Your botanical water colour painting week-end holiday break offers an opportunity to improve your artistic skills and enjoy the positive healing effects of nature. Budding artists can enjoy painting workshops led by an experienced and qualified art tutor. The painting break is suitable for the beginner and advanced artist and there will be daily yoga classes to relax and unwind.
7-11 June, 2024
27 September - 01 October, 2024
Stay in an exceptional villa tucked into the bend of a river in Portugal’s Algarve countryside, just 15 minutes from the town of Silves. With terraces overlooking surrounding countryside, limitless walking trails and a starry night sky, there isn’t a more idyllic place to explore on foot.
Your painting instructor will be on hand throughout the weekend with not only demonstrations but also to provide 1 to 1 guidance and tuition; all from the scenic riverside deck. The breath-taking views of the river, countryside, and hills, helps artists to take time out and feel more relaxed. Not only do our creative guests come away having improved their artistic skills, but they also enjoy being close to nature that is known to generate emotions such as calmness, creativity, and joy.
Your tutor will be Rita Afonso, who, from her early years, has been deeply passionate about the wonders of nature, wildlife depiction, and the enchantment of colours. Born and raised in Silves, Algarve, she pursued a degree in Arts & Multimedia and then a course in scientific illustration, ultimately guiding her towards her true calling: teaching.
Her artistic endeavors are firmly rooted in the representation of nature, an unwavering devotion to detail, a commitment to realism, and an unending curiosity about the natural world. Over the years, she has cultivated many illustration workshops and scientific illustration classes in collaboration with wildlife and environmental organizations and art schools.
*The River House Retreat is the Winner of the LuxLife Hospitality Award: Most Idyllic Riverside Retreat 2023 – Algarve.