Our painting courses are for all standards and the complete beginner is equally welcome. The holiday is organized and accompanied by the owner Amanda Egerton-King.
The teaching day is from 9.30am to 1.30pm but this can be changed to suit the group if earlier or later times are preferred. Afternoons can be used to complete the morning work, taken as an opportunity for further drawing and painting or excursions on an ad hoc basis.
La Joya is wonderfully peaceful and relaxing. If continuous painting is not what you want to do all the time, you can sit by the pool and read a book, go for short or long walks, enjoy the varied bird life or go on one of the many excursions.
Claire Harper Gow
“We have been lucky enough to have had Claire as our Art Teacher over the last four years. She not only makes our classes fun and interesting, but has taken us through the full range of art skills. I can highly recommend her“
Suggested Packing Ideas for Painters
Sketching Pencils 2B ,6B and a few coloured pastel pencils
Charcoal Pencil, Putty Rubber
Sharpening knife (to pack in suitcase)
Cartridge sketch book A4 or A5
Tubes or Paint Box, as preferred, many people find tubes give much greater flexibility but Artists Quality suggests.: Cadmium lemon, Cadmium Pale, Naples Yellow, Burnt Sienna, Scarlet, Crimson, Mauve (permanent), Sepia, Sap Green, Olive Green, Cobalt, Paynes Gray, Neutral Tint, Raw Umber, Brown Madder and light red plus a tube of white gouache.
Paper: Painting paper is best bought in “blocks” which provide gummed paper with a hard back, there is no need to stretch, or tape down paper on boards. Ken Bromley art supplies do a very good “value sable” number 14.
Watercolour sketchbook of excellent paper – Sunders Waterford make an ideal bound book 11”x10” 28 pages 140lb paper, it opens flat.
Brushes: you only need one brush as long as it is a good one.
Plastic Water container, Mixing Palette
A pochade box if you have one would be very useful. Easy to carry all the kit for the day and to work from when seated. Your usual oil colours but ensure you have a warm and cool version of red and yellow and blue, also include Yellow ochre, raw umber, burnt siena, plus titanium white and any extra colours you like.
Palette small wooden one or you could try the disposable ones or a varnished piece of lightweight wood
Mixture of small, medium and large bristle brushes, palette knife
You can use anything, from the most expensive prepared canvas, to pieces of mdf board that you have primed yourself. Bearing in mind your luggage allowance I suggest cotton canvas panels or your own mdf boards primed with acrylic primer which dries quickly and can be sanded and re primed for a good surface. Priming, before going anywhere is vital so please prepare the ground i.e. base colour, raw umber and burnt sienna diluted and rubbed in with a sponge works well. Coloured grounds can also be good to work on. Prepare your panels well before you come. The size you work is your own choice. Oil paintings should be reasonably dry within 24 hours.
A set of chalk pastels of artists quality with a range of dark to light tints.
Derwent, Stabilo Carbothello and Faber Castell Pitt pastel pencils are all good
Soft putty rubber, Packet of baby wipes with clip re-seal
The following painting equipment is supplied:
Stools & chairs
Jam jars for cleaning brushes
Ample washing up liquid for acrylic brushes.
If you’re flying, pack palette knives, scissors, scalpels, all paints, pastels and liquids etc. into your hold luggage.