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Painting Holidays

Creative Escapes are pleased to announce the launch of our new Painting Retreats for 2020.  We have been successfully running our craft holidays for several years and many of our clients have provided feedback requesting a holiday specifically tailored at the keen painter/artist.

We are very lucky to have Trina Doerr on board to teach the weeks' classes.  Trina will teach you new skills and techniques both at her wonderful studio in Bedar and outside in the stunning, diverse landscapes in this part of Spain.

Along with five days tuition you will also receive all the materials you need for your holiday, including paints, brushes, palettes, easels, sketchbooks etc.  So, there's no need to bring any art supplies with you, it's all included!

The week’s itinerary is planned to encourage you to try different techniques and advance your skill set.  You will receive a minimum of 25 hours expert tuition and all levels are catered to, from beginner to advanced.

Your accommodation will be in Cortijo Alameda, set in a pretty little hamlet surrounded by almond and olive groves.  Here you will find peace and tranquility in which you can take time for your artistic talent to flourish.  A wonderful environment for like-minded people to get to know each other, share ideas and make friends.

Your hosts, Karen and Kathryn who stay with you at the Cortijo are on-hand to make sure you are well looked after and catered for.  Kathryn will prepare fresh, locally sourced ingredients for all your meals.  On the days you are painting at the studio or out in the fresh air and sunshine, either a picnic lunch or tapas in a local restaurant will be provided.

During the week we will also go out for a days sightseeing and enjoy time at a local place of interest, perhaps wine tasting at a bodega, olive oil tasting at an olive grove, or maybe a guided walk through an area of outstanding natural beauty.  Bring your sketchpads because there will be plenty of opportunities to practise.

So much to do, so much to see, so much to paint!

We hope you will join us soon on a painting retreat with Creative Escapes.

We will paint in the mornings from 10am to 13:30.  Lunch will be provided either in a local restaurant or picnic style.  Painting will commence around 14:30 in the afternoon.  We will transport you back to the Cortijo around 4-5pm and Dinner will be served in the early evening, where we can discuss the achievements of the day.

During the week we will:

  • Explore different color palettes.

  • Mix colours and review tone and values.

  • Improve drawing skills whist staying painterly.

  • Develop mark making.

  • Play with different mediums:  oil, varnish and rapid dry agents.

Our painting retreats are limited to a maximum of seven students, which allows for ample one on one time with each individual artist.

Expression, inspiration and connection are the key factors in developing and moving ahead in your own personal creative process.  Sharing with like-minded people helps open the gateway to exploring personal uniqueness and expanding perceptions.

On this exclusive seven day painting retreat, Trina will explore with each student, a dialog on a number of topics valuable in the development of his or her own personal artistic journey:

  • Creating a personal voice and message

  • Understanding the construction of a body of work

  • Addressing fears and limitations

  • Adapting to time and space constraints 

  • Getting free, painting loose and having FUN!

What's Included?

Pick up and drop off at Almeria Airport.

7 nights accommodation with full board at Cortijo Alameda.

Beer and wine with all meals.

Meals in local restaurants.

Transportation throughout the holiday.

5 days of expert painting tuition (minimum 5 hours per day).

All materials/supplies are provided.

One full day sightseeing at a local place of interest with opportunities to sketch and a tapas lunch.


Terrace Room £1900 solo traveller

Courtyard Room £1800 solo traveller , £1550pp sharing

Olive Room £1700 solo traveller

Almond Room £1600 solo traveller, £1350pp sharing

Group Booking: Contact us to book the whole house and receive a discount.

Dates 2020

March Saturday 7th-14th

May Saturday 2nd-9th


September Saturday 19th-26th

October Saturday 24th-31st


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