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7 days
Available in English
All levels
Max. 10 people
Oils
Landscape, Townscape

What's included

  1. 6 nights of accommodation
  2. All meals
  3. Painting and sketching sessions with artists Joakim Bergström and Zane Prater
  4. Beverages
  5. Art supplies kit

 

Not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional art supplies (a list will be provided upon booking)
BEST PRICE GUARANTEE ● FREE CANCELLATION ● $100 DEPOSIT
Day 1: Arrival

Arrive at the accommodation no later than 4 p.m. Take your time to settle in and meet your fellow artists. Your instructor will walk you through the plan for the week and conduct a lecture demonstration with questions.

Meals included: dinner

The first days of your painting vacation are aimed at getting accustomed with the surroundings. You will take part in sketching sessions and demonstrations — preparatory activities for the painting process.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Enjoy painting excursions and practice your skills with subjects such as rural landscapes, medieval towns, architectural perspective, and seascapes with embodied water and sky elements.


On the last evening of your painting retreat, you will take part in a constructive talk, where each participant's artworks will be reviewed, and your art tutor will analyze each attendant's artistic evolution.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

After breakfast, say goodbye to your art companions and your tutor and head to the airport.

Meals included: breakfast
Standard room
Double / twin bed(s)
Private bathroom
Towels
Common areas
WiFiAvailable in the common areas
A/C
Heating

During your painting vacation, you will be accommodated at "Can Nató", a 14th century Gothic stone house. Modernly furbished and spacious, the house is equipped with five comfortable rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

Rooms are available for both single and double occupancy.

All meals and beverages, including beer and wine, will be provided throughout your painting vacation. You will enjoy self-service breakfast and buffet lunches and dinners prepared with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.

Breakfast optionsCereals, tortilla, breads and pastries, selection of cheeses and hams, hard-boiled eggs, fresh fruits, juices, coffee, tea, milk, soy milk
Lunch optionsSoups, salads, luncheon meats and cheeses, breads, sandwich wraps, fresh fruits
Dinner optionsLamb ragout and eggplant, fire grilled chicken, baked or sautéed white fish, hamburgers, grilled vegetables, assorted salads, fruit tarts, apple cake, assorted dinner pastries
Regular / Vegetarian / Gluten-Free meals
Please get in touch in advance to discuss your specific dietary requirements.

The painting vacation takes place in Rupià — a small medieval village located in the province of Girona, northeastern Spain, approximately 20 km / 12.5 miles from the coast beaches of the Costa Brava region.


How to get there:

Please book your flights to arrive at Barcelona–El Prat Josep Tarradellas Airport (BCN), then take the train for one station to reach Barcelona – Sants station where you will have to take the train for Flaçà, which is only one station after Girona. A one-way train ticket costs approximately USD $30 and the journey lasts around one hour. From Flaçà, take the taxi for a 5-minute drive to your accommodation in Rupià. The taxi costs approximately USD $12. Another option to consider is to rent a car from Girona.

Joakim Bergström
Tutor

Swedish artist Joakim Bergström finds nature an endless inspirational muse and his realistic landscape paintings express glimpses of the beauty that surrounds us. Joakim is a passionate painter, as well as a dedicated and patient teacher.


He studied art at Florence Academy of Art and Barcelona Academy of Art and is an art tutor at Edsvik School of Art in Stockholm and Barcelona Academy of Art.

Zane Prater
Tutor

Zane has comprehensive studies in the field of art at San Francisco Art Institute and Barcelona Academy of Art. He is a passionate drawing and painting teacher at Barcelona Academy of Art and is willing to share with you valuable notions that will enhance your artistic skills.

Is this painting vacation available to all levels? 

The vacation is available to all ages, experience and ability levels, suitable for both complete beginners, intermediate or advanced painting enthusiasts. Painting sessions are adapted to suit guests' needs and all participants receive individual attention.


When is the painting retreat available?

The next available dates for the painting vacation in Spain will be available soon. Please get in touch to join the waiting list.


Are there any check-in and check-out hours?

Please make your travel arrangements to arrive no later than 4 p.m. Check-out is no later than 12:00 p.m.


How far in advance should I book?

With only one date a year, the program is in high demand. Please make sure to book well in advance.


Is WiFi available?

Yes, WiFi is available in the salon of the house.


I am vegetarian. Can I book this painting vacation?

Vegetarian and gluten-free diets can be accommodated. Please get in touch in advance to discuss your dietary requirements.


Where should I land? How do I get to the accommodation?

Please book your flights to arrive at Barcelona–El Prat Josep Tarradellas Airport (BCN), then take the train for one station to reach Barcelona – Sants station where you will have to take the train for Flaçà, which is only one station after Girona. A one-way train ticket costs approximately USD $30 and the journey lasts around one hour. From Flaçà, take the taxi for a 5-minute drive to your accommodation in Rupià. The taxi costs approximately USD $12. Another option to consider is to rent a car from Girona.


What should I pack? 

Please make sure you pack light and comfortable cloths, sunscreen and a sun hat, sandals, swimsuit, shoes appropriate for uneven terrain, and insect repellent. Please note that guests are responsible for bringing their own brushes.


Is any equipment provided? 

Yes, it is. For the duration of the vacation, you will be provided with a high-quality painting kit consisting of canvas panels, oil paint, medium, odorless turpentine and field easels.


What’s the weather like in Costa Brava in September? 

The weather is pleasant and warm, with an average temperature of 26°C / 79°F during the day, and average nighttime temperatures of 16°C / 61°F.


How many people are to be expected in a group session?

There is a maximum number of 10 participants. 


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?

Please keep in mind that you must be at least 17 years of age and accompanied by an adult to take part in this experience.


What language is used during the painting classes and other activities?

The entire experience is available in English.

Jay, US:

“This was the perfect combination of an excuse, a reason, and also all the education that I wanted. I don’t know if it’s the environment or the patient, thorough, educating instruction or the wonderful people that are here, but it was amazing. I jumped leaps and bounds in my artistic skill and understanding. It’s been a really great experience, I’ve had a great time, getting to know the other artists and the different backgrounds that people come from and I think that I have made some lifelong friends.”


Ellyn, US:

“I’ve always been so afraid of oil painting, so when a girlfriend told me she was coming here I said ‘I want to come’ and I was just open to the experience, wasn’t really expecting a lot, no preconceived notions, but I just came. I think the thing that I found the most valuable was the instructor and his ability to connect with each student. He connected with me and what I was doing and the issues that I had and he would direct me instantaneously to areas that I needed to focus on and I saw my paintings grow from the first day to the forth day in ways that I had never anticipated. The atmosphere was beautiful, the food was incredible, the people were open, and loving and welcoming. It was a very nurturing, safe place to recuperate from the real world and to work on something that was very dear and special to me and take it home.”