A video introduction to the beauty of Andalucia, Spain. Join us to paint here on location with watercolors.


Artist trip to Andalucia, Spain

Instructor: Tony van Hasselt,  A.W.S. 

Pre-workshop: April 30 to May 2, 2019 in Seville
Workshop: May 3 to 10, 2019 in Zahara de la Sierra

Join us for a painting trip to Southern Spain

Join well-known water color instructor Tony van Hasselt, AWS, to explore and paint sunny Andalucia in the heart of southern Spain. Working in water colors or pastels, you’ll have the chance to paint amazing vistas, white villages and beautiful landscapes dominated by olive groves. Enjoy authentic Spanish food and culture as you relax in a small, family-run hotel in the quiet hills.

Tony maintains a busy workshop schedule throughout the year in such locations as Provence, Tuscany, Mexico, and of course in his home state of Maine.

The town of Zahara de la Sierra, the home base 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 unmatched 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 less than 1.5 hours from the modern airport in Seville, where you will arrive. The town is half an hour from Ronda, which we’ll visit. This town that sits on an extraordinary cliff and was first made known to many Americans by Ernest Hemmingway.

To reach Seville, the meeting point of this workshop, you can fly directly into the airport, or take a high-speed train from Madrid.

Optional 4 days in Seville:

Take four days to explore Seville, the historic capital of Andalucia as an optional add-on to this workshop. Visit the city’s original Moorish palace, climb the cathedral’s tower, wander the former Jewish quarter, or just relax in one of the city’s famous tapas bars.

This optional add-on will give you a chance to overcome your jetlag before the formal workshop begins -- while brushing up on your Spanish. We will book your three-night hotel stay and help orient you. Then you are free to explore, paint or journal in this amazing city at your own speed.


  • Pre-workshop add-on in Seville: April 30 to May 2, 2019

  • Workshop in Zahara de la Sierra: May 3 to 10, 2019

Cost: $2900
Workshop medium: Watercolors
Optional pre-workshop stay in Seville: $490
Maximum group size: 12
Tour history: Read about our past trips to Andalucia in 2016 and 2018


Your instructor

Be inspired in Andalucia with master watercolor instructor Tony van Hasselt

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Workshop Instructor:
Tony van Hasselt, A.W.S.

This native Dutchman has been elected to signature membership of the American Watercolor Society and for decades, organized and taught watercolor workshops throughout the US, Mexico and abroad.  He has traveled and painted widely in Italy, France and throughout the continent.

Tony is a plein air painter who enjoys sharing his experience with students.  His aim is to teach in a sequential manner, building on what has already been presented.  Although drawing ability comes first, the focus is on the art of picture making, composition and design. These are skills applicable in any medium.  He also encourages sketchbook journaling to create memories of an area, often using such sketches as preparation for larger efforts. 

Tony has written and co-authored three books on watercolor and produced several how-to DVD presentations.

Read more about Tony van Hasselt:


A sampling of Tony’s work:


About the workshop

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Demonstrations will be in watercolor but students using acrylics are welcome.  Studio painters might consider this workshop as an introduction to working on location, while finishing touches can be added later in the comfort of your studio.

Weather permitting, the daily schedule starts with a plein air lecture-demonstration. After some on-location advice, students are free to select a subject and paint on their own, while Tony assists on an individual basis. Tony considers himself more of a coach than an instructor. After all, there are many ways to approach a subject and the enjoyment is in exploring your own style and direction.


Trip details


Trip costs:

  • Workshop cost $2,900

  • Optional pre-workshop in Seville: $490

  • Supplement for single occupancy of $375

  • Deposit required to reserve a place on the tour: $350

Non-painter discount:

Non-painting friends, partners and spouses are welcome on the trip and will receive a $300 discount on costs. There will be optional excursions each morning to neighboring villages planned for non-painters. (Entrance and other fees incurred by non-painters are not included in the cost of the trip).

What’s include in the cost of the trip:

  • Art instruction by Tony van Hasselt

  • 7 nights lodging in Zahara

  • 3 nights lodging in Seville (pre-workshop option)

  • Breakfast and dinner each day

  • Pickup and drop off at Seville airport or train station

  • Local transportation by van and driver

  • Excursion to Ronda

  • Flamenco show

What’s not included:

  • Airfare

  • Lunches

  • Olive oil tasting

  • Admission to museums and local sites

  • Art supplies

Payment schedule

  • $350 non-refundable deposit to hold your place

  • $1275 initial payment
    (Due January 15, 2019)

  • $1275 final payment
    (Due March 15, 2019)

Single occupancy supplement: $375
Optional pre-workshop in Seville: $490


Your hotel:
Lodging in Zahara de la Sierra will be at the family-run Los Tadeos hotel (www.alojamientoruralcadiz.com)

Your deposit:

Places on the tour are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. A deposit is required to reserve our place. This deposit is non-refundable, unless of course the trip is canceled for any reason by Travel Fever Tours. Natural disasters, political instability or low enrollment would form the basis for canceling a trip. You will be contacted once the trip reaches minimum enrollment so that you can proceed with purchase of your flights and make other travel arrangements. In all cases, review of enrollment numbers will not take place any later than the date of the First Installment payment.

End of trip add-ons (optional):

At the end of the trip, participants may opt for additional nights in Seville, in a nearby beach town, Granada or Madrid. These trip extensions are up to trip participants to organize, but Travel Fever Tours can make recommendations on what to see, how to get there and where to stay.