by taxi to eat at other local restaurants, providing an interesting variety during your stay.
  • Transfers between Malaga airport and Finca el Cerrillo

(providing you arrive/depart in time for scheduled transfers, otherwise by arrangement at extra cost)

A deposit of £150 per person (plus Ali’s fee paid to Ali) is payable on booking, but this will be re-funded should there be insufficient numbers to run the course.

Not included in package cost:

  • Flights to/from Malaga airport 
  • Drinks during your stay (an honesty bar is operated by the Finca)
  • – Optional day trip to Malaga.
  • Lunch on the day of the Malaga trip

Finca el Cerrillo offers high standards of comfort in a relaxed informal atmosphere surrounded  by olive groves and vineyards and with lovely views in every direction. A walking centre for some groups, there are interesting trails straight from the door. There is a pool set in mature gardens and bird-watching trips can also be arranged. 

To make a booking, or for further details, please contact Ali by Emil or by text 07890 425544

Reserve your place now!

Use the button below to reserve your place on this course! I will then get back to you to confirm whether your place has been approved.

Please note: Due to high demand, we cannot guarantee your place on the course. Students already on the course get priority of place and then those on the waiting list.

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You’re built for En Plein x

Penrhos ?

Wish I was up there😊

I love that place!!

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What a lovely day . Really enjoyed it. 😍

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