RGS Trip to Spain a Big Success

The artist trip to Andalucia, sponsored by the River Gallery School in early April  2016, was a big success, according to the lucky artists who went on the trip. The scenery was stunning, tapas in Seville were inspiring, and the Flamenco show in Ronda was enough to bring you to tears. And most of all, the chance to paint plein air for so many days in a row, under the tutelage of instructor Mary Giammarino, was an extraordinary opportunity to expand one’s artistic skills. The trip, organized by Cicely Carroll of Putney, was based in a small, white village about an hour south of Seville.

Stay tuned for information about RGS’s 2017 trip!

 "I have been thinking about the trip a lot, many aspects of it (in fact, I was just looking for Leonardo vultures on the web), and what I learned about painting and seeing. Thanks yet again for all you both did to really make the trip." - JB

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Artist Tour to Spain
April 2-9, 2016
Sponsored by the River Gallery School

Explore sunny Andalusia, the gem of southern Spain. Paint amazing vistas, white villagesand beautiful landscapes of olive groves. Experience authentic Spanish food and culture, and relax in a small hotel in the hills. We take you to a perfect setting for artists, photographers and anyone who wants to experience the heart of Spanish culture.

Zahara de la Sierra:

The town of Zahara de la Sierra, the center point of this tour, is a classic, white Spanish village. It enjoys fabulous views across a valley and lake and is capped by a Moorish castle. This “Pueblo Blanco” owes its history to a strategic position between Seville and Ronda. This central location, and its breath-taking setting, makes Zahara an ideal home base for this tour.

Zahara sits on a north-facing hill, providing lovely views over the lake to high hills beyond. The scenery offers many options for painting, as does the town itself, with its picturesque church in the village center and the castle tower above.

The town lies about 1.5 hours from the modern airport in Malaga, where you will arrive. The town is half an hour from Ronda, a town that sits on an extraordinary cliff and was first made known to Americans by Ernest Hemmingway.

Beyond the planned excursions to Seville and Ronda, we can help participants arrange trips after the tour to other Andalusian cities, such as Cadiz, Jerez, Malaga, Granada and Córdoba.

Tour Itinerary:

April 2 – Saturday
Tour participants arrive at Malaga Airport. Pickup by van and driver. Transport to Zahara de la Sierra. Afternoon to settle into hotel, with dinner in the hotel’s excellent restaurant. A walking tour of painting sites will be offered and the plan for the week will be presented by the River Gallery School instructor and tour staff.

April 3 – Sunday
After breakfast, we will visit and paint plein aire at locations around Zahara de la Sierra with River Gallery School instructor. Siesta at hotel followed by more time to paint or explore the town in the afternoon. Optional hike offered. Optional wine tasting. Dinner at the hotel.

April 4 – Monday
Plein aire painting at locations in and around Zahara de la Sierra with River Gallery School instructor. Optional tour of “Pueblos Blancos” in the region offered in afternoon. Olive oil tasting before dinner.

April 5 – Tuesday
Day trip to Seville, the capital of Andalusia, for sightseeing, including stops at the Alcazar, the Jewish Quarter, and the cathedral. Shopping and a tapas tour through the center of the old city for dinner.

April 6 – Wednesday
Plein aire painting at locations in and around Zahara de la Sierra with River Gallery School instructor. Optional excursion to the city of Cadiz and the lovely Atlantic beaches along the Costa de la Luz.

April 7 – Thursday
Day trip to Ronda for sight-seeing, shopping and sketching. Flamenco dance show following dinner in Ronda.

April 8 – Friday
Plein aire painting at locations in and around Zahara de la Sierra with River Gallery School instructor. Optional excursion to Arcos de la Frontera to see a second small city built on a dramatic cliff-top. Evening art show and group critique, with instructor. Farewell dinner and party.

April 9 – Saturday
Morning departure to Malaga airport.

Fee: $2,600

Price includes: 7 nights lodging, 2 meals a day, transportation with a van and driver, tapas in Seville, a day outing to Ronda, a Flamenco show, wine or olive oil tasting, and 5-6 days of landscape painting. *Price does not include airfare.