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March 2016 Alvor Portugal


Travel Sketching in Watercolor, Alvor Portugal
Please note: This workshop is fully subscribed! Thanks! – Marc

March 20-31, 2016.

This workshop will be a mix of days painting on location in Alvor and nearby Portimao, and day-tripping with a camera or sketchbook. I’ll be teaching you to travel light, paint quickly, and capture the world in spontaneous, colorful sketches!

While we are on location, I’ll begin each session with a demonstration painting introducing a key concept. Students may follow up with a suggested painting exercise, or simply paint in your own manner. Either way I’ll be providing personal feedback to each artist.

Some key concepts we’ll cover: 

  • Composition and design – focal point, gradient of interest,
  • Seeing the painting as silhouette shapes,
  • Direct sketching in watercolor – painting wet-on-dry,
  • Color mixing and paint viscosity,
  • Making color variation, warm and cool, charging in, and color notes,
  • Edge control – hard and soft edges of wet shapes,
  • and calligraphic brushwork for fine details.

Maximum number of Participants: 15 Artists. There’s no limit to the number of non-artist companions. We need 10 people minimum to go ahead.

Deadline for Registration: August 31st, 2015 (We have to book the accommodation in advance).



  • March 20: Pickup provided from Faro airport to town of Alvor
  • March 21-22: Watercolor Workshop in Alvor area
  • March 23: Day Trip: Luz / Cape St. Vincent / Fortalez de Sagres (Tour / Photos / Sketching)
  • March 24-25: Watercolor Workshop in Portimao, (Transfer by bus provided out and back each day)
  • March 26-27: Watercolor Workshop in Alvor area + 2 hr Sunset Cruise
  • March 28: Day Trip: Monchique / Monchique du Caldes (Tour / Photos / Sketching)
  • March 29-30: Watercolor Workshop in Alvor area
  • March 31: Return transfer to Faro airport

How to Register:
The workshop is presented by Going Places in partnership with The Art District Gallery in Kitchener/Waterloo Click HERE to register!
We must receive your deposit by AUGUST 31, 2015 to reserve your room.


  • Artist in shared room: $cdn 1676.83
  • Non-Artist in shared room: $cdn 1393.98
  • Supplement to request single room: + $cdn 282.90
  • Deposit per person: $cdn 500.00

Please Note: All transport to painting locations is included in the fees. However, no meals are provided. Each apartment-style hotel room includes a full kitchen and maid service, and there is shopping within walking distance. As well, you must bring your own art supplies. Here’s a few links to my recommendations for painting gear: Watercolor Gear  | Sketching Gear.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Pip permalink
    May 20, 2015 2:35 PM

    Am i reading this correctly . Does the $1676 include the accommodation, transportation and tuition? Thx, Pip

    • May 20, 2015 10:21 PM

      Yes that’s correct – (well, transport for day trips, not your flight) – but yes, all the above.

  2. Susan Wilson permalink
    November 10, 2015 11:11 AM

    Do you have a wait list, put me on it if you do. Love your work.

  3. Larry Goldfarb permalink
    November 19, 2015 7:42 PM

    Marc, Another question re a wait list is there one?

    • November 19, 2015 7:44 PM

      We do have one or two who have asked, I’ll add you to the short list Larry.

  4. January 8, 2016 6:15 PM

    hi, exploring your blog, just saw now that you will be in my town ( Portimão) it’s possible we arrange a meeting with some local sketchers?

  5. Susan permalink
    January 29, 2016 3:51 PM

    So envious – love Portugal and visit most years but will be there in May, so miss out. Have to put this on my bucket list for another year 😀

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