A Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media and Printmaking Holiday.

Explore the souks, draw & paint the gardens and palaces of the exotic city of Marrakesh . Experience the spectacular landscape and Berber Traditions in the High Atlas Mountains while experimenting with mixed media & printmaking. 
 
Staying three nights in a beautiful Riad Les Yeux Bleus in the old medina and four nights at the famous Kasbah du Toubkal.

Lara and Tessa will share their favorite places, ideas and demonstrate their techniques with one to one tuition time.

All welcome ! Suitable for beginners to advanced artists.  Maximum number of artist participants 14

7 nights / 8 day £1150 /EUR 1355 (limited single supplement £510/EUR 600)  Price includes all meals, transfers, entry fees and some workshop materials.

(Price does not include flights & insurance)
Bookings : bookings@discover.ltd.uk (Deposit is 30% on booking with balance due before mid Feb 2018 / July 2018 for September)

Flights on Easy Jet can be booked from June 2017(for April)   - a further information pack on this and more will follow your reservation.  

See itinerary below....

Itinerary
 

Day 1 - Welcome to Marrakesh and introductions

Arrive in the afternoon at the Riad accommodation in Marrakesh medina, followed by welcome tea & pastries on the rooftop terraces. Evening drinks and an introductory talk by Tessa and Lara will give you the opportunity to meet each other and discuss the following days arrangements. Dinner will be in the Riad.

Day 2 - Sketching in Bahia Palace, Henna Cafe & Souk

After breakfast you will be transported by private taxi to the Bahia Palace where Lara and Tessa will demonstrate their sketching techniques and accompany you in the Palace to draw and explore.  Lunch at the Henna Café  followed by a walk up to the main square and back to the riad, with opportunities for souk shopping and photography. In the evening we will meet and review the days sketches and have dinner at the Riad.

Day 3 - Sketching in Musee de la Palmeraire and visit Majorelle Gardens

After breakfast we will go by private transport to the Musee de la Palmeraire, a gallery of contemporary Moroccan art with three wonderful gardens. Lara and Tessa will demonstrate and advise, and you will have the morning to wander and sketch in the gardens or sit and soak up the atmosphere. We will then return by our transport to the riad for lunch. In the afternoon we will visit the gorgeous Majorelle Gardens where you will be able to draw and photograph the exotic colourful garden, returning to relax at the riad . Dinner will be at the riad.

Day 4 - Place Jemma-el-Fna Squareand depart for the High Atlas mountains and Kasbah du Toubkal

We will spend the morning in the famous Place Jemma-el-Fna Square where Lara and Tessa will discuss and demonstrate techniques for capturing sketches of people and busy market scenes.  You are then free to explore the square and draw with Tessa and Lara offering tips and encouragement. Return to the riad for lunch, after which we will depart for the High Atlas mountains and Kasbah du Toubkal at Imlil.  (approximately 90 minute journey).         

Arriving at Imlil, you will be met by a member of the Kasbah staff who will ensure your luggage is loaded onto a mule and you will be guided on a short 15-minute mule ride or walk up to the Kasbah. On arrival we will enjoy Berber tea and pastries, followed by a welcome talk about the Kasbah and time to relax. Dinner will be at the Kasbah.

Day 5 - Walking and sketching in the High Atlas Mountains

After breakfast we will take a guided walk up along the ancient paths and mule tracks, enjoying the spectacular views of landscape and on to the tiny village of Arrempt, built on the terraced mountainside above orchards in the valleys. Tessa and Lara will accompany you sketching and for tea in a Berber village.  Following lunch at the Kasbah inthe afternoon you will have demonstrations of mixed media techniques and time to develop sketchbook ideas in the studio room or out on the terrace. Dinner will be at the Kasbah.

Day 6 -  Drawing and painting in the valley with picnic lunch by the river

This morning we will have an accompanied walk down to the waterfall area in the valley below the Kasbah. Tessa and Lara will demonstrate drawing and watercolour techniques followed by time for your own sketching and painting and a lovely picnic lunch by the river. You can then return to the Kasbah or spend the afternoon walking, drawing or working in the studio. In the evening we will share our ideas and discuss the following days printmaking. Dinner will be at the Kasbah.

Day 7 -  Studio day to explore printmaking and mixed media at the Kasbah

Today you will be based at the Kasbah, where Lara and Tessa will hold demonstration and small group taster workshops in screen printing and monoprint. You are free to walk and explore, or draw and paint in the Kasbah garden and local village cafes. Lunch will be at the Kasbah, and in the evening we will have a small show of work to share with the Kasbah, and a traditional Berber feast for our last night.

Day 8 - Farewell breakfast and departure

After breakfast you will be taken by private transfer back to Marrakesh airport – flights to be scheduled after 1pm to allow for transfer.

 

The Tutors

Tessa Pearson

Tessa Pearson is a successful artist and educator with over 25 years’ experience teaching adults of all ability. Renowned for her use of colour and painterly printmaking , Tessa has visited Morocco many times and finds inspiration everywhere from the wonderful gardens to the colour, textures and pattern in the souks. www.tessapearson.com

 

Lara Harwood

"Using a sketch book is a wonderful way of being alive to a place and return with a book of treasures"

Lara Harwood has over 25 years of experience as a successful artist and illustrator,  known for her uplifting     paintings and screenprints,  bold use of colour and love of travel.  Lara has considerable teaching and workshops experience and runs her own screenprinting workshops in The Print Room at the Chocolate Factory, London N22 lara-harwood/about

 

 

 

Lara & Tessa in a Petit Taxi in Marrakech

Lara & Tessa in a Petit Taxi in Marrakech