Weds 10/10 - Emporda Winery / Peratallada Day We will have an 9:30am start and head out to a local winery in the D.O. Emporda for an art lesson then wine tasting and vineyard lunch. Inspiration for sketching will surround us as we spend some time in the natural beauty between the vines and explore our watercolors and pen work. In the afternoon we will head to the ancient town of Besalu for sketching the architecture and amazing stone work. Back to the hotel; final Costa Brava dinner together. Thurs 10/11 - Calella de Palafrugell This day begins at 10:00am head to Calella de Palafrugell, a charming Costa Brava fishing village. We will prepare our day packs and take an easy hike to a small beach to sketch the Mediterranean sea, breathe deeply and touch the water. A Paella lunch awaits, after which we will walk to the neighboring village of Llafranc to enjoy another picturesque fishing village. After our fill of the fresh Mediterranean air, we will transfer to Barcelona and check into our apartments. The evening is free to explore the Barcelona neighborhoods and relax and reflect on the first 3 days together (dinner on your own).
Friday 10/12 - World Famous Food Market/Modernist Architecture/Gaudi This morning begins as the sun rises with a gathering at 7:30am for coffee and pastries in front of the impressive Barcelona Gothic Cathedral. Onward to some sketching opportunities in the Gothic Quarter and the charming Sant Felip Neri Plaza. Then we’ll head to the world famous Boquería Food Market for a tour and some time for sketches and photographs. Market snacks will keep us energized until we have lunch together in a hidden gem. The rest of the day is free time for your own explorations.
Sat 10/13 - Miro, Guadi and Modernista Artchitecture plus Goodbye Dinner This morning has a more leisurely start (breakfast on your own) with a 10:000AM meeting at the Miro Museum. We will have time for some sketching as we learn about Miro's remarkable artwork. Then on to the Parc Guell for a sketch visit to the classic Gaudi icon (the mosaic lizard bench). Picnic lunch together in the park, then on to the historic Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau for some dedicated sketching time. In the evening, we wrap up our time together with a very special "pica-pica" (cocktail party & light dinner) hosted at the Ca La Maria outdoor patio then enjoy a few hours together to finish pages in our journals using collage and various mixed media techniques Judith will share. A few group pictures, many heartfelt toasts, and a huge group hug will end this magnificent Sketching Spain adventure!
Sunday 10/14- Students depart on their own (check out of the apartments is at 11:00am). Still want to see more of the typical tourist attractions in Barcelona? "Add on" tours to the Sagrada Familia and the Casa Mila as well as a Barcelona food and wine tour will be offered by Adler Marlow Tours on Sunday for students wishing to stay an extra day or two. This is not included in the price of the Sketching Spain package. Students will make arrangements for their own lodging although Danny is available to help.
FAQs for the Magnificent Spain: Exploring the Costa Brava and Barcelona with a Sketchbook art retreat (if you do not see your questions answered below, please contact Judith)
I'm thinking about this trip, but I have never sketched! No problem! Please be assured that Judith will guide you thru some simple steps so you can enjoy your time recording the magnificent views on the trip, regardless of your previous art journal or drawing experience. With a small group (class is limited to 10 students) there will be plenty of individual instruction. We will include instructions on best pracitces using our phone cameras for those who prefer to capture their experiences in photos and we will also review a mixed media approach for those wishing to collage their pages with minimum sketching. Any suggestions for flight arrangements to/from the US? Yes, we recommend booking your flight with Custom Travel 303.333.5444 or 1.800.634.3273 or email at: email@example.com They will help you coordinate your flights and travel plans ( for a small fee) to arrive in Barcelona with plenty of time to connect with the group at 1:00pm on Monday, 10/8/18, (13:00 Europe time). They will also help with travel insurance recommendations. Of course, students may book their flights on their own. How do I get to and from the Barcelona airport? Transport is not included in the Sketching Spain fee, but may be arranged with Danny Adler on an individual basis. It is really easy to simple walk to the taxi stand just outside of the airport. The cost of the taxi into town is approx. $35 I am attending with a friend/spouse, can we share a room or apartment? Yes! Both the Hotel San Roc and the apartments in Barcelona can accommodate two people wishing to share a room. During the free time in the afternoons in Barcelona I'd like to see additional points of interest that I have read about; how will I get around on my own? Danny will provide a comprehensive guide to Barcelona for each participant & set you up for exploration on your own. How can I make arrangements to stay in the Barcelona apartment before or after the tour if I wish to arrive a few days early or stay a few days longer? You will have the option of extending your visit to Barcelona on either end by booking extra lodging thru Danny directly, depending on availability. What art materials will I be asked to bring? Students will be sent a simple but comprehensive list of art supplies to bring on the trip. We are going to travel light; each student will bring their own materials. Students are encouraged to carry their art materials in a very light day pack. Will I have time to do some photography? Absolutely! Our sketching time will allow students time to explore the area with their cameras if they prefer. Judith will have a small, portable printer designed for use with the iPhone which students may access on a select basis. What will the weather be like (typical October)? Typical weather in October for Barcelona and along the Costa Brava includes dry, sunny and mild temperatures with averages ranging from 55° - 70° degrees; perfect! We have planned the itinerary with "plan B" in mind in case of rain. We suggest students bring a small umbrella and light rain coat just in case. How will we be traveling from one destination to the next? We will be in a private coach while staying on the Costa Brava and during our final day in BCN. The price of the coach is included. When traveling by metro or taxi in BCN students will pay for their rides as needed. What is the cancellation policy? Your deposit and fees are non-refundable. We strongly suggest each student purchase travel insurance as soon as they purchase their airline tickets. Should I purchase travel insurance? Yes, Yes, Yes!You are strongly encouraged to purchase travel insurance since the tour fees are non-refundable. Our recommended tour agent in Denver, CO (Custom Travel) can help you purchase insurance from an independent agent. Airlines offer insurance and there are many independent dealers who may be contacted on-line. Please be aware that purchasing insurance is time sensitive; some companies require insurance to be purchased within 10 days of reservations. What if I have dietary restrictions? No problem! We are preparing for Gluten Free and vegetarian options, and will survey participants for other dietary considerations before the trip and will accommodate everyone at all included meals.