Riverside Painting Holiday

From £1295 pp


7 Days

Small Group up to 14 People

What you'll do

10 Best Art Escapes in 2019 for the Daily Mail, this riverside villa is the perfect base for a creative holiday as its extraordinary position on the river bend means you are immersed in stunning Portuguese countryside providing endless inspiration for your art.

Those new to painting to those with more experience will all benefit from the excellent art instruction as the tutor draws on her years of experience in observation and the understanding of contrasts. Once you start getting the hang of these, the basic principles transfer to any medium used, which is why your host makes sure there are plenty of graphite pencils, chalk pastels, charcoal, watercolour and acrylic paints,and various drawing and painting inks for you to try your hand at.

Your art tutor, Tracy-Jane, has experience teaching adult beginners and intermediates in the Telford College of Art Technology and tutored private groups, as well as running art workshops and organised art day trips in the UK. Now that she is based in Algarve, her experience and knowledge of the area and what it has to offer makes her the perfect painting instructor for all ages and levels.

In the afternoons, you are invited to join your host Cheryl on guided walks along one of the many trails in the local area. There is an abundance of local wildlife so if you have a camera, be sure to bring it along – you never know what you may capture that you can recreate when back in the studio.

Nestled in a nature reserve in the hills of Silves, the river house is also a great place for those who are also looking to relax and enjoy their holiday. There are large decks and terraces for outdoor dining, an infinity pool, and spectacular views of the countryside and river dam for you to enjoy.


Your Local Host:


Having always returned to the Algarve region in Portugal for many years, Cheryl and her husband decided that this was where they wanted to set up home. With over 300 sunny days per year, fabulous beaches, good food and award-winning wine, combined with the friendly approach and relaxed style of the Portuguese, it’s not hard to imagine why.

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Experience Itinerary


– Settle into the river house and your room before enjoying a group welcome dinner


Stay in an exceptional villa, lovingly known as ‘the river house’. Surrounded by countryside on a riverbend with an infinity pool to relax in and soak up the atmosphere.

– Spectacular sunsets, sunrises and walking trails all around
– Town of Silves just a 15 minute drive away
– 5 spacious and fully air-conditioned double bedrooms, 2 with ensuite bathrooms and a large communal bathroom
– Comfortable rooms, stylishly decorated maintaining many traditional of wood beams & skylights in the upstairs rooms
– Downstairs rooms have double doors leading out onto the garden
– All rooms can have single beds upon request
– Light and airy social spaces, a high-ceiling lounge and kitchen outfitted with a center island and a cherry wood dining table
– Lovely outdoor terrace for alfresco dining by the water
– All rooms have WiFi, duvets, linens, towels, hairdryers (in bathrooms), walk-in showers with handlebars, anti-allergy fibre pillows, mosquito net doors, heating, and A/C, some also have televisions

Natural Inspiration

– Enjoy a relaxed introduction morning at the property getting to know each other and a chance to discuss your interests
– Learn how to use different shapes, textures and form from the nature using various drawing techniques and materials including graphite, charcoal and pen
– These tips and tricks will be ideal for those new to painting or a good refresher for the more experienced
– Afternoon walk along the Via Algarviana to the church perched on the hill with gorgeous panoramic views


When colour comes running

– This will be a creative day exploring different colour and how it makes us feel, with the opportunity to try out different art materials like watercolour, acrylics, chalk pastel, wax resistance and much more
– Create powerful abstract art using inspiration from different sources with vibrant colours and bold imagery
– In the afternoon, there will be massages for those who have booked
– Late afternoon, join Cheryl for a walk along the river to capture the sun setting behind the hills


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A river with a view

– This will be a day of two halves as you use the stunning location of the river as inspiration for creating some landscape art
– First, you will work together and discuss how to select your view, then compose a painting or drawing while on location
– After lunch, continue with the landscapes back at the river house where you can tune the fine details with guidance from your tutor to create your own impressive work of art
– Having a camera today will be helpful as the most difficult part of the day will be which view to choose!
– The choice of medium is totally up to you but it may be a chance to try something new and see where the inspiration leads you


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Ink and mixed media

– Learn all about using ink in various ways to create interesting work, followed by a morning of play and experimentation to discover how versatile this medium can be
– Look at the possibilities when other mediums are used, from the application of ink from a pen for sketching, to brush work and the introduction of bleach and other unusual things
– Late afternoon head to the historical town, Silves on an optional trip at an additional cost
– This is the one day dinner isn’t provided; you can have your own choice
– Visit one of the best preserved Moorish castles in the area, the magnificent gothic cathedral and an archaeological museum
– Sample the traditional Algarvian confectionary at the beautifully decorated tearoom, da Rosa, with Portuguese tiles
– Seafood lovers can enjoy Rui’s seafood meals or enjoy your meal with accompanying live music at Café Inglês
– Both restaurants are a stones throw from the castle
– It’s recommended you wear trainers when exploring the cobbled streets
– The additional cost is the cost of a taxi (€90 round trip for a group of up to 8 people) and evening meal is not included)
– Please note: this trip is optional but the kitchen at the house will be closed on this evening, however, if a guest prefers not to go soup and sandwiches will be provided


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Suggestive animals

– A tips and tricks session on all things animal to help you master simple shapes into various species followed by the techniques needed to make fur and feather come alive
– From the smallest mouse, to the biggest elephant, anything goes!
– In the afternoon, there will be massages for those who have booked


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– Enjoy your breakfast by the river before heading home

Reviews (1)

R Ali

Saturday 14th September, 2019

This was an amazing holiday! The tuition was excellent - I learnt so much from Tracy and my confidence has increased. I am inspired to try painting more. The riverside house is a lovely villa set in beautiful surroundings. The owner Cheryl was very welcoming and an amazing cook! Perfect week.

Location Info

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. Lovingly known as ‘the river house’, it will leave you feeling relaxed, inspired and very much at home. ..

  • 6 nights accommodation in a private room with en-suite bathroom
  • Discounts are available for rooms with a shared bathroom
  • Daily art tuition from day 2-6 and all art materials
  • Welcome drinks
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily (not included: alcoholic and cool drinks (honesty bar provided), along with an optional dinner on day 5 in Silves)
  • Airport transfers to and from Faro Airport (at a specified time)
  • Afternoon guided nature walks
  • Mid-week room clean and towel change
  • Internet access
  • Check in is after 2pm and check out is after breakfast on day 7

Riverside Painting Holiday