Art retreat newsletters 2019
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What am I going to do now?
We cannot guarantee to make you the artist of your dreams but we can say that you will have a lot of fun on the journey.
Our full list of painting workshops and art tutors for 2020 is now complete and we look forward to seeing you here with us.
Choose between watercolors, brusho, pastels, oils and acrylics.
Tutors from the UK, the USA, Spain, Russia, Albania and Japan.
As another season draws to a close, it doesn’t seem so long ago that we were preparing for our first workshop of 2019. I suppose the dominant feature of this year has been, surprisingly enough, the weather.
Usually when we are asked “what’s the weather like there?” the answer is “lovely, it’s hot, sunny and dry”.
This year, however, the answers have been various.
The beginning of the year was dry but a few degrees cooler than usual, then we had a week or so of rainy days, followed by some hot normal days which soon turned cooler again.
Mid-summer was not so much hotter than usual, as was reported for other parts of Europe, but it continued on and on, getting gradually hotter and hotter.
Our own micro-climate, at Las Orquideas, seems to control the weather here at a more stable level.
Then, of course, we had the much-publicized storms, which caused so much flooding in the surrounding area. 400 litres (about 15 inches) in 24 hours was reported just a few kilometres away.
Living on top of a hill does have its advantages, apart from the vegetable garden being flattened we had no damage at all.
The video shows the effect of the rains which fell a few hours earlier in the surrounding mountains of the Valle d’Albaida.
This was in Manuel just a few minute’s drive from Benigánim. Those of you who have been here before may have noticed this, as a small stream, as at the beginning of the video, on the way to Xativa castle.
The video is about six minutes long and it is not until about two minutes after the start that you notice the increase in floodwaters towards the top-centre of the picture.
I have often wondered why such small streams have such wide river channels, which are mostly dry and unused.
This answeres my query, even if it does only happen once every few years.
So on with planning for next year. We have a combination of tutors bringing their own groups of students and workshops which we are organizing as usual.
We have different offers for next year, particularly for early bookings, from making a single payment and saving 200 €uros, a deposit payment of 175 €uros instead of 300 €uros, saving 125 €uros and a final payment 3 months before the painting course start date. There is, of course, the usual extra discount for returning students.
Please visit our shop for all prices on single painter in private en-suite room, 2 painters sharing and painter + non-painter options.
Painting workshops and art tutors at Dalvaro art 2020
Pablo García Ávila
June 28th 2020
early saver discount
deposit 175 €uros per person