Watercolour moments: Painting holidays

NotInTheGuidBooks.com features in The Independent today with our brand new food of art course in wonderful Andalucia.

Will Tate Britain’s new exhibition inspire you to pick up a paintbrush on your next painting holiday? Rhiannon Batten sketches out the creative options.

Why choose a creative holiday?

There are few things more restful than an artistic break. Whether you’re learning to capture a landscape in watercolours, seeing a new destination from behind a lens or getting tangled up on a willow-weaving course.

Allowing yourself time to focus on a new skill is an enormously liberating way of disengaging from the anxieties of daily life. You might even discover a new talent!

Creative holidays compel you to consider your surroundings, rather than just pass through, and will help you engage with your location.

Just don’t forget your paintbrush ;-)

Creative inspiration from the experts

“Before the advent of photography, watercolour was used primarily for recording eye-witness accounts. Artists used watercolour because it was so versatile and portable.” – Tate Britain

“I’ll paint what I see – what the flower is to me – but I’ll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking the time to look at it. I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers.” – Georgia O’Keefe

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” – Pablo Picasso

Food art holidays in Spain

Starting in March, GoLearnTo’s new “Food of Art” food illustration courses are based in a stylish guesthouse in Andalucia. Aimed at artistic gourmets, the courses make the most of the guesthouse’s peaceful farmland setting. It even includes trips to local markets.

Students will learn how to cut and display food to maximise the creative potential of their form and how to plan a design strategy for either watercolour or photography. Your expert tutors will cover colour, composition and technique.

The price of £658 per person for five nights includes all accommodation, meals, wine, daily tuition and materials. Please note the price does not include flights.

If 5 nights is not enough, GoLearnTo.com also offer a more in-depth course for 7 nights to really develop your photography and illustration skills.

To read the full article in The Independent, click here

*Please note that this course is no longer available – click here for our full range of art and painting holidays*