Let professional painters Royce Deans and Tali Farchi guide your artistic journey in Valencia. Royce and Tali speak the artistic language needed to effortlessly teach you composition, perspective, balance, color fundamentals. You will be constantly inspired to sketch and paint, to capture more and to experiment more. The retreat is available for up to eight students, so Tali and Royce will be able to give individual attention and personalized tuition to everyone.
You will take part in daily show and tell sessions, demonstrations in acrylic, gouache and oil pastels, and practical workshops. You will enrich your painting and drawing techniques and skills while enjoying the picturesque Valencian countryside, one of your muses throughout the vacation.
Created by artists Royce Deans and Tali Farchi, this ingenious workshop is designed to make your creativity reach new heights while focusing on the roots of inspiration. This exercise will open new unexplored dimensions and help you develop your self-expression.
Throughout your painting vacation, you will stay at Casa de las Orquideas — a recently restored Colonial-style villa located in the picturesque Spanish Valencian countryside. Double and twin rooms with ensuite bathrooms are available for both double and single occupancy.
For the duration of your stay at Casa de las Orquideas, you will be served three delicious meals a day, carefully put together using only the freshest homegrown or locally sourced ingredients. Lunches are generally prepared by an in-house chef and served at Las Orquideas starting with 02:00 p.m. On occasion, your hosts might take you out to a local restaurant for lunch. If painting out on location, your hosts will put together a picnic-style lunch with homemade sandwiches, made exclusively for individual tastes.
The painting vacation takes place at Casa de las Orquideas — a hillside villa which overlooks the town of Benigánim and the Valle D’Albaida in Valencia, Spain. Situated mid-way between the popular airports of Valencia to the east and Alicante to the west, the villa was purchased in 2007 and transformed into a residential art school and painting vacation venue.
Hot to get there:
Please book your flights to arrive at Valencia Airport in Manises (VLC), also known as Manises Airport or Alicante–Elche Airport (ALC). Valencia is a 70-minute drive from Benigánim, while Alicante is 85 minutes away by car.
Originated from Israel, Tali’s artistic vision was shaped by the ardent sun from the motherland. Inspired by the Dutch landscapes, Tali’s artworks test the limits and harmony of the structures and shapes. The world created by Tali is built with dynamic brushstrokes and lively textures. She is passionate about both figure and landscape painting, and expresses her aesthetics in various mediums – oil pastels, aquarelles and charcoal. Tali will be your tutor during your painting vacation.
Graduate from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Royce will be your tutor for the duration of your painting vacation. Royce’s experience is torn between his glowing passions: drawing, illustration and painting. Experimenting the link among visual art and music, Royce is endlessly looking for more profound means of expressing abstract work. You can expect to be revealed valuable notions on landscape, abstract and figurative painting, as Royce masters these techniques.
Is this painting vacation available to all levels?
The vacation is available to all ages, experience and ability levels, suitable for complete beginners and painting enthusiasts looking to practice and improve their technique. Painting sessions are adapted to suit guests' needs and all participants will receive individual attention.
When is the painting retreat available?
The painting vacation in Spain is available between September 16 - 23, 2020. Please get in touch to check availability.
How far in advance should I book?
As far in advance as possible — spots get occupied fast. Please contact us for further guidance.
Is WiFi available?
Yes, but it can be intermittent: 75% of the time it is available everywhere and most of the time in and around the main villa.
Are special diets catered for?
Yes. Please get in touch in advance to discuss your dietary requirements.
Where should I land? Are airport transfers included?
Please book your flights to arrive at Valencia Airport in Manises (VLC), also known as Manises Airport or Alicante–Elche Airport (ALC). Valencia is a 70-minute drive from Benigánim, while Alicante is 85 minutes away by car. Airport transfers from and to Valencia and Alicante are included in the package. Please get in touch in advance to make all needed arrangements.
What should I pack?
Guests are responsible for bringing their own art supplies. Please bring your own specialist materials, paint, paper, canvas, brushes (as much as travel plans allow). Please make sure you pack light clothes, a hat, comfortable walking shoes, indoor shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, swimwear to use in the outdoor pool, and any personal medication you might need. You might want to bring a camera and an old shirt or apron for painting.
Is any equipment provided?
The studio is equipped with easels, art boards, and sketching stools, water containers, water sprays, basic palettes, aprons, bulldog clips, A1 and A2 paper. A list of additional art materials needed will be provided when you book.
How many people are to be expected in a group painting session?
There is a maximum number of 8 participants.
Can my non-painting partner join me?
Of course. Please get in touch for a special non-painting quote.
Do I need a visa?
Guests traveling from EU and/or Schengen member states may enter Spain for up to 90 days for tourist purposes without a visa. Please contact us for further guidance.
Are there any age restrictions?
Absolutely not. However, please keep in mind that you must be 18 years of age to travel independently.
What language is used during the painting classes and other activities?
The entire experience is available in English. Instructors speak Dutch and Hebrew as well.
I have allergies. Can I still book this experience?
Participants who suffer from severe, life-threatening allergies are strongly encouraged to come prepared with all the necessary medication and be capable of self-administering it. Please get in touch to discuss your specific requirements.
Is the painting vacation available to people with limited mobility?
The villa's gardens are on a slope, therefore there are steps or gradients from each area. Moreover, some of the best areas for landscape painting are over uneven terrain. Please get in touch to discuss your specific concerns.
“Re-learning to simply sketch turned out to be a gift in which I continue to pursue. Using quick sketches helped me to loosen up my technique. The collective meals were a great way to end each day at dinner together. Also, learning from other artists from several parts of the world with a variety of experience levels, and Tali and Royce are fabulous artists to learn from, we are still connected.”
“I enjoyed the opportunity to retire from the world for a week and concentrate on art. A lovely retreat, and Royce and Tali did a great job of organizing.”
“A retreat in every sense of the word. A real getaway from it all. My very first retreat with a bunch of incredible people from all over the globe; and what an exuberant experience it was — just soaking in the atmosphere of the countryside that a city dweller like me needed, but most of all, doing what I love best!”
“What a joy it was to always find someone to converse and to paint with. I am so grateful to have met each of you and look forward to seeing you in the future! Thank you Tali and Royce for arranging all of it and supporting us in our art. Thank you, everyone else for an intense week full of communing and art!”