Spain 2019

Andalusia, Spain

May  11 – 19 /2019

Photography / Plein-Air Painting Workshop
Taught by Scott Williams & Niki Gulley

It’s time to explore a new country and give you an opportunity to see new sights, experience a different culture, taste some unique foods and savor some great wines, Spain!

Tilting at Windmills
“Tilting at Windmills”

During this excursion we are going to introduce you to some of the best that Andalusia has to offer. Once again, if you are a painter or photographer, we have designed this workshop
to expand your creativity and further your artistic voice. Choosing which aspect interests you, we will help guide you to capture on canvas or film, the spectacular architecture and rich tapestry, that is Spain.

 

Join us as we take you on a journey through the riches of Andalusia where our trek begins in the amazing city of Toledo, perched atop a hill surrounded by a river on three sides. This fortified city has withstood the ravages of time and affords us a great cultural treasure trove. From the works of El Greco, to a synagogue built by the Moors and culminating with the soaring heights of their cathedral that is considered the magnum opus of the Gothic style.

 

Living on the Edge
“Living on the Edge”

From there we will stop off in La Mancha to tilt at windmills with Don Quixote before venturing on to one of the world’s true architectural marvels, the Alhambra. This stunning fortress is the culmination of Moorish design and once housed some of the best minds of their time, as well as being a melting pot of many of the known religions.

 

Majestic Splendor
“Majestic Splendor”

Our further travels take us to the picturesque city of Ronda, situated on the edge of a cliff along a canyon – its dramatic views make it a scenic wonder. Lastly we will ended up in Seville, home of Flamenco. Here we will take a carriage ride through its streets, visit the Alcazar, experience Flamenco and sample some of the local wine.

 

Niki will conduct the Plein-Air Painting
Flamnco Workshop from different picturesque locations daily, teaching through a combination of demos, discussions, assistance and critiques. Sessions will be broken into different morning and afternoon locations, with plenty of time in between for shopping, sightseeing or to dine al fresco for a leisurely lunch.

Scott will take the photographers on daily walking tours where you will have the opportunity to experience Spain through your lens as Scott guides you to use your camera to define what you see while achieving your own artistic vision.

St. Maria la Blanca

As with the painters, there will be daily destinations with time allowances for exploring on your own. There will also be valuable critique sessions throughout the workshop as time allows. This will give everyone an opportunity to discuss the day’s events, compare notes, ask questions and get a chance to know each other. It also presents a unique option to get views and perspectives from both painters and photographers.

So come join us as we take you on an inspirational exploration of Andalusia and its surroundings with an emphasis on observation and perception as we help you develop your own style. Admission is limited to 12 participants, so we encourage you to enroll as soon as possible. There will also be space open for non-participating partners at reduced rates on a limited basis.

Work Shop includes:

  •  Hotel for 7 nights. 2 in Toldeo, 2 in Granada and 3 in Seville (Double occupancy)    (Accommodations are in shared rooms, although a few single rooms may be available at an extra fee)
  • Breakfast throughout the trip and all transportation within Spain
  •  Stops along the way in La Mancha and Ronda
  •  Admission to El Greco Museum & Toldeo Museum pass, the Alhambra in Granada & the  Alcazar, Flamenco show and a carriage ride in Seville
  •  Optional 18 course tasting meal
  •  Airfare from Seville to Madrid
  •  Emergency Medical Insurance.
  •  Instruction, guidance, experience and fun.

Your cost for all of this is $3,895 and to reserve a spot, simply send a completed application (forms will be provided upon email request) along with your deposit of $1,200 per person. There also is a final application cut off date of 10/7/18.  A second payment of one half of the remainder after deposit is due by 9/1/18, with a final payment due by 10/27/18.

For those wanting a single occupancy room, there will be an additional cost of $750. There is a discount of $350 for partners wanting to accompany participants on the trip, but not take the workshop. We can take credit card payments, however it will incur a 3.5% fee.

There has to be a minimum of 6 people for the workshop to make. If the  6 person minimum is not met by the 10/27/18 deadline, deposits will be refunded.

Airfare to the workshop is not included, you are responsible for your own travel arrangements. We will provide transportation from the Madrid airport at one appointed time, as well as all transportation within Spain.

Our trips, while not overly strenuous do require a reasonable amount of physical fitness. In order to derive the greatest experience from our destinations, we spend a fair amount of time walking within each location. Our goal being that each person should see and experience as much of the culture as possible during our excursions.

In the event of inclement weather during the trip, arrangements will be made for museum visits, etc. Once deposits are received, there will be no refunds for cancellations as trip arrangements will have been made. We suggest trip insurance for travel difficulties or unforeseen illness.

Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can help you in any way and we hope that you will be able to join us!

Scott Williams       214-289-8512      /       Niki Gulley     214-803-5812

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Email Scott, photoguy@blind-squirrel.org  if you are interested in joining us.