Do you yearn to be more creative and want to have fun whilst learning?
Francesca Wyllie (BA Hons Fine Art) has an amazing north-facing art studio at El Retiro in Andalucia, which was purpose-built to accommodate painting groups. Bespoke painting and sculpture workshops can be arranged or Francesca can travel locally to guide you in your own studios or locations.
There are some fabulous painting and sketching locations for plein-air painting around the old Cortijo which is situated 750 metres high in the olive groves. With mountain views and a variety of plants and trees, which include oranges, lemons, pomegranates, figs and grapes. The eco-swimming pool is also a great place to sketch and paint with water lilies, iris, marginal plants and a small waterfall.
Locations locally include the Watermill walk at Algarinejo, the lake at Iznajar, any of the local towns and of course further afield in Granada, Cordoba and Malaga.
Francesca Wyllie is a very experienced tutor and has led many workshops with groups and one-to-one classes. No previous experience is necessary and tuition can cater for all levels. Just come with a positive outlook!
Unlocking creative potential is her speciality and some workshops will be a special blend of loosening up artistic techniques, mindfulness and yoga to bring a holistic approach to the workshops. This will break down any barriers, fears, or self-doubt you may have, to release your creative potential and bring back a playful love for creating art.
Francesca has taught for many years in the following fields:
- Painting in Oils and Acrylics
- Painting en Plein Air (out on location and weather dependant!)
- Digital Painting using the ArtRage App
- Life Drawing
To book a course please use the contact form stating your preferred date and which course you would be interested in. Francesca will then contact you directly to discuss your requirements.
Your course will be booked on receipt of the full fee and payment instructions will be sent by email.
Gift certificates for painting tuition are also available!
Art Tuition Fees:
Painting tuition starts at €30 per hour per person and includes some materials and refreshments.
Courses are a minimum of 1 1/2 hours and are normally held on weekends.
There will be a discount applied for group bookings fees of over 2 people of 20% and of 50% for over 4 people.
Sketching – you will receive a free sketchbook, pencils and refreshments – cost €30 per hour.
Watercolours, Oils and Acrylics painting including Plein Air painting in the near vicinity will be €30 per hour for watercolours and €35 per hour for Oils and Acrylics and will include one board or watercolour sheet, plus use of materials and brushes.
You are also welcome to bring your own materials too.
Digital Painting – You may need to pre-install the Artrage app on an IPad or tablet prior to the workshop. Francesca can guide you with this. The Artrage app is normally available for under €5 for IPad. Workshops are charged at €30 per hour
Life Drawing for groups with a minimum of 6 people. Price on application.
All workshops will usually include helpful pdf guides for tips on materials and techniques.
Do you require a workshop to be held in a specific location or in your own home? This can all be arranged but may involve extra fees to cover travel time and fuel costs. This will all be agreed with you in advance.
Francesca loves to paint on location and has held many painting and Ipad painting workshops. She is also available for artists’ talks.
Accessibility – The studio does have a wheelchair-accessible ramp though some rooms do have steps up to them. Please discuss your needs prior to your visit using the Contact form and we will try to accommodate you.
Should you wish Francesca to travel to you this can be a good solution. We will look for the most suitable venue for you and do not wish to place any barriers to you unleashing your creative potential.
Sometimes stuff happens and life gets in the way. You can cancel your tuition booking 2 weeks before your course and can contact Francesca to discuss an alternative date. Should this not be possible or a suitable date not be available you will receive a full refund. Bookings cancelled with under a week’s notice will incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the full booking.
In the event of the course being cancelled* due to bad weather or should the Artist find herself ill in bed, (this rarely happens as she is quite hardy), you will be refunded in full or an agreed alternative date will be given.
*During the Covid outbreak, payments should only be made two weeks prior to the course date to avoid potential problems with lockdowns or new social distancing rules. Please can you discuss any arrangements with the Artist for the wearing of face masks or any other special requirements, medical / allergy matters.