Artist trip to Andalucia, Spain
Instructor: Bruce Gomez
Workshop: May 5 to 12, 2020 in Zahara de la Sierra
Join us for a painting trip to Southern Spain
Join award-winning pastel instructor Bruce Gomez, to explore and paint sunny Andalucia in the heart of southern Spain. Working in 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.
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 headquarters for this workshop.
Bruce Gomez brings excitement to painting in the hills of Andalucia.
Bruce was born in Denver and has been working in pastels for 39 years, full-time for the past 29. Entirely self-taught, Bruce works exclusively on cold-pressed watercolor paper. He has taught for the last 20 years at the Ah Haa School in Telluride, CO, where he has consistently been one of the school’s highest-rated instructors. He has also taught workshops in Sedona, AZ, Moab, UT, London, England, and Cortona, Italy. He is currently a regular instructor at the Abend Gallery of Fine Art in Denver.
Bruce has appeared in numerous Pastel Invitational shows as well as Plein Air Invitationals including The Denver Golden Triangle Invitational, and The Sedona Plein Air Festival, in which he won The Collector’s Choice Award, The Artists Choice Award, and received one of five Merit Awards in 2011 and the Merit Awards in 2012.
His artistic influences range from Paleolithic art up to Alfred Sisley, Maxfield Parrish, Juan Gris, and Gustav Klimt. He has traveled and painted in such places as Telluride, Paris, Rome, and Moab. Bruce reports that he goes out and looks to capture that one unique and spectacular moment of life, whether in the mountains, in an urban setting, possibly slogging through a deluge, snowshoeing in -10°F, or painting plein air in 101°F.
Publications + Exhibitions
Art & Antiques
Southwest Art Magazine
The Artist Magazine
US Embassy, Paris, France
Pastel Society of America, Annual Juried Competition Rocky Mountain National Park 75th Anniversary Show
A sampling of Bruce’s work:
About the workshop
Demonstrations will be in pastels but students using other media 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.
The daily schedule normally 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 Bruce offers individual advice and support.
Location of the workshop
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. And Seville can be a perfect place to spend a few days acclimating to Spain prior to the workshop.
Workshop in Zahara de la Sierra: May 5 to 12, 2020
Workshop cost $2,900
Supplement for single occupancy of $425
Deposit required to reserve a place on the tour: $350
Non-painting friends, partners and spouses are welcome on the trip. 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 included in the cost of the trip:
Art instruction by Bruce Gomez
7 nights lodging in Zahara
Breakfast and dinner each day
Pickup and drop off at Seville airport or train station
Local transportation by van and driver
Excursion to Ronda
What’s not included:
Olive oil tasting
Admission to museums and local sites
$350 non-refundable deposit to hold your place
$1275 initial payment
(Due January 15, 2020)
$1275 final payment
(Due March 15, 2020)
Single occupancy supplement: $425
Lodging in Zahara de la Sierra will be at the family-run Los Tadeos hotel (www.alojamientoruralcadiz.com)
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):
We strongly recommend that participants arrive a few days early to overcome jetlag and acclimate to Spanish life. You may opt for additional nights in Seville, in a nearby beach town, Granada or Madrid. You can also elect to take extra days after the workshop. 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.